Mini Key Lime Pie “Cheesecakes”

by Fresh Planet Flavor
3K Shares

Mini Key Lime Pie "Cheesecakes " (dairy free, raw, vegan, paleo) | Fresh Planet Flavor

Sometimes I take recipe requests. 😉 When a friend of mine asked me to create a grain-free version of some key lime white chocolate cookies, I couldn’t resist! But I decided to go in a very different direction to make them mini “cheesecakes” of puréed cashews.

They’re a no-bake treat in addition to being dead simple and grain-free, because who wants to turn the oven on in the summer? Or wait and watch to make sure your baked dessert doesn’t burn? Not me. I love the spoon-it-out-and-freeze strategy when making treats, maybe you do too.

Mini Key Lime Pie "Cheesecakes " (dairy free, raw, vegan, paleo) | Fresh Planet FlavorThese mini key lime pie cheesecakes balance the creaminess of coconut milk with the natural sweetness of cashews, finished with the faintest tart flavor of lime. One note about key limes, while we’re on the topic: they have a slightly different flavor, leaning just a bit toward that of an orange, and are considered less sour than the more commonly available Mexican limes. However, with the addition of the other ingredients in this recipe, regular lime juice and zest will work just as well and be just as delicious. These mini key lime pie cheesecakes look fancy, taste fancy but are so simple to whip up. They’re a healthy dessert choice and take less than 10 minutes to make once the cashews have been soaked. When they’re finished and frozen, I let them soften for about 10 minutes on a plate at room temperature before serving. 

Mini Key Lime Pie "Cheesecakes " (dairy free, raw, vegan, paleo) | Fresh Planet Flavor

Before we get to the recipe, you may have noticed a new little “Yum” button at the top of my posts, and a “Yummly” option in the share widget at the bottom of my posts. What is this about? If you’re not already familiar with it, Yummly is a recipe sharing site that puts every “yummed” recipe in the world in your pocket. A powerful recipe search, posts by all the bloggers you love, a digital recipe box option, recipe recommendations just for you, and a smart shopping list – all with you wherever you go. Yummly has the #1 iPhone, iPad and Android apps in addition to millions of visitors to the Yummly site. I was seriously impressed with how the Yummly iPhone app thoroughly screens your recipe recommendations according to your preferences/allergies, and I’m really excited to have my own Fresh Planet Flavor publisher page on Yummly, where you can see all of my yummed recipes at a glance, and add them to your digital recipe box and collections if you choose. The more recipes that you love and “yum”, the smarter your recommendations on Yummly get! So head over there, take a look around, and whenever you want to add one of my recipes to your recipe box, just hit the “Yum” buttons at the top/bottom of my posts here on Fresh   

And now, mini key lime pie cheesecakes!

Easy Cashew “Cheesecake”
 
Recipe Type: Dessert
Author: Fresh Planet Flavor
Prep time:
Total time:
Serves: 9
These sweetly creamy cashew key lime pie “cheesecakes” are a simple, no-bake, frosty dairy-free treat without refined sugar.
Ingredients
  • 2 cups cashews, divided
  • 1 cup dates
  • 1/3 cup coconut milk
  • 1/3 cup + 1 tbsp coconut oil
  • 3 tbsp maple syrup
  • 1 tbsp lime juice
Instructions
  1. To make the crust: pulse 1 cup of the cashews with the dates and 1 tablespoon of coconut oil into a coarse paste. Divide between 9 cups in a muffin tin, pressing crust firm and flat with your fingers. To make the filling: soak 1 cup of the cashews for 4-6 hours, drain, then purée until smooth with the coconut milk, 1/3 cup of coconut oil, the maple syrup and lime juice. Divide evenly over the crusts. Top with cashews and lime zest if desired, freeze until firm (minimum 1 hour).
  2. To serve, let the cheesecakes stand at room temperature for five minutes, then work a knife around the perimeter until the cheesecakes loosen. Enjoy chilled.
 
