If you're looking for a refreshing summer dessert everyone can enjoy, regardless of dietary allergies, this fruit tart one is sure to be a crowd-pleaser. This tart is considered 'raw' because there is no baking involved, and is naturally given its vibrant pink color using beets. The crunchy bottom layer is made with oats, nut butter, coconut, and maple syrup. If there is a nut allergy in your group, substitute the nut-butter with sun butter, you will still have the same consistency to hold the bottom layer of the tart together and the same creamy taste.

The base of the filling is made with plant-based yogurt and coconut milk, which gives the tart a creamy, dairy-like flavor. To top off the cake, add seasonal fruits like blackberries, strawberries, raspberries, and your favorite nuts or shredded coconut flakes for a pretty presentation. There is no better way to welcome the summer season with this exquisite, vibrant dessert.

Recipe Developer: Lenny, @vegamelon

Why we love it: This tart recipe is easy to make and a lot 'healthier' than traditional tarts that are full of cream and sugar. If you want to treat yourself and kick sugar cravings before summer, this tart won't break the bank.

Make it for: a healthy dessert, don't tell your friends it's vegan--they'll be surprised.

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Fridge Time: 2+ hours

Healthy Coconut Pink Tart

Makes 6 slices

Ingredients

Crust 

  • 1/2 cup oats
  • 1/2 cup shredded coconut
  • 1/4 cup nut butter
  • 3 tbsp maple syrup

Filling

  • 1/2 cup plant-based yogurt
  • 1 cup full-fat coconut milk
  • 1/4 cup maple syrup
  • 1-2 tbsp lemon juice
  • 2 tsp agar-agar powder
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • Beet juice or powder (optional, for color)

Instructions

  1. In a food processor, blend all the crust ingredients into a sticky, sand-like mixture.
  2. Pour into a greased tart pan and press into the edges.
  3. Set aside while you prepare the filling.
  4. In a pot on medium-low heat, combine yogurt and coconut milk.
  5. Bring to a simmer while stirring, then mix in all remaining ingredients.
  6. Turn off the heat and whisk until well-combined. Let cool for 7-8 minutes and pour into the tart crust.
  7. Place the tart in the fridge to set for 2+ hours before serving.