(Grain-free, Paleo-friendly) rustic fig tart

It's fig season! I'm pumped. As I shared the other day on Instagram, my parents have a big fig tree and every year around this time I'm excited to go over there and pick ripe figs before the birds get them. When I was a kid I didn't know what to do with them, but now I know how amazing they are when they're really ripe (they seriously taste like pure HONEY) and quite a few things to do with them!

This time around I wanted to bake them. I pictured a rustic, slightly crumbly open-faced tart. I've made a couple other fall-ey grain-free tarts, and I've found some ingredients that really work well (without being too almond flour-heavy, as a lot of Paleo baking recipes are). (See also my grain-free apple/pear crumble recipe and cranberry-apple tart recipe.)


(You will notice a trend--I am all about low maintenance baking. This recipe was so easy!)

And it turned out just like I wanted!

Grain-Free Rustic Fig Tart


Ingredients:


Crust:

  • 1/3 c. sunflower seeds
  • 1/3 c. unsweetened coconut flakes
  • 3/4 c. almond flour
  • 1/4 c. coconut palm sugar or sweetener of choice
  • 1/4 tsp. sea salt
  • 5 tbsp. unsalted grassfed butter (cold) (or palm shortening if dairy-free)

Fruit:

  • 6-8 fresh figs

Instructions:


  1. Pulse sunflower seeds in a small food processor, until finely ground. Add other dry ingredients and pulse until combined.
  2. Chop butter into small chunks and add to processor; pulse until combined. Mixture should be thick and chunky. 
  3. Spread crust mixture onto parchment paper on a baking sheet. Flatten with spatula or fingers to get an even layer.
  4. Chop figs into eigths. 
  5. Bake at 350 degrees for 20-25 minutes until crust is golden.

Makes 6-8 servings.

Optional extras:


If your figs aren't super ripe and honey-sweet, you could go for a more savory flavor, or add a glaze! Here are some options:
  • Make a glaze of honey and water; add right after tart comes out of the oven
  • Add goat cheese and sliced almonds; reduce balsamic vinegar on the stovetop to make a rich, tangy glaze
Or enjoy with some vanilla ice cream of choice!

If you don't have figs in your parents' backyard... save this recipe for next time you run into some!

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