A few weeks ago, I saw punnets of edible flowers at my local green grocer, and I had been waiting for the perfect opportunity to have a play with them ever since. The only edible flowers in my garden at the moment are Calendula officinalis. While they may look gorgeous, fill the garden with golden colour, and be fantastic for anything to do with the skin, they don't smell that great, so I didn't particularly want to go putting them on something we were going to eat!
Given that plump, juicy raspberries are everywhere at the moment too, I started feeling a bit creative...
Also this week, my husband and I celebrated our 17th wedding anniversary, and to celebrate I decided to make a dessert. We don't eat sweets very often, but I have to admit, I absolutely LOVE making them! I guess it goes back to my old pre-Nutritionist days when I ran a cupcake and macaron business! Baking has always been a passion of mine, and I do love dark chocolate because it's not too sweet - especially when paired with luscious fresh raspberries!
In summer when the avocados are in season (and affordable!!!!), I'll often make a chocolate mousse for my kids, and sometimes freeze it as ice cream (it takes like chocolate paddle pops), so I decided to use that as the filling for the tart, and then went with a chocolate biscuit base.
If you make the filling first, and set it aside in a container, you don't even need to wash the food processor/blender before making the crust so long as you scrape it out well. (I'm always looking for washing-up short cuts!!)
Don't feel like you have to wait for an anniversary to rock around, with all the Christmas and New Year parties on at the moment, now is the perfect time to give this recipe a go and WOW your friends. They'll never guess it's gluten & dairy-free!
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Cindy Kennedy is a Nutritional Medicine Practitioner & Clinical Herbalist who lives and breathes Hashimoto’s on a personal and professional level. Her true passion lies in turning gluten and dairy-free living from a restricted diet into a delicious and abundant family-friendly lifestyle.