English fruits, cherries, pears and apples are perfect for the start of summer. Cooked until soft, sweetened naturally with prunes, on a wholegrain oat base providing plenty of healthy fibre. A gluten free wholesome recipe.
Cherries are beaming with anthocyanins, a wonderful antioxidant to keep your cells healthy. The immune boosting effects of the beta glucans found in the oat base combined with chia seeds rich in omega-3 fats will help you to feel good after eating such a delicious dessert.
Ingredients (Serves 6-8):
- 2 apples (cooking apples or regular apples – Cox and Braeburn apples go very well)
- 2 pears
- 100ml water
- 200g cherries (weight before removing pips)
- 12 prunes
- 1 tsp. cinnamon
- 80g coconut oil
- 1 tbsp. chia seeds
- 100g oats (use uncontaminated oats if you are gluten free)
- 80g buckwheat
- 60ml water (6 tbsp.)
1. Preheat the oven to 160 deg C and line 2 small tart baking trays with coconut oil.
2.Chop and core apples and pears.
3. In a pan, heat up 100ml water and simmer the chopped apples and pears on a low heat for 15 minutes.
4. While the apples and pears are simmering, slice the cherries in half and remove the pips.
5. Take half of the cooked apple and pear mix and blend in a food processor with the prunes (check that all prunes have had stones removed before blending).
6. Add the blended apple, pear and prune mix back into the pan, add the cinnamon and stir well.
7. Add the halved cherries to the apples and pears in the pan and simmer for 5 more minutes.
8. While the fruit is simmering, start to prepare the base. Firstly, melt the coconut oil in a pan on a low heat for a few minutes until liquid.
9. Grind the chia seeds in a coffee / spice grinder (chia seeds can also be bought ready ground).
10. In a large bowl, mix the ground chia seeds, oats, buckwheat.
11. Add the water and coconut oil to the dry ingredients in the large bowl and stir well until thoroughly mixed to form a dough like consistency. (This can be mixed in a food processor for ease if you have a dough mixing tool).
4. Separate the mix out into 2 parts roll flat with a rolling pin, and place into 2 small trays, approx 12cm diameter, 4cm deep. Note – this recipe also works for one large tart if you prefer.
5. Bake in the oven at 160 deg C for 30 minutes.
Wholesome nourishing fruit tarts in cute small sizes makes them a great addition to a summer party. Perfect after dinner in the evening.