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mini lemon tarts

Healthy Lemon Curd Tart with Gluten-Free Almond Crust

This healthy lemon tart recipe uses dairy-free lemon curd and a gluten-free almond crust. They taste like lemon bars - one of the best easy dessert recipes! The curd was inspired by Texanerin and the crust by Elana's Pantry.
Prep Time 10 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Servings 1 9-inch tart

Ingredients

For the crust:

  • 2 cups blanched almond flour
  • ½ teaspoon sea salt
  • 2 tablespoons melted coconut oil, plus more for greasing
  • 1 large egg

For the curd:

  • 3 eggs
  • ¼ cup raw honey
  • ¼ cup coconut oil
  • Zest and juice of 2 lemons (about ½ cup)

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Line the bottom of a 9-inch tart pan with parchment paper. Grease the sides with oil or butter.
  2. In a small food processor, pulse the almond flour and the salt until combined. Add the oil and egg and pulse a few more times until a dough forms. Warning: it will be very sticky.
  3. Transfer the dough to the center of the tart pan. Using a sheet of plastic wrap or greased palms, press the dough out into an even crust, coming just ¼ to ½ an inch up the sides. Bake in the oven for 8 to 10 minutes, until firm and beginning to brown. Remove and let cool. If the crust puffs, just use your fingers to gently press it back down as it cools. Alternatively, you can weight it by covering the crust with a piece of parchment paper and a layer of dried beans. 

  4. Meanwhile, make the curd: in a medium saucepan, whisk the eggs and honey until smooth. Set the pan over medium-low heat. Add the coconut oil. Cook, whisking occasionally, until the oil is melted, about 2 minutes. Add the lemon juice and zest and continue cooking, whisking gently, until the mixture begins to thicken, about 5 minutes. Remove from the heat immediately and continue whisking to avoid any clumps. Some people will strain the mixture at this point. But I’m too lazy.
  5. Transfer the curd to the cooked tart crust and smooth in an even layer with your spatula. Allow to cool so the filling sets and serve at room temperature. If you’re eating dairy, a little whipped cream can’t hurt.