I recently received a random package from Marx Foods. The package itself wasn't unexpected, but the contents surely was!
Dried chilies, dried black trumpet mushrooms, dried marrow beans and coconut sugar filled my box... two of which I needed to use to create a recipe for the Random Recipe Challenge! My first thoughts involved mushrooms and beans, but then I recalled a treat I've made at least four times in the past month and still haven't shared with you ;)
I morphed the chocolate avocado pudding I've been making into this mexican chocolate tart, incorporating both types of dried chilies as well as coconut sugar. I'd highly recommend giving this chocolate pudding a try if you haven't already, with or without the crust, and with or without the chilies!
Chile Chocolate Tart
For a completely no-bake version, you could make a nut & date-based crust! The choice is yours on how spicy to make this- 1 or 2 New Mexico chilies add more flavor than heat, while 1 Japones chile will kick things up a bit ;)
For the crust:
1/4c Trader Joe's ginger cats crumbs (or any other gingersnaps)
1/2c pecan halves
3/4c rolled oats
1/2c white whole wheat flour
1/4c canola oil
3T maple syrup
For the filling:
2 ripe avocadoes
1/2c nut butter
1/4c coconut sugar
1/4c agave nectar (or more coconut sugar)
4-6T cocoa powder (depends on how intense you want it, I used 5)
1/8t sea salt
2T vanilla extract (or the seeds from one vanilla bean)
1-2 dried chilies (I used 1 New Mexico chile & 1 Japones chile)
1t ground cinnamon
1/4c strong brewed coffee or water
Preheat oven to 375deg.
To make the crust add dry ingredients to a food processor and pulse until the nuts and oats are pulverized, the mixture resembling coarse sand. In a medium bowl, whisk together the oil and maple syrup. Add dry ingredients to the bowl and mix until well combined. Transfer crust to a tart pan or pie plate and press into dish. Bake for 20min, then set aside to cool.
Grind the chilies in a spice/coffee grinder and pick out any large pieces left behind, you want as close to a powder consistency as you can get. Add all ingredients for the filling to a blender or food processor and blend until well combined. Add a little extra water if you need to thin it out any more, you're looking for a thick, but spreadable consistency. Add filling to the cooled crust and Refrigerate 1-2hrs or overnight before serving (this will help it firm up and make it easier to cut).
Disclaimer: The coconut sugar and dried chilies used in the creation of this recipe were free samples provided by Marx Foods.
I'm also submitting this to Ricki's Wellness Weekend and Go Ahead Honey's October Event!