This post is in collaboration with So Delicious Dairy Free. All opinions are my own.
For those hot and sticky summer days when all you want is something cold and icy.
These airy squares will cool you off STAT.
So satisfying, so dreamy… and SO lime-y.
Since the humidity has been on another level this week, all I’m craving is easy, easy and easy, just like these Key Lime Coconut Dream Bars.
The best part? No turning on the oven or baking required. Now that’s a summer DREAM.
Tart, light and tasting just like coconut key lime pie but in square form, they’re made without dairy and refined sweeteners. No food coloring either. These lime squares are colored naturally with a blend of spirulina powder and ground turmeric. The golden turmeric color really brightens up the green spirulina, making the final result almost neon-like. Say whaaaa?!
Nature is magic.
Add a dollop of dairy-free Coco Whip from So Delicious (found in the frozen aisle) and oh my gawwww, you’ll be in heaven. Bring them to a summer party or birthday and you’ll be the key lime queen. People love key lime pie bars, so why not dazzle them with a vegan version?!
Making the almond pecan crust is easy. Just blend up oats, almonds, pecans, flaked coconut, a pinch of sea salt and gooey dates in the food processor.
Then press it down evenly in a square pan and freeze it to set for 10 minutes.
Meanwhile, blend up the creamy key lime filling with the main star being the Key Lime dairy-free coconut milk yogurt from So Delicious. To say I’m obsessed with the So Delicious yogurt is an understatement. They know how to make the perfect creamy yogurt consistency with the right amount of tangy tartness and I buy it weekly! I knew this key lime flavor had to be incorporated into my Key Lime Coconut Dream Bars, and it worked perfectly.
This way saves you time since you won’t have to soak cashews or press tofu as yogurt is the filling base. SO SIMPLE. No heating, whisking or stirring as all the filling ingredients are whizzed up in a blender. Once the filling is smooth and creamy, pour it over the crust, sprinkle with toasted coconut flakes for crunch (optional) and refrigerate for a few hours to set. Then slice into squares, top with fluffy Coco Whip and grab a fork 🙂
You are going to fall in LOVE with these creamy and tangy Key Lime Coconut Dream Bars!!
The perfect light and airy summer dessert.
- 1 1/2 cups gluten free oats
- 1/2 cup raw pecans
- 1/2 cup raw almonds
- 1/4 cup unsweetened coconut flakes
- pinch of sea salt
- 1 cup gooey medjool dates (about 10 dates)
- 1/4 cup filtered water
- 1 cup dairy-free So Delicious Key Lime coconut milk yogurt (two containers)
- 1/2 cup coconut milk (I used unsweetened coconut milk in a carton)
- 1/4 cup coconut butter
- 3 tablespoons maple syrup
- juice and zest of 1 large lime (or 2 small)
- 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 4 teaspoons tapioca starch/flour, divided (helps to set; can also use arrowroot or cornstarch)
- 1/8-1/4 teaspoon green spirulina (or chlorella) until desired color is reached
- 2-4 dashes of ground turmeric, until desired color is reached
- 2 tablespoons coconut oil (unrefined for more coconut flavor; refined for less coconut flavor)
- Line a 9x9in square pan with parchment paper.
- In a food processor, blend oats, pecans, almonds, coconut and sea salt, until finely ground. Add the dates and pulse until dates are ground up small and well incorporated. Next, add in water and pulse until mixture is sticky and no longer crumbly - it should not crumble apart in your fingers, it should stick together. Press down mixture evenly in pan with your hands. Place in freezer for 10 minutes to set.
- Meanwhile, make the key lime filling. All ingredients were carefully chosen to help the filling to stay set. In a high speed blender, blend up the yogurt, coconut milk, coconut butter, maple syrup, lime zest and juice, vanilla, TWO TEASPOONS tapioca starch and spirulina and turmeric. You'll have to play around with the spirulina and turmeric until you reach your desired color, but add in the tiniest amounts at a time - you can always add more but you can't remove it!
- Blend until smooth and creamy. Mixture will look coagulated. Now we will blend in the remaining 2 teaspoons tapioca starch and coconut oil and the filling will no longer look coagulated - just keep blending until it looks smooth!
- Remove crust from freezer and pour filling mixture over the crust. Sprinkle with toasted coconut.
- Refrigerate for about 4 hours to fully set (You can also freeze the bars for more of a frozen type treat and then thaw for 5-10 minutes before slicing into squares and eating).
- Slice into 9 squares, top with So Delicious Coco Whip.
- Keep refrigerated and covered up to 3 days, or freeze remaining squares up to 3 months, and let them thaw 5-10 minutes before eating.
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