Raw Nectarine Tarts for Father's Day

Monday, June 18, 2012


When I was in kindergarten, I came home from school one day in tears.  My parents were very concerned and tried to comfort me, asking what had happened.  I told them that one of the girls in my class was very mean to the other children and it made me sad.  "Why do you think she acts this way?", my mom asked.  In between sobs, I cried, "Because she doesn't have a daddy."

Now, of course I'm not insinuating that every child growing up without a father has anger issues.  My point is this: Even at a very young age, I was very aware of how important my father's love and presence was in my life.



I never had any doubt how much my dad loved and cherished me.  In fact, he would tell me just about every day.  He always treated me as an equal, and spoke to me like an adult.  If my dad had a hard day or was upset about something, he wouldn't hesitate to talk to me about it.  Because of this, my dad and I understand each other in a way that oftentimes others don't.  When I think back to the hardest times in my life, it was my dad I turned to, to understand and offer comfort.  Without fail, he would always make me feel better.


How do I repay the man that has always told me that the sky is the limit.  That I have the intelligence and talent to be whoever I want to be.  That I'm the most beautiful girl in the whole world and that no one deserves me(he loves Dayv, though).

Well, I can't.  The only thing I can do is continue to be the best person I can be and continue to make him proud.  And tell him every time I see him how much I love and appreciate him.

One of the things that my dad most often compliments me on is how much he loves the food I make.  Any cake, cupcake, granola bar, or candy I create is the best thing he's ever eaten(according to him).  I really wanted to make him a dessert for Father's Day, but I didn't want it to be unhealthy(regardless of how healthy a vegan baked good is in comparison to a standard baked good).  I decided that I wanted to make him a raw dessert, something that's full of only good-for-you ingredients.  And so I made him these raw nectarine tarts and brought them over to him yesterday.  Of course, he loved them, as he told me repeatedly while he was eating one.  I was a happy daughter ;)


Raw Nectarine Tarts
makes 4-6 4" tarts(depending on thickness of crust)

for cream:
1 cup raw cashews, soaked overnight
3/4 cup nectarine, peeled, pitted, and chopped into small pieces

for crust:
1/2 cup walnuts
1/2 cup raw cashews
3/4 cup prunes

for garnish:
thinly sliced nectarine

First make crust:
Using a food processor, process walnuts and cashews into a fine meal.  Add prunes and continue to process until prunes are finely chopped and integrated with the nuts.  Make sure not to over process, or the nuts will begin to release their oils and become nut butter.  Press into mini tart pans and chill in freezer.

Once chilled, remove crusts from tart pans(optional) and return to freezer.

Make cream(make sure you clean your food processor!):
Add soaked cashews to your food processor, and process until a smooth cream is created.  Scrape down the sides of the processor as necessary.  Add nectarines and continue to process until completely smooth.  

Assemble:
Equally divide cream among the tart shells.  Add nectarine slices to the tops and return to freezer to set.  Store in an airtight container in the freezer until ready to eat(you can see in the photo above that the nectarine is still frozen!).  Enjoy ;)

49 comments:

  1. That second picture down is breath-taking! Your father must have been so tickled to have received such lovely and delicious treats on father's day!

    I love how simple the ingredients are too- I think I need to go get me some tart pans! Yum!

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    1. thank you, kristy! i particularly love that picture as well ;)

      yes, go out and get mini tart pans! i JUST bought them to make these tarts. they're so cute and i can't wait to use them constantly ;)

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  2. that was beautiful!! You and your dad are blessed to have such a wonderful relationship! I will be making this for my husband.

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    1. thank you so much! i hope your husband enjoys them <3

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  3. what a beautiful post:) father/daughter relationships are one of a kind! and that tart sounds so delicious! and looks gorgeous too!

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    1. thank you for your sweet compliments, lady <3 and i agree, i really think it's one of the most important relationships to have.

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  4. Caitlin this tart looks scrumptious! I'm in Australia so this has me pining more for Summer to return. But I can see some wintery potential. I've only just been referred to your blog and my 4 year old is wheat intolerant so I am very excited to check out your fare. Our father's day is in September so by then the weather shall be warmer and this will be perfect. xx Fi

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    1. thank you so much, fiona! i'm so glad you were able to discover me and i hope you are able to find some recipes here that your son enjoys ;)

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  5. Wow beautiful looking tart...raw desserts are my favorite. It really sounds delicious!

