No-Bake Chocolate Pudding Mini Tarts

October 10, 2011 at 3:56 pm 16 comments

I’ve mentioned it before but I love anything miniature. There’s something about making mini cakes, cookies, tarts and pies that make me smile. It also means that having 2 or 3 is completely acceptable (in my book at least)!

Just look how cute!?!

This recipe is adapted from my chocolate avocado pudding with cacao nibs and it works perfectly as a pie or tart filling. This is a basic raw chocolate pudding filling but you can add extracts, spices, nut butter or other flavorings to suite your taste. As for the raw crusts, use your favorite nut and your preference of dried fruit to help bind the mixture together. I’ve tried different combinations previously with yummy results – pecans and dates, almonds and raisins, peanuts and dates- but the combination pictured below is dried fig and almonds. I love the texture of dried figs but use whichever fruit you like best!

No-Bake Chocolate Pudding Mini Tarts 

Ingredients

For Crust 

2/3 cup nuts of choice (almonds, pecans, cashews, walnuts, peanuts, hazelnuts)
4 medjool dates OR 4 dried figs OR 6-7 prunes OR 1/3 cup raisins*  (dates have  neutral flavors while others are more distinct)
3 Tbsp shredded coconut
sprinkle of hot water (to help bind)

For Chocolate Pudding Filling

2 ripes avocados
1 tsp pure vanilla extract
5 – 7 Tbsp cacao powder, cocoa powder or carob powder  to taste (carob will produce a slight coffee flavor)
2-4 Tbsp honey, maple syrup or agave to taste OR 1 banana (but will have a slight banana flavor)
several shakes of ground cinnamon, optional
6- 10 drops Vanilla stevia drops (or more honey, maple syrup or agave) to taste
pinch of sea salt

Garnish
shredded coconut or coconut flakes
mini chocolate chips or cacao nibs

other topping ideas: fresh or dried fruit, chopped nuts, whipped cream, ground cinnamon, orange/lemon/lime zest, shaved chocolate

Directions

To prepare crusts 
1. Line a mini muffin pan with plastic wrap.
2. Combine all ingredients in a food processor and pulse until a thick mixture forms into a ball. If the mixture seems too try and isn’t coming together, add another sprinkle of water and pulse again.
3. Divide mixture into 12 balls and press into the plastic-wrap lined muffin pan along bottom and sides to create a crust/shell. To avoid the mixture sticking to your hands, use another sheet of plastic wrap to evenly spread and form the crust.
4. Refrigerate for 15-20 minutes (helps harden the mixture slightly). Meanwhile prepare filling.
5. Working one at a time, carefully remove the crusts by pulling on the plastic wrap and set the crusts on a baking sheet or plate then set aside.

To prepare filling
1. In a food processor, add all ingredients and puree until well combined and smooth.
2. Spoon mixture into prepared tart shells and refrigerate for an hour or more to let flavors blend. Garnish with shredded coconut and cacao nibs/chocolate chips and enjoy!

Makes about 12 tarts

*Recipes Notes: Use dates for a more neutral and less pronounced flavor; figs, prunes and raisins all more discernible flavors but are equally delicious!

Flavor Ideas and Combinations

  • Chocolate-Peanut Tart: Use peanuts and dates for the crust, use honey or agave for the sweetener and add a spoonful of creamy peanut butter to filling (optional). Top with crushed peanuts and chocolate or carob chips.
  • Banana-Chocolate Tart: Use cashews and dates for the crust, use bananas in place of the sweetener in the filling and top with crushed banana chips.
  • Maple-Raisin-Chocolate Tart: Use pecans and raisins for the crust; Use maple syrup for the sweetener and include cinnamon in the filling. Top with raisins or chocolate covered raisins.
  • Carob-Almond: use almonds and dates for the crust, use carob powder for the cocoa, agave or honey for the sweetener in the filling. Top with a carob-covered almond, carob chips or sliced/chopped almonds.
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16 Comments Add your own

  • 1. Cara  |  October 11, 2011 at 9:15 am

    Ohmygosh, you are so adorable I could just scream!!! These look AMAZING and I don’t understand why everyone and their mother haven’t already commented, professing their undying culinary love for you :)

    Reply
    • 2. naturalnoshing  |  October 12, 2011 at 11:45 am

      AWWW You are SO sweet Cara! You too are absolutely adorable and I’d like to give you a HUGE hug :) plus your comment made me laugh and smile, I am loving your Halloween-inspired posts! I need to get with it and be creative in the kitchen!

      Reply
  • 3. Sonia The Healthy Foodie  |  October 11, 2011 at 8:16 pm

    WOW!!!! OMG, this looks AMAZING! I want one, no, forget it, I want two, now! This is soooooo going on my Must Try List. What gorgeous pictures too, you’ve outdone yourself, miss Nora! I am in total awe!

    Reply
    • 4. naturalnoshing  |  October 12, 2011 at 11:47 am

      THANK YOU Sonia! :) You are too kind! You beautiful photography is inspiring me to improve – I look up to your blog, in content, photography and writing!

      Reply
      • 5. Sonia The Healthy Foodie  |  October 12, 2011 at 6:36 pm

        Thank you Nora. Know that the feeling is quite mutual! :)

      • 6. naturalnoshing  |  October 13, 2011 at 1:40 pm

        Aww thanks Sonia!

  • 7. Lindsay  |  October 12, 2011 at 6:47 pm

    Yummy and adorable! I love no-bake things like this every once in a while (when I don’t feel like actually baking). :)

    Reply
    • 8. naturalnoshing  |  October 13, 2011 at 1:40 pm

      Thanks Lindsay! I love to have a combo of baked and no-bake treats – esp when I don’t want to heat up the oven :)

      Reply
  • 9. Sherilyn @ Wholepromise  |  October 13, 2011 at 8:06 pm

    These look so good… I just want to grab one out of the photo and try it.

    Reply
    • 10. naturalnoshing  |  October 15, 2011 at 10:23 am

      Thanks Sherilyn! They are as good as they look too :)

      Reply
  • 11. Florenti Mihalteanu  |  December 24, 2011 at 9:09 am

    Merry Christmas!your recipe made me happy and inspired me alot. all combinations based on almonds taste amazing,it is exactly what i dreamed of last 7 days :))

    Reply
    • 12. naturalnoshing  |  December 26, 2011 at 7:39 pm

      Merry Christmas to you too Florenti! I am thrilled to hear this recipe inspired your almond creations and that it made you happy – that in turn makes me happy too!! :)

      Reply
  • 13. Shilpa M Shinde  |  January 30, 2012 at 10:43 pm

    These are adorable… I happened to read your blog quite by chance… Love the posts… Have added you to my blogroll so will be visiting often….

    Oh and I will definitely be trying a variation of these soon…

    Reply
    • 14. naturalnoshing  |  January 31, 2012 at 6:11 pm

      Thanks so much Shilpa! You just made my day! I hope you enjoy these little bites as much I do!

      Reply
  • 15. ahimsatribe  |  June 26, 2013 at 4:45 pm

    Perfect for feeding 20 odd yoga students! Thankyou for the inspiration! ! I’ll be making it this weekend :)

    Reply
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