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Naturally-Sweetened Key Lime Pie Popsicles

All the delicious flavor of key lime pie – even the buttery graham cracker crust – in cool, creamy popsicle form. Made with Greek yogurt and sweetened naturally with honey for a wholesome, sugar-free summer treat.

Key lime pie popsicles | Wholesome citrus popsicles with Greek yogurt, naturally-sweetened with honey, sugar-free.

The story of these key lime pie popsicles actually starts with a different treat. Well, not so different – just a standard-issue key lime pie.

You see, as I’ve mentioned probably too many times already, maybe because I’m ridiculously happy about it, my step-daughter is staying with us for a bit. For several years running her birthday request has been not a cake, but a key lime pie.

The first year, this required some research and experimentation on my part. (I was concerned that the filling was insufficiently vivid and in a scramble actually added green food coloring. It was, to be honest, hideous. Live and learn.)

Fortunately, at this point I’ve nailed down the perfect simple key lime pie recipe. So although her birthday was earlier in the year, I can’t miss this opportunity to make a belated birthday pie. The only problem? Insufficient graham crackers.

Key lime pie popsicles | Wholesome citrus popsicles with Greek yogurt, naturally-sweetened with honey, sugar-free.

Now, living in Belgium, we don’t want for much. Local grocery stores like Carrefour and Delhaize carry everything you need, and the farmers markets are incredible – amazing fruit and veggies, plus bread, eggs, meat, and cheese from relatively small local vendors. The only thing we miss is the occasional “American” goodie – most of them decidedly not great for you, ha! We’re talking Oreos, Triscuits, and …. graham crackers.

Now we can buy all those American treats at a base not too far away where we are lucky to enjoy shopping privileges, but given the distance (and the toddler) we try not to make that trip more often than necessary. Also I have an amazing recipe for DIY graham crackers that could come through in a pinch, but, well, said toddler has been sleeping even less than usual, and I just haven’t had the time or energy to make multi-component desserts, like graham crackers and then the pie.

Key lime pie popsicles | Wholesome citrus popsicles with Greek yogurt, naturally-sweetened with honey, sugar-free.

Thus I found myself with a serious and urgent desire to produce creamy key lime dessert goodness, and about four graham crackers left in the house – well short of what I’d need for a full pie crust.

Fortunately a few weeks earlier I’d spied these absolutely gorgeous popsicles over on Erin’s blog, The Wooden Skillet, and still had them on the brain. The solution was clear.

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Key lime pie popsicles | Wholesome citrus popsicles with Greek yogurt, naturally-sweetened with honey, sugar-free.

I made a few changes to the recipe to use ingredients we normally keep on hand – namely plain Greek yogurt – and because my family has no dairy sensitivities.

Key lime pie popsicles aren’t exactly a revolutionary idea, but a lot of the most popular recipes on the interwebs rely on sweetened condensed milk. Don’t get me wrong, there’s a time and place for that particular form of deliciousness (like pie!) but these popsicles are so delicious with much healthier Greek yogurt. Why not make a treat you can feel good about?

Add a few tablespoons of honey – more or less to taste, of course – some like it tart! – lime juice and zest, whisk, and go. The graham cracker “crust” isn’t strictly necessary, but makes a supremely satisfying crunchy treat when you get to the bottom of the popsicle. I had just about 4 graham crackers, remember? That turned out to be the perfect amount for a batch of popsicles. It was fate!

Key lime pie popsicles | Wholesome citrus popsicles with Greek yogurt, naturally-sweetened with honey, sugar-free.

Key lime pie popsicles | Wholesome citrus popsicles with Greek yogurt, naturally-sweetened with honey, sugar-free.

Is it just me, or does anyone else physically shiver every time they see a picture of a popsicle with a clean bite out of it!? Brrrr! I got a chill just thinking about it.

One final recipe note: frozen treat molds are great – I have and love this one – but don’t be deterred if you don’t have one. Wondering how to make popsicles without a mold? Here’s a list of 5 simple ideas.

Enjoy!

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Key lime pie popsicles | Wholesome citrus popsicles with Greek yogurt, naturally-sweetened with honey, sugar-free.

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Naturally-Sweetened Key Lime Pie Popsicles

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Yield about 8 popsicles

All the delicious flavor of key lime pie - even the buttery graham cracker crust - in cool, creamy popsicle form. Made with Greek yogurt and naturally-sweetened with honey, these key lime pie popsicles are also a healthy treat you can feel virtuous about eating or sharing.

Ingredients

  • 4 graham crackers
  • 2 tablespoons butter, melted
  • 1 1/2 cups plain Greek yogurt
  • 4 tablespoons honey
  • juice and zest of 3 limes

Instructions

  1. Place graham crackers in a food processor or tightly-sealed zip-top bag and crush into fine crumbs. Pour out into a small bowl, add melted butter, and stir with a fork to combine.
  2. In a medium bowl, combine the yogurt, honey, lime juice, and zest. Whisk until smooth and evenly combined.
  3. Divide mixture evenly between popsicle molds, leaving about 3/4 inch at the top of each one. Spoon a small amount of the graham cracker mixture onto the top of each popsicle (which will, of course, become the bottom) and pack it down lightly with your fingers. Insert popsicle sticks and freeze until solid, at least 3-4 hours.

Adapted from The Wooden Skillet 


Key lime pie popsicles | Wholesome citrus popsicles with Greek yogurt, naturally-sweetened with honey, sugar-free.

