Fresh Fig Tart with Honey Drizzle

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2012/07/11 by nikkiledford

I love figs.

No, I mean… I REALLY SUPER LOVE FIGS!

One of the reasons I really super love them is because they (like persimmons, which I also super love) are very seasonal. There’s no way to get around it; you cannot find a good fresh fig in April or December. It’s just not going to happen. And I’m okay with that. If they were available all year round I probably would not enjoy them as much. So when figs arrive in mid to late summer, I relish every opportunity to eat them!

Here’s a great raw fig tart for your summer gatherings. Whether your guests are Gluten-free, Paleo, Raw, or Vegetarian you can be assured that they will all love this treat. It’s even won over regular everyday folks who are still eating McDonald’s and other junk like that. They love it too (I have proof).

The crust is based on my lemon apple bars except it should be more sticky than a bar (which is more nutty).

Fresh Fig Tart with Honey Drizzle

1 c. dried apples
1 c. raw almonds
10 dates
1/2 c. organic raisins
zest from 1 lemon and a little squeeze of juice
1 tsp. cinnamon
sea salt
2 c. fresh, ripe figs (black or green)
1/4 c. honey
garnish of lemon zest

  1. In a food processor, combine apples, almonds, dates, raisins, lemon zest, lemon juice, cinnamon and salt.
  2. Process until sticky.
  3. Press into a glass pie plate.

    Awaiting the figgy filling

  4. Wash figs and slice into rounds.
  5. Arrange figs in the crust.
  6. Drizzle with some local, raw honey and some lemon zest.
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PUMPKIN FIG OATS //Caught some morning light on my morning bowl of goodness. I made this last week and it was so good (and loved by my child) that I made another batch! I don't know if it's the figs or golden raisins, the coconut milk or the collagen, or maybe it's the banana and the pumpkin that make this bowl of oats absolutely satisfying for a day of leading, teaching, cooking, sweating, loving, and seeking. 
#sometimesibreakfast #sometimesidont #glutenfreeoats #notpaleo #dairyfreeoats INGREDIENTS // one of my favorite activities is going out for coffee. For me, the sights, sounds, and smells of a coffee shop signal rest and I enter into a state of slowing down, more observing and less doing. Lately, I haven't been out to coffee too often because 1. It's expensive and 2. I don't tolerate dairy and I'm not much of a black coffee drinker so at most shops I'm limited to their dairy-free options. While it's nice to have nut milks available, I have discovered that all the other ingredients in these alternative drinks do NOT do my body any good. 
A solution to would be to bring my own homemade milk, but I don't always have some ready or I forget to put a bit in a small container (which then gives me the fun task of toting around a dirty jar in my car all day). These smaller bottles of almond milk are perfect for adding to my coffee when I'm out as most dairy-free milks come in huge cartons and are inconvenient for a coffee outing.  @popandbottle only uses basic, real food ingredients for their almond milk. They even sweeten it with a bit of date! 
I like to think that I always have a choice about what I put in my body. Sometimes I'll have to settle for black coffee, but if I plan a bit, I can still enjoy my coffee outings without ultimately compromising on what is best for me in the long run. SNACKS // kept it really simple today during meal prep. This is a tasty bowl of yams, banana, almond butter, and coconut flakes. FAST FOOD// Roasted all these veggies last night for a tasty quick lunch. Added a new find from Whole Foods. @goodlovinfoods lemon garlic dip. If you like bitchen sauce, you'll like this (!! bonus, they don't use any soy ingredients either !!)

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