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Paleo key lime cashew frosting for coconut key lime cupcakes

28 Jun

Key lime is a flavor I love in the summer!  Key lime pie, key lime cheesecake, and coconut key lime cupcakes!  The cake part of my coconut key lime cupcakes was perfected for Paleo Made Easy.  Don’t have a copy?  Click the paypal link on the upper right hand side of this page!  In Pale Made Easy I topped the cupcakes with a paleo (of course) key lime glaze.  To date my favorite topping on these cupcakes is my vegan key lime buttercream frosting, alas, that still contains confectioners sugar making it far from paleo.  Tonight was an attempt at a completely new frosting, using cashews as the base.  It is good and, importantly, holds up to a cupcake.  I made enough frosting for at least 48 cupcakes (whoops) so you might want to scale back.


2 cups raw cashews

4 cups water

1/3 cup coconut oil, melted

1/3 cup + 1 tbl. organic blue agave

1/3 cup + 1 tbl. key lime juice

1/8 tsp. vanilla extract


Soak cashews in water for 8 hours.  Cashews should now be plump and much larger than their original size.  Drain cashews.  Add drained cashews to a blender and blend as fine as possible.  Add coconut oil, blend until incorporated.  Add lime juice, agave, and vanilla and continue to blend until the frosting is as smooth as possible.  Spread onto cupcakes and enjoy.

I used a Ninja Pro 1100 blender.  There is still a bit of texture, but it looks very smooth.  If you have a Vitamix you will probably achieve a more silky texture than I can with the Ninja.

Side note:  Know any vegans looking for cheesecake?  Try putting this mixture in ramekins and freezing it!  Should make an excellent no bake key lime no-cheesecake 🙂