Blackberry Tart with Paleo Crust

blackberry tart

This fabulous fruit tart is bursting with some potent antioxidants, vitamins, minerals and fiber! Eating a variety of fresh berries is one of the best ways to fight aging.

The high-powered antioxidants in the berries protect and smooth your skin and help prevent wrinkles, strengthen your immune system, and fight off cancer and heart disease. Antioxidants also speed up your metabolism, giving you more energy, and helping you burn fat as well!

Berries are a luscious, juicy, sweet treat that fill you up with their healthy fiber and help keep your blood sugar stable as well, meaning you stay in the fat burning zone, as well.

The crunch, nutty crust is low glycemic and grain free. Nuts are a far better choice than a regular pastry crust of starchy refined flours. And what’s more, nuts are of full of healthy monounsaturated fats such as oleic and palmitoleic acids, which help to lower LDL or “bad cholesterol” and increase HDL or “good cholesterol”.

Nuts are also a rich source of B vitamins, vitamin E, and minerals including: manganese, potassium, calcium, iron, magnesium, zinc, fluoride and selenium.

Ingredients for Crust
1 3⁄4 cups raw almonds, walnuts or pecans 1 Tbsp coconut oil or grass fed butter
5 fresh dates, pitted
Pinch of nutmeg
2 tsp of cinnamon
Pinch of sea salt
1-2 Tbsp raw honey (just enough so that dough will stick together)

Directions for Crust
Finely chop the nuts in a food processor. Add the oil, dates, and spices. Blend together until fine and crumbly. Transfer mixture to a mixing bowl, add honey, and mix to form a dough ball. Add more honey, if needed, so that mixture sticks together.

Grease a 9” pie pan with coconut oil or grass fed butter, and spread the dough into the bottom of the pan. Bake at 350 degrees F for about 10-12 minutes, until the edges are just beginning to brown.

Ingredients for Filling
4-5 cups (around 1 quart) fresh or frozen organic blackberries, cherries, blueberries, strawberries, or raspberries (any combination is great)
3 Tbsp raw honey
1 1⁄2 Tbsp arrowroot

2 Tbsp water, or juice if using frozen berries

Directions for Filling
If you are using frozen berries make sure they are completely thawed, so they do not get too juicy and dilute the filling.

Add 2 cups of the berries along with the arrowroot in a blender. Add 2 Tbsp water or berry juice. Blend into a puree. Cook puree in small saucepan with honey over medium heat, stirring constantly for about 3-4 minutes. It will become clear as it thickens.

Remove from heat and cool slightly. Add remainder of berries and fill shell. Refrigerate, covered at least 3 hours. Make sure it is covered so it doesn’t pick up moisture from the refrigerator.

For an extra special treat, top with REAL whipped cream.

REAL Whipped Cream Topping
Whip a half pint of organic heavy cream with an electric mixer in a metal bowl until soft peaks form. Add a touch of stevia and a splash of vanilla and mix. Keep chilled until ready to use.

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