Are you ready for the most amazing creamy, ultra decadent dessert for the holidays? A perfectly toasted salted chocolate crust with a rich, luscious orange chocolate filling and topped with freshly sliced oranges and cacao nibs. Not to mention this is paleo and vegan which means it is dairy free and gluten free!! If you aren’t ready, then get ready because this dessert is out of this world!
Read on friend so you too can bask in the glory of chocolate on chocolate.
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Chocolate and orange is one of my favourite flavour combinations. Growing up, my brother and I used to get the Terry’s Chocolate Orange in our Christmas stockings every year (you know- the ones you would smash on the table to break apart the “orange slices”- yes those were fun). This is a kind of fancier version of that flavour for the grown up I am that will no longer be smashing my desserts on the table. It is made with dark chocolate and sweetened with orange juice and maple syrup and totally makes you feel like a real adult who serves sophisticated desserts to her guests. (or eats it in her stretchy pants while watching the office- whatever works)
What you need to know about this chocolate tart is that it is DELICIOUS.
And CREAMY, but yet still vegan which means it’s creamy without the dairy. Maaagic.
Another this you need to know about this tart is that if you have extra of the filling you can pour it into little single serving mason jars and hide them in the fridge for you to find later. (without telling anyone else in your family because this is on a need to know basis. Obviously I am the only one who needs to know about these secret hidden desserts).
Let’s talk about the only hard part about making this tart. That is waiting for the filling to set. When it is first blended it is very liquid but it firms up into a nice mousse like texture within an hour. But it means you can’t eat it right away which is what you definitely will want to do. I used a high speed blender to help make it extra smooth but a regular blender should work just as well as long as your cashews are soaked.
Another one of my favourite elements to this tart is the crust. Chocolatey, a little crumbly and yet somehow still balances out the rich mousse like filling. Are you drooling yet?! GO MAKE THIS!
Looking for more holiday desserts? Try these:
Miso White Chocolate Tarts (vegan)
Honey Almond Poppy Seed Cake (paleo)
Chai Banana Snack Cake (paleo)
Chai Spiced Cashew Butter Cups (paleo, vegan)
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Orange CHocolate Tart (paleo, vegan)
A rich, decadent chocolate orange tart that is paleo and vegan!
- Prep Time: 20 minutes
- Cook Time: 2 hours
- Total Time: 2 hours 20 minutes
- Yield: 8 servings
- Category: dessert
- Method: blending
- Cuisine: paleo, vegan
For the Crust:
1 1/2 cups almond flour
3 tbsp tapioca flour
3 tbsp cacao powder
1/4 tsp salt
2 tbsp coconut oil
1 oz dairy free dark chocolate
1 tbsp maple syrup
For the Filling:
1/2 cup cashews, soaked for 4 hours
1 400mL can full fat coconut milk
8 oz dairy free dark chocolate
1/4 cup orange juice
zest of one orange
1 tsp cinnamon
1 tsp ground ginger
1 tsp ground cardamom
1/8 cup maple syrup
pinch of sea salt
For the crust:
- Preheat the oven to 350F
- Whisk together the almond flour, tapioca flour, cacao powder and salt in a medium bowl.
- In a small double boiler melt the chocolate, coconut oil and maple syrup together.
- Pour the liquid into the dry ingredients and mix well.
- Press the crust into a long rectangular tart pan (14inch x 4.5inch)
- Bake for 12 minutes
- Remove and let it cool while you make the filling.
For the filling:
- Drain and rinse the cashews.
- Add the cashews, coconut milk, orange juice, orange zest, cinnamon, ginger and cardamom to the blender. Blend.
- In a double boiler melt the chocolate with the maple syrup.
- Pour the chocolate/maple syrup mixture into the blender and mix until smooth.
- Place the blender container into the fridge to let it thicken up. Stir it every 20 minutes or so until it is pourable.
- Pour the filling into the tart pan. Place it in the fridge to finish firming up. *
- Serve with sliced oranges and cacao nibs.
*Any extra filling can be poured in single serving mason jars and served as little mousse cups!
Keywords: chocolate, vegan, orange, paleo, tart, dessert