By nutritional therapist Christine Bailey
These mini tarts can be prepared in advance and kept frozen until needed. Acai berry is a wonderful superfood exceptionally rich in antioxidants, particularly anthocyanins and flavonoids known to help reduce the signs of ageing and protect against chronic disease. They are contain plenty of B vitamins for combating stress and maintaining energy and minerals calcium, potassium and magnesium. Dried acai powder is particularly high in fibre to support cleansing of toxins and elimination.
Makes 4 tarts
Preparation: 20 minutes
Freezing time 1 hour
Storage: Keep in the fridge for 1 day. Freeze for up to 1 month.
175g cashew nuts
30g desiccated coconut
2 tbsp acai powder
1 tsp sea salt
Zest and juice of 1 lemon
60g pitted dates
1 large banana, cut into chunks and frozen
Juice and zest of 2 lemons
1tsp sea salt
30g xylitol or other sweetener
60g dates, pitted
Fresh berries, to serve
Make the crust by blending the cashew nuts and coconut until fine. Mix in the acai and salt. Puree the dates and lemon to form a paste and mix into the nuts to form a dough.
Press into 4 greased mini tart tins and freeze for 1 hour to firm up. Remove from the tins before filling.
Blend together the lemon juice, zest, xylitol and dates to form a thick paste. Add the remaining ingredients to create a creamy custard.
Spoon into the tarts and decorate with fresh berries.
About Christine Bailey
Christine is an award-winning nutritionist, chef and author. With a passion for creating delicious nourishing recipes, Christine has a reputation for transforming people’s health and love of real food. As well as seeing clients and writing for national press, Christine runs ‘Nourish’ cookery classes including popular hands-on days for children. Christine is an inspiring nutritional chef well known for her engaging style and enthusiasm.
Christine is the author of numerous health and recipe books including ebooks on paleo eating and gluten-free recipes. Her books include her popular Supercharged Juices and Smoothies, The Juice Diet Book, The Raw Food Diet Book and Eat to Get Younger. Christine has particular specialisms in paleo diets, allergy free cooking, digestive health, coeliac disease and other autoimmune conditions, allergies, healthy ageing and weight loss.