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Cherry Chia Tarts

I just realized that it seems as if I lately choose my recipes for the letters they start with, it’s all alliterations in the titles: after the Spinach Stuffed Zucchini I was testing some Black Bean and Beet Burgers, then I posted the Curried Carrot-Coconut Soup and now the Cherry Chia Tarts…

Today’s weather forecast is rain all day. As disappointed as I am for not being able to go cycling, I still like rainy days every once in a while, especially if you don´t have to go outside, but can enjoy the sound of the rain from inside. I had breakfast in bed reading a novel, glancing at the grey sky every once in while. Days like these are the perfect excuse for being lazy without any pangs of conscience. Just look out – no other choice. And I have a post to finish… This is a post for those of you who were disappointed about my latest post being all about cherries except the recipe (although I´m sure that anybody who made the soup got comforted). The other day I discovered two cherry trees on my way to work and have stopped there already twice to pick cherries (good thing I carry empty tupperware on my way back!).

cherry chia tart collage

When I was an adolescent I would have paid every price for not being so tall – I was extremely shy and it is really hard to disappear among the others if you’re at least a head taller than everybody else. Luckily at some point the boys started growing a bit too, many of them surpassing me, and even though I’m still taller than many (especially in Spain), by now I’ve come to like my height. Especially so when it comes to cherry picking. I fear that the combined power of my height, cherry-love and speed haven´t left many (reachable) cherries for others…

in the making piece
The past weekend I went to my grandma’s farm for a family gathering. It is always impressive to watch the women of this family, all impressively energetic, moving around like busy bees. Regarding her kitchen, my grandmother is very modern. It is a huge room where she used to cook for the family and people working at the farm, and she has all kinds of equipment in it (I can easily think of at least 15 electrical devices).

eating the tart
But when I asked her for a cherry pitter, she said she had none. I was completely puzzled. Then she took a little tool out of one of her drawers. She meant she didn´t have a cherry pitter as I might have expected it, but she had a very simple self-made one. A hair needle stuck into a cork. It actually works much better than the ones that are like pliers and that make your wrists hurt after pitting a few cherries. When I came back from my grandma’s, my flatmates just got a few kilos of cherries from their family’s garden and we made two of these pitters at home. Now we’ve already given them some use and we all agree it’s just a great invention, so simple, so efficient. You can see it at the pictures, try it!

These cherry chia tarts are raw, very easy to make, requiring few ingredients and are made without sweeteners (except from the fruit) or oil. It is a very refreshing dessert on a summer day. What are you waiting for?

Makes 4 10cm/4-inch tarts.

For the crust:

  • 2/3 cup Almonds or Hazelnuts
  • 8 fresh dates (or dry, soaked for at least 10min in warm water or 4 Medjool dates)
  • 2 teaspoons Almond butter (or 2 more dates)
  • 1 pinch sea salt

For the filling:

  • 1 cup almond milk (or milk of choice)
  • 3 tablespoons chia seeds
  • 1 teaspoon lemon zest (from an organic lemon)
  • 1 mashed banana or 1 tablespoon maple syrup
  • 2 1/2 cups cherries

For the chia pudding, combine milk, chia seeds and lemon zest. Let sit in the fridge for an hour or overnight, stirring a few times at the beginning.

Put all the ingredients for the crust in a food processor and pulse a few times until everything is chopped and comes together when you press it with your fingers. Line the trays with plastic wrap or parchment paper for easy removal and press equal parts into each tray.

Mash the banana (or add the maple syrup) and mix it into the chia pudding. Pour it into the crust. Put the tarts in the freezer for at least an hour to get them firm. You can also make these in advance and take them out of the freezer while pitting and slicing the cherries. Pit the cherries, slice into quarters and arrange (densely) on top.

You can skip the freezer and put the cherries on top right away, but you will have to use a spoon as the chia pudding is not firm enough to stay in shape when slicing the tarts.

cherry chia tarts collage II


  1. Christiane
    Posted 29 Jun ’14 at 9:19 pm | #

    die Törtchen mit ihren unterschiedlichen Kirschenmustern sind wirklich ganz allerliebst!!

  2. Kasia
    Posted 29 Jun ’14 at 10:50 pm | #

    Looks amazing! I will make it as soon as I am back to Bcn!:)))

    • Posted 30 Jun ’14 at 8:22 am | #

      Great! And enjoy your days in Poland!

  3. Posted 29 Jun ’14 at 11:00 pm | #

    Oh that looks super yummy! Definitely saving this recipe for later!

