July 1, 2015 62

Raw Chocolate Tart with a Cashew Coffee Crust

Raw Chocolate Tart with Cashew Crust | @withfoodandlove

Every year, around the end of May, I have a nervous breakdown about my summer plans because I want to do everything. I want to go on every road trip, have every picnic, swim in every ocean. Go on every hike, shop at every market, eat on every patio, throw barbecues every night, and visit all of my friends and family in every state and in every country.

Daydreaming about the summer tends to consume me, and it has especially done so since moving to the Midwest. But two things are different this year, and I’ve decided to take my summer planning a bit more seriously because of it.

The first. Everything is new to me here in the middle of the country. St. Louis, the Mississippi, and like the eight states {yes, 8!!} that border Missouri. My time here is limited, I don’t know how many more summers I’ll be around to adventure here. And, the Midwest is proving to be quite beautiful, lush and green and even pretty magical at times. They say there is plenty of water here, I haven’t seen much yet, but I’ll be spending a lot of my time trying to discover where it’s at. I miss the coast and my life on the water so much – the Jersey shore {never thought I’d say that}, the Cape and the Finger Lakes.

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The second. Because Chris works in aviation now, I fly standby. Everywhere, I, go. Which is of course a really beautiful thing. I can literally go to any airport on any given day and hop on any plane and go anywhere in the world. I’m acutely aware that this privilege allows me to travel as often as I want, visiting people and places I may not have been able to see ordinarily. And, I’m very grateful for this.

But! With flying standby comes one great disadvantage, the inability to have any real control over your travel plans. You must stay flexible, be open to change, and be totally okay with not making it somewhere you had your heart set on. You can map out a whole summer full of vacations and weekends away, but when you go to the airport and the flight you want to get on is oversold, you might not be going where you thought or even anywhere at all. Things we’ve learned by flying standby. If you must be somewhere really important, you must buy a ticket, as painful as that seems. And you should make some backup plans, lots of backup plans and alternative destinations.

I was reading this post about making a summer bucket list – setting your warm month intentions, being realistic, while challenging yourself and planning for the unexpected. And even though I’ve always kinda hated the idea of making a bucket list, I do love list making. It helps me stay focused and feel in control, two things I struggle with a lot. And this summer, I want to be easy on myself, but still do as much as I can, but know I can’t do it all, and be cool with that.

So here goes…

A trip back to Cape Cod, the place I am most happy.

Visit my family in New York.

Travel back to Kansas City by train, and drink more coffee.

Go stand-up paddleboarding at least four times.

Take a short trip to a nearby city. Chicago or Nashville or Memphis?

Take a trip for my birthday in August, maybe to the desert.

Enjoy, and explore my neighborhood. More movies + picnics + bike rides.

This post is brought to you by Lavazza, it’s post #2 of our four part series together. Catch the first post I did for them here. I used their Gran Selezione blend, in this raw chocolate tart’s coffee crust. And, I have a $20 giftcard to give to one of you guys! All you have to do is visit this link, and then leave me a comment below telling me a thing or two on your summer bucket list. Giveaway will close at noon Central time on July 13. It is open to anyone in the world, winner will be chosen at random, and notified by mail.

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Raw Chocolate Tart
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Soaking the cashews makes for a creamier, smoother filling, but you can skip this step if you didn't plan ahead. The tart can be left plain, or topped with little bits. Drop down to the bottom of the page in the notes section for more suggestions!
Makes: 10 slices
  • 1 cup cacao or raw cacao powder
  • 1 cup full fat or light coconut milk
  • 1½ cup raw cashews, soaked for 1 - 2 hours
  • ¼ cup raw honey or 3 tablespoons maple syrup
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • ½ teaspoon sea salt
  • cashew coffee crust {see below}
  1. Combine all of the ingredients in a food processor and blend until completely smooth.
  2. This could take a few minutes, set aside when done.
  3. Pour the filling into the crust and chill for one hour.
  4. Serve chilled or at room temperature.
Cashew Coffee Crust
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You can leave out the coffee if you prefer by simply doubling the cocoa powder amount.
Makes: 1 crust
  • 1½ cups raw cashews
  • 1 tablespoon finely ground coffee
  • 2 teaspoons cocoa or cacao powder
  • ¼ teaspoon sea salt
  • 2 tablespoons coconut oil
  • ½ tablespoon maple syrup
  1. Combine all of the ingredients in a food processor and pulse until it is finely ground and starts to form a ball.
  2. Press the crust mixture into the bottom of a tart pan or if you don't have a tart pan.
  3. Fill as instructed above.
This tart would be wonderful topped with the following:
cacao nibs
sea salt
toasted coconut
coconut whip

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This post is sponsored by Lavazza; all opinions are my own.

