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Raw “Key Lime” Pudding To Rock Your World

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Don’t miss out on making this raw "key lime" pudding. It is a winner on every level. This pudding can literally be made in under 5 minutes; chilled and devoured in under half an hour; and requires absolutely no skill whatsoever. Just blend and chow! This phenomenal raw vegan recipe epitomizes the "blend and live" philosophy. Best of all, there is nothing bad in it! We love to hear that! This recipe is gluten free, dairy free, egg free, nut free, soy free and refined sugar free. Just pure Yum Yum Yum!

I have not met anyone who doesn’t love this simple pudding. Vegans, Omnivores, Toxic Treat Tamers, Cream Dreamers and Whole Foods Skeptics all agree – this pudding is scrumptious! I served this simple dessert at one of Dr Carter’s lunch and lectures, and got a unanimous vote of approval – that being all but one empty bowl. I will say that some people are not quite as partial to the extreme tart flavor as I am. This can be easily tempered with a little more sweetener. You know me, I'm a tart at heart. So the more bite the better! But if your taste is a little more conservative, just sweeten this pudding in order to find your perfect blend. You know my partiality to the blend and taste approach. Just keep adding, dipping (your finger, depending on how daring you are), and blending until you get this pudding “juuuust right”.

I will say that I have made all kinds of variations of this pudding and they have all been s'blended. I have made a pudding with just lemon juice, just lime juice, I have left out the rind when I didn’t have the “zest for zest”. I have to say that this recipe is fool proof as long as you stick to the ratios of juice. You just can’t mess this one up! My friend Kris and I made a lemon pudding without any zest in a hurry a while back that was still delicious. So much so, that we sat on the couch in the privacy of my house, eating it straight out of the blender! Tarts indeed!

I will say though, that the combination of lemon and lime juice with the rind lends a depth of flavor that is hard to match for this pudding or it is just not "key lime" is it? I first became smitten (or should I say bitten) with key lime mousse 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 mousse!

This latest raw incantation of my beloved key lime mousse 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. I finally understand the true meaning of “subLIME”.

Kris – This one’s for you!

Raw Vegan Key Lime Mousse

Raw “Key Lime” Pudding To Rock Your World

  • 1/3 cup (80ml) light agave nectar, plus more to taste
  • 1/2 cup (120ml) freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • 1/2 cup (120ml) freshly squeezed lime juice
  • 2 ripe avocados, pitted and peeled (no bruising or discoloration)
  • 2 cups (285g) chopped bananas (about 2 bananas)
  • 1 teaspoon finely grated lemon zest
  • 1 teaspoon finely grated lime zest
  1. Throw all of the ingredients into your blender and puree on high for 1 to 2 minutes, until well combined. You may need to stop your machine and scrape down the sides of the container to ensure everything is incorporated evenly.
  2. Tweak the sweetener to taste.
  3. 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.

Note: This pudding works best with ripe avocados that don’t have any brown discolorations. Over- ripe or bruised avocados detract from the taste.

Tip: select perfect avocados

A ripe avocado will have a dark brown/green skin that yields just a little under pressure. Place your thumb on the top of the avocado and it should have a slight give. Really soft avocados have an unpalatable flavour and the brown discolouration indicates the presence of free radicals. I always buy my avocados rock hard so that I can control the ripening process on my bench top. Then I can check them every day and get them “just right”. I buy rock hard avocados every day and have a rotation so that I have at least one that is perfect for consumption every day! To slow down the ripening process place the avocados in the fridge once they are ripe and they should keep for a few days.

If I didn’t know better, I would never have believed there was avocado in it… so creamy, smooth - perfect!


I know, it is AMAZING isn’t it?! SO glad you enjoyed it :)

I LOVE Key Lime! This is so smooth, creamy and ‘cant stay out of’ good!


LOL! I LOVE that: “Can’t stay out of Good”.

I still don’t believe this has avocado in it!  Blows my mind.  So yummy ... perfect for summer evenings ...guilt free… that means mousse every night….no complaints there! :)


I know. You get away with it because you expect this to be green. SO glad you enjoyed this!

