This past weekend, the boyfriend and I decided to hit up a vegan potluck in Toronto. At a loss for what to make, I was originally going to make some spinach (vegan) cheese phyllo triangles. Unfortunately I didn’t plan far enough ahead (I’m a bit off of my kitchen game lately it seems), and discovered that I wouldn’t have enough time to make these little guys because I’d have to let the pastry thaw for at least 5-6 hours. I’ve worked with this stuff many times before, and the best way to work with it without the sheets ripping is to do the thaw properly, and not use a microwave (or oven) to attempt a quick thaw.
So in the middle of the grocery store in panic mode, I decided to make something else. Thinking of some simple and quick desserts I’ve made in the past, I settled on throwing together some chocolate peanut butter tarts. One more thing – pie tart shells… Were they vegan? I look at the puff pastry – it had butter… Damn. I broke out in a sweat, hoping I wouldn’t have to Betty Crocker the tart shells due to buttery ingredients… I checked the tart shells, and score! They used vegetable based oils in the ingredients instead of butter. Happy Nikki.
So I tossed a package of shells in my basket, grabbed some more key ingredients, and went home to get started.
Oh, you may want to know what ingredients I used in these… So here you go! These are super simple to put together, and look really cute!
Peanut Butter Chocolate Tarts
- 15 mini pie tart shells
Peanut Butter Mousse
- ½ cup silken tofu
- ½ cup creamy peanut butter
- 2-3 tbsp maple flavoured agave nectar (can sub. any liquid sweetener you like here, and this is purely to taste)
- 1 tsp cinnamon
- Pinch of freshly grated nutmeg
- 3 squares unsweetened dark chocolate if using Baker’s chocolate. Otherwise, about ½ cup chopped dark chocolate of your choice
- 2 tbsp agave nectar
- Slivered almonds
- Bake the pie tart shells according to the package directions, and set aside to cool
- Mix all ingredients for the peanut butter mousse in a food processor, and mix until combined. Allow to cool in the fridge while preparing the chocolate.
- In a saucepan, melt the chocolate with the agave nectar. Once the chocolate is melted, spoon about 1 tsp of chocolate into each shell, and allow to cool for a few minutes.
- Take the peanut butter mousse out of the fridge, and put about 1 tbsp of mousse in each shell.
- Garnish with slivered almonds.
- Eat, and enjoy! 🙂