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.…
It’s the season of desserts and all things sweet, so I had to share with you one of my all time favourite (and EASY) desserts – the chocolate tart!
These little tarts are the perfect after dinner treat, mid afternoon snack and make a stunning treat for a dinner party with friends. The best thing is they taste naughty, rich and creamy but are secretly healthy!…
Chocolate and peanut butter are two of life’s great pleasures, don’t you think? Combined, they create something simply irresistible. I’ve loved peanut butter for as long as I can remember, I basically lived on peanut butter on toast through most of my school years. It seemed only fitting that I continue the peanut butter obsession with this decadent, creamy dessert. This tart is a MUST for anybody who loves peanut butter and chocolate! …
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.
Summer is almost here and what better way to celebrate than with these little summer berry galettes? Luscious, jammy berries encased in a vegan flaky pastry. Perfect with a dollop of vanilla coconut cream or a big scoop of ice cream. I’ve wanted to make galettes for so long and I’ve already made three batches in one week. Making up for lost time, eh?
These are actually really simple to prepare and you’ve most likely got the ingredients in your cupboard already. Galettes beat tarts any day for me, because your get more crust to fruit per mouthful and who doesn’t love pastry?
I tried making these with a mix of gluten free flours but I just wasn’t happy with the way they looked. They still tasted nice though, so feel free to sub for an all purpose gluten free flour if you wish. I’ve also put an option to use coconut oil for the pastry rather than vegan margarine, but they won’t be as flaky and golden. Coconut sugar can be used for the fruit if you’d like to make these refined sugar free. The good thing is they’ll work whichever ingredients you decide to use, it’s a pretty flexible recipe.
They’re delicious served fresh from the oven, or stored in the fridge and heated up just before serving. The perfect summer berry celebration pud.
I’ve had fun eating my way through hundreds of galettes this week to perfect this recipe, so please do let me know what you think in the comments below, or tag me on Instagram @bos.kitchen.
- 2¼ cup plain flour/gf plain flour
- ½ cup vegan margarine/coconut oil
- ¾ tsp salt
- 1 tbsp cornstarch
- ⅓-1/2 cup ice cold water
- 1 tsp apple cider vinegar
- 1 tsp almond extract
- ½ cup raw cane/coconut sugar
- 1 tsp vanilla bean paste
- 1 lemon, juice and zest
- 1.5 tbsp cornstarch
- pinch of salt
- 1.5 cups each of blueberries, strawberries and raspberries
- ¼ cup nut milk
- coconut sugar for sprinkling
- Make the pastry. Chop up coconut oil or margarine into rough pieces. Add to food processor with flour, salt, cornstarch, ACV and almond extract and pulse until crumbly. Slowly add the water until a dough is formed. Take out and flatten into a disc on a floured surface. Wrap in clingfilm and chill in the fridge for 30 mins.
- Let the dough rest for a minute or two to come to room temperature. Roll the dough on a lightly floured surface into rounds, you can make bigger ones or 12 small ones, using a 5 inch bowl. Use a pizza cutter to trim any excess pastry. Stack the rounds on a plate, with greaseproof paper and chill while you make the filling.
- Pop a large lined baking tray in the oven to preheat at 220•c. Mix sugar, vanilla, lemon, salt and cornstarch in a medium sized bowl. Toss fruits in sugar mix until evenly coated. Divide the mix between pastry rounds, leaving an inch gap around the edge. Go round the dough in one direction, pinching and folding the pastry. Top with extra fruit if you need to. Pour over any juices from the sugar bowl. Brush pastry with nut milk and sprinkle with sugar.
- Bake for 30 mins, turning half way through until golden and the fruit is jammy. Remove immediately onto a cooling rack. Delicious on their own, or with coconut whipped cream.
This month has been full of change. In a really good way. So far I’ve been to a festival in a forest, spent five days in London with my best friend and made some really interesting new connections. It’s only the 19th already! I feel like I’ve learnt to embrace this rollercoaster of a year and welcome whatever else is coming my way with open arms. I definitely don’t feel like I’m the same person I was at the start of the year. It’s weird how sometimes a few months can make you feel like you’ve grown so much. I am truly grateful for the lessons this year has taught me. Without all of them, I wouldn’t be in this place right now. It’s a good feeling knowing it was all for a reason. I have so many plans for the next few months too, so it looks like the end of the year will continue to be eventful!
Anyway, back to breakfast cakes…. these little buckwheat babies are so simple to make and although they look like sweet little tarts, they are loaded with goodness. These raw, gluten free shells are free from nuts and sugar, and a couple in the morning will keep you going until lunch. Buckwheat is a super nutritious whole grain, great at fighting off those mid morning hunger pangs. Cacao is a natural anti depressant and improves your mood.. sounds like perfect Monday morning fuel to me! Load them up with yoghurt and your fave fruits, or make the shells in advance and decorate before serving. I guess these would make great party snacks too. I’m tempted to make them even smaller, into little canapés… I love tiny things! Unless we’re talking jars of peanut butter, then the bigger the better…
Cacao buckwheat breakfast tarts
For the tart shells (makes about 8 small tarts)
- 1 cup buckwheat
- 1 tsp lucama powder (optional)
- 1/2 cup cacao powder
- 1 cup dates, pitted
- 3 tbsp coconut oil, melted
- 100ml water
For the filling
- 1/2 cup non dairy yoghurt
- 1 vanilla pod (deseeded)
- Fresh fruit
- Black sesame seeds and mint for garnish
- Roughly pulse buckwheat, lucama and cacao in a food processor until starting to crumble.
- Now add the dates, coconut oil and water and pulse until the mix comes together in a ball. Add water a tbsp at a time if it is too dry. You should be able to squish it between your fingers without it falling apart.
- Take out golf ball size lumps of dough and flatten in your palm. Press into a cupcake mould (I used a silicone one). Pop in the freezer for 30 minutes to firm up.
- Mix vanilla pod seeds with non dairy yoghurt and spoon into your tart shells. Garnish with fresh fruit, sesame seeds and mint. Store in the freezer for up to a month. Best eaten after thawing out for 15 minutes.