This is so bloody delicious! (If I do say so myself! Ha!)
And….I should point out (if you missed the memo re “SpunkyGuts”) it’s a nourishing version of such a delectable dessert. Yep – this lovely tart doesn’t contain refined sugar (and if you’re a sugar-free ninja you could totally omit all the sugar), it’s gluten and grain free, dairy free, complicated/wacko ingredient free and is so simple and quick I would be kicked off Master chef before they even realized how delicious it tastes.
PLUS…. it’s contains all the good fats, lots of fiber goodness, anti-oxidant and mood boosting cacao (unrefined chocolate) and also good juju and love (providing you have that in ample supply at your place).
THE CRISPY, CHEWY COCO-NUTTY BASE
The recipe for the base is one that I’ve adapted from an I Quit Sugar one. I reckon it would also make some yummy macaroon style biscuits too. Feel free to add other flavors into this mix….cinnamon, vanilla, cacao, ginger or cardamom.
- 1/3 cup coconut oil
- 1/4 cup creamed coconut (or extra coconut oil)
- 2 – 3 Tbspn Sweetener (coconut sugar/syrup, rice malt syrup, maple syrup all work nicely)
- 2 cups shredded coconut
- Pre-heat your oven to 160 degrees C and line a 20cm tart or spring form pan with baking sheet
- Melt the first 3 ingredients in a pan until liquid and smooth (Thermo-mix superstars…. yes of course you can: pop them into your Thermy, mix on low and 50-60 degrees)
- Throw your shredded coconut into the pan and mix so that all the coconut is covered and the mixture is ‘wet’ and sticky. If using your Thermo-mix here keep the mixer on low (probably no more than speed 3 or 4) – you don’t want to end up with mush!
- Tip the mixture into the baking tin and use your fingers to spread it out and press gently into the pan to form a tart base. Yes, the mix is crumbly and sticky – wet fingers certainly help here. As the base bakes and then cools it gets firm and crunchy.
- Bake in the oven for around 10 minutes – make sure you check on it as shredded coconut can cook (…burn…) really quickly!. You want a lovely golden hue to the base.
- Remove from the oven and allow to cool. If you’re kinda impatient (like me) you can pop it into the fridge or freezer to help with the process.
THE CACAO-MOUSSE FILLING
So light, yet deliciously rich and satisfying – hard to believe something this good can be…well..this good! Plus it’s so quick and easy to whip up that it makes you wonder why you would bother with the original version.
- 1 ripe avocado
- 1 can of coconut cream (400ml) – buy the best quality you can here – it really does make a difference
- 3 – 4 Tbspn Cacao powder
- 1/2 tspn vanilla
- a pinch of salt (either pink or Celtic is best)
- Sweetness: add this to your taste preferences, I used approximately 2 – 3 Tbspn of coconut syrup. Rice malt syrup is great as is maple syrup.
- Place the coconut cream, avocado, salt and vanilla into your preferred mixing device (blender, food processor, stab mixer, Thermomix).
- Blend on high until all the ingredients are combined, smooth and creamy.
- Add your cacao and sweetener – blend again on a lower speed
- Taste test – add extra cacao or sweetener if required
- Pop the mixture into the fridge until you are ready to assemble the tart – you want the base to be cooled completely before you do this.
Putting It All Together
- Onto your cooled coco-nutty base spoon the cacao-mousse mixture into it and gently spread around evenly.
- Top with some extra chopped chocolate, shredded coconut, nuts or even fresh berries.
- Chill for at-least an hour prior to serving. It’s even better chilled over night – however it’s not essential if you’re just TOO EXCITED!
- Oh and don’t forget the good ju-ju and love* – sprinkle that shit everywhere!
Impress your friends with this one, enjoy it with a cuppa and with family or…. portion it up and freeze slices for those ’emergency’ sweet-treat moments that strike us at a moments notice (we all have them – because hey….we’re all human right?).
I’d love to hear your feedback on this one, or share a picture of your creation over on the SpunkyGuts Facebook Page…and of course… if you think its rad why not share the recipe with friends, family and your grandma. Social share buttons are below (what do you mean your grandma isn’t on Facebook..??? Mine is!)
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