62 Responses to "Raw Chocolate Tart with a Cashew Coffee Crust"

  1. Reply

    Kelsey R

    July 1, 2015 at 10:47 AM

    This summer I want to do as much hiking and camping as I possibly can! I miss it so much in the winter – and snow hikes just aren’t the same.

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    July 1, 2015 at 10:49 AM

    Your bucket list looks like a blast! Travelling in the summer is so fun and looks like you’re gearing up for an action-packed memorable next few months.

    Lately, I’ve been allll about the no-bake desserts and this chocolate tart looks amazing! So healthful and rich! I must make it soon!

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    Katrina @ Warm Vanilla Sugar

    July 1, 2015 at 11:32 AM

    Holy smokes, that crust is BAD ASS!! I love this tart :)

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    July 1, 2015 at 11:47 AM

    number one on my summer bucket list is to get a dog! everything else can wait. :)

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    July 1, 2015 at 12:26 PM

    That crust looks amazing! As for summer goals, I am jealous of all the traveling you want/can do. It’s funny though, one of my summer bucket list items is to go paddle boarding and try yoga on a paddle board!

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    July 1, 2015 at 12:43 PM

    An awesome bucket list and a stunning recipe. Thanks for sharing

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    July 1, 2015 at 1:36 PM

    lots of swimming on lake michigan is on my bucket list….. if it ever warms up!!!!

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    July 1, 2015 at 1:52 PM

    Spending as much time on the beaches along the lake shore trail is number one on my list. Picnics and hikes are close seconds!

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    July 1, 2015 at 2:10 PM

    My goal this summer is to hike to the top of Mt. Washington, NH :)

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    Sarah | Well and Full

    July 1, 2015 at 2:12 PM

    NO WAY you go to Seymour Pond? I’ve summered down the road in Chatham ever since I was born! Cape Cod is my favorite place in the summer as well :) (PS – this tart = life. That is all.)

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      July 6, 2015 at 8:33 PM

      Wait, you go to Seymour Pond too? I love that. Even most Cape Cod natives don’t know about that little secret gem. Small world!!

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    Rebecca @ Strength and Sunshine

    July 1, 2015 at 2:13 PM

    One thing I want to do this summer is serve a fancy dinner to my family, outside, and just cherish some quiet time together to finally connect!

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    Erica D.

    July 1, 2015 at 4:18 PM

    This is SUCH a beautiful post. Thank you for sharing!

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    Alison H.

    July 1, 2015 at 4:59 PM

    We are vacationing in Banff this year! I am really wanting to do some hiking in the beautiful area!

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    Lindsay Patterson

    July 1, 2015 at 5:03 PM

    I wish summers were like they were when we were little. That feeling of excitement on the last day of school.. When that bell rang or when you heard the last “all walkers may now be excused” of the year, you knew you had endless amounts of time to spend outside with your friends…. But sadly I am an adult and therefor I work over the summer.
    However, on my days off and on my vacation days I plan to utilize my time and the beautiful weather wisely! Next week I am going “home” to NY! I will see all my friends from massena and college and I’m pumped!
    On my weekends and days off I am wanting to learn how to rock climb and hike more. I also want to start making more of an online presence with my new business!

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    July 1, 2015 at 5:13 PM

    On my bucket list this year is to enter an apple pie contest that we are supposed to use local apples!!!

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    July 1, 2015 at 6:03 PM

    My husband and I just moved to a beautiful old house in a small old Texas city, so first on the list is to get unpacked and settled in. After that I want to plan a garden and find some fun places to swim.

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    July 1, 2015 at 6:06 PM

    PS. I am happy to know about Lavazza. I am experimenting with drip coffee and want to try theirs.