 
These Mini Key Lime Pie "Cheesecakes" are dairy-free, raw, vegan and paleo... These cuties are perfect for a fresh snack or light dessert. Click to get the recipe or pin for later! Fresh Planet Flavor

You may also like

58 comments

Rianna, Bohemian Wanderlust June 22, 2015 - 4:41 am

I absolutely love citrus desserts. So delicious and refreshing, I will certainly be making these! Thank you, rianna xo

Reply
Grok Grub June 22, 2015 - 4:54 am

Yes, these are fantastic for summertime. 🙂

Reply
Bethany June 22, 2015 - 5:12 am

Yummy and healthy, the best of both worlds. I think nuts are such a great substitute for dairy products.

Reply
Grok Grub June 22, 2015 - 5:16 am

I’m convinced cashews are magical. 😉

Reply
Ashleigh June 22, 2015 - 5:17 am

These look and sound to be amazing! I know my hubby would love them! Thank you for sharing!

Reply
Trisha @ The Ham & Cheese Of It June 22, 2015 - 5:56 am

My husband was walking by and said I needed to make what was ever on my screen because it looked so dang delicious! Thanks for sharing, now I have to recreate this! lol

Reply
Grok Grub June 22, 2015 - 5:58 am

Ha, that’s awesome!

Reply
Jackie June 22, 2015 - 6:59 am

Oooh this looks so good, I will definitely be trying this. Perfect for all dietary needs = which means perfect for guests 🙂

Reply
Grok Grub June 22, 2015 - 4:40 pm

Yep, just make sure no one has a nut allergy… o_o

Reply
Aishwarya S June 22, 2015 - 7:23 am

I cannot resist these cheesecakes! They look so delicious and amazing! 🙂

Reply
Grok Grub June 22, 2015 - 4:40 pm

I know, such a cool concept. Cashews, who knew?

Reply
Nikki June 22, 2015 - 8:21 am

These look so good! I can’t wait to try them.

Reply
Joanie @ ZagLeft June 22, 2015 - 1:06 pm

I love key lime recipes and can’t wait to try your version.

Reply
Leanne June 22, 2015 - 1:20 pm

These look so good and I can not wait to try them!

Reply
Gunjan June 22, 2015 - 1:21 pm

That looks perfect to satisfy my sweet tooth. 🙂

Reply
Leah June 22, 2015 - 2:02 pm

These cheesecakes look fantastic! So great for summer!

Reply
Miss Angie June 22, 2015 - 2:24 pm

Those look delicious! I love anything key lime.

Reply
Grok Grub June 22, 2015 - 4:39 pm

Me too, that perfect pop of sweet in a dessert.

Reply
kristen June 22, 2015 - 3:07 pm

Whoa, these look great! Perfect dessert for summer! Thanks for sharing!

Reply
Grok Grub June 22, 2015 - 4:38 pm

Thanks! Yep, frozen treats are so amazing when temps rise…

Reply
Karen M Peterson June 22, 2015 - 4:33 pm

These sound really yummy and perfect for the summer!

Reply
Grok Grub June 22, 2015 - 4:42 pm

They’re soooo delicious!

Reply
Vanessa June 22, 2015 - 7:23 pm

Only 6 ingredients!! That is my kind of recipe. Also Key Lime Pie is one of my favorite things!

Reply
Grok Grub June 22, 2015 - 7:39 pm

You should make them and tell me how much they actually taste like key lime pie. I can’t remember the last time I had the real thing!

Reply
danica May 14, 2016 - 6:46 am

I made this, I really liked it but I feel like the amount of coconut oil in it made it too oily

Reply
Grok Grub May 16, 2016 - 1:42 am

Oh, no! Maybe that’s what happens wen they get too melty before eating, did you let them thaw?

Reply
Tirralan - Tinseltown Mom June 23, 2015 - 2:28 am

This looks so healthy. I love this version of one of my favorite desserts!

Reply
Patricia @ Grab a Plate June 23, 2015 - 4:24 am

These sound sooo good (and look adorable)! Will you take my request for a delivery of about a dozen to my front doorstep? Love them!

Reply
Amanda June 23, 2015 - 5:06 am

I never would have thought to combine cashews and dates for the crust. Looks yummy!

