Friday, September 21, 2012

Sweet Saturday #20: Raw Chocolate Banana Tart

For today's post, I'm sharing a really yummy recipe adapted from Good Girl Gone Green's blog. She always has such delicious recipes made with mostly (if not all) raw ingredients. You should definitely go check her out!

Anyway, when she linked this recipe up to Sweet Saturday last weekend, I just had to try it. I had most of the ingredients already, and what I didn't have, I improvised. I also had 2 ripe bananas needing to be used, so I tossed those in too. It came out phenomenal! The only thing I would do in the future is add some honey into the crust because I found it a little bland, but that's just me :) Other friends who tried it said they liked it just the way it was (yes, was, because this baby is gone!).


Raw Chocolate Banana Tart
(serves 8-12)

For crust:
1 cup nuts of your choice, such as almonds or pecans (I used a combination of almonds and cashews)
2 tbsp shelled hemp seeds
2 tbsp flax seed (I used some that were already ground)
1/2 cup coconut oil
1/3 cup shredded unsweetened coconut

For filling:
2 ripe bananas 
1/2 cup raw cacao or cocoa powder (I used cocoa)
1/4 cup honey, agave, or maple syrup 
1/4 cup coconut butter or oil (I used oil)

Note: If possible, soak nuts for up to 4 hours before using. I only soaked them for about half an hour, and everything turned out fine.  

Place nuts, coconut oil, and shredded coconut into food processor and blend until it is a fine crumble. Pour crumbs into a 8' or 10' pie pan and press into the bottom of the pan to form a layer, then place into freezer to set.


Looks like a beach...

Next, melt the coconut butter or oil if it is not melted already. You can keep things raw by melting it in a food dehydrator if you have one, or placing it in a small bowl in a larger bowl of warm water. Once melted, mix the ingredients for the filling together in the food processor, except for one of the bananas, until smooth.


Take the nutty crust out of the freezer, and spoon or pour chocolate banana mixture onto it, spreading it so that about an inch of the crust is still visible. Slice the reserved banana up and place slices on top of tart. Place in freezer until it sets, for about 1 hour (could very well take less, but an hour is for sure). Allow to defrost a bit before serving.


The one thing with placing the sliced banana on top is you have to keep the tart in the freezer once it's done, as to prevent them from getting all brown and gooey. If you'd rather keep it in the fridge so it doesn't take long to defrost (and easier to slice right away!), just don't put banana on top. It will still be beautiful and delicious!

Some other things you could use as toppings are:
  • sliced strawberries
  • blueberries
  • raspberries
  • sliced or crumbled nuts
  • shredded coconut
Just to name a few!

Eating raw helps to contain all natural enzymes present in food, which would be decreased or destroyed from cooking. These enzymes help our bodies to absorb the nutrients found in foods. Cooking food can also cause harmful compounds to form- especially if you burn or overcook something -that can be cancerous.  

In this day and age, it's difficult to go completely raw, but it's good to eat as much raw foods as possible, especially fruits, vegetables, and legumes. This tart will enable you to eat healthy and raw without having to lose the enjoyment of eating! Good Girl Gone Green has TONS of fantastic raw food recipes on her blog, as well as information about choosing a healthier raw lifestyle, so do take a look if you are curious about eating raw! 


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I especially liked this fabulous cake she made for her daughter's birthday !

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39 comments:

  1. This chocolate banana tart looks GREAT !!
    I'd love to a slice or two (make it 3....)

    Thanks for another party and I wish you a wonderful weekend

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  2. I'd like a fork right now, please!!! Where do you find the hemp seeds? I know I have found flax in my regular grocery store but don't believe I've seen the hemp seeds.

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    1. I order them from vitacost.com. It is a great health food and vitamin supplement site that is really cheap! Eating 3 tbsp of hemp seed will provide you with all the omegas you need for the day!

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  3. Thanks for sharing!! The bananas is a great addition to the tart! I will have to try it!

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  4. That tart looks delish and so totally healthy!!

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  5. Thanks for hosting and have a great weekend!

    P.S. That Chocolate Banana Tart looks incredible! :)

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  6. Awe, it looks amazing! Yum!

    Hope you have a great weekend! ;D

    Miki.

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  7. Yum, that chocolate tart looks delicious. Thanks for hosting and I hope you have a fabulous weekend.
    Sam

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  8. Ohmygoodness, yum!!!! I'm going to have to cook up something yummy next week to share on this hop! Thanks for dropping by my blog earlier, by the way. Following back!

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  9. I love the nut crust... thanks for sharing this tart on foodie friday.

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  10. Oh my goodness I have got to try this recipe!! I'm a new follower to your blog and have joined your sweet Saturday Linkup. Feel free to stop by my page anytime. Off to work on my sweet post :)

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  11. Wow!!! This looks deliciously guilt free yummy! LOL I must try this! Thank you for sharing!!! Love your blog and I'm your new follower via gfc :) Have a great weekend!

    Yours Truly,
    aubzie
    hope you can follow me at Aubzielation and Party Prints & Pieces

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  12. Wow, the tart looks so inviting! YUMMY!!! Thank you for hosting a great party!

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  13. Wow this looks so yummy :)thanks for sharing with us at welcome to the weekend hop ...

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  14. This looks great! My kiddo is a sucker for anything with chocolate. What a great way to introduce some nutrition while making it yummy! Thanks for sharing at the Pomp Party! Pinning!! Hope to see you back again next week!

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  15. Hey Jessica. I got your message and would love to be featured as an up and coming blog of the month. In fact, I'm honored and blushing. Please let me know what you need from me.

    Sincerely,

    Kimberly @ mypinterestreality.com

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    1. Great! I don't need anything from you, I will just be reviewing/promoting your blog. I will post it Wednesday, and I'll let you know when it's up!

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  16. OH. MY. GOODNESS! This is sensory overload, lol, am drooling. I love chocolate and all the ingredients in the chocolate banana tart. Lady, you are amazing.

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    1. Thank you for the amazing comment :) You ain't half bad yourself ;)

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  17. Chocolate for me, banana for my husband. Sounds like a great dessert for both of us!

    Thanks for linking up with Frugal Food Thursday at Frugal Follies!

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