Recipe: Fig-a-licious Vegan Tart (Gluten and Sugar Free)

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In gearing up for the holiday feasts, here is a gluten free dish that is sure to satisfy the sweet tooth craving. Rich in phyto-nutrients, vitamins, minerals and anti-oxidants, figs are low in calories and a source of fiber. Vitamins A, E, and K help prevent diabetes, disease, cancer and infection. Containing levels of niacin, pyridoxine, folate and pantothenic acid, this helps to metabolize carbohydrates, fats and proteins. Figs also help stabilize blood sugar levels and control blood glucose in adult onset diabetes. Dried figs are an excellent sources of minerals like calcium, copper, potassium, manganese, iron, selenium and zinc. 100 g of dried figs contain 680 mg of potassium, 162 mg of calcium, and 2.03 mg of iron. Potassium is an important component of cell and body fluids that helps controlling heart rate and blood pressure. Copper is required in the production of red blood cells. Iron is required for red blood cell formation as well for cellular oxidation. (Source: USDA National Nutrient database)

Our Better Health

5th December 2014     By Trinity Bourne     Contributing Writer for Wake Up World

I love dispelling the myth that healthy food can’t be absolutely delicious.
There’s something really satiating about eating a dessert that not only tastes scrumptious, but is also full of healthy ingredients.
My ‘Fig-a-licious Vegan Tart’ is free from diary, egg, wheat, gluten, refined sugar and it STILL tastes delectable. We absolutely love this one here, so I felt to share it for anyone else looking for a tasty, gluten-free, vegan treat.

Serves: 4 – 6

Baking: 25 minutes

Ingredients:

– 250g (9 oz) figs, plus water to soak
– 1 heaped teaspoon of orange or lemon rind
– 75g (2½ oz) rice flour (brown or white)
– 75g (2½ oz) tapioca flour (also known as tapioca starch)
– 1 heaped tablespoon ground flax seed
– 3 tablespoons brown rice syrup

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