A nutty and rich crust with a dash of salt contains rich, deep dark chocolate. Topped with tart raspberries, this all-natural chocolate tart would make a decadent Valentine's Day treat. Plus, it appeals both to vegan and paleo friends! Win-win. And, I love all of that healthy coconut oil in the recipe.
Recently I found a delicious tart at my local store called Miracle Tart by the brand Hail Merry
. I thought it was delicious and was so pleased that the chocolate filling was made with cocoa powder, coconut oil and maple syrup. With such simple ingredients, I knew I could make my own version at home so that there would be plenty to share with loved ones.
A couple of words about this recipe: First, there are easy variations you could use. While I know that many “paleo” people are comfortable with the coconut sugar and maple syrup that I use in this recipe, for those who can’t use these ingredients, why not try a date sweetened tart crust,
and gently heated honey instead of the maple syrup in the chocolate filling (it would have a slightly different flavor and would be sweeter too). If you didn’t want a nut crust, you could definitely use any favorite tart crust you’d like too! For example, here is an example of a basic buttery tart crust
(use unbleached flour and all organic butter or palm shortenting for the regular shortening), or you could use this gluten-free version
. Both of these are baked versions, and would probably be a little less fragile than my nut-based crust.
Toppings could vary as well. You could make a raspberry sauce out of frozen berries, for example. Or you could use other fruit or berries. The reason I like raspberry is because the sweet yet tart flavor help cut through the darkness of the chocolate.
And speaking of dark, this is definitely a DARK chocolate tart. In other words, it is not super sweet. We love this, but you could always add some whole leaf stevia extract to sweeten it more, if desired. Or you could try to swap some of the maple syrup for honey, as it tastes sweeter.
You can soak and dehydrate your nuts and seeds
, or toast them in the oven until fragrant, if desired. Special equipment needed: A 9.5-inch tart tin with a removable bottom. You could also make this in a small casserole dish and cut out in squares if you don’t have a tart pan.
Deep Dark Chocolate Tart
- 2 cups nuts or seeds (I used 1/2 cup each of walnuts and pecans and 1 cup of sunflower seeds)
- 1/2 cup coconut sugar or whole cane sugar
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1/4 cup gently melted coconut oil
- 2 cups unsweetened cocoa powder (not Dutch cocoa powder)
- 1 cup gently melted coconut oil
- 1 cup pure maple syrup
- Dash salt
- 2 teaspoons vanilla extract (gluten-free, if desired)
- In a food processor or high powered blender, combine the nuts/seeds and sugar of choice. Pulse until a medium-fine floury mixture forms. Pulse the melted coconut oil and salt in until combined.
- Press evenly into a tart pan, making sure you press all the way to the top of the sides of the tart pan.
- Place in freezer for 15 minutes to firm up while you make the chocolate filling.
- In a medium bowl combine the chocolate filling ingredients and whisk well until there are no lumps. Scrap into the tart pan and spread evenly over the crust.
- Return back to the freezer and allow the tart to firm (at least an hour). Or, place in the refrigerator until firm. Keep refrigerated until you serve.
- To serve: Carefully remove outer tart rim. Top with raspberries and cut into thin pieces (it is very rich, so no need for big pieces). Will keep several days.