One of the first things I did when I got back from my nearly two-month-long adventure was go grocery shopping. Surprised? Of course, I made a beeline to the local produce offerings- first in my hand was a basket of fresh local peaches. Whereas I’m not a major corn fan (though I do love some sweet roasted corn risotto), I am a major peach fan. Local peaches have to be the food-highlight of my summer, so it was only fitting they would be first in my basket on my inaugural trip back to the market.
I only picked up a few essentials while at the store- peaches, organic spinach, some greens, local yogurt, my fresh corn cobs and a few other small things. But on the eve of my shopping trip I knew I wanted to create something to complement the fresh fruit I picked up.
So I came up with this. The tartelets (or tart) will take you five minutes to make, and it is only a few short minutes of waiting before they are ready to devour- and devour you will, I promise. Because only the natural flavor of the fresh peaches tops the slightly sweet, nutty crust- this simple dessert is easy, light and refreshing.
Simple Fresh Raw Peach Tartelets
Makes 4 tartelets
This crust is easy enough to mix up with different nuts or even seeds- I love the neutral almond paired with pecans- a favorite with peaches, but feel free to try walnuts or even macadamia nuts- in place.
3/4 cup raw almonds
1/2 cup raw pecans
1/2 cup pitted medjool dates (you may need 2-3 more if yours are on the smaller side)
2-3 tbsp coconut oil
pinch sea salt
2-3 fresh raw peaches, sliced thin*
1. Pulse almonds and pecans with sea salt and cinnamon until they are chopped to medium- sized crumbles.
2. Add dates and 2 tbsp coconut oil. Pulse until mixture comes together.
You may need more coconut oil or dates depending on how dry your nuts are or how small your dates are- start by adding one extra date or 1/2 tbsp coconut oil and go from there.
3. Press mixture into the bottom of 4 4-inch tartelet pans (or double the recipe for one 8-9″ tart pan). Let chill in freezer for 10-15 minutes to firm before topping with sliced peaches. Serve chilled.
*Other topping options that would be fantastic:
-add some fresh blueberries to the mix, or even a spread of fresh local berry jam to the bottom of the tart before adding peaches
-top with a sprinkle of coconut
-line the bottom of the crust with some fresh coconut butter, or a raw vanilla cashew cream