These healthy lemon tarts could fool even the fussiest of critics. The pastry can be topped with any filling, sweet or savoury, but lemon curd is always a hit.
- 200g ground almonds
- 2 TBS coconut oil
- 1 egg
- Pinch of salt
- 3 whole eggs (not just the yolk!)
- 3 large TBSP of honey
- 50g coconut oil
- Zest of 1 lemon
- Juice of 2 lemons
*Makes 8-10 tarts
- Preheat the oven to 180°C.
- Line a bun tray with circles of parchment paper or grease the tin.
- Put the ground almonds and salt into a food processor and blend briefly.
- Add the coconut oil and the egg to the mixture and blend until it forms a doughy ball.
- Press the dough into the holes and make sure the base and edges are uniformly thick.
- Place in oven and bake for 8-10 minutes.
- Remove and set aside to cool.
- In a saucepan, whisk together the eggs, honey and zest.
- Put the pan on a medium-low heat and with a wooden spoon continue to stir the mixture as it heats up.
- Next add the coconut oil and stir until melted and finally add the lemon juice.
- Keep the pan on the heat and stir as it thickens, it will take about 8-10 minutes to reach the right consistency.
- Taste the curd and add more honey if you like it a bit sweeter!
- Once thickened, remove the pan from the heat and strain the mixture.
- Leave to cool at room temperature.
- Once both are cooled, remove the pastry cases from the tray and spoon enough lemon curd into each tart to fill it to the brim.
Decorate as desired!
- Although they are an energy dense food, research has shown that 1 - 2 cups of nuts/day does not lead to weight gain. This is possibly due to the amino acid arginine which boosts fat burning.
- Great source of unsaturated fats which helps ease inflammation and may also improve cholesterol levels.
- Great source of a variety of B vitamins; folate, riboflavin, niacin and thiamin.
- Rich in a large number of minerals; iron, calcium, magnesium, potassium, zinc, copper and manganese.
- Excellent source of vitamin C which act as an antioxidant protecting the body against free radicals. Free radicals can lead to cellular damage which is a common pathway for cancer, aging and a variety of other diseases.
- Contains a compound called Limonin which have been shown to help fight cancers of the mouth, skin, lung, breast, stomach and colon. It's an easily digested, long-lasting anti-carcinogen which leads to its potent effects.
- Although acidic, lemons have amazing alkalising effects. The consumption of processed foods can lead to an acidic pH so lemons can help to balance the body's pH.
- Lemon juice improves digestion and can help those suffering from bloating, heartburn and indigestion.
- They are among the most nutritious foods on the planet providing vitamin A,D, E & K, B vitamins, selenium, phosphorous, calcium and zinc.
- They are one of the best dietary sources of choline, a compound required for the building of cell membranes and many other functions.
- They contain the antioxidants lutein and zeaxanthin. These are important for eye health and can help prevent macular degeneration and cataracts.
- Eggs are considered a complete protein meaning they contain all of the essential amino acids.