25 Oct 2014

WHIPPED COCO CREAM TART with FRESH BERRIES


An ode to tarts:

Precious tart,
so elegant and sweet,
you tempt me with your textures... 
a slice I cannot help but eat.
Who was your inventor?
They were indeed a genius.
Your taste and colour are sublime,
nothing is more luscious.
From your crust to your cream
and the fruitiness in between,
I love you for your simplicity, 
I'll see you in my dreams.

So that was really tacky and incredibly lame of me but sometimes ya just gotta write love prose to your fave dessert. Right, guys? ... GUYS? In all seriousness though I do adore raw vegan tarts. They're easier and quicker to make than cakes, and most of the time they come out looking like super stars. You make the crust which is usually just a mix of dates and nuts, press that into a tart pan, and then you make your filling which is normally a simple blending up of bananas, coconut or nuts with  a healthy sweetener, and finally you decorate it with something pretty like fruit. Done. You now have a gorgeous, delicious, uber-good-for-you treat to impress everyone with. This is why I love raw vegan desserts.

I made this recipe a few months ago and am posting it now to remind me of the wonderful berry harvests of the summer. I will miss the sun dearly for the next couple seasons. We basically get straight rain for the next five months here in British Columbia. The only way I survive is by daydreaming about the vibrant berries we had the pleasure of eating in the previous warmer months. Until the next fertile epoch I will be consuming a lot of frozen fruit, apples, greens, carrots and potatoes. I am trying to eat more food that is grown locally, and as I have said before: it's easy to do that when you have TWO winter farmers markets in your city. Yep, we locavore Vancouverites are spoiled.

Another bonus to buying local - in addition to being more connected to your food system, minimizing your carbon foot print, and supporting ethical, environmentally-concious farmers in your area - is the quality of the produce you are getting. Yes, it can be more expensive and usually is (though sometimes you can actually SAVE money at farmers markets) the flavour, colour and texture of locally grown organic food versus internationally shipped stuff from the grocery store is incomparable. What I do now is buy "the dirty dozen"(i.e. the ones most contaminated by pesticides, etc.) if they are available at the farmers market, or at least organically-grown kinds from the grocery store. That way I find a happy balance for my wallet AND still support the local farmers and enjoy amazing produce. Is buying organic important to you? Is buying local important to you? Why or why not? Let me know in the comment section! Have a great day, beautiful people, and try making the tart! x


WHIPPED COCO CREAM TART with FRESH BERRIES

Crust:
1 cup pecans
1/3 cup hemp seeds
1 1/2 cups dates
Pinch Himalayan salt
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract

Coconut cream:
Follow this recipe.

Fruit:
3 cups fresh berries
2 bananas
1 tablespoon coconut nectar (optional)
1 teaspoon vanilla extract

To make the crust: pulse the pecans and hemp seeds into powder in a food processor, then add the rest of the ingredients and process until it all begins to stick together. Press into a lined tart tin and put in the fridge for a couple hours.

To prepare the fruit: wash and slice the berries and bananas then coat with the coconut nectar (if using) and vanilla and put in the dehydrator for 30-60 minutes, this softens and sweetens them.

Assembly: spread your coconut cream into the crust and top off with your berries. MMM.

10 comments:

  1. Such a gorgeous tart. This sounds lovely!

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  2. Just beautiful and I know it was delicious!
    I could eat this lightly sweet kind of tart all day long. ♡

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  3. Looks absolutely perfect! That ode is so true.

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  4. This looks rad!
    We think buying local is super important, farming is hard work and we love our farmers. We don't want them to have to grow environmentally detrimental monoculture crops just to make ends meet. If we support them growing varieties of delicious, native plants, we empower them to make good environmental decisions, cut down on waste, and get the freshest, most nutritious food!
    We can't wait to make this tart. We're also considering part of this recipe for a filling between some pumpkin cookies for harvest whoopie pies...

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  5. I love your ode!!! It makes me want to eat the tart, along with the beautiful photography. I looooovve your blog. Keep it up!

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  6. This is so beautiful! What could be better than a fruit tart that's actually good for you?! Thanks for the recipe, I can't wait to make it.

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  7. cute poem :)

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  8. Organic and local is so important! Although were I live, we don't have a farmers market! (No, really, miss we have two!) so I'm restricted to the grocery stores, and its expensive, also, it's my parents who buy most of our groceries, AND a lot of the stuff I eat is different to what they eat (do I want quinoa and NON organic spinach for tea, or do I just want the spinach but make it organic.) In the future... when I actually have an income!

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  9. WOW - these look amazing!

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  10. Buying organic is always a higher priority for me than buying local, so if there is a local conventional option and a not-local organic option, I'll pick organic. Of course, organic local is the best. But I pick organic more because I care about the way the land was treated, the way the food was grown. It can be grown within 20 miles of me, but if it was grown using terrible methods that are stripping the soil and poisoning the waterways, I would much rather get something organic that came from 300 miles away.

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