    • Posted 30 Jun ’14 at 8:23 am | #

      Perfect! I would be happy to hear how you like them!

  4. Posted 30 Jun ’14 at 2:52 am | #

    You started this post with a reference to alliteration, so I know we’ll hit it off real well already 😉 (I’m an English PhD students–rhetorical devices are fantastical fun!) I stumbled across your beautiful photo on one of those food sites (I forget which) and am absolutely in love. My vegan friends have all been urging me to try buying chia seeds, and I think this recipe could be the tip of the scale! So gorgeous, and I’m so glad we’re connecting here over them–can’t wait to keep this conversation up, alliterative ally!

    • Posted 30 Jun ’14 at 8:35 am | #

      Dear Ala! So nice to hear from you, English literature sounds like an interesting PhD! What is your topic? I’m fascinated by chia seeds since I discovered them, especially by the textures they make (they don’t have a strong taste). They are a little expensive, but at the end you never use a big amount at a time and they hold… and they are a nutritional bomb.
      Love, Lenka

  5. Posted 1 Jul ’14 at 5:08 am | #

    I’m a children’s lit specialist 😉 I work on nonsense literature, fantasy, and animated adaptations. And good to know! I will most definitely keep chia seeds on my grocery list for next time. Thanks, Lenka!

    • Posted 5 Jul ’14 at 8:43 pm | #

      Wow, that sounds so interesting! Are you getting to read a lot of fun children books then?

  6. Posted 4 Jul ’14 at 11:20 am | #

    Pinned it and following you. Totally my type of recipe. Making this asap as I just bought fresh cherries and everything else is a staple in my house!!

    • Posted 5 Jul ’14 at 8:44 pm | #

      Hi Kristen! Thanks, I would love to hear how you like it :-)!

  7. Rebecca
    Posted 5 Jul ’14 at 2:59 pm | #

    Wow this looks so amazing! Would the recipe work as one large tart? I don’t have 4 little tart pans… Thank you 🙂

  8. Posted 5 Jul ’14 at 8:40 pm | #

    Hi Rebecca, sure it will work as one large tart! I was thinking of doing that too… You just might have to put it longer in the freezer to make it firm

  9. Becca
    Posted 6 Jul ’14 at 5:04 pm | #

    Where does the filling ingredient “1 mashed banana or 1 tablespoon maple syrup” came into play? There are no instructions.


    • Posted 6 Jul ’14 at 9:14 pm | #

      Hi Becca, so sorry you’re totally right! Thanks for telling me! The banana/ maple syrup are supposed to be mixed with the chia pudding, I just updated the instructions.

  10. Posted 7 Jul ’14 at 6:42 am | #

    Tons of children’s books! I actually just got back from a children’s lit conference, blogged about it here http://www.wallflourgirl.com/2014/06/29/orange-raspberry-muffins-one-kooky-childrens-literature-conference/ such fun folks 🙂

  11. Posted 11 Jul ’14 at 1:41 pm | #

    I love this idea for a cherry pitter, it is one of those life hacks you would never think of until someone shows it to you! I love this tart and your alliterations!

    • Posted 11 Jul ’14 at 2:08 pm | #

      Thanks for your beautiful comment! Since I discovered 2 cherry trees on my way to work, I’m using this little pitter a lot and I’m amazed by it every time… I would love to hear how you like the tarts if you make them!

  12. Posted 13 Jul ’14 at 11:12 am | #

    The cherry pitter idea is ingenious 🙂 this cherry chia tart, though… incredibly beautiful! I love the simple ingredients & vibrant red color.

    • Posted 13 Jul ’14 at 2:44 pm | #

      Thanks Shannon, I will tell my grandma about the comments her cherry-pitter is getting ;-)! And I hope you enjoy the tarts…

  13. ida
    Posted 13 Jul ’14 at 1:38 pm | #

    just made one! 🙂 changed the recipe a little, and used cashews instead. this is gonna be my fancy breakfast for tomorrow! thank you! <3

    • Posted 13 Jul ’14 at 2:45 pm | #

      Dear Ida, so happy to hear you made the tart, cashews sound great! A fancy breakfast sound like a very good way to start the week, enjoy!

  14. margaret
    Posted 13 Jul ’14 at 5:03 pm | #

    Can I use walnuts or pecans instead for the crust?

    • Posted 13 Jul ’14 at 5:17 pm | #

      Sure! It might be a little less crunchy as they are softer, but flavor-wise I think especially pecans might work really nice!

  15. stacy
    Posted 16 Aug ’14 at 7:11 pm | #

    any idea what the caloric count is on the tarts…im afraid i may eat them all

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