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No-fat Vegan Chocolate-Walnut and Pear Tart

No-fat Vegan Chocolate-Walnut & Pear Tart

It is harvest time for beautiful, juicy pears, and I’ve got pear trees laden with fruit this year. There are so many delicious possibilities for fat-free and vegan pear dishes.  I’ve recently seen some amazing online recipes for Chocolate-Pear confections, but all of them share common ingredients that I do not eat: butter, milk, cream. I enthusiastically took on the challenge, and today I present an absolutely sumptuous fat-free dairy-free tart that you can serve proudly to anyone you know.

This tart is more accurately a pie, so it is deep, moist, and should be served in thin slices.  For the crust, I’ve adapted the wonderful pie crust from “Prevent and Reverse Heart Disease” that is built on apple juice and grape nuts.  I’ve added some unsweetened cocoa, creating a crisp hearty frame for the deep chocolate filling.  I’ve used a great gluten-free chocolate cake mix from Bob’s Red Mill and enhanced it with ground walnuts, resulting in a super moist center studded with vanilla-poached glazed pear.   Enjoy this and share it with your friends.  They’ll probably hug you, and their healthy hearts will thank you!

Chocolate-Walnut and Pear Tart

Crust

1 TBSP unsweetened cocoa
3 TBSP frozen apple juice concentrate
1 1/2 C Grape Nuts cereal (not flakes…they have oil)

Stir the ingredients together until well mixed.  Spoon all into a 9″ pie plate, pressing crumbs up the side to form a crust.  Bake at 375 degrees for 8 to 10 minutes or until beginning to brown on the edges and crisp.  Cool for 5 minutes while you prepare the filling.

Filling

1 C shelled walnuts
1 1/2 C Bob’s Red Mill Gluten Free Chocolate Cake Mix
1 TBSP flax meal softened in 3 TBSP of water
1 tsp. vanilla
1 C vanilla soymilk (or any non-dairy milk)

Grind the walnuts for about 1 minute in your food processor.  Add the cake mix and pulse until mixed.  Add the remaining ingredients and mix 30 seconds until fully mixed.  This will be a fairly thick batter.  Pour into the cooled crust.

Poached Pears

2 ripe Bartlett pears, peeled, cored, halved
1/2 C sugar
1 TBSP vanilla
1/4 water

Put all ingredients into a sauce pan and simmer for about 5 minutes.  Drain the pears and slice into 1/8″ thick pieces.  Press into the filling, fanning out somewhat for a pretty look.  Bake the tart for 15 minutes in a 350 degree oven.  If you wish, brush the pears with a bit of apple juice concentrate to glaze them. Return to oven and bake another 20 minutes or until a knife barely comes clean.  Do not over bake – you want this to be moist and fudgy.

Chocolate Mousse with Cinnamon Cream

No-fat Vegan Chocolate Mousse with Cinnamon Cream

One of my favorite quick and super satisfying sweet fixes is mousse. Using silken or firm tofu as a base, you can build a wonderful dessert in a couple of minutes.  Today, I’ve found a way to dramatically improve my favorite flavor – Chocolate.  Using Wax Orchards spectacular fudge sauce improves both the flavor and the texture, and served with silken cinnamon cream, it is beyond luscious, and a little goes a long way!

Vegan Chocolate Mousse with Cinnamon Cream

Chocolate Mousse:

1/2 of a 1 lb. package of firm tofu (8 oz.)
3 large TBSP Wax Orchard Fudge Sauce
1 pinch salt
1 TBSP agave or grade A maple syrup

Process for 1 – 2 minutes in food processor and refrigerate at least 30 minutes.

Cinnamon Cream:

1/2 of a 1 lb. package of silken tofu (8 oz.)
1/4 C maple syrup
1 pinch salt
1/4 tsp. cinnamon

Process for 1 – 2 minutes in food processor and refrigerate at least 30 minutes.

To serve, place 2 to 3 heaping tablespoons of chocolate mousse in a nice serving glass.  Drizzle 2 to 3 teaspoons of cinnamon cream over the top and garnish with mint or fresh berries.

Wax Orchards’ Fudge Sauces

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Today, I’m cleaning and reorganizing my pantry.  My new no-fat vegan lifestyle requires some major changes in there!  Away go the convenience foods that contain a formidable array of fats used in food manufacturing (oils of all types, lecithin, hydrogenated and partially hydrogenated). It is stunning to realize that practically every baking mix, cracker, canned soup and salad dressing – virtually every single jar, bag or can in my pantry – contains fat. I am truly getting a sense of how the food industry’s manufacturing processes can contribute to heart disease and obesity without awareness on my part as the consumer.

Imagine my surprise and delight though, at the discovery of a jar of completely fat-free fruit-sweetened fudge sauce! I immediately went after it with a spoon, and (uh-0h) I’m in love.  Wax Orchards is a local Washington company who makes 5 amazing flavors of fudge sauce, 4 beautiful fruit syrups, and a fruit-based sugar/honey substitute called Fruit Sweet. I’ll get back to you on the Fruit Sweet after I’ve had a chance to use it in some baking, but in the meantime, for your morning mocha, your evening berries, or anything you eat that would be enhanced by warm fudge (which is everything, right?) get yourself a jar of Wax Orchards Fudge Sauce.