Key Lime Tarts (Dairy & Gluten Free)

We are only a day away from New Years Eve celebrations!! If you are having a little get together these tarts are a perfect crowd pleaser dessert that won’t derail the New Years resolutions!!

I got the recommendation for this dessert from one of my lovely clients after she had tried the Frozen Pumpkin Pie Dessert I made a couple weeks ago!

These Key Lime Tarts use almost the same ingredients for the crust! As I mentioned in that post, this crust is totally versatile and can be used for tarts, cheesecake, dessert bars, pies, etc. It’s splendid!

These tarts are rich, creamy, tangy, and totally satisfy a hankering for something sweet and cold! The lime flavor comes through just enough to give them a fresh flavor without seeming too rich.

And just how are these “rich & creamy” tarts “dairy free”??

Avocados! Yep. Avocados. You would really never guess though because the avocado taste is pretty much undetectable, it just lends to the luscious, silky, texture of the top limey layer!

The avocados also give these tarts their beautiful green shade, and not to mention the healthy omega fatty acids that avocados are known so well for. This really is a “beautifying dessert”!!

The date, coconut, and walnut crust is a “power crust’ lending protein, fiber, omega fatty acids, and many vitamins and minerals. I used raw unpasteurized honey and stevia to sweeten the filling – this takes away the avocado taste! Then I topped them off with a thin slice of kiwi – just to add that extra flair!

These tasty tarts come in at only 192 calories each! That’s pretty darn good for such a rich tasting dessert! No refined sugars or flours, no gluten, and no dairy! Just pure healthy deliciousness!

I hope everyone has a wonderful New Years celebration! Stay safe and I look forward to bringing you even more amazing recipes and healthy food inspiration in 2013!

There are so many exciting additions I have planned for the blog this next year, I can’t wait to take Nutritionist in the Kitch to the next level!! Thank you to everyone who has been following and supporting my blog – I feel truly blessed to be able to share my passion with all of you and inspire others to live a healthier life!

4.8 from 5 reviews
Key Lime Tarts (Dairy & Gluten Free)
Store in the fridge or freezer.
Serves: 12
  • Crust:
  • 1 cup unsweetened coconut, shredded
  • 1 cup walnuts
  • ½ cup pitted dates (soaked in warm water for 30 minutes)
  • Filling:
  • 2½ firm avocados
  • ¼ cup fresh lime juice
  • 1 teaspoons lime zest
  • ¼ cup raw honey
  • 4 packets stevia (optional)
  1. Grease a 12-muffin tin, set aside.
  2. Place the coconut and walnuts in a food processor. Blend until coarsely ground. Add the dates and process until the mixture begins to stick together. Press about 1½ tablespoons of the mixture into the bottom of each cup, about ¼ full.
  3. Process all filling ingredients in a food processor until smooth. Pour 1 heaping tablespoon of the filling into each muffin cup. Smooth the top.
  4. Garnish with a fresh slice of kiwi or a very thin slice of lime.
  5. Freeze for 30-60 minutes to set.
  6. Enjoy!
Nutritional Information
Serving size: 1 tart Calories: 192 kcal Saturated fat: 3.3g Unsaturated fat: 9.9g Carbohydrates: 17.3g Sugar: 11.4g Fiber: 4.6g Protein: 2.4g



Nutritionist in the Kitch


  1. Roberta says

    What size avacadoes? Haas are so much smaller than those big green ones. Can you tell me approx. how many cups?

  2. Guybrush says

    I found the recipe for these on instagram. I’ve given them a shot and theres a few things i’m wondering. The base seems really loose, there’s no real “binding” ingredient there is there.. Perhaps its not helped because 1 cup of coconut is a lot, or perhaps its because i didn’t soak my dates. My filling is GREEN! I mean the avocado i’ve used are properly green and i’m wondering how yours have so little colour?
    I ended up with too much base ingredient and too little filling, so i made up some greek yoghurt lime mix for the remainder which worked quite well. Have you tried a avocado/greek yog mix before?

    • Christal Sczebel says

      Hey! The dates are definitely the binder for the crust – so you may need to add some of the date soaking liquid if yours were too dry! That should help keep the crust together better!

      I’m not sure why yours was much greener than mine! Maybe a different variety of avocado??

      When you are putting the crust in the tins make sure you pack them down really good, that will give you less volume and help them stick! :) I haven’t tried doing greek yogurt with the avocado!

      • Guybrush says

        Thanks for the reply. I was thinking honey in the crust, but will try soaked dates first.

        I’m thinking an avocado/lime/honey/greek yoghurt mix will actually work pretty well. :)

  3. Bella says

    I have all the ingredients, can’t wait to try it! I don’t have a food processor though, would a blender work?

  4. Sarra says

    These were delicious! I just made them tonight. I was out of honey so I used agave instead. They came out great, a bit tart.. Maybe if I used honey they would be sweeter but their still delicious! Thanks for the recipe

  5. Lotta says

    Thank you so so so much for this recipe! I somehow managed to make the filling too watery, so I added some coconut cream, and it worked perfecty :) Now I’m going to investigate the rest of your amazing recipes on the website
    Many hugs and thank yous from your new Finnish fan!

