18 August, 2011

Flourless Peach Yogurt Tart

Despite all the health foods that I am surrounding myself with, I cannot deny that I have a sweet tooth. That's no secret, just look at my list of desserts in my recipe index. We always have a cake of sorts in the house.
I am very strict by not using refined flours or sugars in my recipes. This peach cake is naturally sweetened with dates in the crust and a hint of honey in the filling. It uses rolled oats instead of flour in the crust. Natural unsaturated fats of the nuts replace butter that is usually used in tart crusts. The yogurt peach filling gives a light freshness to the cake. A perfect summer cake.
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FLOURLESS PEACH YOGURT TART


Crust
1 cup old-fashioned rolled oats
1/2 cup dates, pitted and roughly chopped
1/3 cup walnuts
1-2 tablespoons water

Filling
2 cups full-fat yogurt
3 tablespoons honey
3 cups fresh peaches, pitted and cut into wedges

Serves 8
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Preheat oven to 175C/375F.

Combine oats, dates, and walnuts in a food processor and pulse a few times until sticky. If the texture is too dry, add a tablespoon of water. Then pulse again.
Lightly grease a tart pan with removable bottom with olive oil. Press the oat mixture into the bottom and sides of the pan. Pre-bake crust for 10 minutes. Set aside.

Strain the yogurt through a cheesecloth or clean kitchen towel for two hours. Discard the whey. Mix the strained yogurt with the honey. Spread the yogurt honey mixture evenly over the crust. Lay out the peach wedges onto the yogurt, starting in the middle with a small circle of wedges.

Bake at 175C/375F for 25-30 minutes. Let cool completely before serving.



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15 comments:

  1. I love that this doesn't involve the traditional impossible-to-make tart pastry crust! Finally, a crust that I can pat into place, think I have the skill level to do that. ;) And I love oats...and yoghurt...and honey...and peaches...ohhh this recipe is such a keeper, going to try it out soon for sure!

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  2. wow, very creative. worth giving a try. Is oats gluten free btw?

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  3. great must try soon

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  4. What an easy recipe..! Perfect for me..Will be trying it out..Can i substitute almonds for walnuts(not much of a fan)..?

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  5. This is beautiful and i love how simple it is with so few ingredients, yet im sure it doesnt skimp on taste in the slighhttesttt. Truly gorgeous!

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  6. Beautiful photo! This would be a great addition to our seasonal potluck. Would love if you shared! http://www.theculinaryenthusiast.com/2011/04/06/seasonal-potluck-link-your-recipes/

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  7. Great! a good way to skip the traditional method. What a brilliant creativeness.

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  8. @ Shaima
    here is an interesting article about oats. It also explains the gluten question.

    @Farwin
    I am sure it also works with almonds. They are a little harder though. You might want to chop them separately before throwing together with the dates and oats.

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  9. Shaima. Here is the link to the article:
    http://www.marksdailyapple.com/are-oats-healthy/

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  10. I love rolled oats so truth be told, substituting flour with rolled oats sounds delicious! I must do that in my future recipes. Ultimately, I'm so thankful there's such thing as healthy desserts ;) gorgeous photo, by the way!

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  11. gorgeous tart, and I love that you didn't used refined sugar.

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  12. Anja, what a fab idea! Where do you get all these clever recipes from? For my new gluten free living, I have to avaoid oats so I have to find an alternative....

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  13. I figured out what to do with my leftover medjoul dates! Wonderful recipe.

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  14. Frederike, glad you like the recipe. I use dates very often in my recipes (instead of refined sugar). So whenever you have some left, come have a look around here :-)

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