Healthy Key Lime Tarts (Vegan and Paleo)

Healthy Key Lime Tarts.  One of the things I think of during summer is healthy key lime tarts.  I knew I had to find a way to make a healthy key lime vegan tart recipe.

My father-in-law loves all things key lime and he loved this key lime tart recipe!  I had him come over and taste test them.  If you like my Key Lime Larabars, you will love these key lime tarts!


Healthy Key Lime Tarts


I had soaked some cashews because I was making some Smoky Sweet Potato Tacos and the recipe called for a maple cream.

I thought they were plenty sweet and didn’t end up making the cream part.  The tacos were bomb though!

I used the extra cashew cream in this recipe. These little tarts are vegan, grain free, gluten free and raw.  I hope you enjoy them as much as we did.

Healthy Key Lime Tarts

Healthy Key Lime Tarts

Prep Time 2 hr Serves 5 - 6 servings     adjust servings


    For the crust

    For the filling


      For the crust

      1. Soak the cashews overnight and then drain and rinse.
      2. In the food processor , grind up the salt, almonds and pecans until they are a course/crumbly texture.
      3. Add the dates and pulse until a dough starts to form. You may need to add a couple tablespoons of water or oil if the dough is not holding well.
      4. Press the dough into individual greased tart pans . I have the kind with the removable bottoms. Makes it real easy to remove them afterward. I got five out of my batch. It helps to use wet hands while forming the dough into place.
      5. Once all the dough is formed in the cups, place in the fridge for 30 minutes to firm the dough back up.

      For the filling

      1. While the dough is firming back up, you can start on the filling. Throw the cashews, coconut milk, sweetener and lime juice in a blender and blend until smooth. I used my Vitamix . Take a taste. If you like it a little more tart, add some more lime juice.
      2. Pour the contents into the tart shells and let chill in the fridge for a couple hours. That’s it!


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      62 thoughts to “Healthy Key Lime Tarts (Vegan and Paleo)”

      1. These really sound yummy and I think I will make them for the 4th. I do have a question on the cashews and soaking them please. Do you buy raw cashews? Do you just cover them with water to soak them? I haven't done this before or seen it done. Thank you for your time and recipes!
        1. Yes I used raw cashews. I put them in a jar with enough water to cover them and maybe an inch more. After soaking, drain and rinse.
      2. How long do you need to process this so the cashews are smooth and not still in small pieces? I made a "cream sauce" once and it was nasty because the cashews still were in pieces (like coffee grounds) instead of creamy. I LOVE key lime and would like to try this
        1. Mine came out really smooth. Do you have a high powered blender like a Vitamix or Ninja? The cashews should be soft from soaking overnight. I throw them in first and grind them up a bit before adding the rest of the ingredients. Blend the whole thing up for a couple minutes and it should get smooth.
          1. I have a ninja.........want to try these. I tried a key lime pie with coconut milk and avacados but wasn't impressed.
            1. You should be able to do this in the ninja. I haven't tried a key lime pie with avocado, but I love this recipe. I have gotten many compliments on it as well. Please let me know how you like it.
      3. Thanks so much for sharing my Smoky Sweet Potato Tacos! This Key Lime Tart is OUT OF CONTROL, Melissa! It's gorgeous! I have never soaked cashews-- I guess softening them and then blending with the coconut milk gives them a creamy pudding texture? I'd really like to try these!
        1. My pleasure Heather! That recipe was so good! Yes, soaking the cashews does soften them and then they can be used as a "cream." Make sure to blend well.
      4. I'm allergic to dates... any suggestions for how I could make this without them? I *looooove* key lime pie!
        1. Can you try another dried fruit? Maybe apricots? The flavor may change slightly though. Banana might work too.
      5. About how much does the cashew "cream" amount to once blended? Im allergic and wish to replace it with coconut butter.
      6. I made this for a bbq yesterday and it was a hit, even with the people that didn't mind eating desserts with all the other junk in them. I improvised a lot because of what I had in the house but it was still wonderful. I used regular limes, let it set in a springform cheesecake pan (since I don't have tart pans) and didn't have pecans, so only used almonds and dates for the crust and it was still amazing. Thanks for the recipe!
        1. Lisa-I'm glad you mention using regular limes. The whole foods didn't have key limes and I wasn't sure if the recipe would turn out with what I have (small round limes - unsure of the variety). Was also thinking about making the filling without lime and gop it with strawberries...
      7. For the crust - did you use raw almonds? And what about the pecans? Where do you find the dates you mentioned? This sounds so good!
          1. Thanks. I do not have a Whole Foods where I live but will check my health food store unless you have another suggestion.
            1. You can get them off Amazon too. I think I included a link in the post for those who can't find them at the store.
      8. Part of my previous post did not go through, so here is my question. Having never used coconut milk before, I have seen in many recipes they advise to scoop what is needed from top of can because the bottom is all liquid. Is that true and how should I do it for this recipe? Thanks! :)
      9. Hi there! I gave this recipe a go on the weekend and it is just fabulous! I am new to the blogging world, and while I hope to one day create my own clean eating recipes to share with my followers, at the moment I am finding so much inspiration from fellow bloggers. I have shared your recipe on my blog and linked it back to you. Thanks for the inspiration!
      10. Very disappointed. The filling came out really runny, looks nothing like on the picture, not creamy. I had to throw out the whole thing. Very sad:((
      11. My friend made these and brought them to our Christmas party. She knew I have to eat gluten free, and we all try to eat healthy. WOW are these wonderful! Full of flavor and everyone who tried them really reaved about how good the little tarts are. Thank You for such good reciepes! I will follow your Blog and site!
      12. Do you think I could substitute Lemon for the lime and make these into lemon tarts? Looking for a lemony dessert for Easter, and "Ain't nobody got time" for making vegan lemon curd ;-) This seems so much easier!

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