One of my favourite summer foods are fresh berries! One of our favourite summer family activities is berry picking; be it at our local raspberry or blueberry orchard, going down to the river to pick wild blackberries, or simply picking strawberries from our own patch.
Years ago I would rush to my kitchen with my fresh berries, add sugar and create a blackberry pie or fresh raspberry ice cream. Now that I’m more informed about my food choices, I limit cooking with sugar, flour and butter. My favourite thing to make with our freshly picked berries is …
Raw berry tart!
Now, I’m hoping that more people will enjoy this tasty treat!
The beauty about this recipe, is that by not cooking the ingredients, you are maximising the nutrients in food. My personal favourite for this recipe is strawberries, but you can experiment with different berries. The best thing is: it’s easier than making a normal tart, cheesecake or berry pie!
1-½ cups dates
1-½ cups coconut
¼ cup cacao nibs
2-½ cups raw cashews (soaked and drained)
¾ cup of melted raw virgin coconut oil
3 cups berries of your choice
Juice and rind of 2 limes and 1 lemon
1-½ cups dried cranberries (soaked and drained)
Dash of sweetener of choice - my favourite is real maple syrup
Soak and drain dates, blend well with coconut then add cacao nibs. Blend again to mix. Press into a round springform tin 20 cm in diameter. Place into freezer while you make the topping.
A note about the base: my favourite super easy base is simply dates and coconut. You can then experiment by adding ground nuts or seeds of your choice. The cacao nibs gives it a delightful crunch and toasty flavour as well as a super-food boost.
Process cashews and melted coconut oil until smooth. Add remainder of ingredients and process until smooth and creamy. Place on top of base and place in freezer or refrigerate until firm.
I would love to hear about your results! Contact me with your pictures, questions, ideas - anything at all! And if you run out of time to make it yourself, you can come and try it at the café; Reality Bites Cafe & Kitchen in Gables Arcade Rangiora.
Have a delicious berry season!