Getting ready for the annual cookouts

In New England, the 4th of July is a special time of year! When the weather is finally warm and we attend our annual cook-outs, fireworks displays and parades - a lot of tradition goes in to this holiday.

It's also a creative time of year, to put away the oven mits and find food to bring that requires no heat!  This year, like every year, I try to find something with Blueberries and Strawberries - easy to make the dessert festive!

Berry Coconut Tart

I call it a tart because it looks like one.... but its more like a cream pie ;)

Preparing...

  1. Take coconut cream out of the can and place it in a cup, cover it and place it in the fridge for 3-4 hours.
  2. Soak almonds in water 
  3. optional: soak dates in water for a few minutes before running through the food processor.

For the crust...

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  1. 10 - 12 Dates
  2. 1 1/2 C Almonds
  3. 1/4 water
  4. 1/4 Flax Seed

Run the dates and the almonds through a food processor.  Then pulse in the flax seen and mix in the water.  Line a pie dish with a little coconut oil for non-stick and pour in the dough-y mix.  It should come out forming a ball.  PRESS the doughy ball into the pie dish and freeze the crust. 

For the filling...

  1. 1 can of coconut cream
  2. 1/4 C almond/coconut milk
  3. 1/8 C Agave Nectar
  4. optional: a dash of coconut flakes (unsweetened)

Whisk the coconut cream and almost milk, then add the Agave and coconut flakes getting all the clumps of the coconut cream out, forming a smooth filling.  Pour over the frozen crust

Toppers!

Fresh strawberries and blueberries, or make it your own and add some black berries! If you're celebrating the 4th of July (like myself) maybe create a red, white and blue flag!  My sister pointed out that I could have easily created a normal american flag, but I felt bad that some people may not get blueberries!  Also a great dessert for any regular cookout to totally fool those cynics who believe that food is not good if there's no cream or cheese.