Don’t you love it when a scrumptious sweet treat is healthy, too? I created this maple crème vegan tartlets recipe for Hail Merry, and am so excited to share it with you! The filling is dense, rich, filled with maple flavor, completely dairy-free, and darn near raw. It sets up with ease upon refrigeration and makes a perfect nutritious warm weather treat.
The crust couldn’t be easier. For each of the tartlets, I simply press a healthy raw macaroon into a mini muffin cup to form a fillable shell. In this recipe, the Pure Vanilla and Dark Chocolate Merry Bites were perfect. Raw macaroons like these tend to be very soft and tender, so they take mere minutes to form into several delicious vegan tartlet crusts.
I chose maple for the filling as it perfectly compliments the Merry Bites, which are sweetened exclusively with maple syrup. And really, who doesn’t love maple syrup? These tartlets are certainly a sweet dessert treat, but I’ve considered them guilt-free enough to enjoy as a breakfast on-the-go or an afternoon pick-me-up.
Special Diet Notes: Maple Creme Vegan Tartlets
By ingredients, this recipe is dairy-free / non-dairy, egg-free, gluten-free, grain-free, peanut-free, soy-free, vegan / plant-based, vegetarian, and generally paleo.
- ⅓ cup raw, unsalted cashews
- 1½ tablespoons maple syrup
- 1 tablespoon melted coconut oil
- ½ tablespoon plain or unsweetened dairy-free milk beverage or lite coconut milk
- ¼ teaspoon vanilla extract
- Pinch salt
- 3 to 5 drops pure stevia extract, optional
- 8 raw macaroons (I used 1 package Hail Merry Bites in Pure Vanilla or Dark Chocolate)
- Fresh raspberries, blackberries or blueberries, for serving, optional
- Place the cashews in a spice / coffee grinder, the grinder container of a personal blender, or a small food processor. Process until finely ground or powdered, about 30 to 60 seconds – it’s okay if it starts to clump.
- Add the maple, oil, milk beverage, vanilla, and salt (transfer all to a blender if using a regular grinder), and process until smooth and creamy. Taste test. Blend in the stevia to heighten the flavors, if desired.
- Press the macaroons into 8 mini tartlet or mini cupcake molds / tins.
- Divide the cashew filling evenly between the tartlet cups.
- Refrigerate for 1 hour or longer. Serve topped with fresh berries, if desired.
Stevia Option - Using stevia like an herb (which it is), in small doses rather than as a predominant sweetener, can help to heighten the flavors of a recipe, without overpowering.
This post was sponsored by Hail Merry, the makers of some amazing raw macaroons, miracle tarts, and naturally seasoned nuts and seeds. But the glowing opinions and decadent recipes are my own.