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4.18.2011

Fruity Coconut-Cashew Cream Tarts

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What? It is snowing this morning???? Well, after an hour of light snow, most of it is melted now. The strange thing is that it really is not that cold today. How about starting a Monday morning like that?


I am glad that I had a restful weekend because activities are going to start picking up here in the next 3 weeks. The end of the semester means a lot concerts for Ryan and some singing for me, but most of all, is not being able to do anything to help him out with his work load. I can make sure the house is cleaned, meals are prepared and any house-related issues are taken care of, but sometimes I just want to be able to help him.


That is what the weekend was mostly about. I took care of the house and errands and he was busy with rehearsals and performances. I am hoping he can have some downtime soon. This past Sunday I sang the Mozart "Alleluia", which went pretty well. I have Easter Sunday solo, so I will be singing this song for my church.


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Easter is such a beautiful time of year. It always reminds me of the sacrifice that Jesus made for our lives. I sometimes take each day for granted, not thanking God for the amazing blessings he has bestowed on our families and our lives. If you are not familiar with Easter is celebrated I encourage you to read about Holy Week leading up to Easter HERE.


My mother would be so proud of me this weekend. She has been great about reminding me about making sure I eat my greens. Since getting pregnant, I have not had a desire for greens, so I have been putting them in mt smoothies. Yesterday I decided to made veggie enchiladas with dinosaur kale.


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I pureed black beans and then placed warm tortillas in the beans and heated them. I then placed one tortilla at a time on my plate and filled them with flash-fried garlicky kale, red onion, and red pepper. I topped it off with avocado and some queso fresco. It was the quickest lunch and most satisfying too!


I also was inspired to make a raw dessert too! I really wanted fresh fruit and some sort of creamy filling so I created a cashew-coconut cream filling, made a raw nutty crust and refrigerated the tart and then added some pineapple and blackberries as a topping. It was SO GOOD!


I can feel as though summer is approaching so I was inspired to make this raw dessert because I have not really desired it. I was excited and sad that I have not been creating too many raw desserts so I will be focusing more on that now that the season for fresh fruit is here.


I really recommend this combination of cashew cream made with coconut because it creates a creamier cream and it adds a tropical flair to it too! I hope you can make this! It can be doubled or tripled for Easter lunch or dinner too!
Are you looking for other Easter RAW desserts or treats? You should check out Better Raw's newest e-book called Seduced: Raw Chocolate Recipes. More people should know about Tanya's story and website. She has amazing recipes using all natural ingredients. I mean you really cannot go wrong with chocolate for sure! I can't wait to try several of her recipes!

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Fruity Coconut-Cashew Cream Tarts

Own creation: raw, vegan, and gluten-free
makes 2 tarts

Crust
1/2 cup raw almonds
8-10 Medjool dates

Cream Filling
makes 1 1/2 cups cream

1/2 cup raw cashews
1 cup dried unsweetened coconut chips, or shredded coconut
4-6 Tablespoons So Delicious vanilla coconut milk
2 Tablespoons melted coconut oil
1 Tablespoon vanilla bean paste (or 1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract)
1/4 cup agave nectar or maple syrup

Fruit of your choice or
10 blackberries and 8 pieces of fresh pineapple.

Soak the cashews and coconut in water for 6 hours. (Make sure water covers the nuts)

Meanwhile prepare the crust in a food processor. There is no need to soak the nuts or dates. Process the almonds and dates until the mixture resembles wet sand. Divide mixture between 2 small tart pans (size 4 1/4 inch with removable bottoms) Press the mixture into the bottom making sure it is even in the edges as well. Refrigerate until coconut cashew cream is prepared.

After the cashews and coconut has soaked, DRAIN the liquid and place the nuts into a Vitamix or other high-powered blender. Add the coconut milk, and the rest of the filling ingredients. Blend until mixture is smooth.

Add 1/2 cup cream into each tart pan. Use the 1/2 cup reserve for dipping strawberries or other fruit. Refrigerate tarts for no less than an hour.

Remove from refrigerator and decorate with desired fruit. Devour quickly!

39 comments:

JL goes Vegan said...

Noelle, those tarts are stunning! I can think of a zillion ways I'll eat that yummy coconut cream! YUM! I love the look of your lunch, too. I love beans, tortillas and greens!

Hope thing run smoothly for everyone over the next few busy months. Hope you're feeling well, too.

Vegiegail said...

OOOH, YUM! I am SO going to make these!

Amber Shea @Almost Vegan said...

Looks delish! I'd love that with fresh blackberries, my favorite.

Christine's Pantry said...

Those tarts... yummy!. Love it! Thanks for sharing!

Christine

Tasty Eats At Home said...

Those look amazing! I love combining coconut with cashew cream - the flavor is so good!

Tanya Alekseeva said...

Just gorgeous! I love it how you made them mini, they may the blackberries look giant! Mmmm. Thank you SO much for sharing about my book too!!! YEY!

HiHoRosie said...

Those tarts looks so good! Yummy! I'm going to have to make some soon. Need to pick up some cashews.

Can't believe you got snow! Ick. I've heard people here mention snow but fortunately not in my area. Phew.

All the best to you on your Easter solo!

Evan Thomas said...

