Raw Vegan Chocolate Cherry Mini Tarts

by Heidi @ Food Doodles on September 4, 2012

So…. I was waiting for cherries and peaches and even tomatoes for what seemed like forever.  And now, all at once I have everything.  I’ve been seeing other bloggers enjoying these things for ages now, and just all of sudden local produce is ready and now it’s almost done.  So sad!  I have so many more recipes I want to share but maybe I wont get to.  As sad as it is, I’m planning out my pumpkin and sweet potato recipes already.  Expect a few more summery recipes to come though 🙂

That being said, I guess these could be served with all different kinds of fruit.  I mean really, there are so many different fruits that go well with chocolate, but cherries are up there, on my list at least.

Of course, you can make these in any kind of shape or size, even larger mini pie pans like I used in my vegan banana cream pies, or you can even make these in a mini muffin tin.  I used some silicone mini muffin cups, but even if you have a metal tin you can press these into the tin and form them in the shape you want, freeze them until solid(or close to!) and then pull them out.  It may be a little more difficult, but still do-able if you don’t have other options 🙂

For another great cherry treat, try this delicious-looking Cherry Frosé! This Fresh Cherry Crumble also looks fantastic. 


Chocolate Cherry Mini Tarts

makes 8 – 12 mini tarts, depending on size


  • 1/2 C raw almonds
  • 1/2 C dried cherries
  • 1/4 C Medjool dates
  • dash vanilla
  • 1/4 C unsweetened cocoa powder

In a food processor, process the almonds until no large pieces remain.  Remove the ground almonds and place in a bowl.  Add the cherries and dates to the food processor and process again until no large pieces remain.  Add in the ground almonds, vanilla and cocoa powder and process until the mixture is completely combined but still crumbly.  Spoon the mixture into your preferred tin(either a mini muffin tin, mini pie plates, mini tart pans, etc) and press down firmly to form.  Place the shells in the freezer until ready to use.


  • 2 ripe avocados
  • 2 tbsp milk(any kind will work, I use almond milk)
  • 1/3 C cocoa
  • 1/3 C maple syrup
  • enough fresh cherries to top each tart

In a food processor, completely combine the avocados, milk, cocoa and maple syrup.  Process until completely smooth.  Taste and add more maple syrup as desired.  If your avocados are fairly large the filling may still have a slight avocado flavor, if so add a little more cocoa powder and maple syrup until it tastes right.

To assemble the tarts, remove the shells from the freezer.  It’s easiest to remove the crust from the tin when it is frozen, so if serving them out of the tin, remove them first.  Place a dollop of the chocolate filling in the tart and top with a cherry.  Serve.


These will last in the fridge until ready to serve, but I wouldn’t store them for more than a day.

To make them a little easier to eat, consider pitting and slicing the cherry before placing them on top and serving.


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1 Anna January 13, 2014 at 10:39

The food looks great, but OMG – that baby! SO GORGEOUS! I could just eat her up!


2 Heather July 9, 2013 at 16:52

Ok, I figured out what I did wrong with the crust. The dates I used were dry rather than fresh. Oops. Like I said I’m not a genius in the kitchen. I look forward to making this again (soon) with fresh dates.


3 Heidi @ Food Doodles July 9, 2013 at 19:06

That’s just what I was going to guess! You can fix that next time just by using a few more dates, or maybe even by adding tbsp of water if you don’t have fresh soft dates.

And don’t worry about not having much experience in the kitchen! Everyone has to start somewhere! 🙂 If you have any other questions you can leave a comment or email me at fooddoodles@gmail.com and I can try to help 🙂


4 Heather July 9, 2013 at 14:17

Hi there. I just made these and while they are very yummy, my crust is crumbly. I tend not to be super confident, creative or . . . well, very good in the kitchen. So I am wondering what I might have done wrong. I followed the directions exactly but froze them for only about an hour. Could that be the problem?

Other than the crust being crumbly they are very good and I will definitely make them again.


5 Lederreiniger February 22, 2013 at 08:42

Wow. Theese tarts are amazing. i love that you did mini-tarts, this looks so very nice with the cherry on top!


6 Sonja @ A Couple Cooks October 12, 2012 at 07:11

Heidi – I have been meaning to tell you that these look so delicious! I love the idea of the avocado filling – I’ve never tried a dessert with avocado yet but have been meaning to! Thanks for this idea 🙂


7 Lysa September 8, 2012 at 13:44

Wow, these are so cute and look so delicious!! Amazing photos also. I just found your blog and I am glad I did!!


8 Baking Serendipity September 6, 2012 at 13:21

As excited as I am for pumpkin, I am so sad to think about cherry season ending. I love them paired with chocolate…especially in these tarts!


9 Heather September 6, 2012 at 10:27

You definitely can never go wrong with cherries and chocolate – Love that these are raw!

Isn’t it crazy how quickly summer flew by, I am getting anxious for fall foodie comforts though 🙂


10 Kiersten @ Oh My Veggies September 6, 2012 at 08:51

WHOA. These look so rich and decadent, who would guess that they’re healthy?! I’m sorry your summer produce season is so fleeting–now I feel guilty for blogging about peaches and corn all summer. 😉


11 Eat Good 4 Life September 5, 2012 at 18:45

Wow these look superb. I love the fact that the filling is using the avocado base. This is nothing but healthy even though it doesn’t look like it…a good thing!! You can fool any one with these little beauties.


12 Erin @ Texanerin Baking September 5, 2012 at 12:26

I’m bummed about the departure of the summer produce, too. 🙁

But these look fantastic! And the pictures. Wow! Love the ingredients in these… so healthy. I’ve bookmarked for later!


13 The Café Sucré Farine September 5, 2012 at 11:50

These are so cute and look delicious! Wow, avocado in the filling, I would have never guessed!


14 Alissa N September 5, 2012 at 11:00

I totally know what you mean about waiting (for what seems like forever) for produce, then it’s so tough to squeeze in everything you wanted to!! These look lovely!!


15 Faith September 5, 2012 at 08:39

Oooh, these are so pretty! I love the flavors you’ve paired…chocolate + cherries are fantastic together!


16 Sonia! The Healthy Foodie September 5, 2012 at 03:45

GORGEOUS!!! I want one of these cuties right now! What a great little dessert they are. Definitely pinning them!

And let’s enjoy every last bit of summer while we still can, for squash season is already here… And I’ve already started craving them!


17 sally @ sallys baking addiction September 5, 2012 at 03:00

These tarts are ADORABLE! AT first, I was wondering how on earth they could be vegan! What gorges pictures too. Chocolate and cherries are such a fabulous combination. I love them together!


18 chinmayie @ love food eat September 5, 2012 at 01:22

That is one decadent looking dessert! Pretty pretty 🙂


19 Gina @ Running to the Kitchen September 5, 2012 at 00:44

These are adorable! I wish I hadn’t just finished the huge bag of cherries I had for what seemed liked forever. Hoping they’re still a decent price for another week or so because these NEED to happen.


20 Kathryn September 4, 2012 at 22:37

Oh these look wonderful!


21 Maryea @ Happy Healthy Mama September 4, 2012 at 19:23

What an adorable little dessert! I’ve been using avocados in sweet foods all over the place lately. I love how creamy it makes puddings and fillings.


22 september September 4, 2012 at 15:38

ooh YES! this is NICE I’ll b making these this weekend thank u! As always….great recipes! so very appreciated..


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