Tropical Icebox Pie – Dairy & Sugar Free Recipe

Tropical Icebox Pie-Dairy & Sugar Free Recipe

This tropical icebox pie recipe is downright delicious and look as good as it taste. It’s like a pie plate full of the creamiest lemon lime ice cream of all time. Somehow it manages to be rich and indulgent but not weigh you down after you eat it. This icebox pie recipe requires no cooking. Simply refrigerate or freeze the pies when they are completed. That will leave you time to chill out and have fun.


For the Crust:

3/4 cup whole, raw almonds
1 cup unsweetened, finely flaked coconut
6-20 pitted dates

For the Filling:
  • 6 perfectly ripe avocados
  • The juice and zest of 4 lemons, or more
  • the juice and zest of 2 limes
  • 1 cup extra virgin coconut oil, heated just to the melting point: 76°F.
  • 3/4 to 1 1/2 cups honey, or more to taste (Use agave instead to make this pie vegan.)
  • 3/4 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 pinch of salt
Optional Garnish:
  • Thinly sliced limes
  • lime zest


To Make the Crust:

Add the almonds and coconut flakes to the work bowl of a food processor fitted with a metal blade. Process until it is the texture of fine fresh bread crumbs. Add 6 pitted dates to the work bowl and process until the dates are completely ground into the nuts and coconut. Open the food processor and pull out about a tablespoon of the mixture. Press it firmly together in your hands. If it clumps, it’s ready. If it falls apart and doesn’t hold together, return it to the food processor and add dates, 1 at a time, processing and testing after each addition, until it clumps well. Turn the mixture into a deep dish pie plate and press it firmly and evenly on the bottom and up the sides of the pie plate. Put the pie plate in the refrigerator while working on the filling.

To Make the Filling:

Wipe or rinse the food processor work bowl and blade clean. Halve and pit all of the avocados. Use a spoon to scoop the flesh from the shells into the work bowl of the food processor fitted with a metal blade. Immediately add the lemon and lime juice and zest, coconut oil, 3/4 cup of the honey, vanilla extract and salt. Fit the lid in place and process until smooth. Taste the mixture. If it needs additional sweetness or acidity, adjust it with more honey and/or lemon juice. Remember that things taste less sweet when they’re frozen so you might want the mixture slightly sweeter than you think you’d like it. Scrape the filling into the prepared pie crust and smooth or mound it as you’d like. Put it directly into the freezer until the surface is firm (about 2 hours), then cover with plastic wrap directly on the surface of the pie.

To Serve the Pie:

If you wish, you can garnish the pie with thin slices of lime and a scattering of lime zest. Slice the pie into wedges of desired size and serve while still frozen like an ice cream pie.

Some preparation notes:

  • There are a lot of ranges in this recipe instead of specifics. For instance, the recipe specifies six to twenty pitted dates. I know, it sounds crazy, but there’s a reason. Dates vary widely in size and moisture content. If you have adorable, tiny, pitted dates, you’re going to need more. If you have massive, luscious pitted dates, you’ll need fewer. In the places where I’ve given you ranges, start with the lower amounts and work your way up, tasting as you go. Because all of the ingredients used in this recipe are safe to eat raw, there’s no danger in doing that!
  • These can easily be made into individually sized pies. Use small single-serving pie shells to press your crust into and divide the filling between them. Voila! Mini icebox pies!
  • If you favour lime over lemon, replace all of the lemons called for with limes. Likewise, if you prefer all lemon to lime, sub in lemons for the limes.
  • The pie in my pictures is almost vegan… ALMOST, but not quite. It does contain honey, so if you’re looking to adapt this, you’ll want to nix the honey in favor of agave syrup. I personally prefer the honey, but it’s an easy substitute to flip this recipe all the way into the vegan camp.
  • There’s no doubt this pie is expensive with six whole avocados in it. If you’d like to make it more affordable, halve the amount of filling and make it in a standard pie plate instead of a deep dish one.
  • Don’t be tempted to substitute some other oil for the extra virgin coconut oil. Part of the alchemy that makes this pie filling so ever loving creamy is the viscosity and melting properties of this particular oil. It is creamy and solid at anything under 75°F. You can’t get that PLUS the mild flavor it delivers from any other oil.

Source: Joy’s Prize Winning Secretes


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