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  6. This just put a huge smile on my face. What a beautiful post about Daddy Vegan Chickpea :) Love it. How blessed you are to have such a wonderful man be the center of your life. xo. I will take a tart for Happy Cara Day...

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    1. awww thank you, cara <3 i agree, i am blessed. and i will definitely make you a happy cara day tart ;)

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  7. Great tribute to your dad! I love raw desserts. I am up for adoption.

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    1. thanks, gigi! i will talk to dayv about adopting a grown woman ;)

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  8. What a yummy way to celebrate fathers day! I can't wait to try this recipe!

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  9. Ooh, this sounds like the perfect way to use all the new summer stone fruit! I bet it would be great with plums too--which is especially great for me since I have a tree full of them about to be ready for harvest. :)

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  10. plums would be amazing, eileen!

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  11. love this post! and such a sweet tribute! Gigi, always cracks me up.. Its so nice to have that special bond with your Dad. those mini tarts are super cute!
    The last few years my dad has changed a lot and asks the kids for advice, which is really sweet. I signed my ma n dad for the 21 day vegan kickstart in India for mothers and fathers day.. lets see how they do:)

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    1. well, thank you, my dear richa! and oooh! i can't wait to hear how their vegan challenge goes!

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  12. What a great post! And the tart looks absolutely amazing+adorable!

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  13. You are so lucky to have that kind of relationship with your Dad- I have the same one with mine, they are the best aren't they!

    Anyone would be lucky to have these made for them by you - they are gorgeous :)

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    1. cuddly, comforting dads are the best FOR SURE <3 and you are so sweet, thank you <3

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  14. Aren't dads the best? He's so lucky to have gotten those beautiful tarts from you. Seriously, gorgeous!

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  15. Wow, this looks great! I just found you through sketch-free vegan and was impressed by your comment about soy! I can't eat the stuff either and am always looking for others who feel the same. I can't wait to explore your site more!

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    1. oh, that's so awesome! i'm happy you found me ;)

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  16. I'm still not sure how you did this. 4 ingredients? I look at the recipe, then I look at the photo, yet it still doesn't seem possible that the concocation can be that simple. Excellent job!

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  17. I've seen so many takes on raw 'cheesecake' desserts, but I think this is the first nectarine version I've seen - very creative! My dad is pretty adventurous when it comes to food, but I don't know how he'd feel about getting a raw dessert on Father's Day...yours sounds very special indeed!

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    1. thanks, genevieve! yeah, my dad is very special. i don't know if he would have eaten this 10 years ago, but since he is so used to vegan food at this point, he's open to try anything really! i honestly can't think of one thing i could make that he wouldn't at least try!

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  18. What a beautiful tribute to your father. And what a wonderful-looking dessert. It seems so simple yet so lush. Now I need mini tart pans ...

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    1. thank you, andrea! i love that you described them as lush ;)

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  19. Whenever I see a raw recipe, I never know if I should try it or not. But this looks absolutely amazing!!!

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    1. that's quite the compliment! thank you ;)

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  20. What a beautiful, fresh tart! I never think to do much with nectarines, but they look amazing in your tart--definitely going to have to try a variation soon.

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    1. thanks, jes! i hope your variation turns out just as awesome! nectarines need more press ;)

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  21. I am not very familiar with raw food, but these tarts look really delicious. I love every single ingredients. A must try

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    1. thank you, vicky! i hope you enjoy them ;)

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  22. Ah! These are adorable! I'm glad you went with raw ;)

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  23. Wow, these look delicious! I love raw food. Great idea! I want to make these asap!

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    1. thanks, alaine! i hope you enjoy them ;)

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  24. What a lovely post and tribute to your dad :) So sweet!

    Cannot wait to try this recipe. These look delicious! I adore nectarines and cashews! Mmmmm! A perfect combo!

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    1. thanks, sweet lady <3 i love nectarines, too ;) (and cashews, of course!)

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  25. Wow these look incredible I defiantly have to try these for myself! Your blog is lovely!

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