Despite the fact I no longer consume sugar, I still enjoy a sweet treat every now and then. And the good news is that we can have good desserts occasionally without having to ingest refined sugars at all. One thing I miss from my days of eating sugar is Key Lime Pie. Let me tell you, this dessert is just as good as any sugar laden pie that ever existed. This recipe is quite delicious all by itself, but you can step it up a couple notches simply by sprinkling it with toasted chopped pistachios for the win.
- 3 large eggs
- 1/2 cup Splenda, granular
- 6 tbsp unsalted butter, melted
- 1/2 cup fresh lime juice
- 1 (1/4 ounce) package unflavored gelatin
- 1 1/4 cups heavy cream
- 1 tsp lime zest
1. Whisk eggs and Splenda in a heatproof bowl or the top of a double boiler until smooth. Whisk in butter and lime juice. Sprinke with the gelatin and let stand 1 minute.
2. Fill bottom of double boiler or a medium saucepan with 1 inch of water, bring to a boil over medium heat. Set bowl or boiler top over simmering water and cook, whisking constantly, until just thickened. Remove from heat and whisk to cool slightly. Transfer to a bowl, cover with plastic wrap directly on surface, and refrigerate for 30 minutes.
3. Beat cream with an electric mixer at medium speed until soft peaks form. Fold about one third of whipped cream into lime mixture, then fold in remaining whipped cream and lime zest. Spoon into 6 dessert glasses, cover each with plastic wrap directly on surface, and freeze until solid. Transfer to refrigerator about one hour before serving.
Note: Although gelatin is best known for its properties as a thickener, it helps to impart a smooth, creamy texture to this mousse. It also helps to keep the cream from “weeping” or separating.
Each serving yields 329 calories, 5.5g carbs, 32.5g fat, and 5.5g protein
To my friends who think they can not live a full life without sugar, I suggest you open your mind to the great recipes available where you can still have an occasional treat without the worry of cravings, or getting “hangry” as a result of consuming simple carbs.