Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Berry Tart

Those of you who are restricted to a dairy free or lactose free diet - this recipe is for you.  It's a perfectly delicious, wonderfully sweet and delightfully crunchy dessert that is entirely gluten free, and dairy free.

First of all let me say to all of you who are gluten or dairy free, my hat is off to you.  I never realized just how difficult it was to avoid these foods until I started to prepare them for clients.  It is much more difficult than I realized to completely eliminate gluten and dairy from our American diet.  I truly admire the dedication of those individuals who are able to maintain these diets.  You deserve a reward - a dessert reward.  A truly delicious, spectacular, wonderfully fabulous dessert that will make you forget that you're depriving yourself of anything. 

I had to piece this recipe together from several different sources.  (Like I said earlier, it's harder than I thought to find gluten and dairy free desserts.)  The crust came from againstallgrain.com and the filling is simply a whipped coconut cream.  The result was a beautiful little berry tart that EVERYONE can enjoy. 

Berry Tart
3/4 cup pecans
1 1/5 cups almond meal (or almond flour)
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon vanilla
3 Tablespoons coconut oil
2 Tablespoons honey
1 egg

1 can coconut cream
2 Tablespoons honey

Process pecans in food processor until coarsely ground.

Add remaining crust ingredients to pecans and process until mixture forms a ball.

Press into a greased tart pan.

Use pie weighs or in my case, place a piece of greased foil over tart and place some coins on top of foil.

Bake 10 minutes at 350.  Remove foil with coins and bake another 10 minutes.

 Place on a cake pedestal.

Refrigerate a can of coconut cream overnight.

Scoop contents of can into a standing mixer along with a Tablespoon or so of honey and whip until light and fluffy. 

This is so good - I could eat it by the spoonful.  If you can resist the temptation to eat it all, scoop it into the baked tart crust.

Top with fresh fruit of your choice.

Yum!  Dairy and gluten free really CAN be delicious.


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