Are you a fan of salted caramel? If so, this recipe is gonna be right up your street! Light, creamy and surprisingly healthy, these little salted caramel tarts are just what you need to celebrate the start of spring. No bake, dairy, gluten and refined sugar free, they’re the perfect dessert for when you want something sweet yet light.…
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Although I’m ready for Autumn and the inevitable mountain of baked goodies I’ll be rustling up, I’m still hanging on to summer with no bake treats. These cookie dough bars have been a daily treat for me lately. Simple to prepare, protein packed and full of wholesome ingredients, but taste like chocolate chip cookie dough!…
Strawberry season is still in full swing and there’s an abundance of summer berries everywhere. What better way to celebrate than with a beautifully moist and sweet strawberry cake? The sponge is soft, moist, melt in your mouth delicious and infused with strawberry pureé and strawberry essence. …
It’s officially summertime! My favourite time of year, not only for the extra sunshine, but the seasonal produce. Cherry season is always one I look forward to. Although the birds got to most of them on my tree, there’s still an overflow of juicy cherries at my local market and I’m enjoying them on the regular….
Hello friends! Is it too early to say happy Spring? Technically no, but looking outside, you’d never guess! If you’re lacking a little sunshine too, these cheery lemon coconut tarts are here to brighten up your day! Gluten, refined sugar and dairy free, you’re gonna love em! Did I mention they’re no bake and take around 20 minutes to prepare?
I’ve been making these all week to perfect the recipe. Currently third batch deep and I’m relieved to say I’m finally happy with the pastry. These coconut caramel tarts are pretty much all the things I love squeezed into one sweet little sized pud. My kinda self care. Vegan, gluten free pastry, baked into sweet little shells in the oven and then filled to the brim with layers of sweet dairy free heaven! There’s a little disc of chocolate at the bottom, followed by a lush salted date caramel and then a peanut butter coco whip on top. Yep… I went all out. They’re rich, but not too sickly sweet, in fact I just had one for breakfast. It’s the weekend so that’s totally okay, right?
I wanted to make these as easy to prep as possible, with ingredients you’ll likely have in your pantry at home. Of course they taste sweet and creamy, but they aren’t laden with refined sugar and grains like your standard fancy pud. They’re easily made gluten free too, just be sure to grab some gluten free oats, or sub the oats for more almonds.
I got a DM from a fellow date lover on Instagram this week, saying how addictive salted date caramel is. I have to agree, this stuff tastes dangerously good. I’ve thoroughly enjoyed dunking my failed pastry cases into it. Medjool dates are also dangerously expensive. Her tip was to buy Deglet Noor dates, much cheaper but still plump and juicy when soaked in boiling water. You can use any dates really, or even raisins! I have had great success with them in other recipes, the boiling water soak works a treat.
The pastry almost defeated me, but the trick is to make sure the dough sticks together a little in your fingers before you press it into the tin. Too crumbly and it will fall apart when you take them out the tins. The second most important thing is to not over bake – I foolishly cooked them for 12 minutes and ended up with rock solid tart shells. Thankfully third time round they came out perfectly, so I’ll hope you give this one a whirl!
I’d love to know if you try this recipe, please leave me a comment below or on my Instagram.
- 1 cup almond meal
- 1.5 cups ground oatmeal
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- 4 tbsp maple syrup
- 2 tbsp coconut oil
- 1-2 tbsp water
- 1 cup medjool dates, pitted, soaked in boiling water
- 1 tsp salt
- ⅓ cup water
- 1 bar of sugar free dark chocolate
- 1 tin of coconut milk, chilled overnight, cream only
- 2 tbsp maple syrup
- 3 tbsp smooth peanut butter
- edible stars, coconut chips and cacao nibs/chocolate shavings for topping
- Preheat oven to 180•c. Grease 6 mini tart pans with a little coconut oil. Add almond meal, ground oatmeal, vanilla extract, ½ tsp salt and 4 tbsp maple syrup to a food processor and pulse until combined. With the processor still on, slowly pour in coconut oil. Process until incorporated and you have a crumbly dough. The dough should be moist enough to stick together between your fingers. If not, add a tbsp of water and blend again, checking again and adding a tbsp more water if needed.
- Push dough into prepared tart pans, using a teaspoon to flatten out the bottom evenly and pop in the oven for 8-10 minutes, until slightly golden. The dough may puff up a little, so you can use some baking beans/dried chickpeas in the middle of each tart. Take out from the oven and allow to cool.
- Make your caramel filling. Drain soaked dates, saving the water. Add dates, ½ tsp salt and ½ cup or the date water to food processor. Blend until smooth.
