Recipe: Coffee, Walnut and Vanilla Raw Tart

Up the ante for your next caffeine hit with a healthy yet decadent Coffee, Walnut and Vanilla Raw Tart, spiked with Blue Tokai Coffee.

Made with natural sweeteners, nuts and freshly-made coffee, Copper and Clove‘s recipe is brimming with nourishing ingredients, not to mention it’s vegan-friendly too (just ensure you go for liquid jaggery and not honey for the vegan version).

Instead of dairy ingredients, the luxuriously smooth and rich creamy filling uses soaked cashews to mimic cream – and is flavoured subtly with coffee and vanilla. The creamy filling contrasts beautifully with the crunchy raw base, which is full of toasted walnuts and has a welcome kick of coffee in the form of Blue Tokai Vienna Roast grinds (one of the stronger, darker roasts) mixed into in the base for a potent punch!


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For the crust:

  • 50g dates (stone removed)
  • 150g walnuts
  • ¼ tsp. fine-grain sea salt
  • 150g rolled oats (gluten-free if necessary)
  • 1 ½ teaspoon Blue Tokai estate coffee grinds
  • 60ml extra virgin coconut oil
  • 3 Tbsp. jaggery liquid or Himalyan honey

For the filling: 

  • 200g cashews, soaked for at least 4 hours
  • 90 ml jaggery liquid/honey
  • 90 ml coconut oil
  • 90ml strong Blue Tokai cold-brewed coffee* (we recommend Kalledeverapura Estate beans)
  • 1 tsp. pure vanilla extract or the seeds of a vanilla pod
  • ½ tsp. fine-grain sea salt

Guide for brewing cold-brew coffee:

  • Ratio: 10g of water to 1g of coffee
  • Let the coffee steep overnight in cold water in the fridge
  • Strain after 14 – 18 hours depending on your desired strength using any strainer, such as a chai channi, cheese cloth or toddy filter.

(It is recommended that you consume it within 10 days of brewing.

Method:

Make the crust first:

  • Lightly grease a 9-inch (23 cm) pie dish with coconut oil.
  • Dry toast the walnuts on a tawa until lightly golden brown. In a food processor/ mixie, blend the dates to a rough paste and set aside.
  • Blend 50g of rolled oats on high until you have an ‘oat flour’ and set aside with the dates.
  • Blend the walnuts until they are the texture of rough sand. Add the coconut oil, dates paste, jaggery liquid, salt, and oat flour and process again, until a sort of dough comes together.
  • Finally, add the remaining 1 cup of rolled oats and pulse until the oats are chopped, but still have some texture to them. The dough should stick together slightly when pressed between your fingers.
  • With your fingers, crumble the dough evenly over the base of the pie dish. Starting from the middle, press the mixture firmly and evenly into the dish, moving outward and upward along the side of the pie dish. The harder you press the crumbs into the dish, the better the crust will hold together. Place in the freezer for at least 20-30 minutes.
  • If you don’t have a pie dish, you can use a cake tin, and the effect will be more of a raw cheesecake than a tart.

Make the filling:

  • Drain and rinse the cashews. In a high-speed blender, combine the soaked cashews, liquid jaggery, cold-pressed coconut oil, vanilla bean seeds, salt, and coffee and blend on high until the filling is completely smooth.
  • It can take a few minutes of blending to get it smooth, depending on your blender. If the blender needs more liquid to get it going, add a little more coffee (if you want a stronger coffee flavour) or water. When it is ready, it should be smooth and spreadable.
  • Pour the filling into the prepared crust, smoothing out the top evenly. Place the pie dish on an even surface in the freezer. Freeze for a minimum of 4 hours, until the pie sets.
  • Remove the pie from the freezer and let it sit on the counter for 10 minutes before slicing. At this point you can garnish with more toasted walnuts or sieve raw cacao powder over the top. Store leftover pieces in an airtight container in the freezer for 1 to 1½ weeks.
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About Copper and Cloves:

Sarah is a passionate cook and a Health and wellness Coach. She set up Copper + Cloves to bring healthy, nourishing food to Bangalore and get people excited about eating fresh, whole foods. A big believer in the farm-to-table philosophy, Sarah focuses on  working with local, organic producers and suppliers as much as possible. | Instagram @CopperandCloves

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About Blue Tokai:

Having pioneered the artisanal coffee wave in India, Blue Tokai Coffee Roasters is now a household name. The coffee they roast is the coffee they like to drink! The company works directly with 14 farms across the south of the country to source the highest quality Arabica beans which are roasted at their roasteries in Bombay, Bangalore, and Delhi and served across the country.  | Instagram @BlueTokaiCoffee


I’d love to hear from you! Do let me know if you try this recipe – leave a comment below; and tag me in your delicious creations on Instagram @the_foodiediaries.

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