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A Classic French Pastry Gets a Raw Food Makeover

Posted on July 08 2013 | (0) Comments

Summer fruits are in season at last!  So now is the perfect time to make delicious desserts that use natural fruits instead of unnatural processed sugar for wholesome sweetness.  In my last video post, I showed you the secrets to creating a dairy-free Pastry Cream

Now, I’m going to show you how to make a scrumptious no-bake raw tart crust that you can fill with your sweet cream...and then top with a medley of beautifully sliced and arranged summer fruits.

Raw Food Dessert with a French Twist

When I was on my honeymoon in Paris, I had a wonderful time visiting elegant pastry shops and admiring their wonderful treats, including fruit tarts.  I admit that I indulged in a few, but to be honest, even though I enjoyed them, they’re just too heavy and sweet for me to eat regularly.  

My raw food recipe version of a classic French fruit tart looks good enough to be on display at a bakery on the Champs Elysees, and it tastes as good as it looks! But it's much easier to prepare than the traditional baked version, and it's also a lot better for you.

A Heavenly 4-Ingredient Crust Without Butter

I’ve created a raw shortbread crust recipe that I think is actually superior to a traditional tart crust.  Instead of high-cholesterol butter and nutritionally empty white flour, my crust recipe has four wholesome ingredients:

  • Dried Coconut
  • Walnuts
  • Salt
  • Dates

This is so easy!  Your food processor does all the work, combining these ingredients into sweet, slightly sticky “dough.”  Forming the raw crust is easy, too; much easier than working with a crust made with flour.  It's so simple to shape this raw food crust and place it into a tart pan. 

Let the Raw Food Tart Assembly Begin!

When your crust has been shaped, all you do is spoon in raw Pastry Cream and top it with fresh fruit.  For ultimate tart-y delight, be sure to chill your tart at least two hours before serving.

Click here for the Classic Fresh Fruit Tart Recipe.

Do you have a favorite fruit combination that you love such as orange segments, kiwi, and banana; strawberries and peaches, or blueberries and mangoes?  Share your combo in the comments section for other readers to enjoy.

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