Saturday, 29 September 2012

Raw strawberry and chocolate tarts

Strawberries seem to have come early this year, maybe I haven't noticed before but I usually associate strawberries with later in the year. Don't get me wrong, I am not complaining, I have been managing to eat my way through several punnets a weeks for the last couple of weeks with no difficulty. Aside from eating them straight out of the container or putting them on my breakfast I was trying to think of what else I could do with all these ripe berries.
I have been experimenting with raw custards and desserts lately, mainly making chocolate mousse out of avocados and bananas with raw cacao. If you haven't tried chocolate and avocado mousse/ custard before put it on your to do list. It takes next to no time to make and it is silky smooth and rich without containing anything other than fruit (avocado is a fruit right?) and cacao and a touch of something sweet.You don't really taste the avocado either so if you're not usually a fan don't be put off. It is perfect for a quick dessert or sweet snack.
It was these experiments combined with a fridge full of fresh berries that lead me to trying to make a chocolate and fresh strawberry tart. And the result was a very quick, very tasty and pretty darn healthy treat that will satisfy any chocolate craving. Enjoy.

makes 2 medium tarts or 4 small (because they are rich we shared between four of us and that was just the right amount, they are surprisingly filling!)

Tart shells
5 dates
1 tbsp raw cacao
1 cup walnuts
pinch of sea salt

Chocolate mousse 
1 avocado
2 tbsp raw cacao
2 tbsp brown rice syrup or pure maple syrup 

strawberries to decorate

Place all the tart shell ingredients in a food processor and pulse until well combined. Press mixture into tart tins and place in the freezer for at least an hour or until really cold and firm. 
Place the chocolate mousse ingredients in a blender or the food processor and blend until smooth and creamy. 

When you are ready to serve take tart shells out of the tins, place a layer of mousse inside the tart shells and decorate with berries. Keep in the fridge until ready to eat as the tart shells will soften as they warm up. They will still taste good but may start loose their shape. 
Share with some lucky people. 

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