HEALTHY HOLIDAY SNACK
Celebrity Chef Sandi Morais shares her recipe for her Vegan No-Bake Coconut Gizzada Tart
Coconut Gizzada Tart is a traditional Jamaican pastry that I always enjoyed as a snack when I was growing up in Jamaica. It is also known as pinch-me-round because of the pinched crust.
When I became a Vegan and also gluten-free, I could no longer enjoy my favorite baked Gizzada because the Gizzada was made with flour, butter and sugar. I wanted to enjoy my favorite childhood snack so I decided to create a No-Bake Vegan style Coconut Gizzada Tart by substituting healthier ingredients. I made the crust with almond, walnuts and coconut as a substitute for the flour. I included the traditional spices such as vanilla, nutmeg and cinnamon to spice up the crust, and dates as the sweetener instead of sugar. I made the filling for the Gizzada with coconut cream instead of butter. I was very happy that I was able to recreate one of my favorite childhood snacks to fit into my vegan lifestyle. This is a simple, tasty, healthy Gizzada Tart recipe that you can make and add to your holiday table.
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes
1/2 cup raw unsalted almonds
1/2 cup raw unsalted walnuts
3 tablespoons unsweetened shredded coconut
1/2 cup pitted dates
1/2 teaspoon nutmeg
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
4 tablespoons unsweetened shredded coconut
2 tablespoons coconut cream
1 tablespoon maple syrup
1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
(Mix ingredients together in a bowl)
Step 1. Add walnuts, almonds and shredded coconut to your food processor and blend to a meal texture. Add cinnamon, nutmeg, vanilla and blend again.
Step 2. Add dates and blend until mixture begins to form a dough. Scrape the dough into a bowl. Add a piece of parchment paper to a 5 inch tart mold. Scrape the dough into the tart mold. Use a spatula and press the dough firmly into the mold.
Step 3. Put the Gizzada into the freezer to set for 20 minutes. Remove the Gizzada from the freezer and put it into the regular part of the fridge. Add topping when ready to serve. Enjoy!
Sandi Morais’ new Cook Book “Vegan Recipe for Life” is now available for purchase. For details visit www.vegantuneupcafe.com