These mini Blood Orange Tarts are such a healthy, delicious, and refreshing dessert idea. If you aren’t lucky enough to find blood oranges at your local grocery store this time of year, you can still make them using regular oranges. They will be just as delicious, but with a different, not-so-vibrant color. There’s no need for baking, which means much less pressure in the kitchen and no need for precise measurements. You also don’t need a food processor or blender, if using flour for the base. Just mix the crust ingredients in a bowl and press down at the bottom of mini tart shells. You have to try these Blood Orange Tarts!

Mini Blood Orange Hazelnut Tarts [Vegan]

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Ingredients

For the Crust:

  • 1 and 1/2 cups hazelnut flour {See Notes}
  • 2 tablespoons pure maple syrup
  • 3 tablespoons coconut oil
  • Pinch sea salt

For the Filling:

  • 1/2 cup fresh blood orange juice (from 3 blood oranges)
  • 1/4 cup coconut milk
  • 2-3 tablespoons pure maple syrup
  • 1 tablespoon arrowroot flour
  • 1 teaspoon agar-agar
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Preparation

For the Crust:

  1. Add all crust ingredients to a bowl and stir to thoroughly combine.
  2. Press down onto the bottom and sides of 4 3-inch tart shells with a removable base.
  3. Place in the freezer or fridge to firm up while you prepare the filling.

For the Filling:

  1. Pour freshly-squeezed orange juice, coconut milk, and maple syrup into a small pot and stir to evenly combine.
  2. Bring to a gentle simmer over medium-low heat. Then gently add arrowroot powder and agar and whisk until no lumps remain. Simmer for about 5 minutes over low heat until the mix starts to thicken, stirring continuously.
  3. Remove from heat and let it cool down for about 15 minutes.

To Assemble:

  1. Pour the filling over the crust and place in the fridge for about 2 hours to set.
  2. Decorate with blood orange slices and fresh mint and enjoy!
  3. Store leftovers in the fridge for up to a week.
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Notes

You can use almond flour instead. If you don't have either, pulse 1 and 1/2 cups of hazelnuts or almonds in a food processor until you get hazelnut or almond meal.

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