If you spend any time on social media, you’ve probably been hearing a lot about Paleo lately. After seeing so many amazing-yet-healthy recipes on Pinterest, I decided to try a few myself. This Key Lime Tart tastes like it’s bad for you, but it’s completely Paleo.
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What is Paleo? Pete Evans, the author of The Paleo Chef describes it as “a way of life, not a gimmick or diet.” The Paleo guidelines have you omit refined sugars, legumes, grains and most dairy from your diet. It’s searching out quality ingredients and staying away from processed food.
If you been around here for awhile, you know that I’ve been working to develop a healthier lifestyle, especially when it comes to the foods I eat. While I don’t think I could ever go full-Paleo, the ideas and guidelines are something I’d like to try to incorporate into my lifestyle as often as possible.
This book explains that the key to the Paleo lifestyle is to enjoy it! It shouldn’t be a strict diet. When you look at the recipes in this book, you won’t be able to believe some of them are good for you!
While it may be more expensive and take longer, you can find ways to substitute healthy ingredients like nuts and honey instead of grains and sugar. But not all the recipes in this book are time consuming. Many of the recipes are designed with our busy lives in mind.
I’d like to try to eat a completely Paleo meal every so often, so I’m excited to try the recipes in this book! There are lots of delicious ideas for breakfast, snacks, dinner and desserts.
Spring might be arriving everywhere else, but here in Florida it’s pretty much Summer already. It’s been in the 80’s and 90’s most days for the past month or so. Now that the time has changed, Andrew and I have been taking advantage of the longer hours of light and have been cooking out with our friends at least once a week.
This past weekend we hosted a cookout and I wanted to make a dessert. I had just gotten this cookbook, so I decided to give one of the healthy sweets a try. This Key Lime Tart was one of the first recipes I saw, and I was sold!
When it comes to dessert, nothing says “Summer” like key lime. It’s the perfect thing for a warm weather cookout.
I could eat the filling for this tart by itself! Even though the main ingredient is avocados, the lime juice is very dominating. Your guests won’t believe this treat is actually healthy!
- 2 limes, thinly sliced
- 3/4 cup raw honey
- 1 cup almonds, activate by soaking for 12 hours before using
- 2/3 cup unsweetened shredded dried coconut
- 6 medjool dates, pitted
- 1 vanilla bean, split lengthwise and scraped
- 2 tablespoons coconut oil
- 3 ripe avocados
- 3/4 cup freshly squeezed lime juice
- 3/4 cup raw honey
- 1/2 cup coconut oil
- Bring a saucepan of water to a boil, add the limes, and blanch for a few seconds. Drain and plunge in a bowl of ice water. Repeat this process twice more.
- Combine 1 cup water and the honey in a small saucepan over high heat. Bring to a boil, stirring to combine. Add the blanched limes, reduce the heat, and gently simmer until the limes become translucent, 40 to 60 minutes. Allow to cool completely in the syrup. You won't need the syrup for the recipe, you can can keep it in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 3 months.
- While the limes are simmering, make the crust. Combine the almonds and coconut in a food processor and process until broken up into a nice crumble. Add the dates, vanilla bean seeds, coconut oil and a pinch of sea salt, and pulse until the mixture just comes together.
- Press the dough firmly and evenly into a 4 1/2 by 13 3/4-inch rectangular tart pan with removable bottom or a 12 inch round tart pan. Refrigerate for at least 1 hour, or until firm.
- Combine the avocados, lime juice, honey, coconut oil and 1/2 tsp of salt in a blender. Blend until smooth. Adjust the flavors to taste.
- Pour the filling into the crust, spread it into a smooth, even layer, and chill for at least 4 hours, or overnight. Garnish with the candied lime slices and serve.
Notes: If you don't have time to soak the almonds, you can skip that step. I did, and it still turned out fine. Also, if you can't find unsweetened coconut, you can use sweetened. It is still very low in sugar so this will still be a healthy dessert, but not completely paleo.
Have you tried the Paleo lifestyle? What did you like/dislike about it?