Recipe: Primal Frangipane Tart

Oh, have I got a treat for you. Not only is this dessert Primal friendly, but it’s also fairly quick and simple to put together. Especially if you put a little extra effort into the presentation, no one will be the wiser that it’s not full of flour and sugar.

Frangipane and I go way back. It’s one of my favorite desserts of all time, especially with pears. I remembered this recently and decided I would try to figure out how to Primalize it. After scouring a few recipes (the crust is from Elana Amsterdam’s almond flour cookbook with a few Primal adjustments) and making some tweaks, it came out wonderfully. This is a showstopper dessert for guests or the company potluck, especially if your coworkers have been teasing you about your diet. One bite will shut them up, because all they’ll be able to say is “Mmm…”

I covered this with both strawberries and tayberries, fresh from the Farmers Market. Feel free to use whatever fresh fruit you’d like, noting though, that if you use something more sturdy like peaches, plums, apricots, or pears, you’ll want to add the fruit before baking. For more delicate berries, just put ’em on top when it’s cooled.

Primal Frangipane Tart


1 1/2 cups almond flour

1/2 tsp. salt

1/4 tsp. baking soda

1/4 cup coconut oil, gently melted

2 Tbsp. honey

Frangipane Filling

6 Tbsp. butter, softened

1/3 cup honey

1 large egg

3/4 cup almond flour

1 tsp. almond extract

1 Tbsp. vanilla extract

1 Tbsp. coconut flour


2-3 cups fruit, sliced if needed (keep edible skins on for presentation, except maybe apple)

1/4 cup apricot preserves (all natural, no sugar), melted

1) Preheat oven to 350°F. Meanwhile, make crust. In a large bowl, combine almond flour, salt, and baking soda. In a medium bowl, whisk together coconut oil and honey. Stir wet ingredients into the flour mixture until thoroughly combined. Press the dough into a 9-inch tart or pie pan, springform if you have it. Put crust in refrigerator while you prepare the filling.

2) With a mixer (either standing or hand), cream the butter with the honey until fluffy, then add egg, almond flour, almond & vanilla extracts, and the coconut flour. Remove the crust from the fridge and spread the filling over it evenly. If using firmer fruit (pear, peach, etc.)  that needs baking, add it now. Bake the tart in the center of the oven for 20 minutes, or until golden brown. If tart is still wiggly in the middle, give it a few more minutes (set that timer!), and if it’s getting too brown, cover loosely with tin foil.

3) When tart has cooled a bit and if using fruit that won’t be baked (berries, etc.), layer it in decorative rings. If sliced, gently overlap the slices. Brush with melted apricot preserves (helps to maintain fruit’s liveliness).

Serves 12.

NOTES: My crust got a bit browned during its time in the oven, but it didn’t affect the taste at all.


9 Responses to “Recipe: Primal Frangipane Tart”

  1. What a beautiful tart! My husband has such a sweet tooth, so I am always trying to find healthful Primal/Paleo recipes for his lunch box. It looks like the perfect ending to family meal. Thank you for posting, I will be trying it soon –

  2. I’m going to show this to my g/f this afternoon and see if I can trade doing the laundry for her making this for me!

  3. I made this with the last of my home grown plums. It was very very good and excellent for the dinner party I took it to. I did have to cook it longer than the recipe stated, but I added quite a bit of sliced plums before baking. I just added 5minute intervals until it was done. Thanks for this recipe.

  4. Just made it for a Bday dessert. It looks amazing; can’t wait to try it!

  5. I made this and it was such a hit!!!!!! LOVED it. Thank you :)

  6. I made this tonight with my little girls, topped with fig before baking….just had a slice and it is to die for! Sooo delicious! Thanks for a perfect recipe! Xxx

  7. I just made this today and it was the bomb!!! I put pear on top of it before cooking and it turned out so well. I’m definitely going to be keeping this one in my arsenal. Thanks so much for the recipe!

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