This post may contain affiliate links for products that I endorse and use. If you buy from one of the links, I earn a commission at no cost to you.
Key lime pie is one of my favorite desserts, hands down. Something about the creaminess with the tart lime flavor wins me over every single time.
A while back, my husband bought me a key lime tree. Against his wishes, of course. Because unlike me, he knew that it would never survive in our house. But I was convinced, and made plans for the millions of key limes that were going to come off this tiny plant.
Alas, I got about 3 tiny limes before the tree finally gave up. Not enough to make anything, yet alone the luscious pie I was hoping to make. This granola recipe was on my radar at the time, as well.
I just got around to the key lime pie granola, even though the tree has been gone for a while. And actually, I’m almost glad I didn’t have key limes, because zesting them would be a pain. So I guess this is technically “lime pie granola.” Doesn’t sound the same. So.
The recipe is pretty easy and uses different elements to create that sweet, tart, creamy lime flavor I was looking for. Rolled oats, obviously. Graham cracker crumbs? Check. Coconut? Check, only because I have some and it seems like it works. Butter? Check (although you can definitely use coconut oil here. For sweetness, I added brown sugar, and for creaminess, I added white chocolate chips at the end. Oh, and of course, lime. Both juice and zest. Juice is added to the beginning, zest is added both in the beginning and after baking. This gives you lots of lime flavor throughout. It’s perfect. You can use bottled key lime juice if you want, but I wouldn’t skip the zest — the oils give off a different kind of flavor than the juice. Whether you want to zest a bunch of tiny key limes is up to you.
I typically eat granola over yogurt or as a snack. But you could eat this anywhere you would like.
Key Lime Pie Granola
This easy and delicious key lime pie granola tastes exactly as you expect — sweet, tart, bright, and sunny, like the dessert it’s named after.
Preheat oven to 300 degrees F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
Combine the oats, graham cracker crumbs, coconut, brown sugar, half the lime zest, and salt in a mixing bowl.
In a separate bowl, whisk the melted butter, lime juice, and vanilla.
Add the wet to the dry ingredients and mix well. Spread on prepared baking sheet.
Bake for 20 minutes. Stir. Bake for 20 more minutes. At this point, check to see what the granola looks like — it should be golden brown and crisp. If so, remove it from oven. If not, let bake for another 5 to 10 minutes. It will crisp up slightly as it cools.
Let cool completely, then stir in the white chocolate chips and remaining lime zest.