Reply
Grok Grub June 23, 2015 - 1:45 pm

Yep, tasty and simple. 🙂

Reply
Triund Baba June 23, 2015 - 10:28 am

thanks a lot for this easy recipe for Dairy Free Cheese Cake…I’ll try with small sized cake with Cashew Cheese and…sure this gives me a good alternative for regular dairy Cheese 🙂

Thanks again and Best Wishes,

Reply
Fran June 23, 2015 - 12:16 pm

Oh my goodness those look super delicious!!!

Reply
Ariana June 23, 2015 - 1:41 pm

These are so cute! I used to make a lot of sweets with soaked cashews back in my vegan days. I was always amazed by how creamy they can get! While I don’t miss the veganism, I definitely need to get back to making some great cashew treats. Thanks for this fantastic recipe!

Reply
Megan Stevens June 23, 2015 - 1:43 pm

I had to comment because these look amazing– soo special and yummy!!! Pinned. Great photographs!

Reply
Grok Grub June 23, 2015 - 1:53 pm

Awww, thank you! I love cute little desserts.

Reply
karen June 23, 2015 - 2:06 pm

Never thought lime and cashews would go together but this looks like match made in heaven!

Reply
Grok Grub June 23, 2015 - 4:27 pm

They go great! 🙂

Reply
Katie | The Antidote Life June 23, 2015 - 2:24 pm

These are right up my alley!!

Reply
linda spiker June 23, 2015 - 2:29 pm

These look fabulous Rachel and I love the beautiful green lime zest on each cheesecake! I am hungry now. 🙂

Reply
Anna @Green Talk June 23, 2015 - 7:24 pm

Love key lime pie. These look great. I can’t eat dairy and have made key lime using oat milk. Not the best. Pinning.

Reply
Grok Grub June 23, 2015 - 10:08 pm

Try this! They’re soooooo tasty and easy.

Reply
Tarah @ What I Gather June 24, 2015 - 12:57 am

Have you every cooked something that isn’t beautiful? If you say yes I don’t think I’ll believe you. 🙂

Reply
Sylvie | Gourmande in the Kitchen June 24, 2015 - 10:03 am

I love a good no-bake recipe like this, especially in the summer months!

Reply
Grok Grub June 24, 2015 - 9:05 pm

Totally, can’t beat them.

Reply
Krystal June 25, 2015 - 2:16 pm

I don’t get key limes where I live but I’m just gonna have to give this a try with regular ones. I love that they’re no bake. These days are just scorching!

Reply
Michelle June 25, 2015 - 4:35 pm

Holy smokes, these look so delicious!! And your photos are incredible! My favorite food is / was cheesecake anomy husbands is / was Key Lime Pie, so this is definitely a keeper. Can’t wait to try these out. xo

Reply
Grok Grub June 25, 2015 - 4:55 pm

Wow, then these are perfect for you two!

Reply
Gina @ So Let's Hang Out June 25, 2015 - 7:39 pm

YES!! Love these. Let’s just never turn on our oven. Summer needs all the no bake things.

Reply
Robin Laney February 1, 2016 - 3:26 pm

Do you think I could sub honey for the maple syrup?

Reply
Grok Grub February 9, 2016 - 6:44 am

Yep, I definitely think that work.

Reply
Kellan March 3, 2016 - 6:41 pm

I have a dumb question… are the cashews raw? Or roasted? Or…?

Reply
Grok Grub March 3, 2016 - 7:50 pm

Raw!

Reply
Ali May 20, 2016 - 3:49 pm

Do you use the full-fat coconut milk from a can or the coconut milk from a carton? Thanks.

Reply
Grok Grub May 20, 2016 - 5:24 pm

Full fat coconut milk from the can. 🙂

Reply
Tee September 6, 2016 - 12:38 am

I just made this today, and it’s setting in the freezer right now. From the clean up on the spatula, I can tell it taste fantastic. I used homemade coconut milk that I make from brown coconuts, which helps take the flavor over the top. Great recipe!

Reply
Fresh Planet Flavor September 6, 2016 - 6:49 pm

Wonderful, hope you like the chilled final result! The homemade coconut milk from brown coconuts sounds amazing, btw.

Reply
Linda March 29, 2017 - 12:20 am

When you say 1/3 cup of coconut oil is that solid or melted,?

Reply
Fresh Planet Flavor April 4, 2017 - 12:40 am

Good question: that’s melted!

Reply

Leave a Comment