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Our nutritious fruit flan, featuring an oatmeal crust, resembles a classic fruit flan with a crunchy base and a delectable custard enriched with the vibrant goodness of your preferred fruits.
Crafting this fruit tart is a breeze, making it an ideal treat for your family or any festive gathering. Not only is it irresistibly delicious, but it also packs a nutritional punch. This wholesome dessert is sure to be your top choice when you crave a delightful and health-conscious fruit-centric indulgence.
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How to Make
To begin, preheat your oven to 375 degrees. Combine oats, dates, and a dash of vanilla extract in a high-speed blender. Blend until pureed.
Now, prepare your pan by giving it a light coating of non-stick cooking spray. Add the oat mixture, distributing it evenly across the base. Use a firm hand to press the mixture down, forming it into a sturdy crust. Place the pan into the preheated oven and bake for 10-12 minutes, or until the crust takes on a golden-brown hue. Allow the crust to cool.
In a medium-sized bowl, blend the yogurt, milk, and dry pudding mix. Whisk until the mixture has a firm and velvety consistency.
With the crust now cooled add the pudding mixture. Spread evenly. Now, the fruit flan is ready for your favorite fruits. Generously add the pudding-laden crust with an array of vibrant fruits, transforming it into a beautiful dessert.
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Crust Alternatives: Feel free to experiment with different crust variations. If you have dietary preferences or restrictions, consider using alternative ingredients like nuts, coconut, or graham crackers for the crust.
Pudding Mix Flavors: While the recipe suggests vanilla pudding mix, don’t hesitate to explore other flavors. Lemon, banana, peach, or even chocolate pudding can bring unique and delightful twists to the dessert.
Fresh Fruit Selection: Opt for a colorful variety of fresh fruits to enhance both the visual appeal and flavor profile of your fruit flan. Berries, kiwi, mango, and citrus fruits work particularly well.
Texture Variation: If you enjoy a contrast in textures, consider adding a layer of finely chopped nuts or granola between the crust and custard filling for an added crunch.
Layered Fruits: For an aesthetic touch, arrange the fruit toppings in an organized or artistic manner. Layering or creating patterns with different fruits can make your fruit flan visually appealing.
Customize Sweetness: Adjust the sweetness of the custard filling to your liking by adding more or less pudding mix. Taste the mixture as you whisk to ensure it aligns with your preferences.
Serve Chilled: For optimal flavor and texture, allow the assembled fruit flan to chill in the refrigerator for a few hours before serving. This also allows the flavors to meld together for a more cohesive taste.
Absolutely! While the recipe suggests an oatmeal crust, you can experiment with alternatives like nut-based crusts, graham crackers, or even a traditional pastry crust.
Yes, frozen fruit can be a convenient alternative, especially when fresh options are not readily available. Ensure they are thawed and well-drained before adding them to the flan.
The recipe can be adapted for various dietary preferences. Choose gluten-free oats for a gluten-free option and use dairy-free alternatives for a vegan version.
Once assembled, cover the fruit flan securely with plastic wrap or an airtight lid, ensuring that it is in direct contact with the custard and fruit toppings to prevent any air exposure. Place the covered flan in the refrigerator, allowing it to chill for at least a few hours or, ideally, overnight. This not only intensifies the flavors but also allows the dessert to set to perfection.
If you have any leftovers, store them in the refrigerator to maintain the freshness and quality of the fruit flan. Be cautious not to freeze the flan, as it may alter the texture and compromise the overall appeal of this delightful dessert. Enjoy the fruit flan within a few days for the best taste and visual experience.
Fruit Flan Recipe
- 2 cups quick cook oats
- 10 ounces pitted dates
- 2 3.4 ounce packages vanilla instant pudding
- 1 cup vanilla yogurt
- 1 cup milk
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1/2 cup blackberries
- 1 can peach slices drained and set on a paper towel to remove liquid
- 1 kiwi peeled and sliced
- 3 strawberries
- 1/4 cup blueberries
- mint for garnish optional
- Preheat the oven and prep the pan. Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Spray cake pan with non-stick cooking spray.
- Blend the oats. Add oats, dates, and vanilla to high-speed blender. Blend until pureed. Place oat mixture into the pan and spread into the bottom of the pan, firmly pressing to form a crust.
- Bake. Bake for 10-12 minutes or until browned. Let cool.
- Make the custard. In a medium-sized bowl, whisk yogurt, milk, and dry pudding mix. Whisk until firm.
- Layer the custard and fruit. Once the crust is cooled, spread pudding mixture on top, spreading until it reaches the edges of the crust. Top with your favorite fruit.
- Serve. Serve right away, or store in the refrigerator until serving.