Key Lime Pudding

from The Blender Girl cookbook
April 7, 2010

This key lime pudding takes less than 10 minutes to throw together, and has a sweet, tangy, and zesty flavor that is divine.

Key Lime Pudding

This super-easy key lime pudding from The Blender Girl cookbook is zesty and refreshing. You don’t need key limes to make it (you get that flavor by combining limes and lemons). If you’re a tart-at-heart (like me) and love sharp, tangy notes, you’re gonna be in heaven. Those of you who like your citrus on the sweeter side may want to add more maple syrup to taste.

You could make a straight lemon pudding by using 1 cup lemon juice and 2 teaspoons lemon zest, or just lime pudding with 1 cup lime juice and 2 teaspoons lime zest. But, the combination of lemon and lime juice and rind delivers a depth of flavor that’s hard to beat.

I first became smitten (or should I say bitten) with key lime pudding in the Florida everglades in a little fishing shack off the river. The mosquitos were eating me alive! I imagined them the size of cockroaches as they successfully gnawed through my jeans. While they were biting through my jeans, I was biting my tongue trying to prevent myself from ordering yet another and another and another key lime pudding.

This healthier incantation using a base of avocado and banana has a little less bite to the hips, but no less bite on the lips. Trust me, let the tart in you sing, and you won’t be sorry. This pudding is sublime.

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Key Lime Pudding

This key lime pudding takes less than 10 minutes to throw together, and has a sweet, tangy, and zesty flavor that is divine.

Prep Time 15 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes
Servings 4
Author Tess Masters

Ingredients

  • 1 teaspoon finely grated lemon zest
  • 1/2 cup (120ml) fresh lemon juice
  • 1 teaspoon finely grated lime zest
  • 1/2 cup (120ml) fresh lime juice
  • 1/3 cup (80ml) pure maple syrup, plus more to taste
  • 2 ripe avocados, pitted and peeled (no bruising or discoloration)
  • 2 cups (285g) chopped bananas (2 medium bananas)
  • Pinch of Celtic sea salt

Instructions

  1. Throw all of the ingredients into your blender and blast on high for 30 to 60 seconds, until well combined. Tweak sweetener to taste. 
  2. Divide the pudding among four serving glasses, and chill in the fridge for about 3 hours to thicken. Serve the same day, chilled, to avoid oxidation. 
  3. Note: This pudding works best with ripe avocados that don’t have any brown discolorations. Over-ripe or bruised avocados detract from the flavor.

Recipe Notes

Recipe from The Blender Girl cookbook
Photo by Trent Lanz and styling by Alicia Buszczak

Comments

Comments 68

  1. I am so glad you are all enjoying this mousse. It is one of my all-time favourites…and it is SOOO easy – even better!

  2. Ok – so I do not like avocados. I do not like them in a train, on main or in the rain. Seeing this recipe and then discovering that avos were involved put me off. However, in the middle of the snow covered midwest, I started craving citrus, and not just oranges. So, being trapped inside for 3 days, I got a little wild and bought the avos and limes and puree’d my little heart out. I must say that I’m quite pleased with the results. Fresh fresh and FRESH LIME, PEOPLE! Its awesome

    1. LOL! Courtney…….you are HILARIOUS! I LOVE it! Glad you enjoyed this. I can’t say I miss those Missouri Winters. But I DO miss YOU! xxx

  3. I made this for my hubby, who (cough) doesn’t like chocolate. Substituted 80 drops stevia for the agave because we have to watch our calories. YUMMMMMMMMMMMM!!!!! Like a burst of summer during a very long winter!!!

    1. LOVE it! Thanks for sharing your experience with adding in stevia here! Glad you enjoyed it 🙂
      It DOES taste like Summer bursting in your mouth doesn’t it?!

  4. This is by far the best dessert/breakfast I have ever made. It takes no time, it is completely guilt free and the kids looooooooooove it. They won’t stop asking when I’ll make more.
    Shared the yumminess with all kinds of people.
    🙂

  5. Life saver. When I needed something sweet and fast, I would succumb to processed cookies or have to drive 45 mins to and from, spend on gas and tolls, to buy expensive gluten free vegan cookies at the health store. Now, I have an almost immediate healthy and dreamy craving satisfier. And I let out some agression squeezing those lemons too.

