No-Bake Berry Tarts | Paleo, Vegan


Summer time is finally rolling around, even though we've still had lots of spring showers here in the Bay Area!  We've had some chilly days, but each time the summer sun decides to shine, I find all the inspiration I need to get my BBQ/grillin' hat on.  Because who doesn't love a paper plate of perfectly grilled meat with some cool, refreshing sides?  And once you've got your ultimate summer plate stacked up just right, there has to be a sweet treat to finish it off - am I right?

My mission was to come up with a cool, creamy treat - perfect for topping off those summer nights - that doesn't require heating up any household appliances.  Because you know that heating up an oven is not always the most welcome idea when the house is already warm!



The other part about a no-bake treat is the simplicity factor.  Simply pulse the layers of these tasty tarts:  first, the crumbly crust;  then, the creamy "cheesecake-like" layer.  Top with your favorite berries and a drizzle of honey, and your dessert is done.  It sets in the freezer and can be stored in the fridge for whenever you're ready to reveal your delicious treats!

While the flavors are enough to sell just about anyone on these, the look of them is also enough to tempt you!  You can get creative with your berry toppings, making whatever design you like - and even changing out the fruit for different flavor combos.  I have to admit though - the berries are not only delicious, but super pretty & fun for 4th of July!


Because these are so easy to make, I've already done them several ways.  One of my favorites was as a plated gift for friends who just brought home their brand new baby boy.  I made a center tart with a big "A" made from a strawberry (just using a small, sharp knife) and decorated the tarts around it with a mix of berries.  These are so much fun, you guys!  And would be fun for the kids to help out, too.

Before you whip up a batch of these cool, creamy berry tarts - be sure to check out these delicious, healthy summer grilling recipes so you can plan out your entire menu!  From grilled proteins, to fresh & tasty sides, to sweet treats - these awesome girls have got you covered!


Here's what's on the menu!

Whether it's Father's Day, the 4th of July, or just a summertime family night, I would love to know which of these recipes end up on your menu!  Each is sure to fill you up & please even the pickiest of guests.  Hope you enjoy!



Ingredients:

For the Crust
  • 1 cup almond flour
  • 4 pitted dates
  • 2 Tbsp coconut oil
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1/4 tsp cinnamon

For the Filling
  • 1 cup raw cashews (soaked in cold water for 2+ hours, for best texture)
  • 1/4 cup canned coconut cream
  • 1/4 cup coconut oil
  • 1/3 cup honey or maple syrup*
  • 1 Tbsp lemon juice
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract
  • pinch of salt

For the Topping
  • 2 cups fresh berries
  • additional honey or maple syrup, for drizzling

Directions:
  1. In a food processor, pulse the crust ingredients until a "dough" consistency forms and the dates are chopped fine.
  2. Line a 12-cup muffin tin with paper cups, then scoop about 1 Tbsp of the dough into each cup.  Use your fingers or the back of a spoon to press the crust into the bottom and slightly up the sides.
  3. Rinse out the food processor, then work on your filling.  Combine all of the filling ingredients, pulsing until super smooth.  Spoon the mixture evenly into each of the 12 cups.  Top with fresh berries, arranging them as you like.  Drizzle lightly with honey or maple syrup.
  4. Transfer the tarts to the freezer for about 1 1/2 to 2 hours, or until they are firm.  Store in the refrigerator.  Serve chilled.

*Notes:
  • If you're trying to keep these vegan-friendly, stick to maple syrup in place of honey.
  • For the coconut "cream", just scoop the thick stuff off the top of a can of full-fat coconut milk.



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1 comment:

Brienne Peers said...

I love these! They are so perfect for the summer (YAY for no-bake!!) and even better for 4th of July weekend!