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26 Comments

  • Reply
    Kate | My Little Larder
    August 4, 2017 at 8:07 pm

    Genius! I just love the idea of key lime pie in a pop! Seriously yum!! We are in New Zealand so like you can’t get graham crackers in our local supermarket but I think these pops are worth a trip across town to an American store that stocks them.

    • Reply
      Monica
      August 4, 2017 at 8:12 pm

      Isn’t it funny the little things you can’t find or never realized were so unique!? I agree, I think these are worth a trip for the graham cracker crust. That said, for another option, a friend here in Brussels also suggested using digestive cookies for a similar kind of cookie base – that might be worth a try, also – if those are more easily found at your local store, of course!

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    Taylor Mobley
    July 24, 2017 at 1:55 pm

    I need at least 10 of these today. SO yummy looking.

    • Reply
      Monica
      July 24, 2017 at 5:36 pm

      Oh man, I couldn’t agree more. The perfect cure for a long, hot day!

  • Reply
    Joscelyn
    July 21, 2017 at 6:42 pm

    Mmm, love key lime! I’ll have to try these asap!

  • Reply
    Erin (Platings and Pairings)
    July 21, 2017 at 3:53 pm

    These are beautiful and they look delicious! Perfect for summer!

  • Reply
    Joy
    July 21, 2017 at 1:06 am

    OMG YUM! The graham crackers are the perfect touch to this! This sounds like a much healthier alternative to some Haagen Daaz! I love key lime pie and this looks so easy to make (and enjoy!)

    Pinning this for later enjoyment!
    Joy
    http://www.basicallyjoy.com/

    • Reply
      Monica
      July 21, 2017 at 12:03 pm

      Thanks so much, Joy, I really appreciate it – and share your love of key lime pie!

  • Reply
    patricia @ grab a plate
    July 21, 2017 at 12:50 am

    These look so great (and your pix are gorgeous!). So, now I may have these on the brain until I make them…and I *think* I have an almost-empty box of graham crackers! 🙂 Yum!

    • Reply
      Monica
      July 21, 2017 at 12:02 pm

      No doubt about it – you are MEANT to whip up a batch of these soon! 🙂 Enjoy! And thank you so much for the kind words, especially about the pictures. It means a lot to me!

  • Reply
    lauren
    July 20, 2017 at 8:03 pm

    Yessss! I love key lime pie! These look so incredibly good, I love the graham cracker treat at the bottom.

    • Reply
      Monica
      July 20, 2017 at 10:19 pm

      Thanks, Lauren! Totally agree – that’s my favorite part of the whole thing. 😉

  • Reply
    cookilicious
    July 20, 2017 at 4:22 pm

    This reminds me of strawwberry cheesecake popsicle that i made the othger day. I used cereal for the base. Love your idea to use graham crackers! pinned this recipe…love your pictures too.

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      Monica
      July 20, 2017 at 10:20 pm

      Strawberry cheesecake popsicles sound tasty! And thank you so much for the kind words!

  • Reply
    Jeni @ Coquette Kitchen
    July 20, 2017 at 2:17 pm

    I adore key lime pie and I also have a teething 11 month old, so I think these could be happening in my house, lol. No dairy sensitivities here either, so I am glad you put the yogurt in!

    • Reply
      Monica
      July 20, 2017 at 10:21 pm

      Ooooh… sounds like these could work for you on multiple levels! Good luck with the teething! My guy just turned two and is the world’s slowest teether, I’m convinced, so I feel for ya!

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    Marissa
    July 20, 2017 at 2:06 pm

    This looks amazing! I’m making it for my next get together.

    • Reply
      Monica
      July 20, 2017 at 10:22 pm

      Hooray! I’d love to know how they turn out for you!

  • Reply
    Emily
    July 20, 2017 at 1:42 pm

    Key lime pie on a stick….so delicious what a brilliant idea!

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    Bintu - Recipes From A Pantry
    July 20, 2017 at 1:10 pm

    I adore key lime pie, and these popsicles look so delicious. YUM

  • Reply
    Ginny McMeans
    July 19, 2017 at 11:42 pm

    How did you know key lime pie was my favorite! Seriously, these sound amazing. Love your ‘crust on the bottom too 🙂

  • Reply
    Lindsey, Lito Supply Co.
    July 19, 2017 at 11:28 pm

    First, your photos are gorgeous. Second, these sound delicious! I’m a sucker for anything key lime.

  • Reply
    Karen @ Seasonal Cravings
    July 19, 2017 at 10:33 pm

    I can’t believe how simple yet yummy this dessert looks! I love the idea of a key lime flavor. Summer on a stick!

    • Reply
      Monica
      July 19, 2017 at 10:39 pm

      Thanks, Karen! I totally agree – so nice to have a dessert that’s yummy, pretty good for you, and EASY!

  • Reply
    Garlic + Zest
    July 19, 2017 at 10:25 pm

    You threw me for a loop with the peanut butter with graham crackers! Not that I don’t love peanut butter… These popsicles look completely yummy. I think you should just keep these in rotation for the rest of the summer…

    • Reply
      Monica
      July 19, 2017 at 10:38 pm

      Hi Lisa! The crust on these is just graham crackers with regular butter. Peanut butter is intriguing, but I agree, that might get a little … sticky! Glad you like them, and yes, there are definitely more batches in our future! Take care. 🙂

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