Eat Dessert, Lose Weight During the Holidays

November 25, 2015

Eat, drink, and shrink with Smart Fats and Smart Sweeteners.

Thanksgiving is here!

It seems like it was just last year when we gathered with our families for Turkey Day. There is so much to give thanks for—and I am so grateful for all of YOU who have been so tremendously supportive for the past three decades!

That’s why I am sharing one of my latest culinary creations for your enjoyment. While you may not have enough time to prepare for this Thanksgiving, do keep this fresh and delightful treat in mind for upcoming holiday gatherings whether Christmas or Hanukah.

It’s easy, it’s delicious and features my brand new favorite sugar substitute—Lakanto: a blend of Chinese Monk Fruit and Non-GMO Erythritol. You won’t miss the white stuff at all—I promise!

Avocado Key Lime Pie
Recipe Type: Dessert
Author: Ann Louise Gittleman, PhD, CNS
Serves: 6-8 servings
  • For Crust:
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 1 cup pecans, chopped
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened coconut flakes
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • Pinch of sea salt
  • For Filling:
  • 2 ripe avocados
  • 1/2 cup freshly squeezed lime juice (key limes are best, if you can get them)
  • 1/3 cup Lakanto Monk Fruit Sweetener
  • 1 tablespoon coconut oil
  • 1 teaspoon lime zest
  1. To make the crust: Melt the butter in a skillet over low heat. In a food processor, pulse the pecans and coconut flakes for 90 seconds. Next add the melted butter, vanilla and sea salt and process the mixture until it sticks together but retains a crumbly texture. Press the crust into the bottom and side of a pie pan. Chill in the refrigerator.
  2. To make the filling: Peel and pit the avocados and put them into a food processor or blender along with the lime juice, sweetener, oil and lime zest. Blend until smooth and thick. Pour the filling into the chilled crust and freeze for three hours or until the center is firm. Transfer to the refrigerator and chill for two more hours before serving.


This recipe is also featured in my NEW book, Eat Fat, Lose Weight: How Smart Fats reset metabolism, stress, hunger and sex hormones for lasting weight loss and radiant health. Along with this recipe you’ll find dozens more with new and creative ways to incorporate the Smart Fats into your diet–whether at breakfast, lunch, dinner, and yes, dessert!


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Best wishes for a blessed and beautiful Thanksgiving!


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Ann Louise Gittleman, PhD, CNS, is an award-winning New York Times bestselling author of more than thirty books including The Fat Flush Plan series and her latest book, Radical Metabolism. She’s been rewriting the rules of nutrition for more than 40 years and is internationally recognized as a pioneer in the field of diet, detox and women’s health issues. 

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  1. Lisa Adinolfe

    Where can I buy that sweetener? I have never heard of it.

  2. Ann Louise

    Lisa: Lakanto is available on Amazon. That’s where I found it 🙂

  3. Amy

    Ann Louise –

    Thank you for this! It looks delicious and I have already printed the recipe off and hope to make it soon.

    Happy Thanksgiving to you, too.


  4. Katherine Sexton

    I’ve read all of your books. Could I set up a consult by telephone with you? I have been struggling with overwhelming fatigue for a number of years. It’s complicated – that is my reason for wanting a consult with you. Please let me know.
    Thank you, Kathy

  5. Ann Louise

    Dear Katherine:

    Thank you for your post. Please email me at [email protected] with your request and my assistant will be back in touch with you.

    Ann Louise

  6. Judy

    Can I use some other sweetener. Also, does this book contradict everything on the Liver detox plan. I’m confused with all your different plans and books. I have too many issues such as upper gut weight, adrenals, low thyroid, menopause, sciatica, constipation. Just trying to find the best one.

    • Liz

      Judy, Ann Louise has different plans because people have different issues, just like you do. The concept of healthy fats have been in her books since the first one, “Beyond Pritikin.” Eat Fat Lose Weight explains why the good fats are helpful but you can continue to follow the plan you feel would work the best for your situation. From what you have said, either Fat Flush or the Fast Track Detox could be wonderful for you.

  7. Julie

    Could I substitute cream for the avocado? I’m wondering if that would taste more like the original key lime pie. On the other hand I love avocados, I just wonder how it was chosen for this particular pie recipe over cream.

  8. Liz

    I made this recipe. It is DELICIOUS. The avocado is very neutral and very creamy and a great color in the pie. The lime taste is exactly like other key lime pie I have eaten.


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