Whipped Key Lime Pie

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Whipped Key lime pie is a cool and refreshing, no-bake, dessert for any summer gathering.


Whipped Key lime pie celebrates the best of Florida

I love Key limes, also known as the Mexican lime or West Indian lime, as you may know, if you’ve perused this blog. After about 20 years, my beloved Key lime tree needed replacing. It produced so much beautiful fruit throughout the years, I was sad to see it go.

You never know what you will get in a new fruit tree. Well, the new tree we planted more than 3 years ago has yet to disappoint. Last season was a bumper crop of the juicy, yellow delicacy.

This season promised to be also but hopefully this year the tree will survive Hurricane Irma. When we returned from evacuating to Pensacola for the storm it was leaning, badly. Hubby has propped it up, staked it and we are babying it. Keeping an eye on it, closely.

That wasn’t the only damage when we returned home. We have a pool cage and, from what we are told, it was a tornado that took it out. It is literally hanging by a thread.

Thankfully, no damage to our home. But so many have been devastated throughout the state of Florida and the Caribbean.

So some blogger friends and I are joining forces to bring awareness and offer links to organizations that will help with Hurricane Irma recovery. You can find those links at the bottom of this post. Even now, there are so many without. Without power, shelter, food, and more. Many, especially in the Florida Keys lost absolutely everything.

I’m a native Floridian and this was my fourth evacuation. Twice as a small child, then two weeks after my second son was born we evacuated for hurricane Charley. We evacuated thinking we were taking a direct hit.

This time we evacuated thinking the direct hit would be very close, still not good. If you’ve never evacuated for a hurricane, it’s really hard to describe the emotions.

You leave thinking you’ll never see your house or stuff again. It is just stuff but it’s memories of a lifetime, your kids, your marriage.

Much to my husband’s dismay I packed up EVERY SINGLE PHOTOGRAPH. My maternal grandparents’ wedding photo taken in 1921, one of only 2 photos I have of my grandfather. Photos of ancestors that date to the 1800s. Baby pictures, you name it. I’m sure you get the picture.

Yes, Key limes are should be yellow. Not green like you find in stores. When you pick them, they should easily twist off the branch. If they do not, they are not ready.

I don’t even test the green ones. I had so much fruit that I couldn’t use it all so I juiced the limes and froze the juice for later use. If you can’t get real Key limes, authentic Key lime juice is the next best thing.

With only four ingredients, this recipe is perfect for any skill level. I have made others in the past but this one is frozen and no-bake, making it perfect for summer. The texture is smooth and creamy. Very refreshing on a hot Florida day.

Here’s how you can help:

Harry Chapin Food Bank of Southwest Florida

This need is a bit unconventional. If you’ve spent any time in Florida you are familiar with Gatorama. It is one of the last roadside attractions of the 1950’s along with the likes of Weekie Wachee, home of the Mermaids, and Silver Springs, home of the glass bottom boats. Gatorama suffered extreme damage during hurricane Irma. If nostalgia is you’re thing this may be a good choice for a donation.

There are many great relief organizations and a great way to research who you give to is Charity Navigator. You can search, for free, a number of popular charities to see how they spend their money and just how much actually gets to the programs. If you decide to use it you may find some information surprising.  Not all charities are what they seem to be and some get more media attention than others.


Whipped Key Lime Pie

This no-bake whipped key lime pie is the perfect summer dessert.
5 from 1 vote
Prep Time10 minutes
Cook Time4 hours
Additional Time10 minutes
Total Time4 hours 20 minutes
Course: Desserts and Sweets
Cuisine: American
Servings: 8 servings


  • 1 prepared graham cracker crust 9-inch size
  • 1 can 14 ounce sweetened condensed milk
  • 1 /2 cup Key lime juice
  • 1 cup whipping cream


  • In a medium bowl combine the sweetened condensed milk and Key lime juice. It will take a bit to combine them well. The juice should be well incorporated.
  • In a separate bowl beat the whipping cream with an electric mixer until soft peaks form. The tips should curl. Fold whipped cream into lime mixture until thoroughly combined. Spoon filling into graham cracker crust, smoothing evenly. Cover and freeze up to 4 hours or until firm. Remove from freezer about 10 minutes before serving to make serving easier. Return leftovers to freezer, covered.

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  1. I can’t believe how easy this recipe is! Or that I’ve never had key lime anything! I even went to the Keys once where key lime was EVERYWHERE and never tried it. After reading how simple this is and how delicious it sounds, I MUST try it!!

  2. How lucky to have your own key lime tree!! The pie looks great and I am glad you weathered the storm ok. Hopefully that will be the last evacuation for quite some time!

  3. I am so glad your lime is Ok (hopefully) and your home! How frightening! I would be like you and take all of the photographs! This pie looks amazing! One of my favorites! Such a worthy cause! Thanks for sharing!

  4. I guess I’ve never had a ripe key lime, they are always green when I buy them. Glad to hear that you survived the storm. I can’t even imagine what it must be like to leave your home and wonder if you will ever be back.

  5. Glad everything was ok at your home. I can’t imagine having to evacuate four different times. It would be hard to let go and then waiting in anticipation for the unknown. Hope you key lime tree survives so you can make lots of these pies! 🙂

  6. So happy that you and yours are safe Ellen. We don’t live in an area where we suffer these types of events but my husband has scanned every photo we have into our computer so that they are saved for eternity. God forbid you ever have to evacuate again, but if so, it is much easier to pack a memory stick than all those photos.

  7. Although I’ve lived in Tennessee nearly all my life, I was born in Broward County. Before moving back to my mother’s hometown of Nashville, I lived through a Hurricane as a young child. I remember the fear and the uncertainty during the storm. And I remember the damage of the aftermath. My heart goes out to everyone, in every affected area. I’m glad you got out safely and had “minimal” damage.

    Your Key Lime Pie recipe sounds fabulous! P~

  8. That looks like the perfect summer dessert…so light and refreshing! Thank you for sharing on the Celebrate 365 Father’s Day Party. I do hope you will join our new Patriotic Party that is live today.

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