Mini Key Lime, Avocado Tarts

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Adapted Hemsley & Hemsley recipe

As a lot of you may know from following me on Instagram, I’ve been suffering quite badly from migraines for the past week or so, due to the exertion of going down to Cornwall I think. I wasn’t well enough to make it out at all last week or do any baking and so by the weekend I felt very deflated and frustrated. I wanted to feel like I’d achieved something, other than making it through each day (which I know is a big achievement but still). Mum kindly offered to help me bake something as I couldn’t really manage on my own, so that is what we did Saturday morning :)

I have made these tarts before but I wanted to perfect the recipe before I shared it with you. These tarts are rich, tart, creamy and totally satisfying! And, whats more … they are made with completely natural ingredients and packed full of vitamins and healthy fats! They’re vegan, gluten free and sugar free! How can they be creamy if they’re dairy free?? Because of the magic that is avocados! Yep. Avocados. You would never guess though because the avocado taste is undetectable, they just make the filling rich and silky! This is the perfect summer desert!

Ingredients

For the base:
65g pecans
25g desiccated coconut
35g cacao nibs
90g pitted dates
1 1/2 tbsp coconut oil, melted

For the filling:
3 ripe avocados
100ml lime juice (roughly 5 limes)
85 ml coconut oil, melted
Zest of 1 lime
95g honey

Instructions

Preheat the oven to Gas mark 3.

Place the pecans and coconut on a baking-tray and bake in the oven for eight minutes, until toasted.

Add the pecans and coconut to a food processor along with rest of the base ingredients. Process until the mixture is crumbly  and sticks together when pressed between fingers.

Line the bases of 8 small tart tins with baking-paper and tip some of the base mixture into each one – adding roughly the same amount to each. Press the base down firmly with the back of a plastic spoon. Transfer the tart tins to the fridge while you make the filling.

Add all of the filling ingredients to the food processor and blend until the mixture is completely smooth. Check for taste – add more lime juice or honey according to preference, but it’s best to keep this nice and tangy. Remove the tins from the fridge and pour some of the filling into each one. I filled mine right to the top. Put the tins back in the fridge for several hours or over night.

When the tarts are ready, push the bases up from the bottom. Transfer to a plate, decorate with a slice of line and serve. I had one last night with a dollop of Coyo yoghurt. Delicious :)

 

12 Comments

  1. cloudthyme September 8, 2014 / 2:46 pm

    Yumm, what a delicious blend of flavors! Love avocado in my treats :)

    • spooniesophia September 9, 2014 / 2:46 pm

      Avocado is amazing on deserts isn’t it..so creamy! Thanks xx

  2. berrystylegirl September 8, 2014 / 3:30 pm

    So yummy! I rare do baking, but this should try. Thank you for sharing and send you warmth and love:)

    • spooniesophia September 17, 2014 / 1:00 pm

      You should definitely give them a go Polina, I promise you’ll love them! Sending you warmth and love right back xx

  3. thefruitbats September 8, 2014 / 9:07 pm

    Such an amazing idea! They look amazing :) hope you feel better soon xx

  4. lennae87 September 10, 2014 / 12:25 pm

    Oh my goodness these look and sound amazing! Yum!!!

  5. Hayley-Eszti September 13, 2014 / 1:39 am

    They are so cute! I’ve never tried anything like these before, they sound really interesting though!

    • spooniesophia September 17, 2014 / 12:57 pm

      Hehe they are really scrummy Hayley! The perfect summer desert. Xx

  6. Dreamy Leaf September 13, 2014 / 1:44 am

    Wow, funny I stumbled onto this today. I was just eyeing a a slice of key lime pie at an event and wishing they served a “clean” version of it. Thanks for the recipe.

    Avocados are a brilliant idea. They can often replace butter and cream. And here I bet they help with that gorgeous lime color too. Awesome.

    • spooniesophia September 17, 2014 / 12:55 pm

      No problem!! Avocados are brilliant in deserts yes, they give a lovely velvety creamy texture, plus they’re so nutritious with all of their healthy fats :) I hope you enjoy it if you make it!!

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