Recently, I was on the beautiful Honduran island of Utila, in the middle of the Caribbean. I was there to teach and train freediving – hondo means deep in Spanish so Utila is a great place to be, whether for scuba or freediving.
And when I think about the Caribbean, I think tropical, lush fruit in abundance – which is true, but only for what’s in season.
Right now, there are lots of avocados and limes, juicy and ripe, meaning they are actually quite yellow and not green (and unripe) like most of us know them from the store.
So what to do with these ingredients other than guacamole or a green smoothie?
KEY LIME PIE!
Ingredients for one pie:
1.5 C roughly chopped nuts / e.g. almonds and pecans
6 medjool dates / or 10 smaller dates, if they are very dry consider soaking 2-3 for 30 minutes
1 pinch of sea salt
6 small avocados / or 3-4 larger ones. Make sure they are not too ripe, but rather a little on the hard side
1/4 C lime juice / juice of 2 large, ripe limes. If they are not ripe yet, they will be less juicy and less sweet.
15 drops stevia or to taste – you can also use honey, agave, yacon, coconut or maple syrup – add it slowly and do test the sweetness!
1/2 vanilla bean, seeds of / or 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
1 pinch of sea salt
How to make this key lime pie:
Process nuts, dates and salt in a food processor or blender until it starts sticking together.
Press the dough into a pie tin or deep plate.
Blend avocados with the lime juice, sweetener of your choice, vanilla and sea salt until thick and creamy.
Pour on top of the crust.
Sprinkle lime zest on top, make sure to use organic limes and to first scrub them in hot water to remove wax and dirt residue.
Refrigerate for several hours before serving or place in the freezer until you are ready to indulge.
C = cup, 240 ml
1/2 C = half a cup, 120 ml or / TBSP
1/4 C = quarter of a cup, 60 ml or 4 TBSP
TBSP = table spoon, 15 ml or 3 tsp
tsp = tea spoon, 5 ml
“soft dates” = medjool are usually best. If necessary, soak briefly and drain. The soaking water is super sweet by the way!