  6. Heidi says

    One of our staff brought these into the office today! They are awesome! A burst of spring flavour. They are on my list to make for Easter!

    Love your site, Christal!

  7. Victoria says

    These are setting in the freezer! Key lime pie is my favorite dessert and this filling is so much better than the original – health and taste wise! <3

  8. Kate says

    Was very sceptical at the idea of avocado at first, just had a taste to test them out before I take them to a dinner party tonight… The verdit ? AMAZIIIIING!
    And they are so damn cute! Thanks for a great recipe! X

  9. Isabel says

    Hi! Love the recipe. One question – what would you recommend using instead of coconut? The other ingredients taste great but I just can’t get over the coconut part. Thanks!

  10. Ashley says

    These look so good! I’m actually allergic to avocado though (which is such a bummer because I LOVE avacados…especially guacamole! ). Anyway do you have any suggestions for a substitute for avacado? Maybe sugarfree pudding? Thanks so much!

  11. Stacy Phillips says

    I was looking for some dairy-free or lactose free recipes for my 3yr. Old daughter. She loves everything but she is lactose intolerant. These will be great and healthy too for her and I will.try to make her these as a dessert or a snack!!

    • Christal says

      Wonderful, I hope she enjoys! She may need a little extra sweetness because these can be quite ‘tart’ 😉 I would up the honey!

  12. Kristie says

    Hi I wanted to try these for work, but I have a lot of co workers with nut allergies what could I use as a replacement for the nuts.
    Thank you
    Kristie Gilchrist

    • Christal says

      Hi Kristie! You can use sunflower or pumpkin seeds in the place of nuts! :) Typically those with nut allergies can still do seeds – you might want to just double check though! :)

  13. Marsha Filimon says

    Hi Christal! I was wondering If I could use something else instead of dates…raisins? I have all ingredients here except the dates. They look yummy! Thank you! :)

  14. Deb says

    Finally had a chance to make these for a dinner party last night. They were a huge hit and my daughter didn’t even realize she was eating avocado! It’s wonderful how the lime flavour infuses the avocado after the tarts have been in the freezer for a while. I’m tempted to have one for breakfast, and I love that I could totally do so with zero guilt :)

    • Christal says

      Yes! You totally could! :) I haven’t made these in forever, I think it’s time! So glad you enjoyed them Deb and thank you again for always the wonderful feedback!

    • Christal says

      As long as they are kept cold they will stay good. At room temperature they will go mushy! :) I store mine in the freezer!

  15. Bethany Lumbert says

    I made these for a potluck. I added one tablespoon of sugar alongside the honey to give it a bit more sweetness and cover up the avocado flavor. I also added an additional tablespoon of lime juice, which I thought brought out the tartness of the limes.

    In any case, I think some of the staff were intimated by the bright green, but those that really like limes enjoyed this dessert.

    • Christal says

      Hey Bethany! Thanks so much for trying these and taking the time for feedback! I love the bright green of these tarts but I can see why some people might be put off by it, and also those who aren’t used to out-of-the-ordinary desserts!

    • Christal says

      Wow, awful is a pretty harsh word! I’m sorry they weren’t your thing! I’ve heard great reviews and love them myself so it must be that we have different taste preferences! Thank you for the feedback regardless! You might want to try additional sweetener if you found them too bitter.

        • Christal says

          You could use powdered sugar but that would defeat the purpose of these being healthy. Have you tried stevia? I used stevia in my tarts which adds a lot of sweetness! Stevia is a natural much healthier alternative to powdered sugar

        • Christal says

          The avocado taste in mine is very subtle, it just gives them a creamy texture, I tasted much more of the lime tartness and sweetness of the honey. Maybe different varietals of avocado makes a difference too? I usually use Haas avocado variety!

  16. Briana says

    Do you have any suggestion for a substitute for the Stevia? Possibly brown rice syrup? Or would you just recommend leaving it out entirely since it is optional?

    • Christal says

      Hi Briana, for a sweeter tart you will want to use some additional sweetener, and brown rice syrup would be fine, or even just additional 2 tablespoons of honey! If you don’ mind the top layer to be a little more sour you can leave out the stevia!

  17. Laura says

    Hey, I was wondering how you think lemon would work in this recipe? I don’t have any kiwis, just oranges, lemons and strawberries. I need a healthy dessert to bring to a party tomorrow and no time to go to the store! :)

    • Christal says

      Hey Laura! You could most definitely use lemon instead, AND I would add some orange and strawberries too, I think they would still turn out delicious!

  18. says

    Just found your website – I loooveeeeeee it! So many amazing, healthy recipes….I just don’t know where to begin! :)

    These are so pretty – they look absolutely delicious and I can’t wait to try making them!

    • Christal says

      I’m not sure! I think it would work fine just like pure bottled lime juice would in the place of fresh lime juice! As long as it isn’t a sweetened lime juice it’s good with me! :)

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