- In a small bowl over a pan of simmering water, melt bar of chocolate slowly. Gently pop tarts out of their tins and pour a tbsp of chocolate into the bottom of each tart. Spread out evenly with a teaspoon. Pop in the fridge to set, then remove and spread over a tbsp of date caramel on top of each tart, leaving a little room on top for the coconut cream.
- Prepare coconut cream topping. Open can of coconut milk and drain off the water, scoop out the solid coconut cream at the top. Using an electric whisk blend up until light and fluffy, about 3-4 minutes. Add peanut butter, a pinch of salt and maple syrup and whisk again to combine. Taste and add more salt or sweetener if needed. Your whipped cream should be thick and spreadable, but if it's runny, pop in the fridge to set a little. As soon as it's thick enough to spread, dollop some cream in each tart and smooth over with a spoon. Leave to chill for an hour, then remove and drizzle with melted chocolate. Top with coconut chips, candy stars and cacao nibs.
The cherry obsession continues. This time in the form of a creamy cherry cheesecake ice cream. This has to be one of my favourites yet, rich and sweet with a beautiful cherry compote ripple. …
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These matcha and blackberry curd tarts may just be my favourite recipe yet. Simple, sweet and light, they make the most wonderful dessert or snack. These babies are vegan, gluten and refined sugar free and very almost raw. The flavour combination is something else, I promise you will love them!…
It definitely is too late to say it now but happy New Year!! I hope it’s all been positive so far! Mine has been the best yet. I can’t wait to share more creations with you in 2017. The last year has been full of change from start to end, but I am so grateful for the journey and most of all for your support. Thank you for stopping by and supporting me on Facebook, Instagram, this blog or in person by eating my food! I really do love doing this and feel incredibly blessed to be able to inspire others to try eating more plants, or begin to think about food differently. It makes me all fuzzy inside when people try my recipes or try something new because of me. I love sharing the benefits of this lifestyle with as many people as possible. I’m full of ideas for 2017, pretty excited to see where this year takes me!
Aside from hibernating with the kittens, I’ve been scurrying about the kitchen recipe testing and my latest food crush are these raw mocha cheesecakes. It has been a recipe I’ve been dreaming of for a while because I love coffee… all types, black, milky, sweet, chilled, in cake form… I’ll take it all! Mocha seems like a safe option for people who may not like coffee because I’ve added a little chocolate and who doesn’t like chocolate? Actually I do know a couple of people, but still, more for you if they don’t like it!
These are indulgent, creamy, not too sweet treats but still dairy, gluten and refined sugar free. They really don’t take much effort to make, just remember to soak your cashews before hand, no matter how hard I try, I always forget. I definitely recommend enjoying a couple of these with a cup of the black stuff for the ultimate coffee shop experience!
Hope the year continues to keep you and your loved ones safe, healthy and well fed.
Peace and coffee,
- 2 cups almonds
- 1/2 cup desiccated coconut
- 1/2 tsp pink himalayan salt
- 2 tsp cinnamon
- 2-3 tbsp maple/rice syrup or coconut nectar
- 2 cups cashews, soaked overnight and drained
- 1/2 cup coconut milk
- 2 tsp vanilla extract
- 1/4 cup lemon juice
- 1/2 cup maple/rice syrup or coconut nectar
- 1 tsp pink himalayan salt
- 4 tbsp coconut oil
- 1/2 cup very strong black coffee, chilled
- 2 tbsp cacao powder
Chocolate drizzle (optional)
- 1/4 cup coconut oil, melted
- 1/4 cup maple syrup
- 2 tbsp cacao powder
- 1/2 cup chocolate coated coffee beans (grind 1/4 cup of beans for the mocha dust)
Line a square baking tray with greaseproof paper, leaving a little extra hanging over the sides for easy removal.Prepare your base by adding almonds, coconut, salt and cinnamon until a fine flour is formed. Add syrup a tablespoon at a time, until mixture sticks together between your fingers. Add a tablespoon of water if it’s too dry, or a little extra coconut if it’s too wet.
Press base mixture into a pan evenly. Set aside in the fridge while you make the filling.
Blend soaked cashews, coconut milk, vanilla, lemon juice, syrup and salt until very smooth and creamy, around 4-5 minutes. Pour roughly half the mix on to your base. Set aside in the freezer to set, at least 2 hours.
To the remaining filling, add coconut oil, cooled coffee and cacao. Pour over to make the third and final layer. Set for 2-3 hours in the freezer, then slowly lift out the pan and slice into little squares with a sharp knife.
To make the drizzle, add coconut oil, maple syrup and cacao to a small mixing bowl and mix with a fork until smooth. Drizzle over cheesecakes and top with coffee beans and mocha dust. Keep in the freezer for up to a month. Best eating after thawing for 10 minutes.