Sunday, March 4, 2012

EASY No Bake Key Lime Pies (yields 4 individual ramekins)

Well, I just had to try this and boy am I glad I did.  You can make this recipe into whatever flavor you want. I happen to have a killer key lime extract, so that worked for mine, but if you can't find one of those (mine is special ordered from online) then you could easily make this with lemon extract for a lemon chiffon pie or orange extract for an orange cream pie or even strawberry for a strawberry pie. Any combo would be delish. This recipe is super versatile.  So get creative and get bakin' or no bakin' ;)

No Bake Crust:
3/4 c. low fat graham cracker crumbs (or you can grind your own if you have some around the house)
1/4 to 1/2 stick MELTED Smart Balance (or whatever butter/margarine you have on hand)

- combine graham crumbs with melted butter until a slightly mushy consistency is achieved.  Spread evenly into 4 of your individual ramekins creating a firmly packed graham cracker crust.

No Bake Cream Pie Filling:
8 oz. reduced fat cream cheese (softened)
8 oz. fat free Cool Whip - reserve 4 dollops worth for garnish!
1/4 cup powdered sugar (more or less to taste)
1 tsp. key lime extract or your choice of flavored extract (to taste)
green food coloring (or whatever color matches your extract)

- fold softened cream cheese into cool whip, add powdered sugar until sweet.  Then add your choice of extract, to taste, and a drop of food coloring at a time until appropriate color is achieved.

- evenly fill graham cracker crumbed ramekins with cream filling, top with a dollop of cool whip and zest and/or fruit of choice.

- chill for 15 min. and DEVOUR!!!

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