Wednesday, August 15, 2012

Simple Date Tarts - Nut free

Dates are naturally sweetened and healthy for you. They contain nutrients such as calcium, fiber, amino acids, sulfur, iron, manganese, magnesium, phosphorous, copper and potassium. They are also a good source of dietary fiber and are rich in vitamins A1, B1, B2, B3 and B5. We love the flavor in butter tarts and noticed that our dried dates tasted similar to butter and sugar, so we decided to make some simple date tarts that consist of only 4 ingredients! The date filling is raw and nut free so it is a good choice for those who presently have nut allergies. The tart crust is gluten free and grain free so they are very healthy! See recipe below. Enjoy!


Date Tarts Recipe 
Makes 2-3 tarts 
Ingredients: 
For Crust
1/2 cup of organic coconut flour
2 tsp of organic coconut oil (melted or at room temperature)
Optional:
1 tbsp of coconut palm nectar/sugar
1tbsp of organic white chia seed powder

For Filling/topping 
4 organic medjool dates (pitted)
2 tbsp of organic hemp seeds

Directions: (Start with crust ingredients)
1. Preheat oven to 325°F.
2. In a large mixing bowl, add coconut flour and coconut oil. Mix well. It will appear crumbly. (Add sugar and chia seeds as well if you choose to use them). Set aside.
3. Line 2 tart bowls with coconut oil (we use the removable bottom tart bowls) and distribute crumbly dough evenly in tart bowls. 
4. Press crumbly dough down, with your hands, to create a crust around tart bowl. It will stay in one piece once you begin to press down to form crust.
5. Place tart bowls on a cookie sheet and bake for 10 minutes or until edges are golden brown.
6. Add dates and hemp seeds in small mixing bowl.
7. Using a hand blender blend all ingredients to create a paste texture. Set aside.
8. Once tart crusts are baked, let sit for 5 minutes.
9. Once tart crusts have cooled, distribute date paste evenly over top of bowls, using a butter knife. (We do not recommend removing tarts from tart bowls until you have filled them with the 'date butter'. The crust is very fragile - but it melts in your mouth!)
10. Serve and enjoy! 

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2 comments :

  1. OMG these sound so incredibly good. I haven't had anything with dates in eons and plan to make these over the holidays this year. That's the time of year my mother always made date nut cakes and such. Thanks so much!

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