Coconut Cream Lemon Pie (V and GF)

Tallying the nutritional information for this guy, I was peeking through my fingers like I was watching a horror movie.

But guess what!?  It doesn’t have the gazillion calories that I imagined.

Nutritionally, it’s significantly preferable to a traditional coconut cream pie!

If you’re watching your carbs and want healthy medium chain fatty acids, this pie is for you.


Well.., you, me and all the creamy pie lovers of the world.

Inspired by my lemon coconut cream icing,  I loved it so much,  I slapped it in a pie.


For years I’ve watched in envy as my family ate dairy-filled key lime and chocolate pies.

But no more.

I’m finally getting my just desserts.

P.S.- Want the nutritional stats?  Check down below for a comparison.

Note: This recipe was shared with the following blog communities: Fat TuesdaySlightly Indulgent Tuesday, Gluten-Free Wednesday, Wheat-Free WednesdayAllergy Free WednesdayHealthy Vegan Fridays, Wellness Weekends and Gluten Free Fridays.

Coconut Cream Lemon Pie (GF and V)


Makes: 12 slices, Prep time: 15 minutes, Chill time: 1 hour



  • 3 cups chilled extra thick unsweetened coconut milk (I used 1 and 3/4 cans of Trader Joe’s Extra Thick coconut milk)
  • Juice of 1 big lemon
  • 1/4 cup maple syrup
  • 2 T arrowroot powder

No-bake crust

  • 2 cups nut meal (hazelnuts, walnuts, almonds, or pecans) from toasted nuts. I used hazelnuts.
  • 6 dates
  • 1/4 cup water Update: 1 T warm water
  • 1/4 cup plus 2 T unsweetened shredded coconut
  • 3/4 tsp. vanilla
  • 1/2 tsp. salt


  • 2 T unsweetened shredded coconut


  1. Chill coconut milk for 30 minutes in the freezer.  Before freezing, remove bottom of can and drain of coconut water.  Or chill unopened can for 12 hours in the refrigerator.
  2. Lightly oil a 9-and-a-half inch pie pan with coconut oil.
  3. For crust, soak dates in 1/4 cup 1 tablespoon warm water for ten minutes to soften. Mash lightly with a fork.  This crust will be less sticky and easier to work with if you use less water to soak the dates in.  If your dates are soft, then avoid adding the water completely.  If they are very hard, wrap them in a moist paper towel and microwave on high, checking at ten second intervals for softness.
  4. Place ground nuts and soaked dates in a food processor along with coconut, vanilla and salt. Process well until mixture begins to release oils, is dark in color, and naturally forms a ball.
  5. Remove dough and pat into a ball. Place in oiled pie pan and press into crust shape, approximately 1/4 inch thick.  If your crust is very sticky, use wet hands or place a sheet of parchment paper over top the ball of dough and use it to press it into shape. If it’s too crumbly, press into shape using wet hands.
  6. For filling, open two cans of chilled extra thick coconut milk from the bottom.  Drain off coconut water and scoop three cups of coconut milk into a large bowl. Add lemon juice, maple syrup, and arrowroot.
  7. With a hand held mixer, lightly blend until incorporated.  You’re not actually whipping the cream, just blending the ingredients.  Taste and adjust sweetener and lemon to your liking.
  8. Pour cream into pie crust and chill for an hour before serving.
  9. Lightly toast shredded coconut over medium heat and sprinkle over top of pie before cutting.
  10. Store in the refrigerator.

Nutrition information:

PTHN Coconut Cream Lemon Pie*: Serving Size: 1 slice, Calories: 279,Carbohydrates: 15.2g, Protein:3.6g, Fat:24.4g, Fiber:3.3g

Traditional Coconut Cream Pie:  Serving Size: 1 slice, Calories: 423,Carbohydrates: 46.1g, Protein:6.8g, Fat:23.5g, Fiber:1.5g

*Please note: Nutritional information is not guaranteed and will vary based on the ingredients used.

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20 responses

  1. I just wanted to let those who might be avoiding corn, the extra thick coconut cream contains Xanthan Gum. Can’t wait eat mine after supper. Thanks!

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  4. This sounds really good! We can’t have nuts in our house. Any ideas for the crust for me? I could do a simple graham crust. HUM? Looking forward to making this nut free. The coconut and lemon combo sound amazing!! I am such a huge cream pie fan! Thanks for linking up at our Gluten Free Fridays party! I have tweeted and pinned your entry to our Gluten Free Fridays board on Pinterest! :)

    Thanks for linking back to the Gluten Free Fridays post!

    Party starts tomorrow at 7:05 pm eastern time! Hope to see you there!

    Cindy from

    • Aw, thanks Cindy! Yup, a graham cracker crust would be great! Thanks for pinning and tweeting! Yup, see ya tomorrow at the link-up. =)

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  6. My husband has been asking me to make something like this forever. Since I’m not real keen about coconut or creamy type desserts, I have never taken the time to figure it out. But since you did, I think I’ll give it a whirl for him. Thanks for dreaming it up!

    • Hi Peggy, I hope he loves this pie. I had to pry it away from my husband to get a taste. =) I’ve got a creamy peanut butter pie coming next week. So if he loves peanut butter, stay tuned… Warmly, Marya

  7. Oh Marya, this sounds and looks absolutely yummy! So grateful to get this receipe I need to take a treat to a friend in a few weeks this will be perfect, I am grateful that it will not be too difficult to make and that it does not call for too many ingredients…the crust sounds like it will be so flavorful { with the toasted nuts and all} especially when combined with the silky texture of the filling! You are the best, your posts always amaze me. Thank you for sharing this beautiful beautiful recipe and awesome photo’s:)

      • Hi Marya, I made this on Saturday night took it with me on Sunday it turned great! The texture was really good and it cut very nicely, just as I thought the texture of the filling with the contrast of the crust {I used Tropical Traditions descated super fine coconut shreads that I lighty toasted along with finely milled pecans and walnut meats that I did not toast and melted coconut oil for the crust} turned out so great just wanted to let you know and also say thank you~Hugs!

  8. Couldn’t we just be neighbors? I could help you taste test. That looks really good! I can hardly wait until we move to where there is a Trader Joe’s! :-)

    • Ha! Come on down, I always need taste testers! A Trader Joe’s just opened in my hometown in October. Yes, if you’re moving, definitely go where there’s a TJ’s. It’s heaven. Although, I avert my eyes in the candy aisle. That aisle is dangerous. LOL!

  9. Marya–remember the coconut cream pies mom would make growing up? I would have them for my birthday sometimes.


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