I want to be the first person to say Happy Birthday Uncle John!! He would have been 62 today.


Anyone who knows me personally knows that my family had a very big loss this past October. My Uncle John was one of the best men in my life and definitely one of the most important. Trying to wrap my head around the fact that I will never see him again still seems impossible.


He was an incredible husband, father, uncle and friend. Being in his presence made your life that much better and enjoyable. He had a way about him that could just turn your day right around. No matter what your troubles may be just being with him would make them seem non-existent because he didn’t ever fret over the little things. Nothing was ever that big of deal that it would ruin his day. Well, except when my aunt would bitch at him as he would call it. Even then, Uncle John and his high school sweetheart would have been married 44 years on Friday and it seems unimaginable for the two of them to have ended up with anyone else.


One of the biggest reasons I started this blog last year was because of him. He never let anything stand in the way of him living life to the fullest. Even though he was taken way to early from us, he would have told you he had done everything he wanted to do and he was okay with the way things worked out. He would say not to fret over it. Once he passed I realized that I wanted to do exactly what he had and live life to the fullest and take a chance. I always wanted to start a blog but never had the courage, until now.


Uncle John loved his hunting and fishing. Aside from his family those were his other two loves. Well, maybe the brandy in his coffee or his Budweiser would have been a close second. But, if you asked him his favorite dessert he would say anything with lemon! I used to bring him home mini lemon tarts from Whole Foods. Those $5 mini tarts would slide down his throat so fast, you hardly even saw him eat them. I loved bringing them to him because he would get so excited and say “Thata girl!” I remember going back into the store and walking by the bakery and thinking “Wow I will never buy one of those again.”

So in honor of Uncle John’s Birthday today I made a lemon tart, but with a healthy twist! Make this tart for someone you love and cherish every moment you have with them because you never know when it will be your last.


Uncle John’s Lemon Tart
Recipe Type: Dessert
Author: Nilsen Pantry
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Serves: 4
  • Lemon Curd
  • 3 large eggs
  • 1/4 cup agave nectar
  • 1 tablespoon of meyer lemon zest
  • 1/2 cup meyer lemon juice
  • 6 tablespoons coconut oil
  • Tart
  • 5 tablespoons coconut oil
  • 1 cup shredded coconut, slightly ground in a blender
  • 2 teaspoons of xylitol, may want to add more if using unsweetened coconut
  • 6 tablespoons of coconut flour
  1. Preheat oven to 350
  2. In a medium saucepan on low heat whisk eggs, agave and zest. (Be careful, you don’t want to get scrambled eggs like I did!)
  3. Add in the coconut oil little by little in chunks so it helps it melt evenly.
  4. Add in meyer lemon juice.
  5. Keep whisking until all of the coconut oil if melted
  6. Continue whisked every 20-30 seconds as the sauce thickens and starts to lightly bubble.
  7. Once it starts to lightly bubble take it off the heat.
  8. If you don’t want the zest in there then pour it through a sieve, otherwise transfer it to a bowl right away and cover it with wrap. Make sure the wrap it touching all of the lemon curd to prevent a skin from forming. Place in the refrigerator at least until cooled, but ideally a few hours until the lemon curd firms up.
  9. Meanwhile grease two tart dishes about 4-5 inches in length
  10. Combine all of the ingredients listed under tart.
  11. Divide the crust evenly between the two tarts and press it in.
  12. Bake on 350 for 7-9 minutes until the bottom is lightly browned.
  13. Pull them out and let them completely cool before filling them with lemon curd.
  14. Decorate with berries or whipped cream!



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