This Key Lime Pie uses granola in place of graham crackers for a delicious crust that pairs perfectly with the key lime.
One of my favorite breakfasts is granola. It's one of those rare, versatile breakfasts that never gets boring. Toss a spoonful on some yogurt, enjoy it in a bowl with milk or even just grab some on the way out the door if you're short on time.
I use granola in many different ways. One of my favorites is adding it to pancake batter! It adds a wonderful texture and flavor. I'll even put it on top of my pancakes although the kids prefer it cooked right in the batter. Both ways are very tasty though!
I've always love granola as a snack, too, but a friend told me about an apple-peanut butter-granola snack that she makes all the time, both for her and for her kids. I thought it sounded okay but wasn't really that excited about it. Still, I decided to make it for the kids that day when I got home and it. is. so. good!! I was really surprised how much I enjoyed it. The granola adds a wonderful crunch and the flavors were fantastic. I'm going to make it for my girls all the time now for a fun after school snack.
I thought I'd pretty much peaked at my granola usage, but one night I had a serious sweet craving and didn't have much in the house. I thought about making cookies but the effort seemed like too much, not to mention I'm trying to cut down on the amount of sugar I'm eating. I spied one lonely little peach on my counter and had the idea to make a quick and easy granola peach cobbler! And it was so easy it was ridiculous. I just sliced the peach and put it in a ramekin, mixed together about 1/4 cup of granola with a tablespoon of melted butter and sprinkled it over the top. Baked it for 15 minutes at 350F and voila! A yummy peach cobbler without all the extra sugar.
Which, of course, only got me thinking about other ways I could use granola in desserts. I realized that it would make an awesome pie crust instead of using graham crackers. So I tossed some granola into my blender, added some melted butter and in no time at all I had a delicious pie crust. I decided to make a Granola Key Lime Pie which, I have to say, was a fantastic choice. The granola crust and the key lime goes wonderfully together.
Granola Key Lime Pie
- 2 cups granola
- 1/4 cup butter (melted)
- pinch salt
- 1 can sweetened condensed milk
- 4 egg yolks
- 1/2 cup key lime juice
- whipped cream (optional)
- Preheat oven to 350F.
Place granola into a blender or food processor and blend into crumbs. Drizzle in butter and salt and process until incorporated.
- Press granola mixture into the bottom of a pie plate or 4 small, ndividual baking dishes. Bake for 7-10 minutes until crust is beginning to brown. Set aside to cool.
- Meanwhile, blend sweetened condensed milk, egg yolks and key lime juice until well blended. Pour over crust and bake for 15 minutes for whole pie, 10 minutes if in individual dishes. Allow to cool then refrigerate for at least a few hours to set.
- Top with freshly whipped cream and lime zest, if desired.