Super Food Caramel Tart
This Super Food Caramel Tart is guaranteed to win the hearts of health nuts and not-so-health nuts alike.
The baked crunchy base of desiccated coconut and almond meal is sweetened with maple syrup, while the filling boasts a smooth caramel-like mixture of dates, coconut cream, coconut oil, and macadamia nuts. The top comprises deliciously dark home-made chocolate.
1 cup almond meal
1 cup desiccated coconut
1 tsp vanilla powder (or extract)
1 pinch sea salt
¼ cup coconut oil, melted
1 tbsp maple syrup
300g dried pitted dates
200g fresh medjool dates, pitted
1 cup boiling water
200g raw macadamia nuts
175ml coconut cream
4 tbsp coconut oil, melted
2 tsp vanilla
½ tsp sea salt
¾ cup softened coconut oil
2 tbsp raw cacao powder
2 tbsp maple syrup
1 pinch sea salt
1. Preheat a fan-forced oven to 160 ˚C;
2. Grease and line a round tart tin with baking paper and set aside;
3. To make the base, combine the almond meal, desiccated coconut, vanilla powder, and sea salt in a mixing bowl and stir to combine, before adding the maple syrup and melted coconut oil and mixing until uniform in texture;
4. Transfer the base mixture into the tart tin and flatten, pressing down firmly and evenly with your hands;
5. Transfer the base to the oven and bake for 20 minutes at 160 ˚C, or until lightly golden;
6. Meanwhile, place the dried dates, pitted medjool dates, and boiling water in a saucepan over medium heat and stir regularly with a wooden spoon for 5-7 minutes until all of the water is evaporated and a thick paste is formed;
7. In the food processor, whiz the date paste, macadamia nuts, coconut cream, and vanilla for a few minutes until completely smooth and add sea salt to taste;
8. Pour this mixture on top of the cooled base and place in the freezer to set;
9. For the topping, combine all of the ingredients in a small mixing bowl, pour on top of the caramel filling, and allow it to set in the freezer for at least four hours or overnight before serving;
10. Store in an airtight container in your freezer for no more than two weeks.
Cath Noonan is a self-confessed health-foodie, recipe creator, and nutrition student, as well as the founder of healthy food blog, I Heart Scratch. Check out the delicious food pics on her Instagram account, @i_heart_scratch, and find more recipes by visiting www.iheartscratch.com.au.