Guest Post: Queen of Hearts Tart, Grok Grub

What can I say, we happen to have the love-filled day on the brain and can’t help but share fun recipes that get you away from that boring candy aisle! On Monday we shared White Chocolate Covered Strawberry Cake Balls and today Rachel of Grok Grub joins us with one very fun Valentine’s Day recipe share – Queen of Hearts Tarts!

Maybe it is the girly side of me, but Valentine’s Day provides the perfect excuse to go a little overboard with the heart-shaped everything and the pink and red. Rachel took full advantage of these privileges when creating the recipe for Queen of Hearts Tarts, and I don’t know how anyone could resist the urge to recreate these fun treats at home! 

If you make these, please be sure to leave a comment below telling us how you shared them with your loves this Valentines! 


Queen of Hearts Tart Feature,  Paleo Parents Guest Post
When I saw the heart-shaped cooking supplies begin to arrive in stores this year, I couldn’t help planning a romantic Valentine’s Day dessert! This Queen of Hearts Tart is sweet enough for a special occasion but also a healthier alternative to the processed sugar overload that can seriously derail your wellness goals during this time of year!
As I layered the creamy raspberry layer over the chocolate base and finished with fresh raspberries and a sprinkle of white cacao, something in the colors of black, red and white (plus the shape of the tart itself) brought to mind the Queen of Hearts from Alice in Wonderland. Imperious, impetuous, exacting, omnipotent… the Queen of Hearts is one of the fiercest femme fatales to be found in children’s literature! This tart would have definitely met her standards.
 Queen of Hearts Tart - Closeup Grok Grub, Paleo Parents Guest Post
This tart is easy to make (requiring not much more equipment than a food processor and your two hands) with brightly-colored layers sweetened with fruit and only a touch of maple syrup. The rich sweetness of the chewy crust complements the fluffy tartness of the filling, and the topping, while optional, is the final touch that brings it to the height of fruity, chocolate-y decadence. In addition to being free of grains, eggs, and dairy- this tart is raw and vegan, and is a Valentine’s Day day dessert that can accommodate a variety of dietary preferences.
Queen of Hearts Tart



  1. To make the chocolate crust, combine the cashews, dates, chocolate and coconut oil in a food processor. Pulse until all of the base ingredients are finely ground and a coarse, sticky paste forms.
  2. Transfer to a 8x8" rimmed pan and press firmly to an even thickness with your hands or the back of a spoon. Alternately, press into the bottom and up the sides of two 6" x 1" heart-shaped tart pans. Chill.
  3. To make the raspberry filling, place the cashews in a bowl, cover with water and allow to soak for minimum 4 hours and preferably overnight. Drain the water from the cashews and combine them with the rest of the filling ingredients in a food processor or blender. Puree into a smooth batter. Pour on top of the chocolate base layer, smooth its surface with your fingers or the back of a spoon and set in the refrigerator to chill.
  4. If desired, top with 1/2 cup raspberries and the finely-chopped white cacao/chocolate.
 [author] [author_image timthumb=’on’][/author_image] [author_info]Rachel’s blog Grok Grub provides recipe and tips for health and happiness by cooking real food made with whole ingredients. Whether you’re looking for new combinations of flavors or “hacks” of classic and ethic recipes using paleo ingredients, Grok Grub features culinary creativity and a starting point for adventure in the kitchen. Check out Rachel and Grok Grub on Instagram, Pinterest, Facebook and Twitter. [/author_info] [/author]

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