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    Christine // my natural kitchen

    July 1, 2015 at 7:21 PM

    This tart looks delicious and I love that it’s so quick to make – an hour to chill is super quick! This summer is already jam-packed with weddings and trips – all things that will be super fun, but I’m worried that we’ll be so busy that I won’t enjoy them. So, my plan for the summer is to slow down, enjoy all the awesome things coming up, and also to make sure we do some of the “small things” that make summer so great: picnics, going to the beach, drinking wine on the patio, and hosting at least a couple bbq parties!

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    July 1, 2015 at 7:53 PM

    I want to get away to the beach with my spouse and our little one. I’m going to make this tart first, though!

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    Dana S

    July 1, 2015 at 8:02 PM

    I want to host a dinner party on my new rooftop, and I want to get back to my long distance runs after my injury sidelined me the last few months

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    July 1, 2015 at 8:49 PM

    Visiting the coastal cities I haven’t yet visited around Korea!

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    Emily S.

    July 1, 2015 at 9:12 PM

    This summer, I want to try water skiing for the first time!

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    Amanda F

    July 1, 2015 at 9:58 PM

    This recipe looks amazing! Can’t wait to try it out. My summer bucket list is simple – do whatever I can outdoors! Hiking, biking, kayaking, lazing (in the shade for me, I burn easily!)

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    lynsey | lynseylovesfood

    July 2, 2015 at 8:26 AM

    oh i feel you with the “do everything” – i feel like summer is full of so much everything that i want to do before the snow falls!! I think on my bucket list though i want to include party with this tart… i will invite others ;)


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    July 2, 2015 at 10:06 AM

    Read lots of books and spend time outside!

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    June @ How to Philosophize with Cake

    July 2, 2015 at 10:09 AM

    Oooh that looks like a fabulous tart! Love that it is raw, those kinds of desserts are always perfect in the summertime :)

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    Cindy R

    July 2, 2015 at 11:06 AM

    This summer I plan on visiting the beach at least once a week, and get some much needed relaxation. The past year has been much too stressful, with a new job, moving to a new home and still having a home for sale. Need to forget about that on occasion and just enjoy life.

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    Jessie Snyder | Faring Well

    July 2, 2015 at 4:51 PM

    I just love this. Your feelings about the Missouri summers are the same for me here in Colorado. This is my first one and I feel like there is SO much adventuring to do – I’m so excited! Cannot wait to follow along on your new discoveries and trips around MS. And this tart?! Coffee + chocolate = pure magic. Love the addition to the crust! Happy summer friend! xo

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    July 2, 2015 at 11:54 PM

    Visiting Portland is on my summer bucket list. Thanks for the giveaway! :)

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    July 3, 2015 at 3:12 AM

    I want to get a bunch of friends together for a group camping trip & I want to go sailing.

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    July 3, 2015 at 4:19 AM

    Totally making this tart at the weekend! xo

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    July 3, 2015 at 5:56 PM

    Something (always) on my summer bucket list is seeing fireworks–not just for the fourth of July, but as often as possible!

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    July 3, 2015 at 6:47 PM

    I want to host more potlucks at my apartment, and prepare lots of delicious and healthy chocolate desserts for my friends. I am also traveling to the East Coast for two weddings, and am looking forward to visiting friends and family.

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    Katie K

    July 4, 2015 at 6:05 AM

    My summer bucket list is to take control of my health…and hike more!

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    July 4, 2015 at 6:10 PM

    Swimming in the lake is on my summer bucket list this year!

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    July 5, 2015 at 7:04 AM

    Loove this!! Can’t wait to try it at home.

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    July 5, 2015 at 8:56 PM

    I want to have more play dates for my son

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    July 5, 2015 at 10:06 PM

    Being on call…you describe it so perfectly. What a rollercoaster of emotions to decide on one place and have to give it up if the flight is full. Well I do hope you get to make the most of it and fulfill your list. Even if you don’t strike them all out, you have this wonderful chocolate tart to be so proud of. You nailed it. Enjoy the midwest. I totally love ever second I get to spend there (We have family in Southern Illinois and the closest airport is STL.)

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    July 6, 2015 at 6:42 AM

    On my bucket list is to go back to Hawaii some day!

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    Lily Sheng

    July 6, 2015 at 4:52 PM

    I visited the Lavazza site for inspiration and came up with these two items on my summer bucket list:

    – make cold brew coffee!
    – make coffee flavored ice cream!

