No-Bake Key Lime Trifle

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No-bake Key Lime Trifle is a beautiful layered dessert that is great for any occasion. Fresh Key limes gives this dessert an amazing, fresh flavor. 

3 jars of key lime trifles. Key limes around the jars

Trifles are a wonderful dessert to serve your guests especially in the Spring and Summer.  You can serve them in a large glass bowl or in individual jars. This dessert is also extremely easy to assemble making them perfect for entertaining.

Ingredients Needed:

  • Dixie Crystals Sugar – This will be used for the graham cracker layer.
  • Graham crackers- Any graham crackers will work. We will be crushing them for one of the layers.
  • Butter – I use unsalted butter.
  • Cream Cheese – I prefer to use original cream cheese but you could also use 1/3 less fat. 
  • Dream Whip – This comes in a box. You can find it in where the boxes of pudding are located. You will use the 2 pouches in the box for this recipe.
  • Key Limes – The juice and zest of these limes is the key ingredient to this trifle.

How to make Key lime trifle

  • Mix together crushed graham crackers, butter and sugar.

A bowl with crushed graham crackers, butter and sugar.

  • Mix together ingredients for Key lime creme. 

Bowl with key lime cream and key lime zest.

  • Layer graham cracker mixture and cream mixture into individual jars or a trifle bowl. Finish with the cream layer and then sprinkle on crushed graham cracker and Key lime zest. 

Key Lime trifles in little jars. Bowl of key limes

Click Here for the full recipe. 

What is the difference between a lime and Key lime?

To start, Key limes typically have more seeds and are smaller. Their juice is more aromatic and tart than a regular lime. If you can’t find Key limes, you can use a regular lime but I recommend adding a little lemon juice as well.  

Tips for making the perfect Key Lime Trifles

  • Make sure to let the cream cheese thaw before mixing. This helps make it creamy. 
  • I like to make the Key Lime cream layer first and then keep in the refrigerator while I am preparing the graham crackers. This give the cream time to infuse with the lime flavor. 
  • Squeeze the lime juice over a strainer or in a juicer to avoid getting seeds in the cream. 

What is the difference between a Trifle and a Parfait?

Trifles are typically made with a cream filling and crumbled cookies, or cake. Parfaits are typically made with frozen custard or ice cream. 

How long can a this trifle be refrigerated?

These Key Lime Trifles are good in the refrigerator for up to 3 days. You can also make them a day ahead of time. 

If you are in the mood for a cool, no-bake dessert this summer be sure to try these tasty trifles! 

I am sharing this recipe over at Dixie Crystasl today. Click on No-Bake Key Lime Trifle for the full recipe. 

**I have an ongoing relationship with Dixie Crystals for recipe development.  I was compensated for my time to create this recipe.  All thoughts and opinions are 100% my own.


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