Sunday, June 17, 2012

Happy Father's Day Chocolate Tarts (grain free, paleo)

Something a little sweet and a lot healthy for my special husband on Father's Day.  

To the best man I know.  To the love of my life.  Thank you for being you, and for being the most amazing father to Sky and Ethan. You're adored and loved more than you'll ever know.  

For the chocolate filling
-3 cups cashews, soaked for 6-8 hours
-5 dates, soaked in 1 1/2 cups filtered water for 4 hours
-1 cup date water (or a little more until smooth texture is achieved) 
-1/4 cup honey (use agave or maple syrup for vegan) 
-1/4 cup coconut oil
-1/4 raw cacao (or more to taste) 
-1 tablespoon vanilla
-Grain free crust*

How To:
1.  Drain and rinse cashews.  
2.  Add cashews with other ingredients to high speed blender.
3.  Blend on high to create a nice, smooth texture - use tamper if needed to move the mixture around (add a little more date water if needed).  Blending this in a food processor will yield a gritty texture.  I'm not sure how a regular blender would work, please leave a comment below if you blend in a regular blender (meaning, not with a high speed). The mixture should be thick and smooth.  
4.  Scoop chocolate filling into crusts and decorate with your favorite fruits or other choice toppings.  
5. Transfer to fridge and allow filling to set up (at least 4 hours). 

*This crust was inspired by Amy from SS&GF.  
For the crusts I soaked 2 cups of walnuts for 8 hours, then roasted.  I blended them in a food processor with 3 soaked dates and 2 tablespoons of coconut oil.  Then I baked the crusts at 375 for about 15 minutes (not the best crust to remove from tart pan, it sort of falls apart, but still super tasty).  I'll keep trying.  The walnuts might not have been completely dried and I may need to add less oil.  
*Here are some additional crust recipes: (1)  Grain Free Pie Crust from Elana's Pantry, (2) Grain Free Crust from My Life in a Pyramid, (3) Grain Free Pie Crust from The Food Lovers, (4) Grain Free Honey Graham Cracker Pie Crust from Against All Grain, (5) Grain Free Pie Crust from Cooking Gluten and Dairy Free 

Serve with homemade nut milk, such as hazelnut 
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  1. France@beyondthepeelJune 17, 2012 at 12:29 PM

    Gorgeous dessert and healthy. I'll definitely give this filling a try.

  2. These look awesome Amber, your husband is one lucky man! I love the way you've decorated them, they look heavenly!

    I'll be sharing and pinning this for sure!

    Hope you had a wonderful Father's Day!

    Vicky xx

    P.S. Any left?

  3. glutenfreehappytummy.comJune 17, 2012 at 5:33 PM

    Such a sweet post:) and wow Amber, what delicious tarts! Those look so fabulous and creamy! what a treat for your husband:) i bet he (and your kids!!) loved them. Gorgeous photos, as always:)

  4. Barb @ Frugal Local KitchenJune 18, 2012 at 4:25 AM

    I'm seeing a lot about using dates as a sweetener as I learn more about the Paleo Diet. I need to track them down. Do you get yours through Amazon or somewhere else?

    I pinned this for a local coop that I'm working with.

    1. Hello Barb,

      Thank you. Dates are a great sweetener indeed. I purchase mine at my local natural foods coop (in bulk).

      Have a great week.

      Be Well,

  • Minnie(@thelady8home)June 18, 2012 at 8:56 AM

    This really looks so heavenly delicious!!!!

  • gfe--gluten free easilyJune 18, 2012 at 10:08 AM

    Stunning!! I thought I hated dates for years, because I'd only had bad products made with dates. Then I discovered the wonders of Medjool dates and making recipes using them. Amazing. Love the healthiness yet "decadence" of these, Amber. Bet your hubby was a happy man!


  • Mary Hudak-CollinsJune 18, 2012 at 10:19 AM

    Oh, I can tell that this was something that didn't last long. I could eat one of those tarts right off of my screen! Thank you for sharing this week in our recipe hop ☺

  • How do you make your hazelnut milk? Those tarts look scrumptious!

    1. Hi There Janae,

      Great question. I do have a link up there in the post. Just click on Hazelnut milk, or you can follow the link below for all my nut milk recipes:

      Have a great day.

      Be Well,



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