Friday, November 29, 2013

Recipe for today: Raw Mango Coconut Tartlets (Vegan)

Being vegan does mean it’s pretty much impossible to buy dessert out. I’m someone who needs a sweet fix every day and I’ve been making do with fruit, dark chocolate and snack bars. But…the snack bars and the chocolate have run out and fruit alone isn’t cutting the mustard. So, now I’m free as a bird, I decided it was time to remedy the lack of dessert asap.

  • 1/2C Almond Meal (a scant 1/2 cup whole almonds ground in a food processor)
  • 1/2C Shredded coconut
  • 3/4C Dates (Prunes also work!)
  • 1/8t Salt
  • Mango Layer:
  • 1T Agar flakes
  • 6T Hot water
  • 1 1/2C Diced mango
  • 3T Lemon juice
  • 2T Agave nectar
  • 1T Coconut oil, melted
  • 3T Coconut butter, melted (Or you can use Artisana brand)
  • Coconut Flakes to top

Combine ingredients for the crust in a food processor, adding the dates in gradually as you may need more or less depending on how soft they are. The mixture should start to stick together. 

Divide the crust mixture between 6 silicone muffin cases  (you could use any tart tins you have or even ramekins lined with cling film). Press firmly to form a base. Put the tartlets in the fridge or freezer to firm up while you make the mango layer.

For the mango cream, dissolve the agar flakes in hot water and leave to cool while you get the other ingredients ready. In a blender, blend together all the remaining ingredients along with the agar mixture until you get a nice smooth creamy consistency. Taste for sweetness, you may want a touch more agave or lemon juice depending on your preference and the ripeness of your mango.

Divide the mango cream between the cases and tap down hard on a counter to remove air bubbles. Place in freezer for a few hours to firm up completely before removing from the cases. Pop tartlets out of cases and allow to sit in the fridge or at room temperature until the mango layer has softened up. Not too long or it will melt everywhere!

Top with coconut flakes to serve

Makes 6

(Stored in the freezer these will keep for several weeks)
Reference: Coco Berries

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