14 Dec 2018 Roberta Nelson RECIPE: Raw Christmas cashew tart 5968 views 1 min to read Enjoy this recipe for a festive, cashew cream tart to bring on the holidays in good health. Everyday healthRecipes Share Share on Facebook Share on Twitter Share on Pinterest Share on Linkedin 0 comments This raw cashew tart is lusciously smooth and creamy with notes of a Christmas pudding all while being completely raw, vegan, gluten-free and made only from whole food ingredients. The tart itself has a few components to it, which take a bit of forethought so read through the recipe and plan ahead. It will be well worth your time. The base is a combination of almonds, shredded coconut and a touch of caramel maple syrup. The mixture provides a crunchy, chewy alternative to a pastry base and is exceptionally easy to prepare. Almonds and coconut contain healthy fats making this base a sustaining and nourishing one which you can’t have too much of. Related content 7 superfoods for digestion How to eat a healthy vegan diet The cashew nut filling is just like rich and creamy custard yet only made from nutrition-dense and extremely good for you foods. Cashews are known for their magnesium and zinc content putting them on the top of the foods that do wonders for your skin. The additional antioxidants found in both the orange juice and orange zest including vitamin C make this Christmas treat a definite ‘glow’ food. At a time when eating can become overly indulgent and heavy, this tart can serve as a light and bright plant-based break from all the other foods that entice you over the Christmas period. Download the recipe Raw Christmas cashew tart Dairy free, gluten free, refined sugar free Vegan, raw Makes 1 large tart that will serve between 8-10 people Ingredients Base 1½cups whole almonds ½ cup unsweetened shredded coconut A pinch fine sea salt 2 tbsp. maple syrup or preferred sweetener Filling 1 ¾ cups raw cashews, soaked in cool water for 4-12 hours (or covered in boiling water and soaked 1-2 hours) 2 tbsp. finely ground chia seed Zest from 3 oranges ¾ cup orange juice Pinch fine sea salt ½ cup + 2 tbsp. maple syrup or preferred sweetener ¼ cup water, cool 1 ½ cups mixed dried fruit including peel and glacé cherries ¾ cup coconut oil, melted and cooled Topping 2 small cans coconut cream (around 160ml), chilled in the fridge for at least 2 hours 2 tbsp. maple syrup or preferred sweetener 1 tsp vanilla extract Orange zest Grated dark chocolate Cherries How to make Place the almonds, coconut and sea salt into your blender or food processor and blitz into a fine flour. Add the maple syrup one tablespoon at a time, pulsing as you add each one. Then add the coconut oil in the same manner. Continue pulsing the mixture until it comes together. You can test to see if it’s sticky enough by pressing it between your fingers - if it sticks together and holds it’s ready. Press the base into a 20cm tart tin, pressing down firmly along the bottom and the sides. Place the base in the fridge while you prepare the filling Clean out your blender or food processor bowl and dry it out. Drain and rinse the cashews and then add them to the bowl along with the ground chia seeds, orange zest, orange juice, salt and sweetener. Blitz the mixture starting on slow speed and increasing it as the nuts break down, then keep on a high speed for 1-2 minutes to make the mixture smooth and creamy. Then, add the water in increments while it’s still mixing to get the nice and silky. When it’s done, fold through the dried fruit and coconut oil until everything is thoroughly combined. Then pour the filling into the base and smooth it out so it’s even. Return the tart to the fridge to set for at least 4 hours up to overnight To make the coconut cream topping, gently open your coconut cream cans without tilting or shaking them. Scoop out top firm layer of coconut cream into a bowl (you don’t want the liquid part as it will thin out the cream), add the maple syrup and vanilla then whisk the topping mixture together until it forms soft peaks. You can choose to do this in a stand mixer if you would prefer. Spread the topping over the tart, sprinkle with orange zest, grated dark chocolate and cherries then place the tart in the fridge for another 30 minutes or so to let the topping harden up To serve, remove the tart from its tin and transfer it to a cake stand or serving plate. Use a sharp knife to cut through the tart and serve it immediately with extra cherries on the side. Return the tart to the fridge to keep it cool while it’s not being eaten Roberta's tips This tart will last up to one week stored in an airtight container in the fridge. Alternatively, you can freeze the tart without the topping on it and make the coconut cream when you’re ready to enjoy it Download the recipe Roberta of Naturo Medico is a Naturopathic Practitioner who specialises in preventative care and women’s health. From her Melbourne-based clinic, Roberta sees women of all ages wanting to meet their own health goals and assists them on their path with personalised treatments specific to their needs. Alongside practice, Roberta shares healthful and nutrient-rich recipes with her readers who inspire her to continue educating on what health and wellbeing means and how it can be achieved. Follow @naturomedico on Instagram for more healthy eating inspiration!