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Strawberry Cream and Coconut Quinoa Tart

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– raw, vegan, gluten-free –
When I first started to create this tart, I had no intention of adding in the quinoa layer.  That idea sprung into my head once I had the crust all ready to go.  But then that is how most of my creations go… I know it would sound more sophisticated if I were to say that I spent days or weeks writing up just one recipe but that just isn’t the case for me.   I tend to build them as I go.  Allowing my pantry or fridge to speak to me when I gaze upon its inventory.


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Anyway, back to the quinoa layer… the most import bit of advice that I can give when using this ingredient is to rinse the heck out of it.  Even if the bag that it came in states that it has been rinsed, rinse it again.   Don’t skip this step no matter if you are going to sprout it or cook it, rinse it!  If you don’t, you will inherit another flavor profile that won’t be all that welcomed.

I have to say that I really enjoyed all the different textures in this dessert.  The top strawberry layer was creamy and smooth.  The quinoa layer had a lightness to it, and of course, then there is the crust which was crunchy, yet chewy.   Its sort of like a little party takes place in your mouth.

Another important fact that shouldn’t be ignored when making this tart is that you need a high-speed blender to create the creamy strawberry layer.  Cashews are a little godsend when it comes to creating smooth, creamy textures in the raw food world but in the end, it’s the blender that brings on the magic!  You won’t be able to achieve a grit-free filling in a food processor either. I have a Vitamix and Blendtec, which both work beautifully.  If you are looking for some fun entertainment, check out these YouTube videos called, “Will it Blend.”  I don’t recommend that you mimic anything that they do or test out your own experiments.  Just watch and giggle.

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09/13/18 Recipe Update

I made this dessert for a music jam session and it was an over-the-moon success! Nobody even asked what the bottom white quinoa layer was, they just gobbled it up. I first shared this recipe in 2013 so I updated the photos and added gram weight measurements for all my friends who like to use scales. I also reduce the amount of quinoa that is originally was called for. So I made a minor adjustment there.

I would like to point out that if you use a small tart pan (8″ or smaller), you will have left-overs of each layer. But trust me, this is almost welcomed. I was able to make 5 small dessert cups with just the strawberry layer. I popped them in the freezer for a quick dessert in the future. The quinoa layer had enough left over to make a bowl for the following day’s breakfast.  This dessert freezes beautifully,  just be sure to hold off on adding the fruit or flowers for decoration until you are ready to serve.  Enjoy and let me know if you give this dessert a try.

raw vegan strawberry cakeIngredients:

  • 2 cups (250 g) raw almonds, soaked & dehydrated
  • 1/4 cup (50 g) shredded coconut
  • 1/4 tsp (2 g) pink Himalayan sea salt
  • 1 1/2 cups (330 g) Medjool dates, pitted
Coconut Quinoa: cooked
  • 1/2 cup uncooked quinoa
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 cup (195 g) full-fat coconut milk (fresh or canned)
  • 1/2 cup (50 g) shredded coconut
  • 1/4 – 1/2  tsp liquid stevia
  • 1/8 (1 g) tsp sea salt

Strawberry cream:

  • 1/2 cup (95 g)  almond milk
  • 1/4 cup (65 g) lemon juice
  • 1/4 cup (150 g) maple syrup
  • 3 cups (425 g) diced strawberries
  • 2 cups (300 g) cashews, soaked 2+ hours
  • 1/4 tsp (2 g) pink Himalayan sea salt
  • 1/2 cup (88 g) melted coconut oil
  • 2 Tbsp (20 g) lecithin, ground
Strawberry Coulis – yields 1 cup
(optional for serving presentation)
  • 2 cups (395 g) organic strawberries
  • 1 Tbsp (25 g) maple syrup
  • 2 tsp (8 g) chia seeds



  1. Line the bottom of the tart pan with plastic wrap.  This will make it easier to remove from the base. Set aside.
  2. Place the almonds in the food processor, fitted with the “S” blade.
    • Pulse to break them down into small pieces.
    • I already had soaked and dehydrated almonds on hand so I used those.  You can just soak them and skip dehydrating if you want.
  3. Add the coconut and salt, pulse together.
    • If you use a medium to large flaked coconut, you will want to process them down to a more powdery texture.
  4. Add the dates and process till the batter sticks together when pinched.
  5. Loosely place the batter around the base of the pan.  Start by pressing the batter up along the edges first.
  6. Then evenly and firmly press the batter onto the base.  Set aside.

