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No-Bake Chocolate Raspberry Tart

Serves 16

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    Tarts are timeless, and a good tart is always a people-pleaser. And who doesn’t love something with chocolate in any form? This classic tart is so easy to make with fresh fruit and hints of orange in a delicious chocolate crust. Once firm, it cuts like a dream into 16 easy slices.

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    This remarkable tart lends itself well to a bevy of flavours. We conjoined raspberries with chocolate and orange in our tart. But you can stretch the boundaries with all sorts of fruits such as mango, pineapple, and papaya. If you’re longing to go somewhere tropical but the opportunity has scooted away, make this timely tart and fill it with the flavours of the tropics.   

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    No-Bake Chocolate Raspberry Tart

      Ingredients

      Crust
      • 1 cup (250 mL) Medjool dates, pitted
      • 1 cup (250 mL) toasted walnut pieces
      • 1/4 cup (60 mL) unsweetened cocoa powder
      • 1/8 tsp (0.5 mL) sea salt
      • 1 oz (30 g) dark chocolate, melted
      Filling
      • 2 cups (500 mL) frozen raspberries, thawed
      • 1 Tbsp (15 mL) maple syrup
      • 1 tsp (5 mL) finely grated orange zest
      • 1 tsp (5 mL) vanilla
      • 2 Tbsp (30 mL) chia seeds
      • 1 oz (30 g) dark chocolate, melted
      • 1 1/2 cups (350 mL) assorted fresh fruit of choice such as sliced kiwi, fresh raspberries, blackberries, and blueberries (optional)
      • Pinch of flaked salt (optional)

      Nutrition

      Per serving:

      • calories184
      • protein4 g
      • total fat8 g
        • sat. fat1 g
      • total carbohydrates28 g
        • sugars22 g
        • fibre4 g
      • sodium28 mg

      Directions

      01

      Generously oil high-sided 8 in (20 cm) tart pan with removable bottom. Set aside.

      02

      In bowl, soak pitted dates in boiling water for 10 or 15 minutes until softened. Drain well. Reserve liquid for smoothies if you wish. Lightly blot dates dry and cut into halves. Place in food processor fitted with metal blade along with toasted walnuts, cocoa, and sea salt. Pulse until ingredients are fully blended and begin to clump together. Transfer to oiled tart pan and press out with fingertips into an even thickness across the base and up the sides of pan.

      03

      Melt chocolate in small microwave-safe dish in 30-second increments, stirring until pourable. Drizzle onto bottom of prepared crust and, using offset spatula or back side of a spoon, spread chocolate evenly over bottom of tart shell. Transfer pan to freezer. While crust hardens, make filling.

      04

      In medium saucepan combine thawed raspberries, maple syrup, orange zest, and vanilla. Cook over medium-low heat, stirring until it begins to simmer, and raspberries break down. Remove from heat and keep stirring to slightly cool. Transfer to blender. Whirl until almost smooth. Return to saucepan and stir in chia seeds. Set aside and cool to room temperature.

      05

      When raspberry filling is cooled, spread evenly in partially frozen chocolate tart shell. Return to the freezer for 45 minutes to fully set. Then remove to refrigerator. Cover until just before serving.

      06

      To serve, pop base from sides of tart pan. Place chocolate in microwavable small bowl and heat for 30 seconds. Stir and repeat in 10-second increments until melted. If adding fresh fruit, arrange over top of raspberry filling. Drizzle with melted chocolate. Garnish with flaked salt, if you wish.

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