These naturally sweetened, no sugar added, no-bake coconut cream fruit tarts are the perfect dessert to for any occasion or even a date night in. As an added bonus, they are also naturally gluten free, vegan and Whole30 compliant. And they are still sure to satisfy your sweet tooth.
Let’s talk about dates for a second. No, I’m not talking about dates like the hand-holding-going-out-to-dinner-and-a-movie type dates (although I do love those kind of dates); I’m talking about the delicious fruit. Dates are naturally sweet and super versatile.
During my latest grocery shopping trip to Pick ‘n Save, I was leaving the produce section and realized I forgot some raspberries….as I turn back into the section, I saw a big box of dates, right by the nuts section! I turned my cart right around and put a big box in my cart.
With my newly purchased dates (and fruit), I headed home where my husband promptly asked me what I was possibly going to do with a giant container of dates. I, of course, replied ‘eat them’ (I’m sassy like that lol).
A few years ago, I did the Whole30 diet (see here and here for overviews) and on the diet, I couldn’t have any added sugar. But dates? Dates I could have! They’re sweet, and absolutely perfect for creating a little Valentine’s Day dessert.
What ingredients do you need to make these no bake fruit tarts?
- Medjool dates
- Coconut milk
Every year, my husband and I forgo the crowed restaurants with difficult to get reservations and pushy wait staff trying to turn the tables over and enjoy a nice, low key evening in.
He cooks me dinner (usually delicious steak and mushrooms like these, or I’m thinking air fryer beef tenderloin this year) and I make a side dish (in years past I’ve made these mashed potatoes, or these roasted potatoes- they’re soooo good!) and then dessert. And these no bake coconut cream fruit tarts will be the perfect dessert.
The tart crusts are made with dates and almonds and the filling is just whipped coconut milk and a little bit of the dates and almond mixture and then the tarts are topped with strawberries. It’s so simple to put together.
Since there’s no baking involved, they are perfect for making ahead the night before. But if you forget to do that, no worries because the whole recipe really only takes 10-15 minutes. Whip them up before dinner and let them cool a little in the fridge while you eat; as easy as that.
If you loved these no-bake coconut cream fruit tarts, you should know that dates can be used for all sorts of things. Another thing I love to do with dates is make snack bites (or energy bites) like the ones below:
- Cherry chocolate chip no bake energy bites
- No bake coconut date energy bites
- 5 ingredient peanut butter pretzel energy bites
- No bake oatmeal cookie energy bites
- 3 ingredient chocolate hazelnut energy bites
They are perfect for ‘no bake’ desserts/snacks, because they have a great moldable-yet-firm texture.
Coconut Cream Fruit Tarts
- 12-14 medjool dates pits removed
- 1/4 cup almonds
- 1 can coconut milk
- 1/4 cup raspberries
- 1/4 cup strawberries sliced
- In a food processor process mejool dates and almonds until there are no big chunks (mine always forms a big ball when it's done, and it usually takes about 30 seconds to a minute on high in the food processor.) Carefully remove the blade and take 1 heaping spoonful of the mixture and set aside.
- Line two small springform molds or two small pans and line with parchment paper.
- Divide the date/almond mixture between the two molds and with hands press the date/almond mixture to form a crust.
- In a mixing bowl spoon coconut milk (you only want the solid parts from the can, you will see clear liquid and then solid white...the white stuff is what you want) and then with a hand mixer whip it for a minute, then add the spoonful of date/almond mixture that you've reserved and 5 raspberries. Beat until combined (there will be some small date, almond, and raspberry bits in the mixture.)
- Spoon the coconut cream into the tart crusts and then top the tarts with raspberries and sliced strawberries.
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