Monday, July 2, 2012

Makeover Monday - Star-Spangled Coconut Cream Tart

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July 4th is right around the corner and we're gathering items for our day of celebration. We didn't want to fall too far from the healthy tree with our desserts and decided to look for a gluten-free makeover option with a touch of 4th of July spirit (: The tart above is a White Balsamic Custard Tart from Bon Appetit and looks so lovely adorned with seasonal fruit.  It's a great recipe, but one filled with lots of wheat and refined sugar...a big no-no in this household.

Thank goodness for foodies who appreciate the focus of health.  Because of them we can still have sweet delicacies and feel good about them too (:  Jill from Real Food Forager posted the most amazing recipe that we can't wait to try!! It's a Star-Spangled Coconut Cream Tart that's gluten-free, dairy-free and Paleo too.

The crust is a concoction of egg (substitute soaked flax seeds if allergic to eggs), raw honey, coconut oil (butter or ghee - your choice), vanilla, almond flour, coconut flour, cocoa powder, sea salt and baking soda. The filling is as simple as it gets...just a box of coconut cream, vanilla and raw honey. Yum!! Top with red and blue berries and you've got a healthy treat that should have them coming back for more!

Due to the simplicity, this recipe can be tweaked to create a ton of variations.  Leave out the cocoa powder from the crust recipe and you have a basic all-purpose crust for desserts, quiches or savory side dishes.  If you're hankering for a banana cream pie, pop coconut cream, a tad of raw honey and frozen bananas in a food processor for a dreamy treat that will become a family favorite.  Hop over to Jill's site for details on how to make it and bring some nutritious makeover fun to your holiday celebration.

With Gratitude,

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