Before becoming vegan I could never have imagined how many uses the humble date has. They are so versatile, with so many uses and I find them in more and more recipes. Who would have thought that dates could be the basis of a tart shell? I love dates, almost as much as I love Fridays! This is a lovely recipe. Incredibly easy, looks beautiful and tastes amazing. Perfect for a weekend treat.


Ingredients (makes 8 Individual Tarts)

  • 1 1/2 cups Almonds
  • 1 1/2 cups Pitted Dates
  • 3 cups Frozen Berries
  • 1/2 cup Sugar
  • 1 Tablespoon Lemon Juice
  • 1 Tablespoon Water
  • 4 Tablespoon Cornflour

Method

  1. Prepare 8 individual fluted loose bottom tart cases - I would recommend putting a disc of paper in the bottom to help in getting them out as the crust can be a little sticky.
  2. Grind the almonds into a fine but not powdery meal in kitchen food processor. Add dates and enough water to form a dough that holds together when pressed. Occasionally stop the machine to scrape down the sides of the bowl to distribute the ingredients. Press the dough into each tart shell.
  3. Add all ingredients into saucepan and increase heat. When almost at the boil, add cornflour and combine until smooth. Allow to thicken. Then simply fill each tart shell and refrigerate. See how long you can wait before you try them!


  • Would rice malt syrup work as well do you think?


    • I think so – just sweeten to taste to work out quantities as you should not need 1/2 cup.

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  • Made these with honey and they worked so well

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  • I’ll be making it without sugar. Have any alternatives you’ve tried work better?


    • You could try maple syrup – I often use that as a sugar alternative

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  • Thankyou, Thankyou, I have been reading recipe and being a Vegan having to alter them every time to suit my Veganism, hehe, at last some great recipes that I dont have to change, and I’m a real Date fan also but did not realize I could use them like this. Thankyou, Thankyou, (No Eggs, yeah!)


    • Pleasure ! Dates are amazing and a real godsend – I have heaps more recipes to post, probably after Christmas and in the New Year though or have a look at my website for lots more. Merry Christmas and happy cooking!

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  • love your work – do you have a cookbook?


    • Not yet. I have a small ebook on my website mynotesfromnewengland.com which you get if you sign up for newsletter which has my top 5 recipes. I am working on cookbook and hope to release this in early 2016.

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  • This is an ingenious recipe; looks truly beautiful!.

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  • i agree! anyone can enjoy this! i have vegan friends who would love this recipe though! i can’t wait to try it out though! it looks so pretty and i bet that it tastes great!


    • I always eat with my eyes first! Definitely a pretty dishy and very tasty. Think it is one for anyone who loves something sweet.



      • yeah that is right! and anyone can enjoy this!

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  • You don’t have to be vegan to enjoy these delights!


    • Find so many friends of mine saying – god this is so good that you would not even know it is vegan! That is why I use it all the time. Still so many people think of incense and lentils as soon as they hear the word vegan (LOL)!!

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  • These vegan tarts look divine and scream summer!


    • They make me think of Christmas – lovely and colourful and perfect for any summer occasion!

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