Great recipe! This is definitely the sort of dessert I'd make myself for Spring.

Jessica @ Dairy Free Betty said...

These are sooo beautiful and look so tasty!

Monet said...

Just beautiful! I love the raw crust. I want to make this tomorrow (alas, I have school). And yes, I love Easter, and it is a season that is even more meaningful to me this year. Thank you for sharing with me today. Your creations and your appreciation for good food and a full life are inspiring. It is always a pleasure to visit you. I hope you have a bountiful week!

Nadia said...

The tart looks very tempting, will make it these days for sure :)))
And the photos are great!

Jennifer said...

These tarts look dreamy & delicious! Beautiful photos!

Emily Malloy said...

These tarts are perfection

Lauren (PB&G) said...

I love using a cashew cream inside of tarts, but never thought to add coconut!

I also wanted to let you know I've nominated you for the Versatile Blogger Award. =) I am glad to have found your blog!

withoutadornment said...

I definitely bookmarked this recipe as it looks absolutely amazing! And fairly simple, too! :)

Linda said...

Those look great, and now I'm wishing I had some tart pans. My husband loves raw brownies and I bet he would really like these too.

sheila @ Elements said...

I can hardly wait to make this!!! It looks and sounds heavenly!! Thanks so much for sharing the recipe! :) Cheers! sheila

Joy said...

The tart looks so good.

Jess - The Domestic Vegan said...

Such beautiful photos!!! That coconut-cashew cream sounds absolutely amazing.

Noelle said...

@JL goes Vegan-Thanks JL! Hopefully things will go smoothly!

@Vegiegail-I hope you like them!

@Amber-Thanks, my hubs kept asking for more berries! :D

@Christine's Pantry- Thanks!

@Tasty Eats at Home-I do not know what took me so long!

@Tanya-Thanks! No problem!

@HiHoRosie-Let me know what you think of these!

@Evan -It is perfect!

@Jessica-Yes they were very tasty! Thanks!

@Monet-Thank you for your kind words sweet lady!

@Nadia-Thanks-!!

@Jennifer-Thank you!

@Emily-Thanks girl!

@Lauren-Thanks for the award!!

@Withoutadornment-Yes it is very simple! Hope you try them and like them as much as we did!

@Linda-My hubby has grown to enjoy more raw desserts. He definitely went for these!

@Sheila-No problem! Thanks!

@Joy -Thanks! Delicious!

sophiesfoodiefiles said...

Hello Noelle!
I have made these tarts yesterday & they were oh so fabulous! My husband & I devoured them totally & were very happy with the results,....! Yum!

Many greets from a recent gf foodie from Brussels, Belgium!

You have a cool food blog!

vko said...

Gorgeous tarts & raw- amazing!!! Glad you are feeling better & getting your greens on!

Erica said...

I hate that feeling of not being able to help the man out with his workload! Sounds like you're doing a ton though. The tart looks AMAZING. Some of my favorite fruits too. Good luck with your solo :)

Junia said...

i love vegan desserts too! glad to find another vegan blogger out there! this dessert looks fabulous!

blogbytina.com said...

these look better than traditional tarts!

Wendy@cookingquinoa said...

I'm not sure which dish is more tempting to me - the beautiful dessert of the kale. Both look fabulous, but I can't wait to give the dessert a try. I became a vegetarian last year and am now looking to try out more vegan dishes. Thanks for the great ideas!

Trudy ~ Veggie num num said...

Yum!! What pretty tarts and they sound so very delicious! that crust looks perfect!!

Carolyn said...

It looks so delicious, hard to believe it is raw! Beautiful photos too.

cajunlicious said...

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Nithu said...

Those are lovely tarts. Lovely recipe. Thanks for sharing. Nice presentation.

Amy @ Simply Sugar & Gluten-Free said...

Looks fabulous! I make a crust like that, too, but I add butter. :)


And, the filing is much like a cashew cream I make. I never thought of filling the crust with the cashew cream....almost like a vegan pastry cream. Hmm...now my wheels are turning!

Hugs!
Amy

Amy @ Simply Sugar & Gluten-Free said...

PS - Thanks for linking up to Slightly Indulgent Tuesday!!! I didn't see a link back to the post - did I miss it?

Hugs!!

Susan said...

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B J English said...

I just have a question as the tart recipe sounds delicious and I am not even vegan.

You said to soak the nuts and coconut. What did you soak them in?

Thanks.

Noelle said...

@B J English-GOod question. I totally did not realize that I did not specify what to soak them in. I added that bit to the recipe. Soak the nuts in water, makoing sure they cover them fullly too. Thanks!

Suzie C. said...

Question: I assume you drain the nuts and coconut after soaking? When I make a cashew cream I usually drain the nuts, but I wanted to double check before I make this. Thanks so much for your site!

Suzie C. said...

Question: Do you drain the nuts and coconut after soaking? I usually do when I make a cashew cream, but wanted to check before making this.
Thanks for posting this recipe!

Noelle said...

@Suzie C.- I am SO sorry this pregnancy has made me lose my mind. I have been forgetting important details!
Yes, you do drain the liquid from the nuts before blending. DO not add the liquid when blending. Thanks for asking!

Sex Movies said...

Yummy! this looks delicious! Wild and delicious! Love them, especially the second.. :D

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