Clean Eating Patriotic Treat, Written by: Kayte Corrigan

imageFruit Tart anyone? For a beach treat, or serving several at a BBQ share this clean eating tart and they won’t know the difference. No cool whip necessary. Skip the peaches and layer your red and blue berries instead for patriotic flare. I used coconut oil, melted, instead of canola and I don’t think it made a difference.

This recipe is vegan, paleo and had a few ingredients that I had never used before, but I like to try new things so…
Arrowroot and kudzu are used as natural starches and can be found at the health food store (in my case I found Arrowroot with the help of a nice employee). They are some of the healthiest options for starch replacements and thicken at a higher temperature than corn starch. Agar was another ingredient I didn’t recognize and is used as a non dairy thickening agent for custards and sauces. All in all it was easy to assemble and went down even easier. To be honest, you don’t even need to tell people it’s vegan, just say dairy free.

Crust Ingredients:

  • 1 cup almonds
  • 1 cup rolled oats
  • 1/2 cup oat bran
  • Pinch of sea salt
  • 3 tablespoon maple syrup
  • 3 tablespoon canola oil
  • 1 teaspoon almond extract

Filling Ingredients:

  • 4 kiwis, peeled and thinkly sliced
  • 3 peaches, thinly sliced
  • 3 cups berries of choice
  • 1 cup apple juice
  • 1/4 cup fruit nectar or juice of  choice
  • 2 tablespoons maple syrup
  • 1 tablespoon agar powder or flakes
  • 1 tablespoon arrowroot or kudzu
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Preparing crust:

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.

Place nuts in food processor and pulse to chop coarsely.  Add rolled oats, oat bran and salt and process until mixture resembles coarse meal.  In small bowl, whisk together maple syrup, oil and almond extract.  Add to almond-oat mixture and process to combine.  Transfer to 9-inch oiled tart pan or springform pan and press down to form crust.  Pierce several times with fork and bake 15 minutes or until lightly browned.  Remove from oven and set aside on wire rack to cool.

Assembling Tart:

Arranged sliced kiwis and peaches around outside edge of tart and fill center with berries.  In medium pot over no heat, combine apple juice, fruit nectar, syrup, agar, and arrowroot.  Turn the heat to medium-high and whisk continuously until agar dissolves and mixture thickens.  Add vanilla, remove from heat and set aside to cool 5 minutes.  Spoon evenly over tart and refrigerate at least 1 hour before serving.

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