Ever get home from work and just feel like devouring cake? I hope you said yes because I am like this 90% of the time! Thankfully I have plenty of cakes, tarts, slices and balls stored away in my freezer for sweet emergencies or when guests come over unannounced and I need a healthy sweet treat to go with a cuppa. Our household often indulges in raw vegan sugar-free tarts for dessert in front of a Saturday night movie.
This Raw Blueberry coconut and pistachio tart I whipped up in no time over the summer holidays for the family and they were all very impressed. There was 4 pieces left over which mum kept in the freezer and pulled out for dessert when entertaining a couple of weeks later and once again… happy faces!
This recipe can be both raw or baked. It is more of a texture preference or whether you would prefer it serves hot or cold. However, all the ingredients used are ‘raw’ and unprocessed so it is considered and raw tart. I chose to bake the base and serve it hot with some Salted Caramel ice cream. Divine!
BLUEBERRY COCONUT AND PISTACHIO TART – 1 tart 8 slices
1 cup pistachios
1 cup almonds
1/2 cup coconut oil
8-10 medjool dates
2 Tbs honey or coconut nectar
Pre heat oven to 180 degrees. Place all ingredients into a food processor and whizz until combined. Press base into lined or greased tart tin. Tins with removable bases work best. Place in oven for 15 minutes until the almond pistachio base is nice and brown. Do not over cook otherwise it will be too crumbly. Set aside to cool
2 cups cashews (soaked for 4 hours/overnight if possible)
3 Tbs honey or coconut nectar
1 cup frozen blueberries
200mls coconut cream or coconut yoghurt
Meanwhile, place all ingredients into cleaned food processor and whizz for 2-3 minutes until the cashews and blueberries are soft and creamy. Pour into tart tin and set aside.
1 cup shredded coconut
1/4 cup melted coconut oil
1 egg white (optional – omit for vegan option)
In a bowl mix the shredded coconut with the oil and egg white. Once well coated top the blueberry filling with the coconut and place in hot oven for 10 minutes until the coconut is toasted and slightly brown. For raw option just top the blueberry layer with plain shredded coconut and set in freezer for 3-5 hours.
Store in fridge or freezer.
SERVE HOT: When you are ready to serve it – place the whole tart or selected slices on a baking tray and put in the oven for 15 minutes. Serve hot topped with ice cream or yoghurt. Highly recommend Murray river salted caramel connoisseur !!
SERVE COLD: take it out of the freezer and leave it to thaw for 10-15 minutes. Serve on a plate with some fresh berries or cream.
HANDY LITTLE TIP- If you have left overs or excess of any of the layers whilst making it – don’t throw it away. Make some small pieces or slice with the layers and cook it exactly the same. Perfect little bite size high antioxidant sweet treats.