This time of year (in the Northern hemisphere), we’re all looking for a little warmth.
There are so many ways to feel cozy: wrap up in a warm, fuzzy blanket while reading heart-soaring tales of adventure; pull on your warmest socks, steep a cup of chai tea and watch a marathon of the West Wing; or share a soulful chat and something sweet with someone you love.
This week, I hope you’re able to find a few minutes for a cuddle, a kiss, a note of encouragement, a text of support, a moment of reflection, or a compliment for a stranger. We all benefit from the effort.
If you need something simple, but special enough to nourish yourself and delight someone you love, try these sweetheart tarts. They come together in a minute, are full of healthful ingredients and make people feel cared for.
½ cup raw cashews
1 cup rolled oats
½ cup medjool dates, pitted (approximately 7 dates)
½ tsp vanilla extract
¼ tsp sea salt
1 cup shredded, unsweetened coconut
½ cup water
¼ cup maple syrup
2 tsp lime zest
¼ cup lime juice
1 medium avocado
⅛ tsp sea salt
1 pint raspberries
1. In a food processor blend the cashews into a paste (3-5 minutes). Add the remaining crust ingredients and blend until well incorporated. The mixture should hold together when firmly pressed.
2. Distribute the crust mixture across six lined muffin cups (approximately 3 tablespoons in each cup). Press the crust firmly starting in the center and working up the sides of the liner to create an even edge.
3. In a food processor blend the shredded coconut into a paste. Add the remaining ingredients and blend until smooth. Evenly distribute the cream across the six prepared crusts.
4. Top each tart with fresh raspberries.
For this Valentine’s Day, Nicole and I put together some special treat tins. We filled them with three kids of truffles, raw brownies, moonie pies, and a fig and hazelnut bar. I hope on Thursday there are some very happy vegans enjoying these handcrafted chocolate confections.
We will be doing more of these gift boxes for upcoming holidays. If you like what you see, stay tuned for our next special sampler.