Vegan matcha strawberry tart

Vegan matcha strawberry tart

vegan matcha strawberry tart top down

I will let you on to a secret. While the rest of Europe is still excited about the arrival of its first sun-kissed strawberries, we are nearing the end of strawberry season here (I’m sooooo sad about this!) as we are a bit ahead weather-wise. We’ve been enjoying them straight from the punnet, in our breakfast and in desserts for about a month now and so it’s high time to introduce my latest strawberry-packed dessert – vegan matcha strawberry tart.

If you cannot get hold of strawberries or simply don’t like them, this tart would work just as well with raspberries! In fact, this would be my berry of choice if I had them at my disposal. Raspberries and matcha are a tried and tested and simply divine combination! Unfortunately for me, Greek islands don’t do berries (other than straws) and it’s something I sorely miss.

Eating raspberries, blackberries and wild blueberries (tiny little gems that stain your teeth and fingers deep purple) straight from a bush are one of my fondest childhood food memories. As are my grandma’s wild blueberry pierogi with vanilla sauce! Damn, I’d better stop that trip down the memory lane as I’m almost welling up here 😉 .

This tart makes for an impressive dessert, yet it’s dead easy to make. The base is a bit like handling play dough 😉 , something I also loved to do as I kid. The two layers are very simple too and you can make them even simpler by using sliced raw strawberries instead of a strawberry jelly layer. Your call!

Whatever you do, ensure that you have plenty of matcha-loving mouths around you as otherwise you may find yourself polishing the whole tart off by yourself. I don’t know why that is but even once you put it away, it will keep on calling you for seconds…and thirds…and… 😉 Perhaps I need a padlock on my fridge, ha ha.

vegan matcha strawberry tart decorating

vegan matcha strawberry tart close up

vegan matcha strawberry tart decorated

vegan matcha strawberry tart cut

vegan matcha strawberry tart side

makes
25.5 cm / 10"
PREP
30 min
COOKING
20 min
makes
25.5 cm / 10"
PREPARATION
30 min
COOKING
20 min
INGREDIENTS
BASE

  • 150 g / 1 cup dried dates, halved and pitted
  • 140 g / 1 cup almonds*
  • 90 g / 1 cup rolled oats (GF certified if required)
  • 3 tbsp cacao powder
  • ¼ tsp fine sea salt
  • 1 tbsp coconut oil, melted

STRAWBERRY LAYER

  • 1½ cups pureed strawberries (about 350-400 g / 12-14 oz fresh strawberries)
  • 3 tsp agar flakes (approx. 1 tsp agar powder)

MATCHA LAYER

DECORATION (optional)

  • edible flowers
  • coconut shavings
  • fresh strawberries
METHOD

BASE

  1. Place pitted dates in a small bowl and cover with boiling water. Leave them for 10 minutes to soften.
  2. Place almonds and oats in a food processor and grind them both into flour. If you don’t have a powerful food processor, you may want to grind them separately or else you may end up with large almond chunks, which will affect the quality of the base. Transfer ground almonds and oats to a large bowl. Add cacao and salt and mix well.
  3. Squeeze excess moisture out of the dates and place them into the food processor. Process until you get a smooth, sticky mixture. Add them to the dry ingredients and knead by hand until you get a uniform dough.
  4. Finally, add melted coconut oil.
  5. Line a tart tin with a piece of baking paper and line the tin with the dough you’ve just made. Make sure you press it really well so that it’s compacted and holds together well. Pop into the freezer for 10 minutes.

STRAWBERRY LAYER

  1. If you want to save some time or / and you want this tart to be almost raw, slice strawberries and layer them (in multiple layers) at the bottom of the set base.
  2. If you would rather make strawberry jelly, place destemmed strawberries in a blender and puree until smooth.
  3. In a small pot, place the agar flakes and about ¼ cup of water. Bring to the boil and simmer gently for 10-15 minutes stirring the whole time until the agar turns into thick, lightly opaque jelly.
  4. Once agar has been activated (turned into jelly), add it to the pureed strawberries and blend them together well, scraping the walls of the blender as needed.
  5. Quickly pour the strawberry jelly onto the base of the tart as the agar thickens really quickly. Set aside to set (takes about 30 min).

MATCHA LAYER

  1. Place drained cashews, coconut cream, matcha and maple syrup in a blender. If you don’t have a power blender, I recommend chopping the cashews up first to get a smoother finish.
  2. Place the agar flakes in a small pot with ¼ cup (4 tbsp water) and bring to a gentle boil. Simmer, stirring frequently, for about 15 minutes until agar has ALMOST dissolved (I find that the flakes never dissolve completely no matter how long I stir). Cool it down a little so that it isn’t added to the rest of the ingredients when it is piping hot.
  3. Add warm agar mixture to the blender and process until smooth, scraping the walls of the blender from time to time. Once smooth, pour the mixture over the strawberry layer. Allow it to set (approx. 1 hr in the fridge).
  4. Decorate and cut into slices. Store in the fridge and consume within 2-3 days. It freezes well.

NOTES
*If you make your own almond milk, this is the perfect recipe to use almond pulp in. Spread damp almond pulp on a baking tray and dry it out in the sun 😉 or in a 75° C / 165° F degree oven before incorporating into the crust.

The exact dimension of my tart tin are top: 25 cm / 10 inches , bottom 22 cm / 8.5 inches and side 3.5 cm / 1.4 inches.

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NUTRITIONAL INFO
calories
341
17%
sugars
31 g
34%
fats
17 g
25%
saturates
7 g
37%
proteins
6 g
12%
carbs
45 g
17%
*per serving
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REVIEWS & QUESTIONS
Maxine Garcia:
Hello, what do you mean by divide between two pastry cases? For the matcha? Thank you
    Ania
    Ania:
    Hi Maxine,
    That's a copy and paste error as the filling is the same as in this recipe where I used two tarts. Apologies, will delete now. Ania
Eileen:
Can I substitute the cacao powder with something else, or leave it out? Have a friend who cannot have cacao.
    Ania
    Ania:
    Sure, you can leave it out, Eileen!
Francie:
is it possible to substitute the strawberry for raspberries? would it be the same quantity for the fruit layer? I'm allergic to Strawberries but would love to make this!
    Ania
    Ania:
    Yes, i think raspberries would work pretty well here too. Not entirely sure of the quantity will be exactly the same without trying, but certainly close. You could also do this kind of raspberry filling instead if you prefer. Hope that helps! Ania
Stefani:
Ania, about how much almond flour do you end up with when grinding the whole almonds? Is it roughly 1:1? I have an open bag of almond flour I'd like to use up. Thanks!
    Ania
    Ania:
    Hi Stefani,
    I would say that 1 cup of whole almonds will give you about ¾ cup of almond flour, but be mindful of the fact that almond flour is much finer than what you are able to get from grinding almonds in a food processor so perhaps you may want to save it for another use? (it keeps well in the fridge as otherwise it may go rancid). For this application, I would recommend using slightly coarser grind but if that's the only thing you have it's not the end of the world either. Good luck! Ania
Stacey:
This looks gorgeous Ania - such a yummy way to celebrate strawberry season :)
    Ania
    Ania:
    Thanks so much, Stacey! :) Ania
Ashley @ The Naked Food Life:
Ana! This looks incredible. Such a creative recipe, and just perfect for summer =)
    Ania
    Ania:
    Thanks Ashely! :) Ania
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