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Frozen Mint Chocolate Tarts

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This recipe was born entirely of chance.

We happened to have some leftover raw brownies on hand that we made to take to a family party. These brownies have become one of our favorite desserts to eat and make: they’re delicious, incredibly easy, and made only of dates, walnuts, almonds, and cocoa powder. (My mom has started making these like it is her job, they’re so good.) Raw treats such as these are starting to become fairly popular — they’re the concept behind things like Lara bars, and places around town are even starting to carry them. (If you’re from Indy, we bought some very delicious raw brownies from Raw Gourmet Delights at the Indy Winter Farmer’s Market).

We also still had some peppermint ice cream left from our Peppermint Ice Cream and Hot Chocolate Affogato (our recent most favorite dessert, until now). Looking to create a quick and easy dessert for entertaining a few friends who were in town, I thought I’d combine the two.

We pressed the raw brownie into the bottom of a mini-muffin tin, topped it with peppermint ice cream and a bit of extra brownie crumbles, and voila — a simple and refreshing frozen dessert! Admittedly, it’s easiest if you’ve premade the two items in advance, so plan ahead if you’re looking to make these.

The resulting dessert is addictingly tasty, and made only of whole foods — dates, nuts, coconut milk, and honey. It’s also gluten-free, dairy-free, naturally sweetened, no bake, and semi-vegan (since it does contain honey!), if you’re looking for options for any of those diets.

We premade a bunch of these and then stored them in the freezer for easy access when guests were in town — and for quick sweet treats for ourselves too!

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The dish featured in the photo is from Suite One Studio. Check out her Etsy shop for more beautiful finds.

Note: We’re having technical difficulty with our recipe card plugin, so here is the link to the raw brownies for the recipe below: Raw Brownies

Also, if you’d like to try ice cream without an ice cream maker, try David Lebowitz’s instructions.

Frozen Mint Chocolate Tarts
Serves: 30 to 40 mini-tarts, or 10 to 12 tarts
What You Need
  • 14-ounce can regular coconut milk
  • 14-ounce can light coconut milk
  • ½ cup honey
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 2 teaspoons peppermint extract
  • One recipe raw brownies
  • Mint leaves for garnish (if desired)
What To Do
  1. A few hours prior to serving or the day before, make the ice cream: In a medium bowl, whisk together 2 cans coconut milk, ½ cup honey, 1 teaspoon vanilla, and 2 teaspoons peppermint extract. Churn the mixture in an ice cream maker. Once the ice cream is complete, freeze it for at least 2 to 3 hours to obtain a hard texture (or overnight).
  2. Make the raw brownies.
  3. In two mini-muffin tins, press crumbles of the raw brownie mixture into the bottom of each cup (or use a muffin tin for larger tarts). Top with a spoonful of peppermint ice cream, smoothing it over the top. Add a bit of brownie crumbles on the top of each tart.
  4. Freeze for 30 minutes to 1 hour. To remove tarts from the pan, run a knife around the edges of the tart and apply a bit of pressure to slide each tart out of the tin. If desired, garnish with fresh mint leaves.
  5. Remove all tarts and store frozen in a sealed container.

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  • Reply
    January 6, 2013 at 5:48 pm

    I’ve got raw brownie batter in the fridge and raw thin mint ice cream in the freezer. I’m certain this was meant to be. Cannot wait to try!

    PS – You guys live in Indy? I was just there! Do you ever make it down to Bloomington? It’s my favorite place on Earth. Mostly because there’s a winery ;)

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      January 6, 2013 at 6:04 pm

      Meant to be indeed!
      We do live in Indy — and we met in Bloomington at IU (oh, so many years ago). What brought you here? You should visit us the next time you are in town!

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    January 6, 2013 at 5:58 pm

    Chocolate and mint are my absolute favourite winter combo! It’s no winter where I am right now, but who cares? These look perfect.

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      January 6, 2013 at 6:04 pm

      Haha! Well, they are frozen, so perfect in any season :)

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    January 6, 2013 at 6:06 pm

    so cute! Some of the best ideas happen by accident, love it!

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    January 7, 2013 at 4:42 am

    I love the idea of having a little stack of these on hand – the perfect little treat when you need a hit of sweetness!

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      January 8, 2013 at 2:06 pm

      Yes! Turns out I need a little sweetness more often than I think, when it’s that accessible :)

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    Katrina @ Warm Vanilla Sugar
    January 7, 2013 at 9:48 am

    This tart looks awesome! Such a pretty idea, and so simple too!

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    Lori @ forkfuloffreedom
    January 7, 2013 at 9:54 am

    This post makes me smile for several reasons. First of all because my husband is going to be thrilled when I make this for him (he is trying to cut out processed sweets and has been miserable for the last week). The second reason is because we are planning on moving back to Indy soon and the thought of getting to go to the Winter Farmer’s Market sounds divine! Thanks for another great recipe. :)

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      January 8, 2013 at 2:05 pm

      Oh fun — when will you move to Indy? That is exciting! We’re at the Winter Market often, so maybe we’ll see you there! And glad to hear this will be a good one for your husband :)

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    Courtney Jones
    January 7, 2013 at 11:22 pm

    What a wonderful idea to combine the two! They were delicious on their own, but paired together, I am certain they are perfect! :) Will have to make these ASAP!

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      January 8, 2013 at 3:08 pm

      What better friends than mint and chocolate? (Well, I guess there are others, but it’s one of my favorite combos) :) Thanks, Courtney!

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    Cookie and Kate
    January 10, 2013 at 11:58 am

    These are so stinking cute! Mint chocolate ice cream was my favorite when I was a kid; these look like healthy grown-up treats.

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    Heidi @ Food Doodles
    January 11, 2013 at 4:41 pm

    Yum! These are so pretty! I can’t get enough of mint and chocolate – it’s one of my absolute favorite flavor combos :)

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      January 13, 2013 at 1:33 pm

      Seems like everyone loves mint-chocolate :) We’ll have to keep coming up with more recipes mixing the two together!

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