Looking for a Healthy Treat for Valentine’s Day? How about a Raspberry Chocolate Raw Tart?

Move over flowers, cards and balloons, how about something homemade for Valentine’s Day? No question, I am talking about making a dessert. Here is something that is healthy, has the color red and of course, chocolate. Are you ready for a vegan raspberry chocolate raw tart?tart one

Sara Sullivan, who is a Yarmouth, Maine based nutritionist, gave me this recipe. Beside being delicious, this tart is pretty good for you as well. a key ingredient for the tart shell is walnuts. They help you lower blood pressure and your chances of cardiovascular disease. walnuts

In the filling, the main ingredients are cashews, dates and raspberries. Cashews are high in iron, zinc and protein. Dates are important because they high in fiber and vitamin B. The main ingredient is of course, raspberries. The fruit contains antioxidants, among other things.dates


My kids thought this dessert was alright. Just about all the adult friends of mine who have tried this, love it.
Why don’t you give it a try and enjoy that vegan thing?tart two


1 cup walnuts
1 1/4 cup dried organic soft dates, chopped (soaked for 30 minutes only if not soft)
3/4 cups raw cacao powder or cocoa powder
1/2 tsp pure vanilla extract
pinch sea salt
1-2 tbsp filtered water


Combine above ingredients in bowl of food processor fitted with S blade and blend until the mass begins to clump together adding the water bit by bit only if needed to combine the mixture. Take the mixture and roll into ball and place in tart pan. Using your fingers, gently press in the center and push mixture towards the sides, lining the tart shell. Repeat until pan is full. Chill for 15 minutes. Remove from fridge. Wash your food processor bowl and S blade.


2 cups organic frozen raspberries (plus more for garnish)
1 1/2 cups raw organic cashews (soaked in water for 30 minutes)
1/2 cup of fresh lemon juice (plus a little more for consistency)
1 1/2 tbsp maple syrup


Place all filling ingredients in high speed blender or food processor with S blade and combine well, scraping down sides to mix thoroughly, until nice and creamy. Adding a bit of extra lemon juice to allow it to blend is fine, but do check the sweetness factor and adjust if needed. With the food processor it may not become as perfectly smooth and eliminate raspberry seeds. To complete the tart, place the filling in the tart shell and top with raspberries.

Jeff Peterson

About Jeff Peterson

Jeff Peterson anchors Good Day Maine on CBS 13 from 4:30-7:00a.m and on FOX 23 from 7:00-8:00am. Back in 2012, he decided to become vegan. Jeff has lost over 50 pounds and his cholesterol has dropped dramatically. Besides having kids, It's the best decision he's ever made.