You may remember last year’s Breakfast in Bedfest series on Canned Time that featured 12 yummy plant-based recipes – one each month – from vegans around the blogosphere. Angela is at it again, this time featuring Family Favorite Desserts that have been given the vegan treatment. (For the complete line up so far, click here.)
My contribution are sweet and adorable apricot tartlets that are both oil-free and sugar-free (thanks to the unofficial sponsor, NuNaturals and their excellent stevia products). The full recipe is below, but to find out why I chose to adapt a fruit-and-crust combo for my “family favorite,” check out the post on Canned Time.
Sweet little apricot tartlets that are little bites of summer. They’re sugar-free, oil-free, and 100% cruelty-free.
- 5 fresh ripe apricots, pitted and cut into chunks (~3 cups)
- ½ cup unsweetened apple juice
- ½ tsp. fresh lemon juice
- ½ tsp. vanilla stevia liquid
- ½ Tbsp. chia seeds
- 1 ¼ cups whole wheat flour
- 1 Tbsp. flaxseed meal
- ¼ tsp. ground cinnamon
- pinch sea salt
- 1 stopperful vanilla stevia liquid
- 3 heaping Tbsp. tahini
- 3 heaping Tbsp. almond butter
- 5–7 Tbsp. ice water
Make the jam
- In a medium-sized saucepan, combine the apricots, apple juice, and lemon juice. Bring mixture to a boil, then reduce the heat to a low simmer. Cook for 15-20 minutes, stirring occasionally.
- Whisk in the stevia and chia seeds and either set aside while you prepare the crust, or let cool for a bit before storing in the refrigerator until needed.
Make the crust
- In the bowl of a food processor, combine the flour, flaxseed meal, cinnamon, and salt. Pulse a few times to combine.
- Add the tahini and almond butter and pulse again until broken down into small chunks. Now turn on the processor and add the water. Process until the mixture comes together to form a ball.
- Remove the dough from the bowl and place it on a sheet of plastic wrap, patting the dough into a flat circle. Refrigerate for a couple of hours – or freeze for 30 minutes or so.
- Preheat the oven to 375-degrees F and grab a 12-cup muffin tin. Lightly flour your counter or a board and place the disk of dough on top. Roll the dough out – adding more flour as necessary to keep it from sticking and tearing – until it’s about ¼-inch thick. Use a 3-inch cookie cutter (or drinking glass) to cut circles. Gently place the circles into the muffin cups and pat them down so that some of the dough comes up the sides – like wee pies.
- Place about 1 tablespoon of the chia jam in each tartlet. Gather up the dough scraps and roll out again. Cut into ½-inch wide strips, then into 1-inch long (or thereabouts) pieces and criss-cross them over the chia jam (see photos for example).
- Bake the tartlets for 15-20 minutes or until the crust is browned and the jam is bubbling. Let cool slightly before eating.
- You may get more or less tartlets depending on your muffin tins and how thinly you roll out the crust. You will most likely have extra jam. Don’t be shy about spreading it on your morning toast.
- These taste extra-yummy topped with fresh coconut whipped cream.
- Serving Size: 12
- Calories: 113
- Sugar: 3
- Sodium: 18
- Fat: 5
- Saturated Fat: 1
- Unsaturated Fat: 4
- Trans Fat: 0
- Carbohydrates: 15
- Protein: 3
- Cholesterol: 0