A refreshing and colorful no-bake blood orange tart recipe with a rich, chocolatey crust. Gluten-free, Vegan, Refined Sugar-Free.
- 1/2 cup almonds
- 1/4 cup cashews
- 1/4 cup shredded coconut
- 2 medjool dates, soft & pitted
- 2 tbsp cacao powder
- 1 tbsp maple syrup
- 11/2 tbsp coconut oil, soft solid
- 1/2 tsp pure vanilla extract
- 1/8 tsp salt
- 1 cup blood orange juice, strained*
- 11/2 tbsp agar agar flakes**
- 1 cup coconut milk, canned
- 2-4 tbsp maple syrup***
- flower petals, dried citrus peel, cacao nibs
Begin with all ingredients at room temperature. The coconut oil should be in a solid state, yet soft enough to scoop with a spoon.
1) Form Crust:
Place all crust ingredients in a food processor and process into a fine crumble.
Scoop crumble mixture into 7-inch tart pan with removable bottom. Press firmly up into sides and then into the bottom of pan until no loose crumbs remain.
Freeze tart crust while preparing the filling.
2) Make Filling:
Begin by straining juice into a small saucepan. Sprinkle agar agar flakes over juice and whisk together. Allow to sit for 15 minutes at room temperature.
Warm over medium heat until the mixture begins to boil, stirring frequently. Simmer for 5 minutes and continue to stir as this activates and completely dissolves the agar agar.
Add coconut milk and maple syrup to the saucepan and stir until mixture is one, uniform color. Remove from heat.
3) Set Tart:
Fill the chilled crust and quickly pop surface air bubbles with tip of a sharp knife. If desired, add lightweight surface decorations like flower petals, small pieces of dried citrus peels, and cacao nibs. Allow to sit on counter for 15 minutes.
Transfer tart to refrigerator for 45 minutes to set. (Set excess filling in a food storage container in the fridge too. Single serving of blood orange panna cotta coming right up!)
4) Once filling is set, remove tart from pan, slice and enjoy! Store leftovers in refrigerator.
* The number of oranges to yield approximately 1 cup of juice depends on size and juiciness of fruit. I'll typically buy 6 larger blood oranges or a dozen if they're small like clementines.
**Agar agar flakes performed much better over agar powder in testing. Even with proper conversion (1 1/2 T flakes = 1 1/2 t powder) the filling made with powder was unyielding in it's texture. Use flakes if you can!
***Depends on the tartness of the blood oranges. Sweeten to taste!