Natalie Norman

The easiest raw vegan chocolate dessert you will ever make.

Raw Vegan Sugar-Crusted Chocolate Tart

The easiest raw vegan chocolate dessert you will ever make.

I was going to name this post by the actual recipe: Raw Vegan Sugar-Crusted Chocolate Tart. Or some variation thereof. But really, I need everyone to know that no matter how much you hate to cook, or how hard you think changing your diet will be, it’s time to drop all that thinking right now. Because raw food is the easiest way you will ever eat, and arguably the most delicious, too. I also want you to make this recipe THIS WEEK and report back to me. (Please? Oh just do it!) You’re going to love it, and once you have these kinds of easy raw food recipes under your belt, then following a raw vegan diet becomes second nature.

Note: Links in the recipe and instructions are my affiliate links to my Amazon store, so if you click the links to purchase any of those products, your cost stays the same but I might get a small commission which helps me support running this website as a raw food resource for everyone. Thank you so much for your support! 

By the way, I created this recipe during election week. Lately I have been playing a certain song on repeat because I feel as though its message needs to stay in my focus. And I guess it inspired this dessert, too. All about love. Love of ourselves, the planet, each other.

Raw Vegan Sugar-Crusted Chocolate Tart

Here’s the video. Sing with me, “Put a little love in your heart, and the world will be a better place…”

Adopting a raw food diet has been one of the most loving things I’ve done for myself. It’s also empowered me to turn around and use my life to help others in ways that weren’t before possible. When I was mired in my own health issues, I wasn’t of much use to anyone. My life was a daily struggle for mere survival in many ways. You might think going raw vegan is all about losing weight and looking better, but it’s way more than that. It’s a total transformation of the self and how we interact with the world. It’s a big deal.

Let’s talk about loving ourselves when it comes to food choices. Do we love ourselves when we reach for a processed candy bar at the grocery store? The answer is: Kind of. It’s just a misplaced consequential action done in an attempt to satisfy basic human needs. We are seeking comfort in those moments, and our brains become hardwired to reach for the fastest source of dense calories. Read The Pleasure Trap for more interesting insights on how this works. In my opinion, that’s one of the most important books one can read in terms of forgiving yourself for having poor lifestyle habits.

The goods news: Once you understand why bad habits are happening, you will gain a better grasp on strategic ways to change them not just temporarily, but for life. Let me tell you, overcoming bad eating habits has been the biggest gift of freedom I’ve ever felt! Looks are secondary to the feeling of being free, healthy, strong and happy. Giving yourself that freedom is the best way you can love yourself, and then turn around and share your most important gifts with the world. Yes, it all starts with what is on the end of your fork!

When we try to comfort ourselves with junk, whether we’re comforting our emotions or we are just hungry, we can wind up eating and drinking things that actually harm us in the long-run. There’s a disconnect from reality that happens in the moment of our weakness. A key to stopping that disconnect and rerouting our brain patterns is to provide delicious substitutions by way of easy raw vegan meals.

Raw Vegan Sugar-Crusted Chocolate Tart

In terms of real, practical strategies that can lead us to success in changing our diets, whole plant foods are of paramount importance. They fill us up physically and nutritionally such that our bodies and brains finally get the signal that we are full. But just knowing that information isn’t enough to succeed in this enormous lifestyle change. Whole plants aren’t always the easiest foods for people to switch to, especially if they are accustomed to reaching for packaged candies and other treats.

No one wants to sit and gnaw on raw broccoli for the rest of their lives. The mere thought sends them running from a vegan diet straight back into the standard American diet that’s making them feel terrible. Let’s be real. Sometimes you just want chocolate. And you want it sweet, and gooey, and RIGHT NOW. That’s where I come in! I am your key to breaking the unhealthy cycle and adopting easy raw vegan treats in your diet. That’s not arrogance talking; it’s experience. My struggles became my story. My challenging life experiences and education can now become a road map to help you start a raw vegan diet and stay raw for life. I’m here to share what I know. Consider me your resource.

Raw Vegan Sugar-Crusted Chocolate Tart

Want to learn raw foods, and in a way that is supremely delicious? Sorry to be blunt here, but the answer is: CONSULT A FORMER FATTY. Why? BECAUSE WE KNOW HOW TO EAT. Yes, I said it. It’s the elephant in the room, the Captain Obvious, the “duh!” moment we’re all afraid to talk about.

We had problems with food, us former fatties. We loved it just a little too much. We understood it. We had a serious relationship with it and we might have even put it on our Facebook statuses. We know what tastes not just good, but great, and to a fault! Like, stomp-your-foot good food. So if you find a nurturing mom who used to be fat but became fit and healthy eating raw foods, you know two things:

  1. The food is going to be delicious, and
  2. It’s going to be fast, because she loves to eat but has almost no time to do it.

Ding ding! You just won the raw food lottery by meeting little ole’ me. I’m not kidding. I can teach anyone to go raw and love it. If I can do this lifestyle, you can, too. So pull up a chair and stay a while. Make sure you sign up for my emails so we can stay in touch with raw vegan recipes, tips and support!

Enjoy the recipe for this chocolate tart! It was a yummer. I ate the entire thing, and I still fit into my Lululemon the next day. #GoRawFoods!

Love always,

Natalie Norman


Raw Vegan Sugar-Crusted Chocolate Tart

Yield: 1-2 servings


Chocolate Tart Ingredients

8 large medjool dates, pits removed
1/2 cup raw coconut crystal sugar
1.5 tbsp raw pecan/cashew butter (raw almond butter may be substituted)
1/4 tsp cinnamon
1 tbsp raw cacao powder
1/2 cup raw cacao nibs

Sugar Crust Ingredients

1 tbsp coconut crystal sugar
1/8 tsp cinnamon


If the medjool dates are really hard, soak them in a cup of water for 30min to an hour to soften them for blending. Just make sure you pour off the water and pat them dry on a paper towel before using them, otherwise your tart might be too runny.

Blend tart ingredients in a food processor fitted with an "S" blade until a thick, sticky mixture results. It should be dry enough so that you can roll a spoonful of it into a ball with your hands.

In a heart-shaped tart pan with removable bottom, sprinkle your sugar crust mixture at the bottom, then press in the tart ingredients. Chill in your freezer for about 20-30 minutes or until firm. Pop out the tart and enjoy!

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