Omigod this one is amazing!  Every time I make it my Mum wants some too!!  So many of my friends are amazed when I tell them how delicious it is to combine bananas with avocado.  Thanks for this recipe.  I TOTALLY agree with the guilt-free comment!


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

I agree with everyone else. i couldn’t believe this was made out of avocado. I have made this three times this week . Just incredible.


This is so unbelievably good I cannot believe it. I am with Sela - I can’t stop making it and everyone loves it. Thankyou so much for sharing.


Oh, I am so pleased you are all enjoying it. I really love this dessert and so glad you all do too :)

I love this moose and its tangy flavour. I use really ripe bananas and not much agave! It is very delicious, loved by everyone and its amazing what you can do with natural ingredients!


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 :)

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!


I LOVE this!! For a real pig out, I put it in a pie crust - it is so awesome! But it’s still unbelievably good in a bowl or glass. Tangy & refreshing - perfect for summer.


Yes! This is a FANTASTIC filling for raw vegan keylime pie! YUMMMO!

I made this as soon as I read your article in Super Raw Life. Those photos of you are absolutely gorgeous. What an amazing spread. This mousse is so good I can’t stop eating it! Your writing is really funny too. Thanks for the entertainment!


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

Wow! Pigilicious Heaven! Tess - I just cannot get enough of this mousse! Snout in key lime mousse trough now!


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 :)

I had to try this after the raw chocolate cinnamon mousse. OMG! This is sensational. I am quickly turning into a healthy blender pig!


I LOVE it. That is wonderful! Keep trying the recipes. I love the feedback. Thankyou :)

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


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

After making the avocado smoothie I made this and OMG! I am just blown away by this recipe. It is just so tasty and you can’t even taste the avocado!


I am so glad you made both of the recipes. Thanks for taking the time to share your experience.

We made this for our dessert last night. OMG. AMAZING! Nobody could believe it was made with avocado. Thanks Tess


SO glad you enjoyed this. Yes, that is a fantastic little “reveal” at the end isn’t it?!

So not what I expected…  I put a little less agave in it cause I like it tart.  mmmmmmmm

Its like high end yogurt


I LOVE that… high-end yoghurt!
I agree! Thanks so much!

Okay so you’ve won me!! Loved it! I couldn’t let any go to waste and had to scrape the last of it out with my finger….no table etiquette from this piggie ;-)


LOL! Oh, I have licked it out of the blender carriage! Oh YES!!!!

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!!!


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?!

Oh my gosh! So delicious. Giving up Key Lime Cheesecake was the hardest thing about becoming vegan for me…. but now, I have this beautiful thing to look forward to instead!! So creamy and beautiful :) Thanks for the recipe!! I look forward to trying more <3


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

Helloooooooo…...............Yumbooooooooo!  You have to give this a try, so delicious. :)


LOL!!! I LOVE the enthusiasm and zesty spirit. SO glad you enjoyed this!!!!

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.


Hey Piggy Marie.
I am SO pleased you loved this mousse as much as I do. This is one of all-time-favourite recipes!

I did change the one ingredient I think does not make this raw and I understand to be unhealthy, agave. I used a honey instead, yes still not raw as it wasn’t, I need to get shopping. I loved the taste even more before sweetening actually!! This was sure delicious sweetened though as well. I may make it again with raw honey or no sweetener whatsoever!


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 :)

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.


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 :)

Hope you don’t mind, I shared this on my website..again, with a few other of my favorite low cost desserts. 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.


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.

Ok, I’m writing again about this one.
It’s soooooo yummy, I just can’t get over 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 :)

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!  :)


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 :)


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!


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.

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!

~Lisa from Kansas City


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 :)

This raw vegan mousse was the best ever!! I can’t wait to make it again!!
Thanks so much.


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

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!


Oh wonderful! SO glad you enjoyed this recipe. It is one of my all-time favourites :)

Is there something I could substitute the bananas for? I am allergic. :(


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!

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! :)


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 :)

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!!


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!

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??


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!

Have to try this, and ALSO do you happen to have a good recipe for Keylime sorbet?


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 :)

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.


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 :)

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.

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.

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.


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.

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


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?


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!

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!!


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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