26 Jan 2015

MEYER LEMON COCONUT CREAM TARTS with MINT + LAVENDER


These are divine, and they are reppin' the world of desserts that don't include chocolate. The non-cocoa players need love too! I'm just mentioning this because a lot of my recipes lately have included that brown powder we all secretly kiss when no one is looking. This time, Imma be kissin' my Meyer lemons instead. Honestly when I eat chocolate I usually think something along the lines of "I NEED YOU IN MY LIFE ALWAYS AND FOREVER." But in reality, I go days without it and hardly notice (cacao, please don't be hurt, you're still in my heart). My point is: ya don't need cocoa or cacao powder to make a kick-ass dessert; raw, vegan, or otherwise. This recipe proves it. 


What we've got is a gluten-free crust made with buckwheat groats and almonds. That's filled up with a creamy, decadent cream of coconut, cashews, sweet lemon juice and garnished with mint leaves, lemon zest and dried lavender flowers. AH, that sounds SO PRETTY when I type it out. 

I'm really happy with how this came together; namely, with my new Blendtec. I know, I know. You Vitamix die-hards are probably gonna hate me now but I have to admit: when it comes to making nut butters and coconut butter, the Blendtec rules. I still prefer making smoothies and soups in the Vitamix, but my whole world changed today when I made the crust and filling for this recipe in the Blendtec mini twister jar (they have a normal size one too). It instantly turned into powder, and then quickly started turning into paste! I only added a handful of frozen almonds to some buckwheat groats but in seconds the mixture was on its way to almond butter. I've tried making nut butters and coconut butter in the Vitamix before but it took ages and the best I'd get was a powdery paste even with added oil. The Blendtec twister jar is specially designed for blending thick stuff into creamy butters in seconds, and it works damn near perfectly. I am SO EXCITED to actually, finally, *successfully* make my own nut butters and coconut butter. For the filling, I threw some cashews and coconut shreds into the mini twister jar and in just a few seconds I had something like cashew coconut whipped cream! I still cannot get over it. The reason I have a Blendtec now is because an engineer who works at Blendtec apparently loves my blog and she got them to send me a special blender with accessory jars she knew I'd love for making my raw vegan recipes. Thank you SO MUCH, Kristin! You da bomb. 

I feel like I am in a second honeymoon with raw food. I mean of course I always eat predominantly raw, but I do let myself get into routines, which become kinda boring after a while. To elaborate: for the past year or so my diet has been mainly fruit smoothies and green smoothies all day, then a huge bowl of baked vegetables and rice for dinner. It got a little uninspiring and too predictable. I love routine, but I also need to be passionate about that routine, and my passion had seriously decreased. I needed something new. Or rather, something old. I am back in love with the kind of raw food diet that I found so attractive a few years ago. Of course this time around, I don't have a militant mindset. But I am having fun with juices again, superfood shakes, and gourmet raw dinners. I am returning to my love of the simplest ingredients. I used to like to throw everything into the pan or blender at once, but since going vegan (5 years ago), my appreciation for individual plants has grown. Now I adore having a three-ingredient smoothie, salt- and oil-free baked veggie dinners, and simply eating an avocado all by itself. Another thing I am getting back into: colourful food! It's not that I have been eating a bland diet, but my smoothies tended to be mustard or dirt coloured because of all the stuff I'd put in them, and my dinners would usually be beige-ish because it'd be baked potatoes, pasta and/or rice with some tahini; my smoothies would sometimes be beige too because I'd just blend bananas with water. Now I am remembering how sexy it is when my smoothie is bright green, pink or purple my juice is glowing orange, and my dinner looks like a rainbow. The way you get your food to be so colourful is when you leave it raw and only use a few ingredients, so I am really into that right now (again). I might get bored of this too and then reunite with my giant baked potato dinners, but at the moment I'd rather go for a moderately-sized bowl of a little quinoa topped off with raw shredded veggies, baked yam, a half avocado and tons of green herbs (that's what I had tonight). Oh, and one of these tarts for dessert? 

