Chocolate + Orange

Chocolate Tort

One of my favorite flavor combinations is chocolate with just a hint of orange.  So after stumbling upon this recipe over at GLiving, and knowing that I had a new set of cute little tart pans to break in, I just couldn’t resist.  What I love about this little double chocolate treat is that incorporates lots of fresh, wholesome ingredients, no baking required.  And, while it does need to chill for a bit, it only took me about 10 minutes to put together.  It was as good as I had hoped!

Chocolate Orange Tart
adapted from a GLiving recipe by Vanessa Sherwood

For the crust:
1/4 cup raw almonds
1/4 cup raw pecans
1/4 cup shredded coconut
1 tsp. orange zest
1 Tbsp.  cocoa powder
1 Tbsp. Maple Syrup (or Agave Nectar)
Pinch of salt
Sprinkle of Cayenne 

Combine the nuts in a food processor and process until fine.  Add the remaining ingredients and process until starting to clump together.  Evenly press into mini tart pans and chill for 30-60 minutes. 

For the filling:
1/2 ripe avocado*
1/2 banana
1.5 Tbsp. cocoa powder
1/4 cup fresh squeezed orange juice
1-2 tsps. orange zest

Process everything in a food processor until smooth.  Fill tart shells and chill in the fridge for 1-2 hours until set. 

*Similar to the previously posted chocolate pudding, I used avocado and banana instead of the coconut meat called for in the original recipe because, as I mentioned already, I couldn’t wait to try this and didn’t have any coconuts around, and, frankly, I’m a little intimidated be the idea of trying to crack one open!

Posted in Recipes by Liz on January 10, 2008 | Permalink | 5 Comments

5 thoughts on “Chocolate + Orange

  1. GreenYogini says:

    How much maple syrup goes into this? The recipe above says “1 maple syrup”. ;) I’m planning to make it right now (and didn’t catch that error until just now), so I’ll test it out and see what works best in the meantime. Great recipe! Can’t wait to try it!

  2. Liz says:

    Wow, thanks for the heads up on the error. I have fixed the error in the post. In this recipe, I was going for the single tart (rather than several as the original recipe makes) so I believe I used 1 Tbsp. of Maple Syrup. It really depends on how seet you would like it, start off slow! Hope you enjoy, let me know what you think.

  3. GreenYogini says:

    While this recipe truly was as exciting and easy as it sounds, I was disappointed with my results. :( Maybe I built up the idea in my head so much that it just couldn’t compare, but what I ended up with was a pretty good crust, filled with a so-so “pudding” which never really did set for me. What in the filling makes it *set*?

    Specifically, the beau and I agreed that the flavor combinations of orange, avocado, and banana were too much for this small tart, though we both really liked the pinch of cayenne in the crust. The texture was perfect (albeit a bit runny, as it didn’t set), but the orange and avocado combined almost tasted like celery…not something I want to taste in my chocolate dessert. ;)

    Anyway, I love that the recipe is straight-forward, 100% whole foods, and more or less healthy (I even found organic, fair-trade cocoa in bulk!), but I think I would rework it a tad if I were to try it again. A friend of mine gave me a great tip (which I have yet to try): toss one tart into a blender, add some yogurt and perhaps some more cocoa, and enjoy as a smoothie!

  4. Liz says:

    GreenYogini,

    Ugh, I’m bummed that it didn’t work out for you. Maybe I should have described the filling as more of a mousse type of consistency rather than pudding.

    But my guess is that the flavor and texture really seem to depend on the sweetness and ripeness of the fruit that is used. Perhaps, if you are handy with a sharp knife in the kitchen, you should try the original recipe from GLiving.tv that I linked to in the post?

    I like your friend’s idea, however, I think it would be good to dump some yogurt in a bowl and top it with a crumbled up tart shell and chopped nuts!

  5. GreenYogini says:

    Thanks for the additional tip! :) Since I hate to waste good food (which these tarts essentially are), I’ll have to try it. I think next time I might try adding coconut or maybe a nut butter (though I’m certain that would smother the delicate orange flavor). It was definitely sweet, just maybe too many flavors in combination for my taste. I haven’t given up on it! :)

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

20 − 5 =