As I wrote in a previous post, I love all things creamy — especially desserts. However, as I started eating a more whole-food dairy-free diet, cream pies are now out of the question. I do still have a soft spot for citrus desserts — lemon, lime, orange, and especially meyer lemon, which we’re lucky enough to have in the Bay Area. And even more lucky is that our very sweet neighbor has a huge meyer lemon tree, and she kindly lets us pick off all the meyer lemons that grow on our side of the fence.
Recently, I have been trying to make a healthy citrus dessert and have been searching for a whole-grain low-fat crust to go with it. Unfortunately, even Cook’s Illustrated, which tests and develops thousands of recipes, determined that it simply could not create a low-fat pie crust recipe that tasted good. I was, of course, heart-broken, until I discovered the world of raw pie crusts! Although these crusts don’t have the flakiness and butteriness of traditional pie crusts, they’re filled with heart-healthy nuts and naturally sweet dates. I found that these crusts pair well with a creamy filling, and when I made this lime tart, my kids gladly gobbled it down and licked their plates clean. This yummy tart is vegan, dairy-free, gluten-free and has no processed sugar. How can that be, you may ask? It’s filled with a rich cashew cream made only with cashews, lime, vanilla, a dash of salt and a touch of honey — simply delicious!
Raw Vegan Lime Tart
1 cup dates
1/3 cup walnuts
1/3 cup cashews
1/3 cup almonds
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
Blend crust ingredients well in a food processor until mixture is sticky. Press into a tart pan and place in the refrigerator while preparing filling.
2 cups raw cashews (soaked for at least 2 hours)
1/4 -1/2 cup lime juice + 1 teaspoon lime zest (depending on desired lime flavor intensity)
1/4 cup honey (or maple syrup or other preferred liquid sweetener)
2 teaspoons vanilla
pinch of salt
1/4 cup water (adjust according to desired consistency)
Blend cashew cream ingredients in a high speed blender until smooth. Pour over crust and garnish with lime wedges. Enjoy!