30 May 2014

SUMMER BERRY VANILLA CREAM TARTS


Yeah, desserts are back. Thought I'd left ya, huh? Nope. I was just a little burnt out after writing my first book which focused entirely on raw, vegan, gluten-free desserts... over 100 recipes invented, created and photographed in under 4 months... I needed a break. Plus, as you may have noticed in my previous posts recently; I'm going 80/10/10! This means I am choosing to get almost all my calories (80%) from carbs, and leaving the remaining 20% of my calories to fat and protein. My diet is almost exactly what it was before: giant fruit smoothies all day, then a huge bowl of steamed veggies and rice for dinner, and a raw sweet for dessert! The only change? I'm skipping the desserts, which are usually nut-based, and instead getting those extra calories from more fruit in the day time! However, I  know that nuts are definitely necessary in a healthy diet, as is fat in general, in whole food plant form. So of course my dessert recipes are good for you! But having said that, I am going to focus on lowering the nut and coconut oil content in them, so we can all eat even MORE tarts. Sound good? Good. 

These adorable babies are full of fruity goodness, and they had my girlfriends practically fighting over the last bites. You can make this recipe nut-free very easily, or you can leave the nuts in there if you want. It's all up to you! I heart cashews! (I had to say it, it rhymed). You can also use nut pulp for the crust, if you are often left wondering what to do with that extra stuff after making almond milk. Frugal vegans are happy vegans... happy vegans with delicious healthy tarts. Let's eat. 

P.S. I apologize for these weird-looking photos. I'm still getting used to the photo editor on my MacBook. (YES I GOT A MAC WOOO!)


SUMMER BERRY VANILLA CREAM TARTS

Crust:
1 cup oats, nuts or nut pulp leftover from nut milk
1 1/4 cup dates

Berry cream:
1 cup frozen or fresh berries
Water, as needed

Vanilla cream:
3/4 cup cashews or 3 frozen bananas
1/2 vanilla bean
1 tablespoon coconut nectar
Water, as needed

Note: if you use cashews, you'll have lots of cashew vanilla cream leftover. I ask for 3/4 cup because you need to use at least that much to blend them into a cream in a blender, otherwise you just get cashew crumbs flying around the blades for infinity. 

Make the crust: pulse the oats or nuts into flour in a food processor. Add the dates and process it all until it sticks together. Press into lined tart tins. Put in the fridge for 30 minutes. 

Make the cream: for each one, just blend all the ingredients until smooth. Fill your tart crusts with your berry and vanilla creams, and decorate with chia seeds, dried berries, coconut shreds and whatever else you like! x

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27 comments:

  1. Those photos aren't weird looking at all--they're beautiful! I love how colorful these tarts are, I must try them sometime this summer. :)

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  3. The tarts look delicious! Is it possible to use almonds instead of cashews maybe?

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  4. AnonymousMay 31, 2014

    How many dies this make? 3?
    Looks yum!

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  5. Your photos look fantastic, I wouldn't worry about them :)

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  6. These look amazing! So bright and the colours are so inviting! The photos are great :)

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  7. These look absolutely delicious! And they're really quite simple!

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  8. Beautiful! and delicious looking! BTW, did you make filling with cashews or bananas for this particular tarts?

    Thank you!

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  9. Normally I just silently lurk here but I had to comment on this - these are so frickin' beautiful! I am in awe of your artistic skills both in photography and in designing those little tarts. I'm trying to do the 80-10-10 thing too so it couldn't be better timing that you are shifting your blog that way!

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  10. @Yasmine - Yes! You can always sub nuts for nuts :)

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  11. @Anonymous - this makes about 3 : )

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  12. @Unknown - I used cashews :)

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  13. @Shannon @ Yup, it's Vegan - hah thank you <3 Perfect.

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  14. These look divine! So great that you also provide a lower-in-fat version for people who are doing the 80/10/10. I think about going to try these either with the nut base and banana cream OR with the oat base and cashew cream to make them a bit lower in fat, not that I was too concerned about it but just to not to overdo the fat.

    Yummy :)

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  15. Wow such artistic tarts! They look incredible! And your photos are seriously amazing.

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  16. AnonymousJune 01, 2014

    Unrelated, but I noticed some vinyl in one of your pictures. What kind of setup do you have? I think I will be in the market for a new receiver soon.

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  17. Ummm, Emily... these tarts are works of ART! And yay for lowering the nut / coconut oil content so we can all eat as many tarts as our hearts desire!! And I love cashews too. ;)

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  18. @Anonymous - Sansui auto turntable sitting on a stereo receiver 5050, with sony speakers and phono preamp :)

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  19. AnonymousJune 03, 2014

    Nice. Yeah I like auto too. A lot of people seem to think manual is better, but I'm way too forgetful/easily distracted to always be right there to catch it at the end.

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  20. As usual, this makes me want to lick my notepad, woohoo!
    Question: I tried to make banana (ice)cream before, but unfortunately my blender died trying. I got it replaced (phew!) and now am wondering what went wrong, and if I dare try again. Any ideas, tips? Could I persuade my food processor to make the banana cream?

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  21. AnonymousJune 06, 2014

    Seriously Em! can you just start a restaurant already?.I'd b eating there almost all the time. Just imagine the meals, desserts and your friggin awesome juice/smoothie bar.
    Katya

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  22. @Judith - try adding a bit of coconut milk or water next time to help keep things moving : )

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  23. amazing! so excited to try these. what can i use instead of coconut nectar- coconut oil?

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  24. @naomi - use maple syrup if you have it, you want something that will act as a sweetener :)

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  25. these are so cuuuuute! i want!

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  26. do the cashews need to be soaked? or do they cream up raw on their own?

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  27. @Kalie - it's up to you, I am kinda lazy so I don't usually soak nuts... but it'd work if ya did :D

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Feel free to comment below, I love hearing your thoughts! xo, Em