    1. Oh Elena
      I just happened to be in my email when your comment can through!
      “letting out the aggression squeezing those lemons”. HILARIOUS!
      SO glad you enjoyed this recipe.
      It really is one of my all-time favourites 🙂

  6. Hope you don’t mind, I shared this on my website..again, with a few other of my favorite low cost desserts. http://wp.me/p1j1VK-oa I definitely credited them to you. I’ve gotten a few people to come over your way and tried your recipes. Will be trying that new egg nog this winter.

    1. Hey Elena
      Thanks for sharing this recipe.
      This is one of my all-time favourites.
      You are welcome to share any recipes you like!
      Can’t wait to hear what you think of that eggnog.
      YUMMO!

    1. LOL! I LOVE it!
      I know…this is one of my ALL-TIME favourite recipes. It is SO easy and SO delicious!
      I can’t wait to hear what else you are making in your Vitamix! I am sure you will give it a good workout. Oink Oink 🙂

  7. Ok, I am probably the first male to reply, but I had to test this out since I have been looking for blender recipes when I found this site. I am trying to eat good for my New Years resolution. I didnt know what Agave was, I thought that was something normally in my tequila, so I didnt put any in, I used pure maple syrup instead. And the result. Wow, I would have never believed it, unless I made it myself. My girlfriend is going to love it! 🙂

    1. Hey Dave!
      SO lovely to welcome some more men to HBR!
      Yes! Maple syrup is DELICIOUS in this mousse.
      So glad you enjoyed it. How easy is it?
      SO delicious! Welcome 🙂

  8. Yes! Thankyou for sharing that. I should have written that in my post. The riper the bananas, the less sweetener you need!!!
    So glad you enjoyed this Tash 🙂

  9. LOL! Oh, I LOVE that!
    That was fun making this together on New Year’s Eve. What a fantastic night.
    Love you xxx

  10. LOL! I just spat out my smoothie! You are SO funny. LOVE the use of the piggy language. Thanks Brooke! So glad you enjoyed this so much 🙂

  11. Oh, I LOVE that! It does taste a bit like keylime cheesecake. SO glad you have found solace in this zesty mousse!!!

  12. Oh…..thankyou Meryl……your kind words just made my day. You are so lovely and I really appreciate your support and encouragement.

  13. Glad you enjoyed this!! I also like it without sweetener. But thought it might be too hard core for most people. Glad to see you like it that way too 🙂

  14. Hi!

    I soo love avocado! However, I’d like to ask if you or anyone tried preparing it and tasted bitter? I have tried couple of recipes, some are good but most of the avocado recipes that calls for lemon or lime, when blended, tasted bitter. Any thoughts ? 🙁 Appreciate any tips or help! Thanks!

    1. Hey Marie,
      This recipe is not bitter at all.
      It is actually sweet. You can even add in more sweetener if you find it too tart.
      It has a zing, but it is not at all bitter.
      You are using the juice and a little zest, and the banana helps to cut through any bitterness.

  15. Hi Tess!

    I am wondering if I can substitute raw honey for the agave in this recipe? I am hoping to demo it in my cooking class…will be sure to credit you and your website as I spread the word of good food!

    Best,
    ~Lisa from Kansas City

    1. Hey Lisa,
      You could use a bit of honey in this recipe. But I find that it overpowers the flavour of the lemon and lime. I find honey to be a bully sweetener in large quantities. You are welcome to use ANY recipes you like in your classes. Please share 🙂

    1. So glad you enjoyed it. This is one of my favourite recipes. Thanks for taking the time to share your experience.

  16. I just read your recipe and made it because I had everything on hand except the limes. Just used all lemons. It is DELICIOUS ! Great way to use up bananas and avocados that are suddenly ripe!

