Last Monday was the 3rd installment of Heather’s Meatless Monday round-up. It was for the letter D and in this case, D stood for dark chocolate.
And we missed it.
How could we miss the week that was using chocolate as the main ingredient?!?
We knew we had to make up for it this week, so we called out to our facebook friends to give us a little inspiration as to what we should make. After all, we knew we had to do something pretty spectacular to make up for missing dark chocolate week!
One very devoted follower found a recipe for a dark chocolate tart that looked incredible, and so we set to work make our own Saucy Sister (aka-healthy) version. We decided while we were at it, we might as well make it with gluten-free and vegan options because nobody is going to want to be left out of this one!
On top of that, the weather is warming up quickly over here (woohoo!) so we decided in the spirit of summer, we would make this a no-bake creation, becuase who really wants to turn on their oven when it’s hot outside?
You also might notice the sprigs of lavender on the top- that is no accident! You see, we are in the midst of preparing our vegetable garden for another season, and we have purchased a number of herbs to plant in pots on the back porch. One that we are particularly excited about is our lavender plant, so we thought this was the perfect opportunity to incorporate some fresh summer herbs into our dishes!
So we give you a No-Bake Chocolate Lavender tart. The perfect way to start off a summer of
baking dessert-making. And yes, we realize that we failed to follow the rules and make something from one of the participants last week. Heather, we are very sorry, but we just had to share this recipe! And I guess we sort of used Laura’s chocolate-avocado idea, didn’t we? That must count for something, right?
If you don’t have lavender, you can leave it out and just add a little more water or sweetener, but it really makes this unique, so we highly recommend trying to get your hands on some!
And of course, head over to visit Heather at Better with Veggies to see what everyone else made this week!
No-Bake Chocolate Lavender Tart
Time: 20 minutes
Makes: 1 9-inch pie
2 c. rolled oats (use gluten-free oats for a gluten-free version)
1/2 c. raw almonds
1/2 c. raw walnuts
1 c. chopped dates
2 tbsp cocoa powder
1 tbsp maple syrup
1 tbsp water
1 large avocado
1/2 c. plain greek yogurt (use dairy-free yogurt for vegan version)
1/4 c. + 2 tbsp cocoa powder
1/4 c. + 2 tbsp maple syrup
1/4 c. hot water + 2 sprigs of lavender
dash of salt
In a food processor, combine the oats and nuts and cocoa powder. Blend for a couple of minutes until the oats and nuts are finely chopped. Add the dates and pulse until the mixture is crumbly and there are no large pieces of dates left. Add the water and maple syrup and pulse until the mixture comes together and sticks together when punched between the fingers.
Line a 9-inch pie plate with wax paper. Dump the crust mixture into the plate and press firmly, making sure to press some of the mixture up the sides as well. Set aside.
Place the lavender in the 1/4 c. of hot water and allow to steep for several minutes.
In your food processor, combine the avocado, yogurt, cocoa powder, maple syrup, salt and 2 tbsp of the lavender water. The rest can either be discarded or kept used in something else. Blend all ingredients until smooth. Pour the chocolate filling into the crust and smooth with a spatula. Allow to set in the fridge for at least a couple hours before cutting.
Garnish with fresh sprigs of lavender if you wish.
Have you ever had chocolate and lavender together? What are some of your favourite chocolate desserts? Are you planting a vegetable garden this year?