Wednesday, September 11, 2013

Cranberry and Goji Berry Tart with White Chocolate shards - raw, gluten free, dairy free and Paleo


Here is a sneak peak at one of the recipes going in my 'Little book of tarts'... I've really enjoyed creating, making and sharing them with my taste testers.. mostly my family.

I did this one yesterday and thought it would be nice to share it with you. It's a little feast of superfoods, antioxidants, protein, healthy fats and energy boosting carbs! Goji berries are high in antioxidants and contain compounds rich in vitamin A. Some studies using goji berry juice found benefits in mental well-being and calmness, athletic performance, happiness, quality of sleep and feelings of good health.

Cranberries are not only highly nutritious they are also high in antioxidants. They are used to treat urinary conditions and other ailments. Hemp protein is a complete protein containing all of the essential amino acids, is easily digested and fast absorbing for athletes, it also has a balanced Ph unlike soy or whey protein powders thereby not causing acidity to the body. It is a good source of omega 3, fibre, vitamins and minerals and comes from natural and sustainable crops without the use of pesticides and herbicides.

Cranberry and Goji berry tart with white chocolate shards

Makes: 2 x 8 cm tarts

Ingredients:

Base:
125ml active almonds
125ml pitted dates
2 tbs dried cranberries
2 tbs hemp protein powder
3 tsp coconut
1/3 tsp vanilla powder
1/3 tsp ground cinnamon

Filling:
2 tbs goji berries
3 tbs dried cranberries
6 pitted dates
100ml raw cashews
½ tsp vanilla powder
1/3 tsp ground cinnamon
1 tsp coconut oil
1 tsp cacao butter – grated

White chocolate:

2 tsp cacao butter
1 tsp coconut oil
1 ½ tsp light agave

Preparation:

Add the raw cashews to a small bowl and cover with warm water. In a separate measuring cup add the goji berries, cranberries and dates then cover them with warm water up to the 100 ml mark. Let them all soak until soft while you prepare the base.

Base:
Add all ingredients to a personal blender or a food processor and blend until fine and sticky then press into 2 x 8 cm tart shells. Place in the fridge while you prepare the filling.

Filling:
Rinse and drain the cashews then add them to the soaked fruit in your blender with the rest of the ingredients and blend until smooth and creamy. I use the personal blender (tribest) with the cross blade until fine then I change to the flat blade and continue to blend until it is super smooth and creamy. Pour filling into tart shells, garnish with goji’s, cranberries and coconut then return to the fridge or freezer to set.

White chocolate:
Add all ingredients to a small heatproof bowl then place in the oven on the lowest setting, your dehydrator or over a bowl of boiling water to melt. Then pour contents onto a plate lined with baking paper and freeze until set. Once set, cut into shards or curls with a sharp knife then decorate tarts with shards, sliced goji berries and cranberries.


NOTES:

  1. I sprout and dehydrate all of my nuts before I make anything with them but if you only have unactivated thats fine. Don't use sprouted wet nuts or your mix will be really soggy.
  2. You can substitute your favourite protein powder if you don't have hemp
  3. If you don't have any protein powder then add another tablespoon of coconut
  4. If you don't have any cacao butter then substitute it with coconut oil but you won't get the chocolate taste.

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6 comments:

  1. What is active almonds? Almonds that were soaked?

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    1. Yes, they are soaked, but for this recipe they will need to be dried in a dehydrator. If you can't do that or you can't get them then just use normal dry almonds. Activating them enhances nutrition and assimilation and removes anti nutrients.

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  2. Oh, Karen. What an incredible tart! I just purchased little tart pans. And now I know exactly how to christen them! Thanks for sharing this at Raw Foods Thursdays. I'm going to highlight it at tomorrow's event. See you there!

    Heather

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    1. Oh Heather.. thanks for hosting Raw Foods Thursdays.. I love contributing.. You will have a lot of fun with the tart pans.. looking forward to seeing your little creations..

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  3. Very nice recipe! I will surely try it on weekend. Goji berries can and should be included in your every day diet so that you can benefit a lot from the nutritional properties of these berries. Thanks for sharing us this nice recipe.
    Goji berry juice

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    1. Thank you Lucas. I agree, I add them to our morning smoothie every morning as well.. Enjoy your day.. :-)

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