Vegan Chocolate Tart w/ Almond Crust

It started out an early…early saturday morning.

Early enough to where I wished I was a coffee drinker.

But that’s besides the point.

We were all doin’ the usual thang..

Hubby sleeping…Baby Boo playing..

And me finding out what botox would feel like.

As I fixed breakfast I noticed that my 10 bananas sitting on the counter were turning a little brown.

Yes, I had ten bananas. And just like carrots turn your orange, bananas turn you into hairy monkeys.

Which is the real reason behind the green face mask.

OOoo Eehh Ahh Ahhh

I decided that I really wanted banana bread. With blueberries. Blueberries in banana bread is almost as good as chocolate chips in banana bread. And if you use your imagination, blueberries kind of taste like chocolate…

haha just kidding

I tried a new recipe for banana bread. It had no butter, minimal sugar, and tons of whole grainy goodness, and as I looked for my loaf pan in my linen closet (don’t you keep bakeware in your linen closet?), I noticed one of my new pans that I have yet to use.

Could it be done.

Baked Banana Donuts? It sounds possible.

So I baked as followed, and well, I was quite disappointed.

Maybe I didn’t bake them long enough since they were still a little gooey, but they looked sad…

Flat little pancakes, with a hole in the middle. Me no likey…

So I beat my chest, and scratched my head…

I knew I had to try again.

Test #2:

They look kind of like a donut.

But they tasted like sand.

I may have shed a tear, but I quickly wiped my eyes, and tried AGAIN!

3rd time a charm right?

Test #3:

Baked Banana Donut with Dark Chocolate Drizzle & Coconut…


Major Fail.

What am I doing wrong??

Too dry, too sandy, not fluffy, and airy…

Not fried??

I am totally bummed because I was hoping to have an amazing donut recipe to share, but instead I am just going to have to settle..

Disappointing, am I right? ๐Ÿ™‚

You see, I made these back in December during Christmas time, and for some reason I never shared the recipe. Maybe it’s because every time I look at the pictures, they give me ideas. Bad Ideas. Ideas that make me want to sit in pool full of melted dark chocolate while eating a chocolate covered chocolate bar, as I continue sipping a chocolate smoothie.

Like I said.

Bad Ideas.

Vegan Chocolate Tart w/ Maple Almond Crust


(For tart)

2 cups raw almonds

3 TB maple syrup + 2 TB maple syrup

1 cup dates (pits removed)(maybe ๐Ÿ™‚

1/2 tsp. salt.

1 tsp. cinnamon

1 tsp. vanilla

Directions: (for tart)

1. Set oven to 325. Take a baking sheet fitted with baking mat, and put almonds on sheet. Coat almonds with the 3 TB maple syrup. Make sure all almonds are coated.

2. Roast in oven for 15 min, stirring about ever 5 min.

3. Once almonds are done, let cool.

4. In a food processor, add all the rest of the ingredients, and process until crumbly, yet mixture sticks.

* note-I forgot about how much dates I used here, so I am kinda guessing, but If your need to add more dates then do so and please let me know!*

5. Press mixture into mini tart pans and dehydrate for about an hour @ 105. If you don’t have a dehydrator, use oven at lowest temp setting, and bake for 30 minutes.


(for chocolate filling)(Recipe from Fitnessista)

2 1/2 cups soaked raw cashews

1 1/2 cups double dutch dark cocoa powder(or reg cocoa powder)

1 cup maple Syrup

1/2 cup honey (or agave)

1/2 tsp. sea salt

1 tsp. vanilla

1/3 cup water

3/4 cup melted coconut oil

Directions for chocolate filling:

*follow exactly*

1. Soak cashews in water for at least 30 min to an hour. Then in a vitamix, or high processing blender add cashews (w/o water), maple syrup, honey, vanilla, sea salt, and water. Blend all together until smooth and creamy.

2. Then add in cocoa powder and blend until creamy, with NO lumps.

3. Then add in coconut oil, and puree until smooth.

4. Pour filling into prepared tart pans, and set in freezer for at least an hour so tart will set.

Heaven Tarts. That’s what they should be called..

The best thing I ever ate tarts.

If I could choose one food item to take with me on a deserted island tarts.

You get the idea.

I couldn’t stop eating the filling!

Neither could baby boo..


It’s definitely a splurge dessert. It’s very rich and very filling.

But hey, I have never been one to complain about rich or filling desserts.

The richer the better..

A wise saying for choice of dessert…as well as men.. ๐Ÿ™‚

And with every bite..

I can assure you a moment of pure happiness.

Let me put it this way…

It doesn’t even compare to a Banana Baked Donut.

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  1. Everything in this post – even your alleged “fails” – look absolutely amazing. Are you suuuuure those donuts are fails, and you’re not just holding out on us?! Because they look fab ๐Ÿ˜‰
    But the tarts; wow. I’ve had raw pudding before and loved it, though it was slightly different than this. Combined with that tart crust? Yep. Heaven tarts sounds like a good name ๐Ÿ˜‰

  2. How in the world can you call that a fail?! :O I want to eat them all! You are a cooking master. Please invite me over for dinner. ๐Ÿ˜‰

  3. I’m sorry that you didn’t have a successful donut baking experience! But those chocolate tarts!!! Wow ๐Ÿ™‚ They look SOOOOOO good.

  4. Oh my, those tarts look amaaaaazing. The donuts do too actually. I’m totally trying blueberries in my banana bread next time. Because I love blueberries, not that they could ever replace chocolate ๐Ÿ˜€

  5. I so would take a chocolate tart over a banana baked doughnut any day.

    Of course unless it was cream filled with chocolate topping ๐Ÿ™‚

  6. Saw this on foodgawker, the tart looks so good! so do the donuts! i’ve been wanting to get a donut pan for so long! love ur pictures.

  7. I’m forever going to be obsessed with your blog. its totally already happened. I read your stories and posts and feel like you are my long lost bff. so creepy. sorry. I just love your writing and the funny photos and recipes are just fab too =)


  8. I think you ended up making the right choice! The tarts look insanely good. ๐Ÿ™‚

    Once upon a time I had a good recipe for baked banana doughnuts… I’ll look for it when I get home and pass it along if I can find it.

  9. Im making your chocolate tark tomorrow ๐Ÿ˜€ Cant wait!!!

  10. Hi, I think I may know of a recipe that you could use for your donuts.. It’s a recipe for banana bread that I have used a few times ((I use only 1/4 cup Agave as my sweeetener and extra banana is good, too :):)!!)) with great results!! Also, it actually makes the house smell like Sticky-Toffee Pudding!! Plus, even my non-healthy boyfriend and Dad loved it eack time!! So, I highly recommend this to.. anyone!!..

    ((P.S. This is NOT my website))

  11. Wow! I made this as a Happy Birthday / Merry Christmas / Feel Better present for a gluten intolerant friend (also former professional chef) and we were both blown away! So decadent! Rich! Amazing!

    Not having a high speed blender, I left the crust portion a bit corser than how flour might be and I think it worked beautifully! Also, you don’t need a high speed (ie high quality) blender for the filling. It came out smooth and delicious with my lil’ Cuisinart.

    I wouldn’t change a thing. Great job! Thanks! I’ll let my Pinterest followers know. ^_^

    • Thank you so much for sharing all that information Jo, I am so happy to hear you were able to enjoy this with your friend!!
      Thanks again for your support!


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