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Strawberry Tarts with Ginger-Pecan Crust

Author Mavis Butterfield

Ingredients

  • 2 teaspoons coconut oil
  • 2 cups pecans
  • 5 tablespoons agave syrup , divided
  • 2 tablespoons whole wheat flour {I used whole wheat pastry flour}
  • 1 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1/2 teaspoon fine sea salt
  • 1 pound fresh strawberries , tops removed and sliced
  • 1 teaspoon lemon juice
  • 1 vanilla bean , split lengthwise and seeds removed

Instructions

  1. In a food processor {or Blendtec} pulse the pecans until coarsely ground. Then add 3 Tbsp. of agave syrup, flour, ginger, salt, and 2 tsp. coconut oil. Process until coarse dough forms. Using a 1 teaspoon cookie dough scoop, place pecan dough balls in 12 muffin tin cavities {I didn’t want to chance my pecan tarts sticking to the muffin pan, so I used cupcake liners, which worked out perfectly}. Press the dough onto bottom and up the sides of each muffin cup. Chill for 1 hour.
  2. Preheat oven to 350°. Bake pecan crusts until firm {about 10 minutes}. Let them cool in the pan on a wire rack for at least 10 minutes before removing.
  3. In a large bowl, place the sliced strawberries, lemon juice, vanilla seeds and remaining 2 Tbsp. of agave syrup and gently toss.
  4. Next, remove the pecan tart shells from the muffin liners and fill with strawberries. I used 5 strawberries per tart and placed them in a star shaped pattern. Because I have OCD and I just don’t want to throw them in there with wild abandon.