Chocolate Orange Nutty Truffle Tart - silky smooth, not too sweet and filled with rich dark orange chocolate - utterly delicious as well as vegan and gluten free | thecookandhim.com

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Chocolate Orange Nutty Truffle Tart

prep: 30 mins / cook: 20 mins / inactive: 2 hours 0 mins / total: 2 hours 50 mins / quantity: 12 slices Print recipe?

Forget about Christmas dinner, it’s all about Christmas dessert!  Who’s with me?  I love a proper Christmas Pud but as the only one in the house that does it’s a rather rich thing to eat all by myself.  And to have it bubbling away on the stove for hours, taking up a precious gas ring and steaming up the entire house!

And because it’s Christmas you want something that’s a little decadent and utterly delicious but still has lots of healthy things in it.  It’s also really easy to make ahead, saving precious time on The Big Day ?

The base is all about the nuts.  Or should that be the nuts are all about the base?  There’s also some oats for texture and a bit of coconut oil to hold everything together.

Chocolate Orange Nutty Truffle Tart - silky smooth, not too sweet and filled with rich dark orange chocolate - utterly delicious as well as vegan and gluten free | thecookandhim.com

The ooey gooey middle bit is all about the divine Conscious Chocolate.  Their organic raw chocolate with essential oils of orange and tangerine to be precise.  I like to think that when all the matter in the universe went bang and we were all created the idea of chocolate and orange was a sort of destiny that we were just meant to discover.

Chocolate Orange Nutty Truffle Tart - silky smooth, not too sweet and filled with rich dark orange chocolate - utterly delicious as well as vegan and gluten free | thecookandhim.com

Because it’s divine.  And Conscious Chocolate have married it perfectly in their bars.  It’s dark, rich and naturally sweet with just the right amount of orange tang.  If you’ve not heard of Conscious Chocolate I urge you to check them out.  They have a HUGE range of totally vegan chocolate with some amazing flavour combinations.  Like Maca & Rose, delightfully also known as Love Potion Number 9.  Or the sublime Goji & Coconut.  If you’re after just plain ‘ol chocolate though they have that too and worked perfectly in these Raw Goji Brownie Bites.

We’d also love to hear what your alternative Christmas desserts are!  Do you go all out with sparkles and flavours?  Or is a flaming brandy Christmas Pud the ONLY way to go?

Chocolate Orange Nutty Truffle Tart

prep: 30 mins / cook: 20 mins / inactive: 2 hours 0 mins / total: 2 hours 50 mins / quantity: 12 slices

Ingredients

  • 1 cup mixed nuts
  • 1/2 cup coconut oil
  • 1 cup ground almonds
  • 1 cup rolled oats

For the filling

  • 2 x 50g bars Conscious Chocolate Essential Orange - broken into pieces
  • 150g dairy free dark chocolate - broken into pieces
  • 400ml (1 can) coconut milk
  • 1 tblsp coconut oil
  • 2 tblsp maple syrup

Optional decoration 1

  • 20g dairy free dark chocolate

Optional decoration 2

  • 100g dairy free white chocolate
  • handful goji berries
  • handful chia seeds

Optional decoration 3

  • 2 handfuls walnuts
  • 1 tblsp maple syrup
  • 1 tblsp Hodmedod's Camelina Seeds

Optional decoration 4

  • 1 cup fresh or frozen raspberries

Instructions

  1. Start by preheating the oven to 180 Fan / 200 C / 400 F / Gas 6
  2. Put the mixed nuts onto a baking tray and toast in the oven for 20 minutes.  While they're cooking, melt the coconut oil - either in the microwave or in a small saucepan - and set aside
  3. Then you can prepare the filling - empty the can of coconut milk (both the liquid and the solids) into a medium saucepan and heat until scalding but not boiling.  Tip in all the pieces of chocolate, coconut oil and maple syrup and whisk until the chocolate has melted and you have a smooth mixture.  Pour into a bowl and put in the fridge.  You can leave the whisk in the mixture as you'll need to keep a regular eye on it and whisk occasionally as it sets!
  4. Remove the nuts from the oven and allow  to cool for 10 minutes before tipping into a food processor and pulsing till finely chopped.  
  5. Add the coconut oil, ground almonds and oats and enough cold water - adding 1 tblsp at a time - until it starts to come together into a 'dough'.  Don't worry, we're not rolling this out so it can be a little bit sticky!
  6. Using either a spray oil or a little bit of extra coconut oil, thoroughly grease a 9 inch fluted, loose bottom tart tin - making sure you get into all the crevices!
  7. Tip the nut mixture into your tin and using your fingers, push out to the edges of the tin and up the sides
  8. Put onto a tray and put into the fridge for around half an hour until starting to set.  You can also do this well in advance of adding the filling
  9. Keeping half an eye on the filling, once it starts to thicken - how long it takes depends on how cold your fridge is, you're looking for it to be the sort of consistency of very softly whipped cream - pour into your prepared base and put back in the fridge until completely set
  10. For optional decoration 1 just melt the chocolate in a microwave or over a bain marie, spoon into a paper piping bag and pip lines across the top of the tart.  You can also use a plastic sandwich bag and snip the end off or just use a spoon and drizzle the chocolate over the tart
  11. For optional decoration 2 simply melt the white chocolate in the microwave or over a bain marie then pour into a shallow tin or dish that you've put a piece of greaseproof in to cover the bottom.  Spread the chocolate out into a thinish even later.  
  12. Sprinkle over the goji berries and chia sees (and any extra festive sprinkles you might fancy!) and put the tray in the fridge for 10 minutes until set
  13. To make the shards, just cut or break into pieces and place round the edge of your tart
  14. For optional decoration 3 put the walnuts, maple syrup and camelina seeds into a small frying pan and cook over a medium heat until caramelised, tossing everything very frequently.  Restrain yourself from eating all of these before they get to the tart and allow to cool before nestling in between the white chocolate shards
  15. And finally *phew* simply adorn your festive tart with some gorgeously red raspberries!

Notes

  • If you're making this a day or a few days in advance you can make all the optional decorations as well, but don't add them to the tart until you're ready to serve!
  • Keep the chocolate shards in a lidded tub in the fridge and keep the walnuts in a lidded tub NOT in the fridge!! ?
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