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Healthy Dark Chocolate Peppermint Tart

This no-bake Healthy Dark Chocolate Peppermint Tart is SUPER rich and decadent, it doesn't taste healthy, gluten free, or refined sugar free at all!

When I was a kid and lay in bed at night, unable to sleep, I always wondered who else was awake like me.  Did they wonder the same thing, or was I alone?  Was someone across the world thinking about how I was still awake as they went about their day?

That’s actually what I thought about yesterday.  It was 3am and I couldn’t sleep, my mind was racing.  My dorm was quiet.  Was I the only one awake?  Was someone across the hall lying in their bed wondering the same thing?  Was I the only one restless enough to cook something?  Yes.  I know I was.

This no-bake Healthy Dark Chocolate Peppermint Tart is SUPER rich and decadent, it doesn't taste healthy, gluten free, or refined sugar free at all!

This no-bake Healthy Dark Chocolate Peppermint Tart is SUPER rich and decadent, it doesn't taste healthy, gluten free, or refined sugar free at all!

I originally saw chocolate tarts while scouring FoodGawker, and immediately clicked on every picture I saw.  Most of the tart fillings only had two ingredients: dark chocolate and heavy cream.  But, sometimes simplicity does not mean healthy, and I needed to replace the heavy cream with something.  Coconut milk popped into my head right away.  And, since I was going to use 100% cacao chocolate, I needed other add-ins to balance out the bitterness of the chocolate.

I planned on using 1 cup of light coconut milk, agave and coconut butter.  Unfortunately, I was mesmerized by how silky the coconut milk was and poured the entire can into the chocolate-melting pot.  I didn’t even realize that I did this until I saw how 4oz of chocolate wasn’t thickening the mixture one bit!  I quickly ran back to my room and snatched another chocolate bar  (I may or may not have an abundance of chocolate stashed around my room).  After the second chocolate bar had melted, I had a beautiful, thick and syrupy chocolate mixture.  Unfortunately, the end product was still a little too dark for me, so in the next trial I added some stevia and peppermint extract to boost the flavor.  This Healthy Dark Chocolate Peppermint Tart got my roomies even more excited for winter break just sixteen days away!!

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Healthy Dark Chocolate Peppermint Tart

Servings: 8 servings
   

Ingredients

Base:

Filling:

  • 1 cup - 1 tbs Light Coconut Milk (canned)
  • ¼ cup Coconut Sugar (or sweetener of choice)
  • 3 tbs Agave Nectar
  • 5 oz 100% Cacao Unsweetened Chocolate
  • 45 drops Liquid Stevia Extract
  • ½ tsp Peppermint Flavor

Instructions

For the Base:

  • In a large bowl, stir together the oat flour, protein powder, and salt.
  • Add the brown rice syrup, coconut oil, and extracts.  Stir together until the mixture is even.
  • Roll the dough in between two silicone baking mats or sheets of parchment paper until ½" thick.  Carefully flip the rolled out dough into your tart pan (I used a 4.25" x 13.75" tart pan).  Refrigerate while you make the filling.

For the Filling:

  • In a small saucepan, add the coconut milk, coconut sugar, and agave. Place over medium heat and stir until the sugar dissolves.
  • Add the chocolate to the pan and reduce the heat to medium-low. Stir constantly.  When the chocolate is fully melted, remove from the heat and whisk in the stevia and peppermint flavor.
  • Take the crust out of the fridge and pour in the chocolate filling. Cover and refrigerate overnight. Slice, serve, and enjoy!
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: Pie

This no-bake Healthy Dark Chocolate Peppermint Tart is SUPER rich and decadent, it doesn't taste healthy, gluten free, or refined sugar free at all!

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With love and good eats,

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– Jess

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9 comments on “Healthy Dark Chocolate Peppermint Tart”

  1. The tart looks absolutely fantastic and perfect for the holidays! My favourite brand of chocolate right now is lindt. It’s quite easily available and tastes delicious.

  2. OoOhh Looks really good..Chocolate peppermint who could ask for more!? Dark chocolate is my favorite. Ghiradelli is what I use because that is the best our store offers. (And they put the % on the labels..sometimes I go to the candy isle to find what I need)

  3. This looks SOOOOOO good! too bad I don’t have about half the ingredients… Maybe I’ll give this a try over the holidays!

  4. that is the most beautiful tart i’ve seen in a looong while.. and its choc peppermint!

  5. that looks so good! i love the ingredients!

  6. This looks wonderful, I love the ingredients too – bet it’s delicious!

  7. This looks amazing! I haven’t got any protein powder (though I may have to invest, after seeing the number of yummy recipes you use it in) and was wondering whether there was anything I could substitute for the time being?

    Also, if I do end up buying protein powder, will all protein powders work the same way in these recipes?

    PS addicted to your recipe for White Icing now *shakes fist* it’s going to go on everything.

    • Jessica | Desserts With Benefits

      You can probably use oat flour and/or brown rice flour to take the protein powder’s place, but add it one tablespoon at a time while mixing the “dough” as it may need more or less.

      Whey protein and egg protein seem to work interchangeably, rice and hemp proteins tend to absorb a lot of liquid, and soy protein varies among brands. I recommend using whey protein.

      Lol thanks! I was addicted to it for quite a while too…. 😉

      -Jess

    • Thanks Jess, you really know your stuff! I have both gf oat flour and brown rice flour on hand (as I have coeliac disease, so can’t eat gluten). I’ll keep my eyes peeled for a good protein powder though 😀 It seems like a good thing to have around to oomph up a recipe’s nutrition value.

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