A Chilled Truffle Tart With A Buttery Almond Meal Crust For Those Special Occasions By GreenChef Julia Gartland

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There are some people who will cook and bake outside of their “diet philosophies” for family and friends. I’m definitely not one of those people. That may sound stubborn, but really it’s not about being difficult. I just figure if I could make the “same” thing AND be able to eat it, too, why not? It’s easy to go buy any full-fat “normal” dessert. It is not always easy to make a gluten-free vegan birthday cake.

My tradition among close friends and family, is to bake a special treat for them. I usually ask what their top 3 favorite desserts are, then I’ll create a unique recipe for them based off their response. Unfortunately for me, that answer is usually chocolate. No, not “chocolate cake” or “brownies,” just “anything chocolate.” Now, I like chocolate, don’t get me wrong. I can appreciate a good brownie or truffle, but it’s definitely not my first choice. I was always the odd one out among my sisters requesting “vanilla” instead of “chocolate.” I remember refusing birthday cake as a young kid because it was chocolate! My indifference is heightened among the many many chocolate lovers I know.

This tart was so delicious, I actually started laughing upon the first bite.

I had almost 4 friend’s birthdays in a weeks span of time. I knew I had to find something everyone would love. This time, I decided to not just go for my Cocoa Carob Brownie Bites, or homemade truffles, but something I could even like. This tart was so delicious, I actually started laughing upon the first bite. It’s rich chocolate and I like it!

I am warning you now, this is quite a decadent dessert. It is rich, creamy and nutty thanks to an amazing buttery almond meal crust. This will surely make someone feel special on any day, chocolate lover or not.

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Rich, moist, espresso truffle brownies by Khatija Dadabhoy of Ghalia Organic Deserts.

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Courgette and coconut noodles, rustic puttanesca, white truffle alfredo, sage pesto (raw)

I grew up in a large Italian family, and gathering at my grandmothers home was like no other feast you could imagine. We would be forced to painstakingly sit through 7+ courses of amazing authentic food every meal. (Sounds rough huh!) My favorite courses were the array of pastas she would bring out around the 4th course. So many types of pastas from cannelloni, tortellini, manicotti, lasagnas, ziti, gnocchi and my favorites; vermicelli and linguini, all embraced by their own magical home made sauce.

So, needless to say, this combination of raw pastas were created when I offered a raw dinner for my grandma at a large catered event outside of Boston a few years back. She fully enjoyed every course; therefore, if grandma approved, the dinner was a success!

SERVES 6-8

For the Pasta:

5-6 Long Straight Courgettes, sliced paper thin, lengthwise on mandolin

then sliced again in ‘linguini’ width ribbons

1 Cup Young Coconut Meat, sliced into thin noodles

2 TB shallots, minced

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