Key Lime Ice Cream Bars

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In the worst heat of the summer, Rod Troyer from Ohio stopped by for a long weekend. He helped with sand blasting and maintenance but we will remember him best for his Key Lime Pie.

Light, creamy and refreshing Key Lime Pie

Rod’s Key Lime Pie

Rod Mansfield, Ohio

Mansfield, Ohio

Rod showed us how to make the pie using low-fat yogurt, sugar free jello, fat free cool whip and reduced calorie graham cracker crust which made it much healthier than the one we were making with 6 eggs, and 2 cups of sugar! The best part was that Doug could sit down with a fork and gobble up half the pie in one sitting and not instantly put on 5 pounds!

The calorie count for the filling was only about 200 calories for the WHOLE pie, but the Reduced Crust was 800 more calories. One piece (1/8 pie) would now add in about 125 calories.. or half the pie, about 500!

It was actually Doug who came up with a great idea that would further reduce the calories but even better — provide some portion control.

Key Lime Ice Cream Bars

Key Lime Bars

Key Lime Bars

The filling is still the same, but instead of the graham cracker crust, we picked up a box of low fat Graham Crackers. I spread a piece of plastic wrap on a cookie sheet broke the rectagular crackers into halves and laid out 16 halves in a big square (4 x 4) with their edges nearly touching. I then spread the filling mixture on top of the crackers (about 3/4″ thick) and pressed another graham cracker half on top. I then put the cookie sheet into the freezer for about 30 minutes to harden up the filling.

With a sharp knife dipped in hot water I sliced between the crackers making 16 sandwiches and wrapped each one in plastic wrap and tossed them into the door of the freezer. Each sandwich is only 60 calories… SIXTY CALORIES and Doug rarely snarfs down more than 2 in a sitting! He’ll be in that Speedo in no time!