Nutrients per serving

  • Calories  148
  • Protein  2 g
  • Carbohydrates  17 g
  • Fat  8 g
  • Cholesterol  11 mg
  • Sodium  153 mg
  • Potassium  66 mg
  • Phosphorus  58 mg
  • Calcium  30 mg
  • Fiber  0.7 g

Lemon Icebox Pie

Keep it simple, keep it tasty. That’s the approach of DaVita renal dietitian Dora from Texas, who has adapted a dessert recipe so that even those on a kidney-friendly diet don’t have to miss out on a sweet treat. Dora takes gelatin and adds just a few simple ingredients to create a luscious dessert, destined to become a family favorite: Lemon Icebox Pie.

Diet types:

  • CKD non-dialysis
  • Dialysis
  • Diabetes

Recipe submitted by DaVita renal dietitian Dora from Texas.

Portions: 8     Serving size: 1/8 pie


    • 1/2 cup water, heated to boiling
    • 1 small box sugar-free lemon gelatin mix
    • 8 ounces light sour cream
    • 8 ounces fat-free Cool Whip® frozen dessert topping, thawed 
    • 1/4 cup lemon juice
    • 3 drops yellow food coloring
    • 1 graham cracker pie crust, 9" size 


  1. Dissolve gelatin in 1/2 cup boiling water. Let stand about five minutes. 
  2. Add sour cream, half of the Cool Whip, lemon juice and, if desired, a few drops of yellow food coloring to the dissolved gelatin. 
  3. Pour into pie shell. Chill in refrigerator until set. 
  4. When ready to serve, spread remaining Cool Whip over pie.

Renal and renal diabetic food choices

    • 1/2 starch
    • 1/2 high calorie
    • 1-1/2 fat

Carbohydrate choices


Helpful hints

    • If desired you can freeze this pie and serve as a frozen dessert.
    • Need extra calories? Use regular gelatin, sour cream and whipped topping instead of the low sugar and low fat products.

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Lemon Icebox Pie

rfhopper says:


Even my lemon pie loven brother-in-law liked it.

Apr. 27, 2014, 12:32 PM - Inappropriate review?

Lemon Icebox Pie

JohnDunman says:


My wife made this dessert and we both loved it. It is tart and sweet at the same time and so easy to prepare.

May. 05, 2013, 3:38 PM - Inappropriate review?

Lemon Icebox Pie

1529Bc says:


This dessert was fantastic. My Mom loved it and so did I. Thanks

Jul. 29, 2012, 8:53 AM - Inappropriate review?

Lemon Icebox Pie

jwsumner says:


I made this recipe and my husband loves it. We have a lemon tree so I added a little fresh lemon juice. Great recipe. Lime is good also.

Jan. 26, 2012, 9:52 PM - Inappropriate review?

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