Sneaky Greens: Lime Tart

May 6, 2013 § Leave a comment

If he had his way I’m pretty sure my three-year-old son would live on porridge, toast, feijoas and sugar. (Yes I realise this is probably to do with an imbalance/deficiency – at this stage his gut has improved a lot from where it used to be.)
In any case, getting veges into kids is not always easy. Sometimes he’ll hoof down a bowl of vege filled stew, or chomp on a pile of raw crudites dipped in hummus or almond butter, but the rest of the time he would rather be banging holes in the wall while wearing nothing but a toolbelt and earmuffs than eating anything green.

Treats, however, are a different story. So I have resorted to doing the thing I swore I’d never do (okay there are about a million of those now – I was a perfect parent before I had kids), and I hide vegetables in things.

Just be warned, there is a limit to how much greenery you can hide in something like this, but limes and lemons definitely help more than the sweetener.

Pick your greens carefully too – spinach and chickweed aren’t too strong, and you could probably do kale leaves too (minus the stems). You can read more about one of my fave edible weeds here.

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Lime Tart (raw, vegan, gluten free)

1/2 cup macadamia nuts
1 ripe avocado
Juice and zest of 2 limes
1 heaped tsp liquid sweetener (honey/agave/coconut nectar/maple syrup)
5 drops liquid stevia (optional)
1 tbsp almond butter (optional)
2 tbsp milk (almond/soy/rice whatever you prefer)
Handful of greens – I used spinach and chickweed

For the base, place macadamias in food processor and process until it makes a fine crumb – you want it oily enough to press into a tart tin but not so oily it’s turned into butter. Press firmly into two or three small tart tins (I found some mini loose bottom ones on trademe). Place in freezer.
For the filling, place all remaining ingredients in high speed blender and blend until it makes a smooth mousse and everything is incorporated well (you could do in food processor or normal blender too but chop vegetables finely first – they will also be more visible than if done in a Vitamix or similar). Check the taste as you go – you may only want to start with the juice of 1 lime and 1/2 tsp sweetener – or you may want to add extra.
Scoop mousse onto base and serve!

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