Raw (Nut Free) Avocado Lime Tart Cups



Vegan Raw Nut Free Dairy Free Lime Avocado Pie Bar Cheesecake Custard Allergy Friendly

Raw (Nut Free) Avocado Lime Tart Cups

Inspiration

When my Raw Nut Free Lemon Bars were such a hit, I knew I wanted to use the bottom layer in another healthy, allergy friendly, summer dessert – introducing Raw (Nut Free) Lime Tart Cups! Like the dye-free, natural yellow color of my Raw Nut Free Lemon Bars, these tart cups are a lime dessert naturally colored green by avocados so I’ll call them Avocado Lime Tart Cups. You might be thinking avocados and lime make a fine guacamole, but in a dessert? I can’t be serious, right? Amazingly, the avocado in these Raw (Nut Free) Avocado Lime Tarts is masked pleasantly by the soft tartness of the lime and the gentle sweetness of the dates and fresh blueberries.

Vegan Raw Nut Free Dairy Free Lime Avocado Pie Bar Cheesecake Custard Allergy Friendly

 I am only 7 weeks away from my first 10K race – yikes! {Correction: miscalculation; I’m 9 weeks away – whew!} My more health conscious eating has rubbed off on my husband, who has cut back on juice and sugary late night treats. He even bought new running shoes and started training with me (sadly, I am the one struggling to keep up with him). These Raw (Nut Free) Avocado Lime Tart Cups are the perfect single-serving-sized desserts to satisfy our sweet tooth, without negating training (or my effort to slim down to my pre-pregnancy dress size). But not to worry; even though these vegan, refined sugar free, Raw (Nut Free) Avocado Lime Tart Cups are guilt-free, they will have your taste buds running wild with delight!

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And the simple elegance of these Raw (Nut Free) Avocado Lime Tart Cups make them the perfect dessert for any celebration – why my husband and I will be enjoying them tonight in celebration of our 7th wedding anniversary! The traditional theme for the 7th anniversary is wool (to which I’m allergic) or copper (my gift choice as pictured below), but I think I can make a persuasive argument (it’s the lawyer in me) that a green dessert is keeping with the anniversary theme (think old copper pennies). ;)

Vegan Raw Nut Free Dairy Free Lime Avocado Pie Bar Cheesecake Custard Allergy Friendly

7th Wedding Anniversary gifts to my DH – time flies!

I  made these Raw (Nut Free) Avocado Lime Tart Cups just in time to share with my sister – she loves lemon and lime bars – who visited this past weekend with her (new) fiancé to meet our (new) niece. Congratulations again to my brother and sister-in-law on the birth of their beautiful daughter Olivia! And many congratulations to my sister and (soon-to-be) brother-in-law on their recent engagement!

My adorable niece Olivia.

My adorable newborn niece Olivia.

FREE Ingredients

(Makes 8 servings – mini 2.7 oz. glass dishes)

Raw Nut Free Lime Tart Crust

  • ¾ cup raw sunflower and pumpkin seed mix (like Go Raw Simple Seed Mix)
  • ¼ cup unsweetened shredded coconut**
  • 6 Medjool dates, pits removed
  • ¼ tsp. sea salt
  • 2 tsp. lime zest
  • 1 ½ tsp. sunflower butter (like SunButter)
  • ½ cup fresh blueberries

Raw Avocado Lime Tart Cups Filling

  • 1 medium-large avocado
  • ¼ plus 2 tbsp. coconut oil**
  • 3 tbsp. unsweetened shredded coconut**
  • 3 tbsp. pure maple syrup
  • 1 tsp. lime zest
  • 1 tsp. pure vanilla extract
  • 1 pinch sea salt
  • ¼ cup fresh squeezed lime juice (about 1 ½ limes)
  • ½ tsp. ground chia seeds

(Optional décor) Candied Lime Peels

  • 1 lime peel
  • 1/3 cup plus 2 tsp. evaporated cane juice, coconut sugar, or other sugar
  • Water

**Note: These raw nut free avocado lime tart cups contain coconut, which the FDA does not classify as a nut. Although coconut allergies are rare, if you have a known coconut allergy do not try this recipe.

Method (or Mistakes)

Raw Nut Free Lime Tart Crust

  1. Follow the recipe from the bottom layer of these Raw Nut Free Lemon Bars, substituting 1 tsp. lime zest for the lemon zest and increasing the amount of sunflower butter to 1 ½ tsp.  (Wait until after blending other ingredients a bit before blending in sunflower butter.)
  2. Firmly press 1 tbsp. of raw nut free lime tart crust mixture into the bottom of each dessert glass (I used 8 mini 2.7 oz. dishes).
  3. Evenly distribute ½ cup fresh blueberries on top of the 8 nut free lime tart crusts.
  4. (Store remaining tart crust mixture in an airtight container in the refrigerator for a later batch of Raw (Nut Free) Avocado Lime Tart Cups).

