Why would anyone put an avocado in a pie? Well, the first time I saw something similar to this was on the Food Network show “Chopped” a couple years ago. I decided to try it this week and see if I could make something gluten-free and delicious. I think it worked, but the true test is if someone else likes it too (my husband does, but he likes almost everything)! It has the consistency of pudding, with a mild lime flavor and not too sweet. I can’t taste the avocado myself, but I think it adds a wonderful creaminess to the pie. The walnut crust has a nice crunchy texture and I think pecans or almonds would work just as well.
It really has to be chilled well, so it’s firm enough to cut. The flecks you see are from the walnuts leftover in the food processor. I used the food processor for the crust first, then without cleaning it, added the filling ingredients and processed them. This saves me time and makes for less dish duty. Always a bonus in my kitchen!
Serve with fresh whipped cream – yum!
Avocado Lime Pie
2½ cups shelled walnut pieces
3 tablespoons butter, melted
2 tablespoons brown sugar
¼ teaspoon ground cinnamon
1 ripe avocado, pitted and skinned
1 container (7 oz.) 2% plain Greek yogurt (or 1 cup sour cream)
3 tablespoons lime juice
1/3 cup sugar
¼ cup Pamela’s Baking & Pancake Mix
2 large eggs
Preheat oven to 325 degrees. Lightly grease a 9 inch pie plate. For the crust, place the walnuts in a food processor and grind until crumbly. Add in the butter, brown sugar and cinnamon. Process until well blended. Press firmly into the greased pie plate. Bake for 12-15 minutes or until edges begin to brown slightly. Let cool.
Increase the oven temperature to 400 degrees. Again using the food processor, add the filling ingredients and blend very well. Pour the batter on top of the walnut crust in the pie plate. Bake for 25-30 minutes until the center is set. Let cool, then chill for a minimum of 2 hours. Serve with whipped cream. Makes 8 servings.
- How to Eat Hass Avocados (avocadocentral.com)
- Snack Recipe: Raw Avocado Lime Mousse on Rice Cakes (thekitchn.com)
- Mango Avocado Salad with Cilantro Lime Dressing (thelushnest.com)