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Spiced red fruit tartlets

POSTED ON December 22, 2015

spiced red fruit tartlets close up


The scent of these tartlets is not only delicious, but also surprisingly intriguing; perhaps it’s the tanginess of the pomegranate and berries combined with a hint of cardamom, orange and nutmeg or the dark cocoa crust enriched with ground almonds, maple and coconut? Even after they cooled I couldn’t stop trying to put my finger on what exactly was so appealing—either way, you’ll find they fill your kitchen with a warm and exotic aroma and look lovely and festive with their deep red jewel-like filling.

When making vegan tarts you usually need to pre-bake the crust and then cook the filling separately before completing the tart; however, I was pleased to discover that these came together quickly and easily without those extra steps. The only fiddly part is pressing the crusts; once that’s done all you need to do is mix the fruits and spices, fill and bake. As will all vegan tarts they are best the day they’re made but if you want to plan ahead you could press the crusts and refrigerate until you’re ready to mix the filling ingredients (I wouldn’t mix this ahead as the cherries and raspberries would defrost and the mix could become to wet).

I added a dab of coconut yogurt but you could also serve them with the cashew cinnamon cream from my book, if you have it.

I’ll keep this short as I know many of you that got a sneak peek on instagram are eagerly awaiting the recipe to make for Christmas.

Thank you all so much for the great support with my book this year. Looking forward to creating more nourishing and delicious recipes in 2016!

Happy holidays!


Amy x


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Spiced red fruit tartlets with chocolate crust

(vegan, whole grain and gluten free)

Makes 24 tartlets



½ cup rolled oats (use gluten free if you are gluten intolerant)

½ cup unsweetened dried shredded coconut

½ cup unsweetened cocoa powder

6 tablespoons brown rice flour

1 cup buckwheat flour

1 cup almond flour

½ teaspoon sea salt

6 tablespoons melted extra virgin coconut oil

½ cup maple syrup

2 teaspoons vanilla extract



2 cups cranberries

1 ¾ cups frozen raspberries

1 ¾ cup frozen cherries, halved

¾ cup pomegranate seeds

2 ½ teaspoons arrowroot powder

½ teaspoon ground cardamom

½ teaspoon cinnamon

Pinch ground clove

Pinch freshly grated nutmeg

Zest of one orange

6 tablespoons unsweetened raspberry or cherry preserves

6 tablespoons maple syrup

½ cup orange juice


Make the crust:

Add oats and coconut to a food processor and grind until fine. Transfer to a medium bowl and add cocoa, brown rice flour, buckwheat flour, almond meal and salt. Stir well then drizzle in coconut oil and mix until the flour is moistened. Add maple syrup and vanilla and stir until mixture comes together, it will be a little sticky. Set aside for 10 to 15 minutes.

Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit and line 2 standard muffin pans with paper liners. Thinly press about one rounded tablespoon into each muffin cup a little under halfway up each side. Set aside.


Make the filling:

Add cranberries, raspberries, cherries, pomegranate seeds, arrowroot, spices and orange zest to a medium bowl and stir well to combine. In another small bowl combine preserves, maple and orange juice and stir until smooth. Add to cranberry mixture, stir to combine and distribute between tartlet shells. Bake for 25 minutes, remove from oven and gently press any firm cranberries down into the filling so they cook in the juices. Return to oven and bake for 10 minutes more. Remove and set aside to cool for 10 minutes then carefully lift out of pan with the edges of the paper liners.

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  • Andrea says:

    Dear Amy! Thank you for posting the recipe, it looks amazing!! I really want to make these for Christmas. Althought I have some questions for you. What do you think, can I substitute the buckwheat flour with more brown rice flour? I just don’t like the taste of buckwheat. Also what about the almonds in the crust, can I use walnuts instead? My last q is about tha arrowroot, can I use cornstarch instead? Thank you! Merry Christmas!

    • Amy Chaplin says:

      Hi Andrea,

      I’m so glad you;re excited to make them! You could use more oat flour inplace of buckwheat but you really don’t taste it with the cacao. Have you tried different kinds? Some are very light and have a mild flavor. You could use walnuts meal inplace of the almond, when grinding add a pinch of flour so it doesn;t turn to nut butter. meausre after grinding. I imagine corn starch will work the same way but I’ve never used it before.

      Let me know how they go!

      Amy x

  • judy says:

    These sound and look divine, Amy. I have 2 questions. Can something be substituted for the oats? Having heard that they’re hard to digest I always soak mine, not appropriate for this recipe. The other question is whether you think this would work as a pie or a tart and if so, what adjustments you’d suggest.
    Thank you for another anything-but-ordinary dish!

    • Amy Chaplin says:

      Hi Judy,

      Thank you 🙂 I have been getting sprouted rolled oats which would be perfect to use here. Otherwise you will have to experiment with grains you find easier to digest, I consider oats very easy to digest myself. You could make a larger tart as the filling does set quite firm but it obviously wouldn’t cut perfectly with all the fruit.

      Let me know how it comes out!

      Happy baking!
      Amy X

  • Anthony says:

    Amy they look wonderful. I like to keep sugars and calories down – is there something that could be substituted for maple syrup?

    • Amy Chaplin says:

      Hi Anthony.

      You could try using rice syrup instead and use less of it? There needs to be moisture for the cranberries to soften and cook.
      Let me know how it goes!


  • Barbara says:

    Hi Amy,
    Thank you for this festive holiday recipe. I tried it as a pie, and blogged about adapting your wonderful recipe.
    Best Regards,

  • lisl says:


    Can I ask you how you did the cashew cinnamon cream. I would really like to do it. Is there lemon in it?

    Thanks a lot


    • Amy Chaplin says:

      Hi Iisl,

      The photos are with coconut yogurt. The cashew cream recipe is on page 322 of my book. It has orange, brown rice syrup and vanilla, not lemon.
      Hope you can make it soon!

      Amy x

  • sheila says:

    You are TOO kind to reply to all the inquiries on your blog. Just dropping a line to say thank you! 🙂
    I’m about to make these and I absolutely cherish your cookbook. I’m a native New Yorker and loved going to Angelica’s kitchen. I nodded vegetarian in high school; my friend and I would go to Angelica’s together. As often as possible!!!
    Happy holidays to you and yours. sheila

  • Nina says:

    Hi Amy. I love the recipe. Thank you. Can I make them one day ahead? Or do they get squishy???
    Best regards and happy 2018. Nina. PS: Looking forward for your new book :)))

  • Nina says:

    Another question: do I need to thaw the frozen fruits? And do you use fresh and uncooked cranberries??
    Thanks so much for your help.

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