8 Dec 2013

CHOCOLATE MOUSSE TARTS with LEMON CASHEW CREAM


Hello, hello, hello! This recipe was inspired by this photo. I've been getting a lot of my recipe ideas from very unhealthy food porn lately, and the challenge for me is to make them raw and vegan. I think I'm doin' alright. So in keeping with that pattern, if any of you awesome folks want me to rawify and veganize your fave recipes - send me an email, or comment on this post! Let's make this holiday season 100% happy and healthy! No body needs to get hurt just so we can have dinner or dessert! Heh heh... see what I did there. I rhymed.


These are actually freaking unbelievable. It's not too surprising though, because as you're making each component, you'll be blown away by the deliciousness, so when you throw them all together you should expect them to taste as good as they do. You've got a chocolate crust encasing raw vegan chocolate mousse topped off with sweet lemony cashew cream and cacao powder. Even each ingredient on its own is yummy! How many of us can say that about white flour or baking soda? Have you ever eaten baking soda? What we've got in these tarts are whole foods like dates, avocado and cashews. Yes-siree, these guys will make your skin glow, teeth gleam, and body sing!


The fact that the mousse and cream are already blended up and smooth makes digestion even easier. Seriously, these are GOOD FOR YOU. Share them with your romantic partner(s), friends, family... not your dog though! (Cacao and avocado are apparently quite dangerous for canines to eat. Dang.) You will probably have left over chocolate mousse and cashew cream so you can either 1) live with the extras... oh man how troublesome... not. Or 2) make more crust and thus more tarts. Life's toughest decisions, eh?


Enough about food. I need to rave about my new iPod. Well, new to me; I got it off good ole craigslist for a decent price. It's a black iPod Classic and it has... wait for it... 160 GB. *Enthusiastic punch dancing*. Guys. The biggest iPod I have ever owned in all my years has been 4 GB, okay? Four. Gigabytes. I had to make special playlists of my top rated songs so my faves could fit onto my old iPod. With this new iPod I can fit my ENTIRE MUSIC LIBRARY onto it and it does not even take up half the space. *Joyous fainting*. Rant over. Let's eat chocolate mousse tarts.


CHOCOLATE MOUSSE TARTS with LEMON CASHEW CREAM

Crust:
3/4 cup oats, buckwheat groats or nuts
3/4 cup raisins
1 heaping tablespoon cacao powder
1 teaspoon cinnamon (optional) 

Lemon cashew cream:
1 cup soaked cashews
Juice from 1 lemon
1-2 tablespoons coconut nectar 
Pinch of Himalayan pink salt

Chocolate mousse:
1 avocado
1 cup dates
1 teaspoon vanilla extract 
1-2 tablespoons cacao powder
1 cup water, more or less as needed
1 tablespoon melted coconut oil 

Note: I bet these would be even better if you added banana slices in between the mousse and cream. 

To make the crust: pulse the oats, buckwheat groats or nuts in a food processor until they turn into crumbs. Add the rest of the ingredients and pulse until it all sticks together. Press into two lined tart tins and put in the fridge.

To make the cashew cream: blend all the ingredients until smooth. Set in the fridge.

To make the mousse: blend all the ingredients until smooth. Spread into the bottom of your tart crusts and cover with the cashew cream. Put back in the fridge overnight or for at least a couple hours. Dust with cacao and serve!

34 comments:

Anonymous said...

How about some raw vegan tiramisu? It's one of my favourite desserts but I haven't tried to make it because with all the egg and cheese seems like quite a challenge to me...

Anonymous said...

I second tiramisu! Maybe baklava? I also love marzipan or cardamom in desserts, common Scandinavian flavors. Maybe you could do something with that :)
All I know is I'll be smitten with whatever you come up with!

Lola said...

Here's the super, duper challenge: RAW VEGAN CHOCOLATE FRENCH CROISSANTS...OMG, I miss them so much in my raw vegan life and I couldn't find any raw recipe for it, I think it must be a raw dehydrated dough, filled with some raw chocolate.

Isabela Villarreal said...

definitely raw tiramisu!

Anonymous said...

oooh! a raw croissant sounds amazing!! Will you be posting some more Christmas related recipes soon??

Monika Edogawa said...

Pleasepleaseplease those Canadian pecan butter tarts <3

Monika Edogawa said...

There is no doubt in my that I'll be pre-ordering your un-cook book. You're my favourite blogger and your recipes are sinfully delicious (T.T) but no so much that I can't sneak some of your raw cakes for breakfast. <3

Sarah said...

Creme brûlée or shoofly pie? I definitely agree with other comments concerning titamasu. I'm just a sucker for molassss though.

The Vegan Cookie Fairy said...

I felt the same when I got my new iPod - 'As much music as I like?! CHALLENGE ACCEPTED.' Haha :P

These look freakin' unbelievable. I might faint just looking at your photos. Here I am, stuck in the computer lab all day, writing this damned report.

I have something you might veganise/rawify (is that a word?): chestnuts. Any kind of meal with chestnuts in it. How do you shell the chestnuts if you don't roast them?

Tegan || Happy Healthy Whole said...

