Today, a short but concise introduction to this recipe as orated by Dad: 'At first, looking at the pastry, I thought they would taste like some sort of hippy birdseed. But they're actually delicious!' said with a look of disbelief and surprise on his face. Thanks Dad, I always knew you had my back.
1 cup of oats, ground to flour in the food processor
4 tablespoons coconut oil
2 tablespoons maple syrup
2 tablespoons corn or tapioca flour
pinch of salt
peanut butter (MUST be natural and good quality - Daryls or Ridiculously Delicious are good picks in Australia) - also crunchy is good
shaved chocolate or homemade raw chocolate
1. Preheat the oven to 180 degrees Celsius.
2. In a large bowl, combine the oat flour, coconut oil, corn or tapioca flours, maple syrup, and egg, and mix well. Pop into the fridge for about 10 minutes.
3. When you take the crust out of the fridge, it will have formed an unattractive hard blob in the bowl, and you will freak out. But fear not, the movie The Swan Princess extolls to us the realities of unattractive things -they often turn out to be attractive. I wouldn't lead you astray. Nor would Derek.
4. Grab your mini tart tin. How many you make depends on how big your tart cases are, but I got about 16 out of mine. Give them a good spray, and divide the mixture evenly between them. Pressing dough into tart tins is somewhat of a chore and one of my least favourite activities, but it is worth it. I promise.
5. Pop them in the oven for 9-10 minutes and then let them cool.
6. I realise microwaves get a bad rap, but there is something about microwaving strawberries that just gets me every time. Chop your strawberries and pop them in for about 40 seconds. They will come out all gooey and jammy and just delish.
7. In your tart cases, pop a small piece of date, and a blob of peanut butter. I cannot stress the importance of getting a good peanut butter for this one - I couldn't find the ones I normally buy (Daryls or Ridiculously Delicious peanut butter) and my first batch suffered as a result. Not all 'all natural' peanut butters are da same.
8. Next up comes a blob of strawberry and some chocolate. You can set them a bit in the fridge or freezer, or just eat as is. EASY. NOTE: the raw dough makes for a delightful snack.