22 Sept 2014


It's recipes like these that I find easy to compare with sexual experiences. I promise you'll get some intense mouthgasms when you bite into one of these tarts. I did. 

When basic logic is applied one can see how most - if not all - pleasurable moments in our lives are as such because of hormones. Namely endorphins, dopamine, oxytocin and the like. Some might think this is depressing, but I think it's totally awesome. Why do I love Jack? Well, for a lot of reasons that are unexplainable at the moment. But a huge part of it is because when I am around him and when I think about him, oxytocin is released in my brain! I associate positive emotions with him and my body and mind wants me to stick with the relationship because our evolutionary history values solid reproductive partners. When ya really give it a think - we are still such primal creatures. We are ANIMALS through and through. Sure, in the last several thousands of years our environment has changed - but our biology has not. Look around: we are uber preoccupied with eating, sex and... oh that's pretty much it. Of course we've got culture and art and music and important movements for social, political and environmental policy improvement; these seemingly have nothing to do with our fundamental drives but in a lot of cases I think you can still relate it back. There's no doubt that the general public is most focused on appeasing their senses. We are a sensual species! We like feelin' good. So do other mammals (because we are mammals, after all)! 

As mammals our behaviour is largely governed by our bodily drives (refined by evolution) and so that's why these food porn photos look so freaking good and why #foodporn is even a thing. It's because food, sex, music, and other good stuff feel so great and are effortless to synonymise (I may have just made that word dup) to one another. They all release a yummy cocktail of brain chemicals that reinforce the behaviour because it's good for the reproduction of our DNA. So yeah, chocolate is sexy. I love Jack. Whenever I go out dancing I call it therapy. 

Keep in mind that since our biology hasn't changed much in the last few hundred thousand years - but our environment has - we gotta be careful about what we choose to eat. Our brains have evolved to looooooove sugar and fat because they are calorie-dense and usually very scarce in the wilderness. Now we are surrounded by processed foods which are - let's be honest - just like drugs for our bodies. Sugar addiction is real. So make sure you don't let your primal brain rule over modern logic. Your body doesn't realize McDonalds is available 24/7, but your mind does. So eat whole foods in abundance but leave the processed stuff out; ultimately your body will thank you. You can release just as many of those happy hormones by eating this recipe instead of a Snickers bar. 

I hope this post made some kind of sense, I am listening to an Outkast album at the same time so it's hard to concentrate but I just can't turn off my record player. Hehe. 

Makes 6-7 servings.

1 cup dates
1 cup rolled oats (or walnuts)

Salted caramel:
1 cup dates
1/4 cup coconut oil (or 1 banana)
1/4 teaspoon sea salt
1 tablespoon maple syrup (preferably infused with vanilla)
Water, if needed

Sesame chocolate cream:
2 tablespoons tahini 
2 tablespoons cacao powder
Water, if needed

To make the crust: pulse the oats in a food processor until they turn into a powdery mix. Add the dates and process until it all starts to stick together. Add more dates if it's still too crumbly. Press into the bottoms and sides of tart tins and put in the fridge. 

To make the caramel: blend everything until smooth. Add a little bit of water if it's too thick. Spread half of this mixture into the bottom of your tart crusts - leave the other half in the blender - then put the tarts back in the fridge. 

To make the chocolate cream: add the tahini and cacao to the remaining caramel in your blender. Blend until fully combined, adding water if it's too thick. Spread the chocolate onto your tarts, sprinkle with sesame seeds and enjoy!

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angela@canned-time said...

I can see how you feel the visceral vibes from these. They are perfectly primal. Gorgeous ♡ 6705

Eileen said...

Sesame in a chocolate tart is such a great idea! Must try. :)

Kelsey M said...

Ooh baby this look AMAZING! I haven't had my chocolate fix in a while so this recipe may be the one to do it! Food porn all the way~~

theveganscholar said...

Mmm, these look PERFECT! I love salted caramel.

Unknown said...

this look amazing! must try:-)

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The Yogi Vegetarian said...

Gonna make these tonight- I have everything in the house already... thanks :)

Anonymous said...

What other seeds or nuts would you recommend as a substitute for sesame seeds when making the sesame chocolate cream?

Katrina @ Warm Vanilla Sugar said...

These are so fun! Loving the sesame in there!

Panda Head said...

omgaaaaa these look AMAZINGGGGG (and the photo set is absurdly gorgeous)

Unknown said...

Love tahini and all the sesame too in these.

I'm sure to try and enjoy these:)

Love your site...looks great

Millie | Add A LIttle said...

Looks absolutely amazing!

Sibylle said...

Oh my gods. Just what I need in the windy, cool autumn weather :-)

Clytie said...

WOW, this looks amazing! I'm waiting for next week to have some time off and maybe even chance to make this yummies.
Is there any chance you could post the recipe for sushi you made couple of days ago? It looked fabulous and I can't seem to figure out what you used instead of rice.
Thanks! :)

HelsBels said...

Yes! We are governed by our hormones and I agree sugar addiction is real. I try to keep maple syrup and all such sweeteners like rice syrup, agave etc to a minimum. These look divine though and no nuts too, excellent work! Thank you Emily.

Linda at Veganosity said...

You're so funny Emily! You remind me of my daughter Alex (the other half of Veganosity). She's getting her master's in clinical psychology, and everything is about the chemicals in our brains right now. :)

These do look delicious! Thanks for sharing this with us.

Unknown said...

Looks awesome! I believe I have all the ingredients on hand to give these a whirl :)

Em von Euw said...

@Stojanka Kovacevic - email me at emilyvoneuw at gmail dot com so we can fix this!

Em von Euw said...

@Anonymous - any other kind you like, peanut butter or almond butter would be great.

Em von Euw said...

@Clytie - I use rice! But you can use cauliflower "rice" or mashed up steamed sweet potatoes too :)

Unknown said...

Tahini!! That's pretty cool! Super stoked to try these!!! I love your pictures Emily. You always make me want to lick the screen!

Mandy Dugas @ MandysHealthyLife.com

Sarah Fawcett said...

Made these yesterday for a dinner party, they are A-M-A-Z-I-N-G and everyone loved them. Awesome work again Emily <3

victoria Bäck said...

I'll do that today and post the result tonight on my new blog!

Anonymous said...

I made these yesterday and they were incredible! I've never used tahini as part of sweet stuff before but this definitely wasn't the last time. Great combination. :)
I just want to say thank you for posting your healthy, tasty and creative recipes. I really enjoy reading your blog! :)

Austrian Brown said...

these are amazing! thanks for sharing such an easy and healthy treat. the only thing i changed was to use almond butter instead of tahini. turned out awesome. i've made them three times in the past two weeks!

Anonymous said...

I was a little apprehensive with the tahini because it's such a strong taste--but I tried it anyway---wow are these amazing. The chocolate layer is so decadent. This is one of my new favorites, along side the Coco Loco Bars and the Chocolate Cream Caramel Bars!