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Key Lime Avocado Tart

Happy St. Patty's Day! In the spirit of all things green, I created this wonderfully fresh and fulfilling dessert - key lime avocado tarts! I used the Key L
Mar 16, 2016 | Joy McCarthy

Happy St. Patty's Day! In the spirit of all things green, I created this wonderfully fresh and fulfilling dessert - key lime avocado tarts! I used the Key Lime Pudding recipe from my bookJoyous Health and then created a delicious tart crust for the base. You don't need to turn on the stove or the oven because this recipe requires no baking, just perfectly ripe avocados and some whole food-based ingredients.

I am super excited to be sharing this recipe with you today because I have a feeling it will become a fave with your family. Speaking of family...I can't wait to share these tarts with baby Vienna (Note: To be clear, I do not mean this literally! When she's older, I can't wait to give it to her... as this has raw honey). She was watching me like a hawk as I was assembling the tarts. She's tried avocado but we'll have to wait a bit for this recipe. In a future post, I'm going to write all about what I've been feeding her because I have been getting asked this question a lot. She helped me assemble the crust of the tart as you can see in this photo. :)

In the photo below is all the ingredients in my wonderful tarts (except the vanilla is missing). As per my usual joyous recipe-creation-style.. I've made these from simple ingredients that I hope you have in your kitchen right now. If you haven't seen my "what's in my fridge" or "what's in my freezer" videos you'll get a good sense of what I stock in my kitchen on a regular basis which is why I always have these types of ingredients on hand.

If the idea of using avocados in a dessert is a new concept to you, don't fear it! EMBRACE IT! Your taste buds and digestive system will thank you. Avocados while high in monounsaturated fat, they are very satiating so a little goes a long way. They are also a great source of fiber so you will feel totally satisfied when you have this as a dessert as opposed to your run-of-the-mill key lime tart from the grocery store.

Limes and avocados make all my foodie dreams come true. The taste together is absolute perfection! Whether it's in guac or pudding -- it's a match match in joyous heaven.

Let's get to this recipe shall we?

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  • 1.5 cups pecans
  • 1/4 cup raw cacao nibs
  • 1/4 cup unsweetened sulfite-free coconut flakes
  • 10 soft medjool dates
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 3 ripe avocados
  • 1/4 cup liquid unpasteurized honey
  • Juice from 1 lime
  1. Combine pecans, cacao nibs, coconut flakes, dates and vanilla in a food processor or blender and give a whirl until crumbly.
  2. Press mixture into 4 x 4" tart pans*. Refrigerate while you make the pudding top.
  3. Combine avocados, honey and lime in a food processor or blender until creamy. Give it a taste test. Because limes vary greatly in juiciness you may need to add more lime juice. Let your taste buds tell you!
  4. Remove tart bottom from fridge and divide avocado topping among 4 tarts. Enjoy immediately or refrigerate until serving. Garnish with coconut flakes.


Serves 4 generously.
Be sure to buy "medjool" dates for this recipe. Honey dates are too dry and will not work for the crust.
*You could also use an 8" diameter tart pan with the same measurements.


Someone commented on my instagram when I originally posted this that it looks like it tastes like spring and that's a perfect description! I made it for some friends we had over for dinner on the weekend and they loved it. You'll find this dessert is great for entertaining or perfect for weekdays when you feel like a dessert without any guilt.

I hope you love this recipe and happy st. patty's day!

Mar 16, 2016 BY Joy McCarthy
Stevie   •   March 17, 2016

What would the amounts be to make this in a regular pie pan?

Joy McCarthy   •   March 17, 2016

Lindsay   •   March 17, 2016

This might be a long shot but any suggestions for a nut-free substitution for the pecans? Sunflower or pumpkin seeds?

Joy McCarthy   •   March 17, 2016

Sharon   •   March 17, 2016

Hi Joy, Two nights ago I made a raw key lime pie using the crust recipe from your "Apple Tart with Maple Cream" and the "Key Lime Pudding" recipe from your book for my pie filling, and it was so delicious!!! The only change I would make another time would be to double the pudding recipe (I had made 1 1/2 times the recipe), as I had about an 1" of crust above the top of the filling. I also wanted to say how much I enjoy reading your newsletter, blog posts and following you on Instagram. Thank you for all the great, inspiring information you share. I'm looking forward to your new book to being published!

Joy McCarthy   •   March 17, 2016

Toby   •   March 17, 2016

Joy, The avocado lime recipe is truly inspired and looks delish. Just wanted to remind those with babies younger than 1 year to not feed them honey until they are older . Babies lack the digestive enzymes necessary to destroy harmful bacteria that may be present in the honey. Love your recipes! Toby

Joy McCarthy   •   March 17, 2016

Sherry   •   March 17, 2016

Any ideas for a honey substitute? I would love to try these but have gestational diabetes and the dates and honey pack quite the carbohydrate punch.

Kate McDonald Walker   •   March 18, 2016

Claus   •   March 19, 2016

Hi Joy Where did you get the idea for this reciepe? Claus

Joy McCarthy   •   March 19, 2016

Piccolino   •   April 1, 2016

Look really yummy:)

Heather Allen   •   April 1, 2016

Diane   •   February 4, 2017

I can't eat lime so I tried orange with some zest, yum


Rachel   •   February 6, 2017

Hey Diane! Love that :) We love when the Joyous community takes Joy's recipes and makes them their own! I bet it was delicious! Rachel - Joyous Health Team


Ly   •   March 26, 2018

How quickly should they be consumed? Within 7-10 days?

Joy McCarthy   •   March 26, 2018

Sandra LC   •   June 4, 2020

Can substitute anything for the coconut?

Joy McCarthy   •   June 9, 2020

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