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Key Lime Pots de Creme (Paleo, Keto, Egg + Nut Free)

I’m super excited about partnering with Vital Protiens to bring you a bunch of recipes packing collagen!

I love gelatin, yes I do!

I have been using gelatin since the begining of my healing journey to patch up that leaky gut, streghthen my nails and hair, and give life to my skin. The first time I heard of beef gelatin it was from my friend Heather. She loves to research things, so much so that she got a masters in being a librarian. Not sure what you call that degree. But, the girl loves to read. So she shows up to my house with two big tubs of this white powder. One water soluble (collagen) and the other not (gelatin). She explained to me animal protien, like many things in nature, is meant to be consumed whole, as to say, while it can be inflammatory to consume too much, or poor quality animal flesh, consuming it’s bones and cartilage are equally anti-inflammatory. I thought that was totally rad. This was years before I’d actually go full on paleo. That’s what I love about this paleo lifestyle, we’re eating food as it’s meant to be eaten. There is a natural balance of nourishment that comes with that.

If you want to nerd out on all the benefits of gelatin, here’s a link to a page over on the Vital Protiens site, they’re the experts after all! BTW collagen is gelatin! But collagen peptides are hydrolized. They are processed more intensly and the protein is broken up into smaller pieces so it doesn’t gel liquid. Same amino acids, different chemical make up. Both super beneficial.

I love adding gelatin to my coffee in the morning, baked goods, like these keto cookies and of course I use it to replace eggs in this custard like dessert! 

Pots de Creme…

Pronounced po’ de kreme is just french for pots of custard. But come on… little pots of cream sounds so much better than custard. When it comes to food… French definitely speak the language, of food that is.

While pots de creme are usually topped with creme fraiche… I love the idea of creamy and crunchy. That gave me the idea for these key lime inspired little pots. As a floridian, I know key lime! And this fresh and tangy no-bake treat is the perfect end of summer dessert!

With a few simple ingredients and in under an hour, you have a show stopper dessert that’s delicate and decadent. 

Yields 3 pots

Pots de Creme (Paleo, Keto, Egg + Nut Free)

10 minPrep Time

30 minCook Time

40 minTotal Time

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  • 13.5 ounces full fat coconut milk (1 can)
  • 2 tsp grated lime rind, divided
  • Juice of 2 limes
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 20 drops liquid stevia
  • Pinch of fine Himalayan salt
  • 1 stalk lemon grass, cut into 3 pieces (optional)
  • 1 scoop Vital Proteins Beef Gelatin
  • ½ cup hemp seeds
  • 1 tbsp. granulated sweetener (I use erythitol)


  • Heat a small sauce pot on medium-low heat. Pour the coconut milk into the pot and mix in half of the rind with the lime juice, vanilla extract, stevia, salt and lemon grass stalk. Stir and let the mix steep until the milk begins to steam.
  • Remove the lemon grass. Sprinkle in Vital Proteins beef gelatin while you whisk the milk until it has fully dissolved. Remove the pot from the heat. Pour the mixture into three small ramekins through a fine mesh sieve. Refrigerate to set, about 30 minutes.
  • In the meantime, make the hemp heart crumble. Heat a small skillet on medium heat. Combine the hemp seeds, the remaining lime rind, sweetener and a pinch of salt. Stir slowly for 5-6 minutes. The seeds will begin to toast. The mix will smell sweet and like popcorn. When you can see most of the seeds are toasted, remove from heat. Use a spoon to flatten the mixture and set under a fan to cool while the pots de crème finish setting.
  • When they are ready, remove from the refrigerator. Use a spoon to break up the candied hemp seeds and sprinkle over the pots de crème for a crunchy, toasty, sweet crust!
  • Serve, share, enjoy!



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12 Thoughts to “Key Lime Pots de Creme (Paleo, Keto, Egg + Nut Free)”

  1. Angela Ellis (@noteasybeinggreen_1)
    Key lime pie is my all time fav....cant wait to try this recipe!
  2. Lime is my love language! Love this great idea!
  3. I love key lime anything and these look so good. Plus, all that nutritious gelatin!!! Great idea to use some hemp seeds for the topping - good fats, fibre, a little protein and looks very pretty.
  4. No freaking way. These look insanely good!
  5. Key lime is the best, and I love pots de creme too so it's a win win all the way around!
  6. Delish treats for entertaining! Pinning this!
  7. No way! These sound amazing! I LOVE key lime flavor but have never had it as pots de creme ... which looks amazing! Love all of that good for you gelatin in there too.
  8. HELL YES key lime to all the things. The crumble on top looks divine!! And you know my feelings about gelatin (spoiler alert: LOVE)
  9. Key Lime is so yummy! Looks like a perfect Summer treat!
  10. Love key lime flavor. This treat looks so perfect for everyday yum !
  11. Mmmmmmm! I love key lime pie. Can't wait to make this!
  12. Wow! This is how I can get even more adventurous with food. Thank you for such a tasty treat!

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