Stone Fruit Tart with Almond Crust (sugar free and grain free)

As I continue to avoid sugar and gluten, I have been experimenting a lot with almond meal to come up with seasonal sweets.  Colorado peaches are at their peak right now, and I have been picking some up wherever I see them–roadside stands, the Farmers’ Market, or even in the parking lot of a local restaurant, as a pre-dinner snack.  At Saturday’s market I picked up some peaches and some local plums, and made this simple tart.

The crust is sweetened with stevia, which is a calorie-free sweetener derived from the stevia plant.  It works well in small doses (in large amounts it becomes bitter), and since the fruit was already naturally sweet, it was the only addition needed. I glazed the fruit with a tablespoon of melted butter mixed with a packet of stevia, and while that step is optional, it makes for a prettier tart.

The only time-consuming part of this is removing the “stones” (the pits) from the fruit.  The crust is a snap to make, and tastes like an almond cookie.  The basic idea would work for almost any seasonal fruit–since pears are coming into season, I plan on using this for a pear tart in the near future.

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Stone Fruit Tart with Almond Crust (sugar free and grain free)
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Recipe type: Dessert, Sugar Free, Grain Free
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Serves: 8
 
Ingredients
  • 2 cups almond meal (finely ground almonds)
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 packets stevia
  • 5 tablespoons salted butter, melted
  • 10 small plums
  • 3 medium peaches
  • 1 tablespoon butter, melted
  • 1 packet of stevia
Instructions
  1. Preheat the oven to 375 degrees. For the crust, stir together the almond meal, vanilla, and 2 packets of stevia. Pour in the 5 tablespoons of butter and stir with a fork until it has the texture of granola.
  2. Spray a tart pan with cooking spray to coat the bottom and sides. I used an 11-inch, fluted tart pan with a removable bottom. Spoon in the almond mixture and use your hand to press it evenly over the base of the pan. You want it to be nice and compact so it will hold together when you slice the tart.
  3. Pit the peaches and plums (remove the peach skins if you like--optional) and leave the plums in halves. Cut the peaches into wedges, and arrange in the center of the tart. Surround with the plum halves.
  4. Bake the tart for 20 minutes, then brush the fruit with the remaining tablespoon of melted butter, mixed with the remaining packet of stevia. Bake for an additional 5 minutes.
  5. Let the tart cool for 10 minutes before slicing and serving.

The roasted fruits get nice and jammy, and the crust tastes like a giant cookie.  I really like this recipe and will be using it until our peach season comes to an end.  If you want to go another step and make this dairy free, you can swap out the butter for coconut oil, which will change the flavor (coconut oil does, in fact, taste like coconut–I know, what are the odds?), but will still have the same texture.  In fact, that would be nice for a pineapple tart…

Thanks for reading,

-Angela

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11 Responses to Stone Fruit Tart with Almond Crust (sugar free and grain free)

  1. Karen Harris August 20, 2012 at 7:31 am #

    Beautiful tart. I need to quit sugar too and I am slacking off, but I guess I just need to come and live with you and let you cook for me. These people that I live with just don’t get it and make me cook with butter and sugar ;)

    • Angela August 20, 2012 at 10:41 am #

      Hey, we have a guest room! I still use tons of butter, however–not giving that up!

  2. Kiran @ KiranTarun.com August 21, 2012 at 8:55 am #

    Beautiful tart! I love stone fruit tarts in summer!

    • Angela August 24, 2012 at 11:24 am #

      Thank you, Kiran!

  3. Jersey Girl Cooks August 23, 2012 at 3:01 pm #

    Great healthier dessert! I have some almond meal in the freezer which I need to experiment with too.

    • Angela August 24, 2012 at 11:24 am #

      I am finding it really versatile–not as crazy about coconut flour so far.

  4. Scarlet September 25, 2012 at 12:46 pm #

    Yum!! I am liking this on Stumbleupon (MWYT) and pinning (ScarletP)!

    • Angela September 26, 2012 at 7:45 am #

      Thank you Scarlet! I appreciate your support :)

  5. Moggle October 21, 2012 at 4:41 am #

    I made this a few days ago and took it for supper to the wine group I go to. They loved it and it all got eaten :-)
    I ground my own almonds (and threw in a few cashews) and used spice-poached pears. I also used half stevia and half sucralose and added some vanilla paste to the glaze.
    I will use a smaller dish or make more base next time – it was thinner than I wanted it to be.
    I served it with some vanilla lactose-free yogurt (one of the group members is lactose-intolerant)
    Looking forward to making versions with other fruits :-)

    • Angela October 21, 2012 at 8:23 am #

      Wow, that sounds amazing–I definitely want to do a pear version. The cashews sound good, too–the density could be because you ground your own almonds, in that when I do that I never get them quite as fine. Just a guess. It sounds fabulous!

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