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Do I even need to elaborate on this? This picture says it all. This is another amazing gluten free vegan treat featured in  Clean Start by Terry Walters. If you don’t know who she is, you better find out! 🙂

Ahhhh! Blueberries! It’s high up there with my love of avocados.

Here’s what you’ll need:

CRUST

  • 2 cups almond meal
  • 2 tablespoons maple syrup
  • 1 tablespoon virgin coconut oil
  • Pinch of sea salt
  • 1 teaspoon almond extract

FILLING

  • 1 cup apple juice
  • 2 tablespoons arrowroot powder
  • 1⁄2 cup maple syrup
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 1⁄4 teaspoon almond extract
  • Zest of 1 lemon
  • Pinch of sea salt
  • 2 cups blueberries
  • Preheat oven to 350°F. Lightly oil 9-inch tart pan.

PREPARING CRUST

Place almond meal in large mixing bowl. In small skillet over medium low heat, whisk together maple syrup, coconut oil and salt until oil melts. Whisk in almond extract and remove from heat. Pour this mixture over the almond meal and fold to incorporate all ingredients. Transfer dough to tart pan and press to form crust. Bake 15 minutes or until golden brown. Remove from oven and, using the back of a wooden spoon, gently press down any puffed areas of crust. Set crust on wire rack to cool.

PREPARING FILLING

In small bowl, whisk together 1⁄2 cup apple juice with arrowroot and set aside. In medium Dutch oven over medium heat, combine remaining 1⁄2 cup apple juice with maple syrup, lemon juice, almond extract, lemon zest and salt and bring to simmer. Add 1 cup blueberries and stir until berries start to pop and liquid turns red/blue. Reduce heat to low and whisking continuously, pour arrowroot-juice mixture into berry mixture. When liquid is thick, remove from heat and fold in remaining blueberries. Pour into crust, spread evenly and refrigerate for at least 1 hour to set.

SERVES 8

Recipe reprinted with permission from Clean Start © 2010 by Terry Walters, Sterling Epicure, an imprint of Sterling Publishing Co., Inc. Photography by Gentl & Hyers

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When this recipe showed up on my twitter feed via @kitchenconfidante, my mouth instantly drooled. I couldn’t hit the “print recipe” fast enough.  What’s surprising is that I’ve never had goat cheese or blueberry vanilla compote before. But it doesn’t take a “Mario Batali” to realize just how delicious this combination was going to taste in one’s mouth. And it was super fast and easy to make.  If you can pour and stir, then you can make this in 15 minutes.

I will admit, 15 minutes isn’t a very long time at all, but it felt like time was painfully dragging due to my anticipation of that very first bite. My perception of time looked a lot like this [click here]. lol Suffice it to say, this was absolutely delicious. I brought some into work the next day and everyone loved it as well.

And because I am so generous and unselfish, I didn’t think it would be fair to keep such a gem from my friends … I reached out to @kitchenconfidante and with her blessing, I share it with you.  I encourage you to visit Kitchen Confidante for more fabulous recipes.

Makes 1 cup.

INGREDIENTS

  • 8 oz goat cheese
  • 1 cup blueberries
  • 1/4 cup apple juice
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • Crackers for serving

METHOD

In a small sauce pan over medium heat, stir together blueberries, apple juice and sugar until the sugar is dissolved. Bring to a boil then lower heat and simmer for about 10-15 minutes, or until the sauce has thickened. Stir in the vanilla. Allow the compote to cool before using. Store in an airtight container in the refrigerator.

Using your hands, form the goat cheese into your desired shape (ball, log, etc.). Make certain the compote is completely chilled before pouring over the cheese. Serve with crackers and enjoy!

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This tasty treat is a gluten free, vegan dessert from Clean Start by Terry Walters. I don’t have much of a sweet tooth but this recipe just kept calling my name. I decided to give it a try. And boy it did not disappoint. I had to make a couple of substitutions because I couldn’t for the life of me find 2 items anywhere I went. But it came out sinfully delicious anyway. I gladly share it with you all! Enjoy!


FILLING

  • 21⁄2 pounds plums (10–12)
  • 1⁄2 cup dried currants
  • 2–3 dashes ground nutmeg
  • Pinch of sea salt
  • 1⁄4 cup maple syrup
  • 1⁄4 cup ivory teff flour (I used gluten free all purpose flour)

CRISP

  • 1 cup almond meal
  • 1 cup ivory teff flour (I used gluten free all purpose flour)
  • 1⁄4 cup sliced almonds
  • Pinch of ground nutmeg
  • Pinch of sea salt
  • 1⁄4 cup virgin coconut oil (I used almond oil)
  • 1⁄4 cup maple syrup
  • 1⁄2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • Preheat oven to 350°F.

PREPARING FILLING

Leaving skins on, halve plums, remove and discard pits and slice into thin wedges (about 1⁄4 inch thick). Place in large mixing bowl and set aside.

In small pot over medium heat, place currants with just enough water to cover, bring to boil and simmer 5 minutes to soften and plump. Drain well and add to bowl with plums. Add nutmeg and salt, and stir. Add maple syrup and teff flour and stir until plums are evenly coated and ingredients are combined. Pour mixture into 8 x8-inch casserole and set aside.

PREPARING CRISP

Using same mixing bowl, combine almond meal, teff flour, almonds, nutmeg and salt. Over low heat, melt coconut oil in small skillet. Remove from heat, whisk in maple syrup and vanilla and pour over flour mixture. Stir to combine and crumble over plum mixture.

Bake 45 minutes or until top is golden brown and plums are soft. Remove from oven, and cool slightly before serving.

SERVES 6

Recipe is reprinted with permission from Clean Start © 2010 by Terry Walters/Sterling Epicure. Photo by Gentl & Hyers

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