    Thanks so much for the giveaway

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    July 7, 2015 at 3:37 AM

    I’m such a list maker too. Every school holidays the lists get bigger and bigger and then I end up being sad that I didn’t get to do every single thing on it. But really the holidays are all about enjoying ourselves so this time around I’ve resolved to do exactly that. Instated of working my self into a fear-of-failing-tk-complete-everything-on-my-list induced frenzy.
    This recipe looks absolutely divine! Chocolate and coffee are a match made in heaven if you ask me.

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    July 7, 2015 at 12:06 PM

    Mmm, coffee and chocolate. :) My summer bucket is is already half-complete, after a recent family visit and a trip to the beach! Everything else is simple: drinking frosty beers in the backyard, preferably while wearing a giant sun hat and huge sunglasses, perhaps? :) Thanks for the giveaway opportunity!

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    July 8, 2015 at 9:24 AM

    Love the recipes posted by you and thoroughly enjoy your blog. With a family that have dairy, gluten and soya allergies, I am constantly looking for recipes that please every member!

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    Princess Compost

    July 9, 2015 at 12:25 AM

    Super yummy! I made the crust with a tablespoon of lavender instead of the coffee. Delicious!

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    July 10, 2015 at 3:51 PM

    My summer bucket list definitely includes a sunrise hike.

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    July 11, 2015 at 7:14 AM

    We are going to try to visit as many new saint louis parks as possible this summer. We tried out quite a few last summer and are excited to see what is out there.

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    July 11, 2015 at 9:50 AM

    I would love to go berry picking, read some great books, go on some road trips, and am looking forward to being in a friend’s wedding in August and going on a family trip at the end of next week! Hope you have a great summer. I can’t wait to try this recipe!

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    Sj Dc

    July 11, 2015 at 10:33 AM

    Picnics with my family and dog..and making the most of the seasonal produce in everyway possible!

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    July 11, 2015 at 3:34 PM

    try to escape my summer classes (med school…) and take some time to go into the city (philly!)

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    July 12, 2015 at 6:46 AM

    Do you think it would work if I substituted some other kind of milk for coconut? Any suggestions? Thanks!

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      July 12, 2015 at 10:45 AM

      Hi Katie. So, I haven’t tried it with any other milk besides coconut milk {which helps thicken the custard}, but I bet it would work with another plant-based milk and upping the amount of cashews, say to 1 3/4 cups {or even 2 cups} and a tablespoon or two of chia to help set it. Please let me know if you try this and how it comes out for you!

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    July 14, 2015 at 11:02 PM

    I made this yesterday and it tastes amazing! I added an extra tablespoon of maple syrup to satisfy my sweet tooth but this recipe is definitely a keeper. Served with berries? YUM.

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      July 15, 2015 at 4:31 PM

      Awesommmme! So glad it was a hit, I’m kind of obsessed with it because it’s so versatile. Plain, with berries, with coconut whip ;)

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    July 15, 2015 at 3:33 PM

    Coffee as in ground coffee and not liquid coffee as we drink it?

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      July 15, 2015 at 4:29 PM

      You bet Avi! 1 tablespoon of finely ground coffee beans.

  53. Reply

    Deborah @ The Harvest Kitchen

    August 17, 2015 at 1:18 PM

    I love everything about this gorgeous tart!

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    Brendon D'Souza

    February 3, 2016 at 5:09 AM

    Hi Sherrie,

    My name is Brendon and I’m a Food Blogger from Sydney, Australia. Thanks so much sharing this recipe! I’ve been looking for a vegan choc recipe to make for Easter and I think this will work a treat. Although I’m not strictly vegan (yet), I’ve been trying to incorporate more plant-based meals into my regular week. I love that you include a printable version of the recipe in your posts too!

    Keep up the great work and keep smiling!

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    June 18, 2016 at 2:11 PM

    Are the cashews in the crust raw or roasted?

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      June 18, 2016 at 2:27 PM

      Hey Jala, that’s a great question. They are also raw! I am going to indicate that in the directions, thanks for mentioning it.

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    August 31, 2016 at 6:29 AM

    Hi! Thislooks delicious! Would the recipe still taste good with roasted (instead of raw) cashews? I have a large bag I’m trying to get through! Also, can this be made a day ahead?

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      August 31, 2016 at 4:18 PM

      Hi Annie – this can be made ahead! Unfortunately though you need to use raw cashews, not roasted. In the chance you get to making it, I hope you love it as much as I do.

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