Love is in the air.
At least in the brief moments when it’s not snowing, it is.
Some people are already on the Valentine’s Day bandwagon. Angela, for instance, is by hosting her recipe contest for love-inspired vegan treats. I decided to come up with a recipe to submit, and had so much fun in the process.
Two driving inspirations:
Dessert hummus – Call me crazy, but this recipe from the Wannabe Chef proves that it is possible to make chickpeas as sweet as they can be made savory. Too bad I’m allergic to PB.
Love – Valentine’s Day is all about love, so the rest of the dessert came together easily. What is there not to love about a slice of a sweet, creamy tart?
- 1 c coconut flakes
- 1 c oats
- 2 tsp brown sugar
- 1/4 c agave nectar
Place crust ingredients in food processor. The mixture will be sticky and crumbly.
Pack mixture into baking dish. This can be one medium sized dish or mini tart tins.
Bake at 350°F for 10- 12 minutes, on top shelf in oven. Allow to cool completely.
- 1 can chickpeas, rinsed and drained
- 2 tbs white sugar
- 1 tbs agave nectar (non-vegan can use honey)
- 1 1/2 tsp vanilla
- 1 tbs orange juice
- 1 medium banana
- 4 drops of pink food coloring
Combine ingredients in food processor. Blend for approx. 1-2 minutes.
When mixture is smooth, add four drops of food coloring and pulse distribute.
Place filling in covered bowl in refrigerator for 30+ minutes.
Sidenote: I found Neon food coloring at the grocery store and could not resist! Now, I’ve got the whole rainbow to work with!
Okay, back to the dessert…
- 2 tbs cranberry sauce/jelly
- 1 tsp water
The topping is very simple, just stir together cranberry sauce and some water to thin it out. I used my mom’s homemade recipe, but you can use any jelly that you like. Also non-vegan recipes could use a chocolate ganache instead of the cranberry topping.
Spread an even layer of filling over the cooled crumb crust. Place dish into fridge for an additional 20 minutes to set. Then, carefully spread topping over the filling.
If you are artful to make hearts, it is encouraged, but a solid layer of topping would do just as well!
Serve with love.