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Key Lime Cheesecake

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A key lime cheesecake that is set in a coconut crust makes a luscious dessert.   A great low carb and gluten free dessert for summer.

As a homage to the key lime pie, I used a 9-inch pie dish to make this cheesecake.  When it was complete I rather liked the look of it and would use the dish again to make a coconut crusted cheesecake.   If you want to stick with a spring form cake tin I would use an 8 inch one.

coconut crusted key lime cheesecake

Low Carb Cheesecake Crust

Since I made my coconut blueberry cheesecake I have been enjoying a coconut shell for a few desserts.  It’s such a delectable alternative to low carb flour crusts and gives a chewy texture too.    When I came across the rare occurrence of key lime in the supermarket the combination of coconut and cheesecake called me like a siren.

Keto Key Lime Cheesecake

This key lime cheesecake is surprisingly light, yet creamy.  It may have been how I whisked the filling but even a friend who is not keen on sweet desserts enjoyed a piece.  I had to give the cheesecake away since the Chief Taster was away and once I tasted a slice I knew that I could not be trusted alone with the key lime cheesecake.  I would have eaten it for breakfast, lunch and dinner. 

coconut crusted key lime cheesecake

For the filling I only used a quarter of a cup, purely as I wanted the tartness of the key lime flavour to come through as a contrast to the coconut.  I would recommend you taste test the filling, so you can adjust for your own sweet tooth.  Call it a great excuse to enjoy a couple of large spoons of the filling. 

I was cruel and sent the Chief Taster photos of this whilst he was away, so I will have to make this key lime cheesecake again when he returns.  It is also a great excuse to have another piece as the memory of that creamy filling against the cheesecake still lingers with me.




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A key lime cheesecake that is set in a coconut crust makes a luscious dessert. 
4.31 from 13 votes
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Course: Cheesecake, Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: gluten free low carb recipes, Key Lime, Summer Dessert
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 25 minutes
Chilling time: 4 hours
Total Time: 45 minutes
Servings: 10 Slices
Calories: 316kcal
Author: Angela Coleby



  • 3 cups Desiccated coconut unsweetened
  • 1/4 cup Erythritol low carb sweetener
  • 2 Egg whites
  • 1/4 cup Butter, melted unsalted
  • 1 teaspoon Coconut oil


  • 8 oz Cream cheese softened
  • 1/4 cup Erythritol low carb sweetener
  • 2 cups Cream – heavy/whipping
  • 1/4 cup Key Lime Juice (or just lime juice)
  • 1 teaspoon Vanilla Extract



  • Brush the inside of a pie dish with coconut oil. 
  • Preheat the oven to 180C/350F degrees.
  • Mix the desiccated coconut, melted butter, egg whites and sweetener together until combined
  • Spoon the mixture into the pie dish and with clean wet hands, press the coconut mixture around the sides and bottom until the dish is covered.
  • Bake for 20 to 25 minutes until slightly golden and firm. 
  • Remove from the oven and allow to cool.


  • In a bowl beat the cream cheese with a whisk until soft. (Or by hand with a spoon and a strong arm!).
  • Add the sweetener, lime juice and vanilla and whisk away until blended.
  • In another bowl whip the cream into stiff peaks, then fold into the cream cheese mixture.
  • Spoon the filling into the coconut case and place in the fridge to chill for at least 4 hours or overnight.
  • Decorate with cream and lime slices (optional)


Serves 10 slices:
Nutritional Info per slice:  316 calories, 32g Fat, 4g Protein, 6g Total Carb, 3g Fibre, 3g Net Carbs
Any nutritional analysis on the website is based on an estimate, calculated by from the individual ingredients in each recipe. Variations may occur for various reasons, including product availability and food preparation. We make no representation or warranty of the accuracy of this information.


Serving: 1Slice | Calories: 316kcal | Carbohydrates: 6g | Protein: 4g | Fat: 32g | Fiber: 3g
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    March 9, 2019 at 8:15 am

    Can this cheesecake be frozen to serve later?…

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      Angela Coleby
      March 9, 2019 at 1:16 pm

      They can! I kinda like them semi frozen too…almost like an ice cream cake.

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        March 10, 2019 at 2:08 am

        Thank you! I’ll give it a try!

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    Kat Rogers
    August 22, 2018 at 10:04 pm

    OOOH, I got Key Limes today SO I’m Finally Going To Make THIS! While I forgot to get whipping cream, I WILLspare MY Already HIGH Cholesterol AND Use Some Fat Free Greek Yogurt to make The Neufchatel Creamier! I hope that the coconut crust is on the Chewy/Chewier Side… I’M SO EXCITED!


    {If I remember correctly, Your Profile Is Updated AND You’ve Gotten Additional 4~Legged Babies?!} I’m the HAPPY and proud Mom of 4 Kitty~Kids… never did have any 2~legged kids!

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      Angela Coleby
      August 23, 2018 at 7:36 am

      I hope you enjoy it! Yes, I now have 6 furry babies! 3 dogs, 3 cats. I am now banned from visiting any more animal shelters! Lucky you having 4 kitties! They are a constant source of delight.

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    Kat Rogers
    June 10, 2018 at 12:00 am

    Have you ever thought about using Coconut Cream to cut the fat content? I saw a recipe for Whipped Cream Using the Coconut Cream. I’ve Never tasted it, so perhaps it might be Too Much Coconut?

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      Angela Coleby
      June 11, 2018 at 11:25 am

      There’s no such thing as too much coconut in my book! ha ha!

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        June 11, 2018 at 12:53 pm


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    April 16, 2018 at 8:23 am

    Hi !
    I’d love to make this recipe which looks delicious but I have one question: if you say that 3 cups of desiccated coconut =180g, which means that 1 cup = 60G, how come that 1/4 cup of butter = 60g too?! I’m European, I use grams and need to understand this in order to not fail this recipe! 😉 Thanks 🙂 Emilie

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      Angela Coleby
      April 16, 2018 at 9:51 am

      Hi, the cups to grams vary because of the different density of the ingredients.

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        April 16, 2018 at 4:57 pm

        OK, thank you for your quick reply! Will try it next wkd for hubby’s birthday 😉 Emilie

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