    1. You could use raw coconut meat, and then you would need to adjust the other ingredients. Perhaps a little more juice and then definitely more sweetener. But still delicious!

  17. Wow, wow, wow and wow!!! I pulled this up just before lunch and my husband had already cut up an avocado to eat. I popped everything into the Viamix and wa-la! The best key lime dessert we’ve ever had! Thanks a bunch! 🙂

    1. OH, I am SO pleased you and your hubby enjoyed this. I LOVE this recipe too. Thanks for you lovely comments on facebook, and for taking the time to leave it here as well. You ROCK 🙂

  18. Hi there! So excited to try this recipe! The comments are awesome!
    So if this is a KEY lime recipe, how come you have regular limes in the recipe? Is there a difference? Cause I bought Key Limes but I don’t want to mess up the recipe so please let me know. Hopefully you will reply soon- I am making it this friday for a dinner party! Many thanks!!

    1. Hey Samantha, this recipe is delicious and I think you will really love it. I called it key lime because of the taste blend when the lemon and limes combine. I used regular lemons (not myer) and regular limes. However, you can absolutely use key limes in this recipe. But you will need the lemon juice as well. You may just have to tweak the flavours a little. But. I have used key limes and it is DEELISH! Enjoy. This recipe is a winner!

  19. This recipe looks amazing……..however I’m severely allergic to avocado!! Do you know of a substitution I can use instead?? I’m sad cuz I absolutely LOVE avocado, but it hates me :(. My family loves anything with lime/lemons. What can I sub do you think??

    1. I am sorry to hear that Christa. But you can get AMAZING results using raw coconut meat. Crack your own coconuts (read my section under the how to under resources) or purchase it already extracted from health food stores. It is YUMMY!

    1. Great! This recipe is a winner. If you are not a vegan and eat egg whites, I have one that I posted very early on under the ice creams category. Alternatively, email me (address in FAQ) and I will send you another one 🙂

  20. This looks delicious, but I’m surprised it only calls for 4 limes… I normally use upwards of 20 for my key lime pie. I don’t want to have to run out and buy more halfway through.

    1. Jen, when I posted this recipe I used very juicy limes. You may need 6 – 8 limes. But lots of people have made this recipe over the years and never had an issue. Enjoy 🙂

      1. I tried making this and got so little juice from my 8 key limes that I had to use the regular limes to supplement. Are you supposed to use regular limes for this recipe? I assumed Key limes since that is what you called it, and key limes are very different than limes.

        1. Hey Jen
          I am so sorry for the confusion. It is regular limes. The mixture of the lemons and limes gives it a keylime flavour. I am going to amend the recipe now to make it clearer. Thanks.

  21. I noticed agave nectar is used in so many of the recipes here. This product is no different than using high fructose corn syrup, and is very nasty stuff to place in you body (Google it). I would suggest using maple syrup in place of agave nectar.

    1. Thanks Bob, yes I am aware of the controversy surrounding agave. Agave was used in the earlier recipes on the site, but hasn’t been used for years. However, this recipe is a treat, and not to be consumed every day. Maple syrup is way too assertive for this recipe.

  22. I’m trying this tomorrow. Wow, when I saw this pic, I had to click on it. Looks amazing. Thanks for the recipe.

  23. I used frozen bananas and it tastes delicious with less time in the fridge to thicken. Do you think you could freeze this and eat frozen?

    1. Wonderful. Thanks for sharing your great tweak! Love it. This tends to crystalize when frozen. You won’t get the rich buttery texture. I think you’ve found a nice middle ground of fresh and frozen using the frozen bananas!

  24. This recipe looks awesome. Ill be going grocery shoppjng in the morning so I can make this!!! Glad there was mention of freezing it. I wont be doing that. I just recently seen recipe for chocolate fudgicles using avocado. They sound good too especially since summer is offucially here on the 21st!!

  25. This recipe looks awesome. Ill be going grocery shoppjng in the morning so I can make this!!! Glad there was mention of freezing it. I wont be doing that. I just recently seen recipe for chocolate fudgicles using avocado. They sound good too especially since summer is officially here on the 21st!!

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