Walnut Crusted Peach Tart with Cashew Coconut Cream

Use up summer peaches in this walnut crusted peach tart with cashew coconut cream filling.

This one is a little on the hippie side. And I love it.

You know as a child when your mom would tell you to stop eating so much of something because you were going to end up turning into it? That’s all I can think of for the last 3 days as I’ve shoveled peach after peach after peach in my face.  Oh my word they are so freakin good right now. Donut peaches, white peaches, regular ol’ yellow peaches, I’ve eaten them all and I can’t stop. I always thought I appreciated in season produce before, but joining a CSA this year has brought that to a whole different level. Buy local stuff, it seriously tastes a million times better.

So what do you do when faced with half a peck of peaches besides eat them with and in between every meal of the day?

Walnut crusted peach tart with cashew coconut cream

Make a hippie, soooo close to raw, practically vegan, paleo friendly walnut crust peach tart. Duh.

 peach tart with cashew coconut cream

Why hippie?

Walnut crust, cashew cream center, chia seed peach topping. Not your typical tart ingredients.

If you haven’t done this whole cashew cream thing before, get on it. I was skeptical too, but it works like a charm when flavored up with some vanilla and coconut milk. Obnoxious licking of the food processor may or may not have happened.

Walnut crusted peach tart

Thoughts of this for dessert were seriously the only thing getting me through last night’s crossfit workout. It was killer, I had one of those days where I just felt spent from the moment I woke up (which may have something to do with the fact that a certain husband switched pillows on me before I got to bed, totally throwing me off the entire night and waking me up several times in discomfort) and the workout took everything out of me (even modified to the extreme). I flipping hate pull ups. I have no idea why I can visibly see so much improvement in my arms in the past few months and yet, I’m still a freakin weakling when it comes to those. The day I do 1 unassisted pull up (if it ever comes) there will be some major celebration going down.

Walnut crusted peach tart with cashew coconut cream

Perhaps in the form of peach tarts.

Yield: 9 servings

Walnut Crusted Peach Tart with Cashew Coconut Cream

Walnut Crusted Peach Tart with Cashew Coconut Cream

Use up summer peaches in this walnut crusted peach tart with cashew coconut cream filling.

Prep Time 2 hours 10 minutes
Cook Time 5 minutes
Total Time 2 hours 15 minutes

Ingredients

For the Crust

  • 1 1/2 cup walnuts
  • 2 tablespoons unsweetened coconut flakes
  • 2 1/2 tablespoons coconut butter
  • pinch of salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 teaspoon maple syrup

For the Filling

  • 1 cup soaked cashews (soak in water for 8 hours-up to overnight)
  • 1 peach, chopped
  • pinch of salt
  • 1 tablespoon maple syrup
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 4 tablespoons coconut milk from can

For the Topping

  • 3 peaches, diced
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/2 tablespoon chia seeds
  • 1 tablespoon honey

Instructions

For the Crust

  1. Add walnuts to food processor and process until a fine crumb forms.
  2. Add remaining ingredients and process again until mixture comes together when pressed between your fingers.
  3. Pour the mixture out onto an 8Ã?8 or similar sized baking pan and press down firmly.
  4. Place pan in the refrigerator.

For the Filling

  1. Combine all ingredients in a food processor and process until creamy.
  2. Layer cashew cream on top of walnut crust and spread out evenly to the edges with a spatula.
  3. Place baking pan in the freezer to set for about 30 minutes.

For the Topping

  1. While first two layers set in the freezer, combine all of the topping ingredients in a medium sauce pan over medium heat.
  2. Mash together with a fork or potato masher to help break down peaches.
  3. Simmer for about 5 minutes, remove from heat and let cool for 2-3 minutes on the stove top.
  4. Transfer pot to refrigerator and let cool for another 15 minutes.
  5. Remove topping from refrigerator and baking pan from freezer and layer the topping on top of the cashew cream.
  6. Spread evenly to the corners, cover with plastic wrap and freeze again for another 1-11/2 hours to set.
  7. Once set, cut into squares and serve chilled.

Notes

You could easily make this vegan by replacing the honey in the topping with another sweetener of choice.


Thanks again to California Walnuts for my sponsorship last weekend at Blogher and for inspiring this delicious treat!

27 Comments

  1. Beth @ Tasty Yummies

    Oh my goodness woman, this looks amazing!! You say hippy, I say perfection :) I am obsessed with making no-bake tarts like this, but I haven’t made one with creamy layer like this, yet. Brilliant.
    Thanks for sharing such a beautiful recipe.

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  2. katie @KatieDid

    I was eating 2-3 peaches a day down in georgia, dripping all down my face with sweetness… SO freaking good. And for the pullups…. I worked for 7 months and can now string 2 (!) kipping pullups together. Talk about a lesson of patience… you WILL get them, promise.

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  3. Jacqueline

    oh my goodness. This tart looks crazy good! I am actually sitting here wondering if there’s a way I can eat a slice from my computer screen – awesome pictures!

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  4. Cinnamon @ eatpraytri

    Is it just me or were pull ups super easy as kids and then all of a sudden you grow up and realize you can’t even do one any more? I don’t get it. Noticing visible difference in your arms sounds pretty good though! I love donut peaches so much!! We get them at Pike Place here and I look forward to getting them every year.

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    1. Running to the Kitchen Post author

      for real! that and the fact that crossfit pullups are the ones with your palms facing out, not in. Kill.me.now.

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  5. Julie @ Table for Two

    ew that sucks ( about the pillow thing) !! I would’ve totally grabbed that pillow & bonked him in the head at night — haha ;) dang, i need some good peaches..i’ve been eating strawberries and other fruits like crazy but haven’t made a peach dish yet!

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  6. Ellie@Fit for the Soul

    I’ll have to agree and say that cashew cream is pretty darn delicious! And oh holy moly, my husband and I have been eating so much peach lately and half of the week, our evening’s dessert is healthy peach cobbler, hah! Peaches and berries are amazing these days.

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