I don’t know about you guys but in the winter I really crave warming foods and opt towards steaming, stewing, baking, roasting and stewing. That’s not a bad thing but I do like to still incorporate as much raw into my diet as I can. As we all know, cooking can deplete some of the nutrients in foods so the incorporation of more raw fruits and vegetables is very important.
There are tons of different ways to do this- more salads, cut up veggies and dip, fresh fruit, smoothies and my new favorite- raw desserts!
A few weeks ago I felt like playing around in the kitchen and I created a delicious raw dessert that featured one of my most favorite foods in the world- apples, more specifically, honey crisp apples! They are the best!
Creamy raw apple tart
2 cups soaked and drained raw cashews
1 ½ cup walnuts
1 cup chopped dates
1 1/2 tsp vanilla (separated)
2 1/2 tsp cinnamon (separated)
3 tbsp +1 tbsp maple syrup
2 thinly sliced apples
For the crust-In a food processor mix the walnuts, dates, and 1 tsp cinnamon until the mixture looks like gravel. Press into a saran wrap lined cake pan. Place in the freezer until you have finished the filling.
For the filling- in a high power blender (vita mix, blentec…) puree cashews, vanilla, cinnamon (1tsp) and maple syrup until nice and creamy. Pour mixture on top of prepared crust. Place back in the freezer.
For the topping- toss thinly sliced apples with, ½ tsp cinnamon, ½ tsp vanilla, juice of half a lemon and 1 tbsp maple syrup.
Do not top the tart before you cut it (I made that mistake). Cut the tart and then top each piece with sliced apples and your good to go!
(Side note: take frozen tart out of the freezer about 15 minutes before serving so it has a chance to soften up)
Wow that was long winded. I promise it is worth it- it only takes about 10 minutes start to finish. You will love it I promise.
This year when you choose to bring the dessert to your family or friends holiday party I urge you to bring this fresh tart. Not only is it delicious but it doesn’t leave you feeling gross, bloated and craving bad foods- instead you feel completely satiated and happy!
Give it a go :)