Vegan Raw Nut Free Dairy Free Lime Avocado Pie Bar Cheesecake Custard Allergy Friendly FreeWhile you likely could halve the crust recipe and still have enough for 8 servings, I was happy to have leftover raw nut free lime tart crust to store  – will shorten preparation time when I make my next batch.

Raw Avocado Lime Tart Cups Filling

  1. Combine all ingredients, except chia seeds, in a blender and mix until smooth. (I used a regular speed blender but a high speed one would work – I’m still dreaming for one).
  2. Add chia seeds and blend until combined.
  3. Spoon 2 tbsp. of avocado lime tart cups filling over nut free lime tart crusts and blueberries.
  4. Cover the Raw (Nut Free) Avocado Lime Tart Cups and let firm in a freezer for 30 minutes. (I stored my tart cups in a large plastic container with a lid.)
  5. (Optional décor) Top with additional fresh blueberries and Candied Lime Peels (recipe below).
  6. Store in refrigerator until ready to serve.

You can keep these Raw (Nut Free) Avocado Lime Tart Cups even longer (a couple weeks) by storing in a freezer. Simply thaw them in the refrigerator before serving.

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Enjoying my Raw Nut Free Avocado Lime Tart Cup on the softer side

I enjoyed my tart cups firm or softened a bit by letting them sit at room temperature for 5 minutes before enjoying. Most others seemed to prefer them firm. Serve how you enjoy best! (Just do not let them sit too long or they will get way too soft and start to separate – not so elegant).

(Optional décor) Candied Lime Peels

  1. Use a vegetable peeler to peel the skin off one lime.
  2. Thinly slice lime peel into pieces approximately 1/8 inch wide.
  3. Fill a small pot half full of water and boil.
  4. Place lime peels in a mesh sieve and place sieve into boiling water for 2 minutes.
  5. Remove sieve and run cold water over lime peels.
  6. Repeat boiling and cooling process with fresh water.
  7. Refill pot with 1/3 cup of water and 1/3 cup of evaporated cane juice, coconut sugar, or other sugar.
  8. Bring to a boil, and then add lime peels (without sieve).
  9. Reduce heat to medium and let peels simmer for 5 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  10. Pour peels into sieve to drain, and then pat lightly with a paper towel.
  11. Place peels in a small bowl with the remaining 2 tbsp. of evaporated cane juice, coconut nectar, or sugar, and stir to coat.

NOM YUM

This is the perfect dessert for all! For lemon bar or lime bar lovers, this treat instantly will have you reminiscing. My sister’s first comment was that these yummy Raw (Nut Free) Avocado Lime Tart Cups reminded her of lime bars.

But if you generally are not a lemon or lime dessert fan – nor have much of a sweet tooth for that matter – this dessert still is for you! After having eaten three Raw (Nut Free) Avocado Lime Tart Cups himself (nom yum – at least not in one sitting), my husband shared that he most enjoyed their gentle sweetness and light tart flavor. Of course, seven years of marriage helped me decode the “compliment” hidden in his actual statement: “I like that these aren’t too sweet” and “not so tart” (as compared to the stronger tart flavor of my Raw Nut Free Lemon Bars).

My sister was surprised to enjoy these beautiful Raw (Nut Free) Avocado Lime Tart Cups despite her aversion to coconut.  Although she claims to hate coconut (unbelievingly, I know there are others like her), she loved these elegant treats! Of course when she said she couldn’t taste the coconut flavor, my husband just teased her for a poor palate. However, I just think my sister’s taste buds were more focused on her favorite flavors – tart and sweet. In fact, she enjoyed these Raw (Nut Free) Avocado Lime Tart Cups so much that she seriously suggested that I cater her bridal shower with these and other healthy, allergy friendly dishes. (Could be a fun dream challenge?!)

Most surprising to everyone was that sweet deliciousness could be healthy and allergy friendly – i.e., refined sugar free (gently sweetened naturally with dates and fresh blueberries), free of bad fats (only good-for-you oils from the avocados and coconut), and free of the most common food allergens (including no gluten, nuts, dairy, or eggs). My mother also was shocked that these Raw (Nut Free) Avocado Lime Tart Cups were completely raw – she swore the blueberries that “just popped in [her] mouth” were cooked. Perhaps this was the result of having stored several tart cups in the freezer for a week (until her visit) to maintain freshness?

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If you try these Raw (Nut Free) Avocado Lime Tart Cups and also tried my Raw Nut Free Lime Bars, I would be curious to know which healthy, raw, nut free dessert you preferred? Please leave me a comment below. After several discussions on the topic, I am hoping to answer whether more people favor the strong tart flavor of lemon or the seemingly mild tart flavor of lime. Thanks!

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