Coconut quinoa:

  1. Cook or Sprout quinoa:
    • Cook ~  Rinse quinoa till water runs clear.  Combine water and quinoa in a medium-sized saucepan. Bring to a boil over high heat.  Reduce heat to low; cover and simmer 15 minutes or until most of the liquid is absorbed. Turn off heat and let stand covered for 5 minutes.
    • Sprout ~ to make 4 cups finished product, put 2 2/3 cup of quinoa in a jar.  Add 2-3 times as much cool (60-70 degree) water.  Mix quinoa up to assure even water contact for all.  Soak for 20-30 minutes.  Then drain off the soak water, rinse well and drain.  Place a mesh lid on the jar and set it anywhere out of direct sunlight and at room temperature (70° is optimal).  Rinse and drain again every 8-12 hours until tails are formed.  Now it is ready to use.
  2. After cooking or sprouting, stir together half of the coconut milk, shredded coconut, stevia, and salt.   The mixture should be thick.  Add more coconut milk as needed, just make sure it doesn’t get soupy. Taste and see if more sweetener needs to be added.
  3. Spread roughly 1 1/4 cups of the coconut quinoa onto the bottom of the tart pan. The amount used will depend on the size of your tart pan.  Set aside.
Strawberry cream:
  1. Drain the soaked cashews and discard the soak water.  Place in a high-speed blender.
  2. In a high-powered blender combine; almond milk, lemon juice, maple syrup, strawberries, cashews, and salt.
    • Due to the volume and the creamy texture that we are going after, it is important to use a high-powered blender.  It could be too taxing on a lower-end model.
    • Blend until the filling is creamy smooth.   You shouldn’t detect any grit.  If you do, keep blending.
    • This process can take 2-4 minutes, depending on the strength of the blender.  Keep your hand cupped around the base of the blender carafe to feel for warmth.  If the batter is getting too warm.  Stop the machine and let it cool.  Then proceed once cooled.
  3. With a vortex going in the blender, drizzle in the coconut oil, and then add the lecithin.  Blend just long enough to incorporate everything together.  Don’t over-process.  The batter will start to thicken.
    • What is a vortex?  Look into the container from the top and slowly increase the speed from low to high,  the batter will form a small vortex (or hole) in the center.  High-powered machines have containers that are designed to create a controlled vortex, systematically folding ingredients back to the blades for smoother blends and faster processing… instead of just spinning ingredients around, hoping they find their way to the blades.
    • If your machine isn’t powerful enough or built to do this, you may need to stop the unit often to scrape the sides down.
  4. Pour the batter into the pan, over the quinoa layer.
  5. Gently tap the pan on the counter to remove any air bubbles.
  6. Chill in the freezer for 4-6 hours or over-night and then in the fridge for 12 hours.
  7. Store the cheesecake in the fridge for 3-5 days or up to 3 months in the freezer.  Be sure that they are well sealed to avoid fridge odors.
Strawberry Coulis: optional for serving
  1. Place the strawberries, maple syrup, and chia seeds in the blender and blend until creamy.
  2. Pour into a squeeze bottle and allow it to sit for 15+ minutes.  The chia will cause it to start to thicken.
  3. Drizzle over your dessert.
  4. Will keep for 3 days in the fridge.

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30 thoughts on “Strawberry Cream and Coconut Quinoa Tart

  1. Christine says:

    Very interesting! Looks delicious!

  2. Elizabeth says:

    Dear Amie Sue…you are by far the most insanely deliciously creative cook…Kudos to you and all that you do. You are ‘Rawmazing’!

  3. Dina says:

    You are AMAZING! This looks SO delicious! Thank you for providing all these wonderful recipes and photos of your incredible creations. You are so inspiring.

    You are an angel Amie Sue!

    God bless,
    Dina :)

  4. Charmaine says:

    Hello Amy,

    Great recipe! Did you use cooked or raw sprouted quinoa in this recipe? Thanks :)

    • amie-sue says:

      Good morning Charmaine,

      I used cooked. I go back and forth between sprouting and cooking it but right now I hand cooked better. amie sue

  5. Julie says:

    Another absolutely gorgeous dessert! the person I want to make this for is allergic to almonds. Would macadamia nuts or some other nut work instead?

