Skin Saving Sweets: Peach Almond Custard Tart
The peaches in this dessert provide a boost of phytonutrients. The eggs and almond flour used in place of white flour help limit sugar spikes (high spikes in blood sugar levels).
A Skin Saving Sweet
I have a sweet tooth, so I'm always searching for ways to satisfy that sweet tooth without doing too much harm.
This is one dessert that satisfies without skin sabotage. Eat power Recipes that make use of fruit are a great place to start. The peaches in this custard cake provide a nice dose of vitamins, fiber, and other phytonutrients.
Stop Sugar Spikes
Desserts can do a lot of damage, because the added sugars and refined carbs found in many baked goods can send your blood sugar soaring after a meal. We call that a sugar spike, and over time those sugar spikes can do some real damage to your collagen.
Eating carbs in the company of fiber, protein, and/or fat helps keep down sugar spikes.
In this recipe, the eggs provide a nice boost of protein. Replacing white flour with almond flour also limits the amount of carbs found in the recipe. And finally, the sweetness of the peaches and the flavor from the extracts means you can get away with less added sugar. There's only 1/4 cup of sugar added to the entire recipe.
One warning: This is delicious, and it's better for you than many other desserts. But with any sweet, even the skin saving ones, you still need to watch serving sizes.
Peach Almond Custard Tart Recipe
3 medium peaches, chopped into chunks [if needed, may use 1 pound bag of frozen peaches]
3 eggs, beaten
3/4 cup almond milk
1 TSP vanilla extract
1 TSP almond extract
1/2 cup almond flour
1/4 cup sugar
2 TBSP sliced almonds [optional]
Powdered sugar [optional]
1. Preheat oven to 400° 2. Spray pan (either 9" pie pan or 10" tart pan) with cooking spray 3. Scatter peaches on bottom of pie pan 4. Mix together wet ingredients 5. Mix together dry ingredients 6. Add wet ingredients to dry ingredients and whisk until smooth 7. Pour batter over peaches 8. Bake 30 minutes
9. Remove from oven, scatter almonds on top, and bake for 5 more minutes 9. If desired, top with powdered sugar
Dr. Rajani Katta is the author of Glow: The Dermatologist's Guide to a Whole Foods Younger Skin Diet. To receive future updates on preventive dermatology and the role of diet, sign up here.