Gluten Free Key Lime Treats in the Florida Keys

When Brian and I visited the Florida Keys recently I made an extensive search of all the Gluten Free Key Lime treats. It was a challenge, but I love my readers…. Diet be damned! I ate every gf Key Lime treat I could find…. ’cause I love you guys! 😁 

Coconut Fried Key Lime Ice Cream

Marker 88
88000 Overseas Hwy,
Islamorada, FL 33036
Not my favorite Key Lime Treat in the Keys. The coconut coating was good, but the ice cream was so frozen it was hard to scoop it up with the spoon. It had to be ‘stabbed’ more than scooped. 


Key Lime Sorbet

Key Largo Chocolates 
100470 Overseas Hwy
Key Largo, FL 33037
Again, not a favorite…. Key Largo Chocolates had good reviews on the Find Me Gluten Free app. Maybe I just got the wrong employee.  She seemed disinterested and not very clear about what would be safe for GF people. 

I was excited to try the Key Lime Ice Cream, but when pressed, the clerk said that sometimes, when one of the frozen Key Lime bars (which do have crust) break in manufacturing they’ll add it to the Key Lime Ice Cream…. so it’s not necessarily safe. The sorbet is gf…. but… it’s just sorbet…. meh. 

They also had truffles and other Key Lime treats at the store, but by the time I’d badgered answers out of the clerk about the ice cream I was annoyed and ready to leave. 


Kermit’s Key West Key Lime Shoppe
802 Duval St
Key West, FL 33040
Kermit’s had great reviews on the FMGF app and they were so right!  

The staff was sweet and helpful. The first day…. (yeah…. I had to go back a second time…) I got a slice of GF Key Lime pie. OMG! It was so good. Rich and creamy… super Key Lime-y…. and NOT geen…. yay!  (because it shouldn’t be green… that’s just dye… yuck!) Brian and I each got our own slice… because I don’t share pie! 


On our second day in Key West we went on a Sailing / Snorkeling / Kayacking tour. Afterward we ate BBQ and then went back to the hotel to clean up (from the salt water, not the BBQ sauce!)  Brian would have been happy to turn in early, but I wanted to find some Key Lime Ice Cream. 

You wouldn’t think it would be so damn hard to find ice cream!  


Here’s a list of where GF Key Lime Ice Cream ISN’T: 

  • Häagen-Dazs® Ice Cream Shop
  • Kilwins Key West Chocolates Fudge (crust in the ice cream) 
  • Mattheessen’s (this place really ticked me off.  When asked, the clerk said it only had ‘little bits’ of pie crust in it. Yeah… ‘little bits’ are still a problem! Grrrr 😡

After checking all the ice cream places close to the hotel and only finding ice cream with pie crust chunks I was annoyed and determined to find GF Key Lime Ice Cream. Brian and I headed back to Kermit’s where I knew they had GF Key Lime Ice Cream. 

Brian wasn’t ecstatic that I made him walk a mile for ice cream, but it was damn good ice cream… and I argued that all the walking burned up all the calories! 

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Avocado Lime Cheesecake

 I’ve been wanting to create a dessert tasting menu for…. forever!  I’ve been collecting “tasting” cups and glasses every time I see them on sale.  I found a couple of sets at TJ Maxx after the holidays on clearance!  So when my cousin graduated from high school this weekend, I decided that this was the perfect opportunity.  We created a whole line up of desserts in cute little mini dishes. We had a BBQ out by the pool and then set up the dessert bar… because if we set it up before Aunt Rosie would have snuck off with all the desserts!  (She is worse than I am about cute little cups and desserts!)

Avocado Dessert Bar

Every good menu has a theme, right?  The theme here?  Avocado!  Every dessert was made with avocado.  We didn’t say a word until everyone had polished off their desserts.   I’ve got some pretty picky eaters in my group and no one seemed to notice our secret ingredient.  I have to admit, I was impressed with these Avocado Lime Cheesecakes cups.  The avocado is pretty overpowered by the lime…. I think you could serve this and no one would ever know.

I wanted to keep all the desserts gluten-free.  Since I was serving these in cups, I didn’t bother with a “crust”.  I just ground come pecans and put them in the bottom of the glass.  With each spoonful you got a little bit of pecan..yum!

Avocado Lime Cheesecake

Avocado Key Lime PieIngredients

  • 1/2 cup pecans
  • 3/4 cup cream
  • 1/4 cup plus 2 TBSP sugar
  • 3/4  ripe Haas avocados, pitted
  • 3 ounces cream cheese, softened
  • 1/4 cup fresh lime juice
  • pinch of salt

Instructions

  1. In a mini food processor*, chop 1/2 cup pecans.  Spoon pecans into glasses.
  2. Heat cream in a small saucepan until warmed, but not boiling. Add sugar and stir until sugar dissolves. Remove from heat and set aside to cool.
  3. In the mini food processor , and add the avocado and cream cheese. Pulse to combine. Add lime juice and a pinch of salt and pulse until smooth. Add cooled cream mixture and pulse just to combine.
  4. Using an icing bag or Zip-Loc, pipe avocado/cream cheese mixture into the glasses. Place in freezer for several hours or overnight.
  5.  Garnish with lime zest or whipped cream if you like, and allow to thaw a bit before serving.

Yield: 8 Servings

* If you want to make a whole pie, just double this recipe or check out the original recipe HERE.

*I use this mini food processor: Black & Decker HC306 1-1/2-Cup One-Touch Electric Chopper

* I used these glasses: Libbey Just Desserts Parfait Glass with Minaiture Stainless Steel Spoon 25-Piece