Ooey gooey yum!

sw said...

What kind of oat? Rolled or groats? I guess rolled. Groats are quite hard unless soaked. I saw buckwheat groats so it threw me off. Making these ASAP.

realrawkitchen said...

YUM! I agree, I think some sliced bananas in those little guys would be amazing.

I feel ya on the iPod. I've never had large storage space so I can only imagine what the freedom feels like! Congrats :) And great idea with Craigslist.. I've sold everything on there once so I might as well shop there too, right??

Monique Tregenza said...

Hi Emily! Sooo making these today. Used my avos already for chocolate pudding (already ate, duh) so I'm gonna make like a fudgy chocolate mixture instead. Yum.
Just wanna tell ya that I love love love your blog. I've been making your recipes for ages but now that I have an account I can finally comment on your awesomeness. Thank you!!

Anonymous said...

Hey its Hippy Mom- Well nice recipe, for myself I will alter the crust minus out the dates and use dried oranges and lemon instead see how that meshes with the chocolate and lemon or I thought maybe in the crust to leave as is and incorporate dried cherries preferably sweet ones yum anyways no matter how you "cook' this its awesome. This is cool you know all the good recipes !

Anonymous said...

Yum, this recipe is two of my favorite flavors combined! Your next recipe should be super duper Christmasy! Please! Lots of spices woo hoo

Koko said...

4 gb is not enough!!! I own two 4gb and it's not enough!!! Kudos for whippin' out the big guns...I should do the same soon!

This looks awesome! Lemon and chocolate....what a combo, I don't think I would've thought to do that. I want this right MEOW!

Anonymous said...

So, I've looked at the original photo and your tarts look so much better! Thank you for your brilliant ideas :)

Jess Pace said...

So I'm trialing a few of your recipes for Christmas, I made this last night and I was really impressed at the taste of the avo mousse! I've made choc avo mousse before, man it was SO gross!!! I'd been turned off making it again…but darn it, your recipe is freakin' delish! Nice work ;)

Emily von Euw said...

Phew! Haha that makes me feel good :D Thanks so much, Jess.
x

Emily von Euw said...

Hehe thank you so much, Monique. I really love to hear that. Peace! xx

Emily von Euw said...

LOL CHALLENGE ACCEPTED. u kno it, girl. <3
we make up our words, it's all good. hmm i'll look into it! i don't much about them..

Nicole T said...

I saw this on tumblr and was drooling all over my keyboard. Clicking the link, I should've known it was you! Great job. I'll be trying this out soon. :)

Emily von Euw said...

Oh yippee!! Thanks :3

screwdestiny said...

So, you always make these crazy incredibly delicious looking desserts. And I'm like, wow, I could never do that. And then I read the instructions and am so pleasantly surprised that I CAN do that! So making this this weekend. Thank you!

Emily von Euw said...

Haha yess! That's fantastic to hear ;D

Anonymous said...

Emily what size mini pans are you using for these? I really want to make it but it seems like im always short in ingredients :/

Emily von Euw said...

Maybe 4 inches across? They're quite small. It doesn't really matter though.

Alex said...

Wow Emily, this is seriously one of the best things I've ever eaten!!!! Love your recipes in general, some are great, most of them outstanding, but oh my God this one,.....Funnily enough I was at first a little bit skeptical about lemon and chocolate combo, but this was seriously heaven on earth! I used minimum crust and layered it in a small glass-heaven! Thanks! Needless to say, I have preordered your book several months ago, can hardly wait! ;-) Have a nice day and a fantastic 2014!!!!

Erika Beth, the Messy Chef said...

Hi Emily,
I just made this recipe this weekend. I've only ever eaten store bought raw treats and then the couple of raw treats I've made up. I exchanged a couple of slices of banana for the coconut nectar since I have issued with raw coconut/unprocessed coconut. I also added honey to the crust since mine wasn't coming together well. All my adjusting was fine. What a yummy dessert! http://lifestooshorttoskipdessert.blogspot.com/2014/01/raw-dessert-chocolate-mousse-tarts-with.html

Dabit Hashe said...

Melt candy in double boiler. Make sure is just barely slowly building up, crock pot macaroni and cheese candy could seize up. Using an electric mixer beat the egg white wines. Slowly add remaining sugar until stiff peaks form. Fold egg white wines into candy mixture. Add mixture into prepared pan.

Dawn said...

Emily, this is divine! I came across your blog last week and this is the first raw vegan dessert I've made - it won't be the last! Thanks for sharing all your hard work on here :)

Sapphira said...

My goodness, I haven't tried the WHOLE thing yet - letting it sit in the fridge, but the little samples I got while putting these into their little cups (I didn't have tart pans) was DELICIOUS, especially the "Mousse"


Thank you.

Anonymous said...

Excuse my ignorance, but what is coconut nectar? It does sound processed to my ears, not raw vegan. One more thing what can be used instead of cashews?

Other than that, this looks and sounds great!

Emily von Euw said...

@Anonymous - it is like maple syrup, but comes from coconut palm :) You can use date paste instead if you prefer. You can use any other nut instead of cashews.