It's fiiiiiinally December which means Christmas is just around the corner and I AM SO EXCITED. You know how some people just love Christmas? Yep, that's me. I think it's such a special time of year and this year it's even more special because I'm going back to the UK to visit my friends and family!
Butttt before I go I had to find some time to do some baking. Baking relaxes me - I kind of go into my own little world and I absolutely love it. Especially when it's Christmas time because I LOVE Christmas flavours - chocolate orange is my favourite. So that is why I've made this chocolate orange tart.
Don't like chocolate orange? Just leave out the orange and it'll be a normal chocolate tart! With a special magic ingredient of course..
Oh and the whole recipe is gluten-free (GF), dairy-free (DF), nut-free (NF) and refined sugar-free (RSF) AND full of healthy fats... what more could you want?!
- 150g (2 cups) rolled oats
- 2 tbsp cacao powder
- 4 tbsp coconut oil
- 1 tbsp honey
- 75g dates, pitted
- 1 tsp cinnamon
- 200g (1 large) barely ripe avocado
- 4 tbsp cacao powder
- 4 tbsp honey
- 4 squares Lindt 70% dark chocolate
- 6 squares Loving Earth dark chocolate (or 2 more Lindt squares)
1) Preheat oven to 180 degrees and grease your tart tin with coconut oil
2) Blend the oats in a food processor until they resemble a flour. Then add the remaining base ingredients and blend again until well combined
3) Press the base mixture into the greased tin until it is even and covers the bottom and sides of the tin
4) Bake for 25-30 mins or until it is starting to brown
5) Whilst the base is cooking, prepare the filling. Start by blending the avocado, cacao, honey and coconut oil in the food processor
6) Melt the chocolate (I used a microwave but be careful not to burn the chocolate), add to the food processor and blend again
7) If using, add the orange zest and juice and blend again. Taste to check - depending on your taste you might want to add a bit more cacao or honey (depending how sweet you like it)
8) Once cooked, remove the tart base from the oven and leave to cool completely before pouring the filling mixture on top and spreading evenly
9) Add any toppings you want - I chose shredded coconut and raspberries for a Christmassy feel
I worked out the macros and calories for this based on 12 servings BUT realistically it can serve a lot more that that - probably around 16 small slices. However, these are the macros per serving when divided by 12:
These might vary depending on what brands you use but it's a rough estimate (not that we even NEED to count calories, especially at Christmas because calories don't count... but still).