Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Chocolate Fig Tarts with Almond Date Crusts

40 Days-40 Days of Lenten Recipes

This has become my all-time favorite dessert. It's Lenten, Paleo (depending on ingredients) and Vegan. The flavors of this tart blend perfectly together, whether you want it sweeter with the fruit topping or a bit more savory with almond.  The filling is rich and almost decadent-just heavenly!

I think even in non-Lenten times, this is an awesome healthy sweet treat.  Which means it's a treat, don't think just because healthy ingredients are used you can exist on this and eat it everyday? 
It's called balance, people, balance!

Crust Ingredients
1 cup almonds slivered
1 cup dates
1/4 cup coconut oil
2 T maple syrup
optional-may add a little cacao powder to crust when blending if you would like it to also be chocolate

Combine in a food processor and then press into a greased baking dish of choice.  Place in preheated oven at 250 degrees for 10 minutes. Take out and allow to cool.

Filling Ingredients
1 cup figs
1/2 cup dates
1/2 cup coconut oil
4 T cashew butter
1/2 cup cacao powdered
1/2 almond milk (warmed)
1/2 cup dark chocolate chips
1 tsp almond extract
(tip:when it comes to chocolate, splurge, it does make a difference)

Start by mixing the figs, dates and coconut oil and cashew butter in the food processor. Mix until as smooth as possible. Don't burn your machine, do it in bursts.  Add the powdered chocolate and blend again. Heat the milk in the microwave and then the chips separately, melted, blend them together and then add almond extract and add to remainder of the mixture. Pour into the crusts.  Now you have an option, fruit or nut topping? Your choice, you can't go wrong.  Refrigerate at least 2 hours and then enjoy.

In the picture above, had a dilemma! The tart was longer than the serving dish! 
Oh no!  Gosh, what to do, what to do? 
I cut it half and took an extra little piece out, hee hee hee. It fit perfectly then. 
Places and recipes that inspired me can be found here and here. I encourage you to go share the day with them too, such beautiful vegan creations.  I'm new at this, these ladies really know their stuff!

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Butterfly 8)(8 Bungalow said...

This is great! I can make this one and everyone can eat it. It looks like each product is gluten free for the one person who needs it.


Presvytera Eleni said...

You know, you are right! I hadn't thought of the gluten-free aspect. It's definitely not for anyone with nut tree allergies. But gluten, totally doable, and it is soo super yummy. Seriously.
Thanks for coming by to share the day!

April's Homemaking said...

Thank you for sharing your recipe at Meal Planning Monday Recipe Link-Up. :) I hope you stop by and join us again this week. http://www.aprilshomemaking.com/2014/03/meal-planning-monday-recipe-link-up-4.html

Deborah Smikle-Davis said...

Hi Presvytera,
Lately, I have been having a love affair with figs, so I am delighted to see your delectable fig tarts. What a tasty and satisfying dessert! Thank you so much for sharing these healthy and delicious Chocolate Fig Tarts with Almond Date Crusts with us at the Plant-Based Potluck Party Blog Hop! I sincerely appreciate it. I’m pinning and sharing!