Friday, May 21, 2010

Sweet Tooth: Berries N Cream

Happy Friday! I hope you've had a marvelous week. The Great White North has been hit with an early summer (July temperatures in May), so I'm pretty stoked. The only problem is that the lake level is super low right now, but it should come up with a few days of hard rain (I'm hoping for just enough that we can bring the floating dock around) - otherwise I'm more than content with extreme dry heat. My yoga mat and rebounder are now permanently outside for the rest of the season!

Today's sweet escape is on the fruity side. It's been so hot around here that fruit is the name of the game.  Our local abundance is berries, so I'm sure to keep the freezer full of them for the winter. Fortunately there's plenty from last year, and they've gotta be used up before the fresh crop arrives.

Berries N Cream Smoothie

This shake is light and delicious.
Choose berries of your choice, preferably frozen for a frosty drink!

1/2 cup young coconut water
1/2 cup young coconut pulp
1/2 cup strawberries or raspberries
1/2 cup blackberries
1/4 cup blueberries
2 medjool dates, pitted

Blend all ingredients until smooth and creamy.

This oldie is from August, last summer. I catered mini raw cakes for a wedding, and had some left overs to create this delicious fruit tart. Check out all the cute cakes HERE. I think it makes an excellent entertaining dessert!

Mango Raspberry Tart

2 cups nuts of choice
1/2 cup pitted, packed dates

Grind the nuts and dates together in a food processor. Add 1-2 teaspoons of water if the mixture is too dry and crumbly.
Press the mixture into an 8" tart pan, or use mini tart pans.

2 cups diced mango
1 1/2 cups cashews
1/4 cup agave
2 tablespoons coconut oil
1-2 tbs lemon juice
1/3 cup cacao butter
2 cups raspberries

Blend all but the cacao butter and berries, until smooth and creamy. Add the cacao butter until completely mixed.
Evenly spread some of the raspberries over the crust and then smash them down with a fork.
Spread the mango filling over top.
Chill the tart in the fridge or freezer until the filling has set.
Garnish with the remaining raspberries (and more if needed).

What treats will you be making this weekend? Have a great one!
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Nelly said...

oh yummmmmmmy!

this weekend...well tonight, caramel moon pies...macaroons were ready yesterday...banana toffee fudge ice cream cake x 2, i am thinking of making some cup cakes...and an apple crumble...and maybe maybe maybe i'll try my hand at raweos!!!!

enjoy the sun lady love...i have a date with it after work too...


Lauren said...

Fruit is amazing to me right now, I can't get enough! mmmm! Love these recipes!

Hot weather here too! Enjoy your time outside, that lake sounds fabulous!

kelli said...

wow heathy, those tarts are gorgeous! i would love to cater a wedding... maybe someday!

thanks for sharing your yummy recipes, and enjoy the nice weather!=)

Kat (myfruitylife) said...

Those tarts looks so incredible, I want to make them right now. I like how the recipe doesn't call for a ton of coconut oil. Gorgeous pictures too!

Pam said...


All looks so refreshing and I think it would be great to live on the lil goaties would have a blasty!

Enjoy the weekend!


nutellacube said...

another awesome sounding recipe. i love that you used edible flowers! i saw some at a farmer's market in montreal and was amazed.

HereticPrincess said...

Those look delicious! Makes me hungry for some fruit! Enjoy the beautiful weather!

KombuchaCHIC said...

Yum! I have to try out that shake!

bitt of raw said...

looks so delicious. mango raspberry is a great combination. i love little tarts too.

can't wait for berry season!

shannonmarie said...

We've got a lot of berries around here at the moment, too. So good. I wish they were in abundance year-round, don't you?

evergreen said...

Absolutely lovely!

Ilana said...

Seriously. You leave me SPEECHLESS! I love it! Your creations are so beautiful!

Pure2Raw twins said...

YUMM mango raspberry tart!!! We love our fruit :) It is nice to finally have beautiful weather outside to breathe some fresh air!

HiHoRosie said...

Beautiful presentations (as always)! And yum yum! And I love hot hot heat (the weather and the band - ha ha) too.

Marlie Centawer said...

I love it - I made a version of your mango tart recipe last fall. I turned it into a mango-banana dream cake. It was a real hit with my man ;) Thanks for sharing, Heather!

Nikki said...

Fruit and cream is one of my favorite flavor combos. And anything with mango will float my boat :). Everything looks beautiful and yummy and I want it all for breakfast today! I always wake up with a major sweet tooth.

Lisa is Raw on $10 a Day (or less!) said...

the tarts look just beautiful! i love the real flower decoration! this weekend i'm all about the chocolate banana ice cream ...

Averie (LoveVeggiesAndYoga) said...

perfect looking dessert, i love me some berries! and you..for the super sweet comments youve left me!!! muah1!!!!

I hope your sunday is fabulous heather!!!!!

The Raw Butterfly said...

Those tarts looks so yum, can't wait to make them! Thanks for all the posts Heather, I love reading your blog! x