Summer Peach, Ginger & Lemon Tart. A Whole Food Plant-Based Dessert.
Ingredients: Raw almonds, pitted dates soaked in camomile tea, cacao, cinnamon, lemon zest, ginger, fresh peaches (not seen here but pinch of sea salt was added to the crust).
Rehydrate dates in steeped camomile tea for 15-20 minutes.
Meanwhile, in a food processor, add the almonds, cacao, cinnamon and sea salt. Pulse to create a crumbly texture and set aside.
Add the soaked dates (minus the tea), grated ginger and lemon zest to the processor. Pulse until a chunky paste is formed. Add the dry almond mixture back into the food processor with the date paste. Pulse until everything binds together into a dough. Press the crust mixture into a plastic lined tart pan. TIP: Buy BPA-free saran wrap – thankfully it is easy to find these days!
Slice the peaches on a mandoline, coat with a squeeze of lemon to prevent them from oxidizing/browning.
Assemble by layering the peach slices around the tart base, and then using a microplane, zest over some lemon, which enhances the peach flavour and offers an extra burst of freshness.
Ontario peaches are now in season, and I have been enjoying them in every way! Grilled or shaved in salads, turned into desserts like this tart, and simply eaten whole as a snack. This fresh, nutritious and delicious raw dessert, is quick and easy to prepare. It only require two essential kitchen tools: a mandoline and a food processor, both of which are very handy in plant-based cooking, as it allows one to turn whole vegetables and fruits into different textures and creative dishes!
– Peaches are a good source of vitamin’s C and A, potassium, and fiber. They pair well with almonds, hazelnuts, walnuts, pecans, basil, mint, berries, lemon, lime, orange, cinnamon, clove, ginger and vanilla.
– The crust of this tart is made with plant-based protein and healthy fat-rich almonds (Unpasteurized European natural almonds not Californian almonds – learn more here), and naturally sweet pitted dates, with no added processed sugars or oils.
– If you are allergic to nuts, you can use a combination of sunflower seeds and whole oats instead – ground up using a food processor, the same as seen here with almonds.
– As one of the most heavily sprayed foods, it is very important to wash peaches very well, and purchase organic when possible.