Yes, please. 


MEYER LEMON COCONUT CREAM TARTS with MINT + LAVENDER
Makes two huge tarts; four servings

Crust:
1/2 cup buckwheat groats
1/2 cup almonds
1 teaspoon maple syrup (if desired) 

Lemon coconut cream: 
1 cup shredded coconut
1 cup cashews 
2 teaspoons maple syrup
1/4-1/2 cup fresh lemon juice (preferably from Meyer lemons since they're sweeter) 

Garnish:
A few mint leaves
1 teaspoon dried lavender flowers
1 teaspoon lemon zest
1/2 teaspoon maple syrup (optional) 

To make the crust: put the groats and almonds into a high speed blender and blend until it turns into a thick, slightly crumbly paste. If needed or desired, add a little maple syrup, then press into two tartlet molds or whatever shapes/molds you like. Put in the fridge.

To make the lemon coconut cream: put the coconut and cashews into your high speed blender and blend until it turns into a thick paste/butter. Stir in a 1/4 cup lemon juice and the maple syrup until evenly combined (or blend it in). If you'd like more lemon flavour, add more lemon juice! I like mine quite tart - no pun intended, seriously - so I used a full 1/2 cup. Spread this mixture evenly into your crusts, then let them sit in the fridge overnight or for at least a couple hours so the flavours can get to know each other. Garnish with mint, basil, lemon zest, maple syrup or whatever else you like! Life is good! 

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15 comments:

Louisa said...

Wow, these sound great! And so pretty too :)
/Louisa
www.thegreendietitian.com

Sharondipity R said...

Do I have to have a Vitamix for your yummy recipes? Is there something else I can use that will do the job? Thanks. I would really like to try some of your goodies.

Ruxi said...

On the ingredients list it says buckwheat groats, but the recipe actually uses oats, no mention of any buckwheat groats, so which do you suggest using? I made tarts with oats, but never with buckwheat groats..

Raven Driemeyer said...

These look awesome!

Pamela N. said...

Thanks for your update on your eating style. I love how you listen to your tastes and body. I get discouraged when my eating style wants to change BUT I am learning,slowly, that it's ok to change from time to time, while still staying healthy! I enjoy your posts so much and appreciate the yummy recipes. Thanks again. :)

Madi Jules said...

I tried this but my crust was too crumbly and my coconut cream was too hard. I am new to cooking raw foods, could you give me some tips so I can try it again?? Please :)!

Emily von Euw said...

@Sharondipity R - for this recipe I used a Blendtec. A food processor should work if it's good quality :)

Emily von Euw said...

@Ruxi - oops! Meant buckwheat groats. You can use oats instead if you like. Buckwheat's a good option for people who don't eat gluten though.

Emily von Euw said...

@Madi Jules - if your crust is ever too crumbly, add melted coconut oil or some dates. If your creams are too hard, add more water or coconut oil or dates. <3

KJ said...

Thanks for the shout out lady! :D This recipe looks delish! You're the bomb! :]

Jessica DeMarra said...

What a lovely looking Spring-time recipe in January! If it is snowy and frigid outside at least I can pretend it is spring with this dessert. I ordered your books and they were delivered on my birthday! Hooray! Can't wait to try all the smoothies and raw desserts :)

Laura Black said...

Emily, this looks fantastic. It's going on my menu for this week. My son doesn't eat chocolate, in any form, :) and I know he'll love these, and so will I. I totally love lemon and actually prefer it over chocolate. Great idea.

Kate said...

Have you ever used a nutribullet to make your recipes? X

Ana said...

Hi Em,


I love your recipes and the beautiful pictures :D They make me so much more eager to eat veggies!

Question, do you recommend soaking the cashews in this recipe for a couple of hours before blending them?


Thanks!

Emily Limaye said...

Hi Emily,

I am new to raw "baking" and would like to make these. What of your ingredients do you soak and what ones do you not soak. I assume you use raw groats and not toasted (guessing the toasted ones aren't "raw") Thank you for your advice

Best Regards

Emily L