I made this dessert in a quick hurry as I promised a friend I would make some desserts for her birthday party. This was the third dessert I made for her and I almost didn’t have time to give it to her since toddlers have a way to mess up plans especially when there are events on that need to be attended! I didn’t even have time to taste it and literally just threw ingredients together based on what I could find in my pantry but I love love love the way it turned out (I gave myself a generous piece at the party so got to taste it and it was delicious). I used my favourite chocolate filling recipe that I’ve already used once or twice in other recipes but had to improvise for the rest. It’s very soft and rich with a strong chocolatey taste and the berries are just beautiful! Unlike many raw desserts, this one doesn’t go icy after it’s frozen which I love since I’ve always been a little fussy with textures and I don’t like icy chocolate! Sometimes it can be a real struggle to get a raw base / raw crust out of the tin unless you use some baking paper as a lining but I have discovered that using a little coconut oil in the base means that the base firms up quite well and makes for easy removal. I hate using baking paper unless absolutely necessary because 1. It’s an extra step 2. It never comes out very neat. Thankfully coconut oil does the trick for me!
As with all my desserts, the recipe for this double chocolate tart is refined sugar-free, dairy free and gluten free. I hope you like this one as much as we did.
As promised in my previous post I’m going to try weave in a little content on hormones through my writing since my whole angle is eating for hormone health. This raw chocolate tart, believe it or not, is a perfect example of a powerful healing recipe for balancing hormones. Although every hormone imbalance is unique the majority of people with an imbalance are struggling with a hormone deficiency of some kind so that’s why eating foods high in good healthy plant-based fats are important. Hormones are made of fat (or protein, but female hormones are generally fat based) and so it’s crucial to eat enough good quality fats from nuts seeds and good oils for building back deficient hormones. The chocolate and berries also add a huge array of different minerals and antioxidants which are used by your body to convert fats into hormones (in a complicated biochemistry kind of way).
Everybody has a different opinion on what is high fat or high carb etc. Many of my followers would believe this recipe is too “carb-heavy” and many would think that it is too calorie rich or too fat. In general, though, I have found that those who already follow a plant-based diet believe plant-based diets should be low in fat, and there is a huge amount of evidence supporting this view when it comes to chronic health conditions like heart disease and diabetes however for the purpose of female hormone balance, fat is key. You can not build healthy hormones without it. So if you are struggling with balancing your hormones you have my permission to eat all the healthy plant-based fat you want! I did and it worked wonders for me. Enjoy this recipe!
Styling inspiration from Bakerita.
|Raw Vegan Double Chocolate Berry Tart|| |
- 1 cup pitted dates
- 1 cup almond meal
- ¼ cup cacao powder
- 2 TBSP coconut oil
- 1 cup cashews ( soaked for at least 4 hours)
- ½ cup cacao powder
- ½ cup maple syrup
- ⅓ cup cacao butter ( melted)
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- Raspberries, blueberries and blackberries as the garnish
- For the base: simply add all the ingredients together in a food processor and blitz until crumbly and sticky.
- Press evenly into the bottom and sides of a lightly greased tart tin and place in the fridge to set.
- For the filling: meltdown the cacao butter on the stove or double boiler over low heat until liquid and set aside.
- Place all ganache ingredients except cacao butter in a high-speed blender and blend until as smooth as possible.
- Slowly add your liquid cacao butter and blend again until smooth and creamy
- Pour over base and spread evenly. Add berries and set in freezer for 2-3 hours to firm. You can add berries once set as well provided the filling is not too hard.