Sunday, February 16, 2014

Give a Grouch Some Joy

Today is National Do a Grouch a Favor Day and National Almond Day. I think these two holidays can play hand in hand in creating this amazing almond joy tart that I made this past week. I think any grouch would feel honored to receive this. You may actually turn there day right around.
Almond Joy Tart (12)

 
Almond Joy Tart
For the crust:
2 cups crumbs from my chocolate graham crackers (or store bought chocolate graham crackers)
2 tbsp softened butter
2 tbsp applesauce
1-2 tbsp milk

For the filling:
1 cup rolled oats
1 cup cooked chickpeas
½ cup toasted coconut flakes
¾ cup almonds
½ tsp salt
1 ripe banana
½ cup milk
½ cup sugar
toasted coconut and chocolate chips for topping

Preheat your oven to 350 degrees. Combine the graham cracker crumbs, butter, applesauce, and 1 tablespoon of milk. Stir well, adding more milk if needed to form a slightly sticky ball. Spray a 10” tart pan with oil and press the crust into the bottom. Bake for 12 minutes. Set the crust aside to cool.

Meanwhile, using a high speed blender, blend the oats and coconut flakes together into a flour. Add the almonds and blend them until they are fine. Now add in the chickpeas and blend until there are no more chunks. Add the banana, sugar, salt, and milk. Blend until everything is well combined.

Pour the filling into the prepared crust. Top with more toasted coconut and chocolate chips. Cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate for at least 2 hours.
Almond Joy Tart (1)
 
Almonds are definitely one of my favorite nuts, and how could you go wrong when pairing them with chocolate and coconut?
Almond Joy Tart (8)
 
With this recipe under your belt, there will be no more grouches on National Do a Grouch a Favor Day for years to come.

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