    • amie-sue says:

      Hello Julie, Thank you. :) You could use macadamias or cashews… macs lean towards a buttery flavor and cashews are a bit more neutral and a tad sweet… either one. Let me know how it turns out should you make it. Have a blessed weekend, night… amie sue

  6. Alicia says:

    Great new recipe! I made it over the weekend and we had it for SUnday dinner today. Everyone loved it! Even my hubby who isn’t big on coconut really enjoyed it ;) Thanks for another great one!

  7. Sarah says:

    This recipe is awesome! I made it and it was received very well :) The only thing I added was a vanilla bean, to the filling. I also did not use the lecithin, bc I couldn’t find it at the store for a reasonable price. So I took my chances, and it came out perfectly fine, actually! I really love the texture that the quinoa adds, and the fact that it’s not too sweet at all, but still creamy and fruity and delicious!!

    • amie-sue says:

      Sarah! Thank you so much for sharing that with me. I get nervous sometimes, wondering if others will enjoy the recipes as well as we did… so it means a lot that you took the time to share this. Did you keep it frozen or did you just keep it chilled? I really loved the quinoa layer too and what a sneaking way to add protein to a dessert. :) amie sue

  8. Myrrhcy says:

    I’m a newbie trying to figure out how to get started eating raw.

    Why would it be good to have both the Blendtec and the Vitamix?

    • amie-sue says:

      You don’t need both, just one or the other Myrrhcy. They are both high powdered machine. Have a great day, amie sue

  9. Michelle says:


    I made this for my mums birthday 2 days ago, its the first officially ‘raw’ recipe I’ve ever tried, and it was perfect!! I ended up making two, because my mum has trouble digesting coconut, but my sister is allergic to cashews (and most other nuts, but not almonds), I used Thai coconut meat as the base instead of cashews for the second.
    Thankyou so much, you are an amazing lady :)

    • amie-sue says:

      Oh, do tell you mum Happy Birthday from Bob and I. :) I so thrilled that this recipe was part of the celebration! Thank you for sharing… Have a great day, amie sue

  10. ValeriaVine says:

    Hi there,
    totally love your recipes and have tried quite a few savoury ones. I was wondering if you could tell me the effect of using lecithin as I see this ingredient is lots of raw cake/pie recipes. would Psyllium husk be a good alternative if I didn’t have lecithin?

  11. Sherry says:

    I made this recipe for my daughters 20th birthday. I was apprehensive about making it because we have made similar recipes in the past and found them heavy and not the most enjoyable. We were pleasantly surprised with this recipe, it was light and delicious. I made it with frozen raspberries instead of the strawberries because there are no organic fresh strawberries in April, at least in Canada. I thought frozen strawberries would be too watery. I blended the raspberries in the Vitamixer on high for a minute or so to blend the seeds. I followed the rest of the recipe as written. I froze it for 3 hours before serving so it was not rock hard, just nicely cold and firm. The only thing I would do differently is the Quinoa base. I think making half your recommended recipe would be plenty, because I have a lot in the fridge which I did not use to make the tart. Thank you for this delicious recipe, can’t wait to have it tomorrow!

    • amie-sue says:

      Good evening Sherry,

      I am honored that you tried the recipe and tickled that you enjoyed it. Happy Birthday to your daughter. :) I really appreciate your comment Sherry. Have a wonderful evening, amie sue

  12. Laura says:

    Hi Special Lady! Do you serve this frozen or let it thaw for a while. Thanks and have blessed day!

    • amie-sue says:

      Well hello there my special Laura (you are so cute) You can serve it either way BUT I will say that allowing it to thaw some will help bring out the different textures. That is my preferred way of enjoying it. :) Have a wonderful evening. Blessings. amie sue

  13. Kathy says:

    Amie-Sue, I just tried your delicious Strawberry Cream & Coconut Quinoa Tart recipe. It turned out perfectly and I served it to my extended family on Easter. I froze it overnight and let it sit out before serving (it was cold, only the coconut quinoa layer was partially frozen when served). Everyone loved it! I followed your recipe exactly, but I wondered how it would be if I blended the coconut quinoa layer to be smooth, too. Have you ever done that? I might try that next time. I’ll definitely be making this again! So good!

    • amie-sue says:

      Good afternoon Kathy,

      Thank you so much for the feedback. I am thrilled that you enjoyed the recipe. :) I love the idea of blending the coconut quinoa layer. I haven’t tested it so be sure to let me know how it turns out. I hope you have a wonderful Easter celebration. blessings, amie sue

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