Sea salt Caramel cardomom tarts

Sea salt and caramel

I’m a stockist of de Villiers chocolates and currently I’m only stocking the nut butter dairy-free, gluten free and sugar free range. It is keto and vegan certified.

Of course I have to try them myself. Been dying to get my hands on these for ages! Let me just say… D-li-cious!!!

Creamy and smooth with no weird sweetener after taste or effects. They are made with erythritol and monk fruit extract.

The tarts…

Mini tart

The recipe is for 4 mini tarts. I used four x 9cm tart loose-bottomed tart tins.

You start off by adding half a cup each of almonds and pitted soft dates to a food processor along with 2 teaspoons of coconut oil and a few pods of ground cardamom seeds and giving it a good blitz in the food processor. It should be quite sticky. If not, just add one date at a time until it reaches a sticky consistency.

The mixture is equally divided up into 4 tart tins and pressed down. Then refrigerated to firm up.

The chocolate filling is made by combining 80ml of coconut cream (I use the kara brand as it’s already separated for you, otherwise you can use a tin of coconut cream but only scoop out the cream part. Keep the liquid for smoothies.) And one and a half slabs of the sea salt caramel chocolate slabs. (For a thicker filling use two full slabs but I like mine a bit gooey) to a medium sized sauce pot. I like to use a bain-marie for this which is a stainless steel bowl placed in a pot of about 1/2 inch of water and brought to a gentle simmer. This stops the chocolate burning or clumping. The bowl must not touch the water.

Then add 2 ground cardamom pods without the husks to the filling and melt altogether, stirring until well combined.

Pour over the firm tart shells and then place back in the fridge for 1-3 hours to firm up. Serve as is or with fruit!

No sugar, no gluten, no dairy and low in carbs! A true guilt free treat!

Sea Salt Caramel and Cardamom Tarts by Bonnie van Esch ©2021

  • Servings: 4
  • Difficulty: easy
  • Rating: ******
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A Healthy treat!


*1/2 cup or 75g Almonds

*1/2 cup pitted dates

*a few cardamom pods ground, husks removed

*2 tsp coconut oil

*80ml coconut cream

*120g de villiers sea salt and caramel chocolate


1. In a food processor, add the dates, cardamom, coconut oil and almonds and blitz until well mixed and sticky.

2. Divide the mixture equally between 4 loose bottomed tart tins and press down with a pastry tamper or the back of a spoon. Place in the fridge to firm up.

3. In a bain-marie, add the coconut cream and chocolate pieces as well as two ground pods of cardamon and melt together, stirring until well combined.

4. Remove from the heat and pour over the tart bases. Place back in the fridge to firm up for about 1-2 hours.

Published by Bonnie

Hello. My name is Bonnie. Welcome to my page. I have been an avid baker for about 20 years. Of those years, seven have been gluten-free baking. I discovered I had a chronic intolerance to gluten and began experimenting with converting my all time favorite recipes into gluten-free ones. I also have developed my own recipe repertoire. I am married and have two children. My husband and son are not gluten intolerant but my daughter is. She has also been the motivation for persevering in creating recipes we both can enjoy. My journey has taught me so much and I know many others can benefit from my experience. My hope is that you will find something you can order that you have missed and longed for being gluten intolerant or celiac. Or perhaps you just want a healthier option as I also offer alternatives to some of my orders such as sugar free, grain free and low carb. I share my experience and story in more detail on my Instagram page. (@bonniesGFbakery) Please feel free to follow me there. Located in Somerset West, Western cape, South Africa. I deliver to the Helderberg basin area which includes Somerset West, Gordans Bay and Strand.

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