This Clean Eating Vegan Cherry Tart is the perfect way to enjoy fresh cherries of the season and it's my submission for the June 2015 theme for The Recipe ReDux:
"Pie Love: Tucked in a crust, nothing says love from the oven like pie. Whether it’s a twist on the all-American apple pie or a traditional recipe from your home country, give a healthy makeover to your favorite savory or sweet pie recipe."
Although I started out with the intention of making a healthier version of a traditional cherry pie, when I finished, what I had was more like a tart than a pie, so I decided to call it a "tart".
If you make this dessert or any cherry dessert, make sure you use fresh, organic cherries.
Why is this important? Non-organic cherries can contain up to 42 different pesticides and the bright red cherries in a jar?
Not only are you getting the 42 different pesticides but also the following:
S.A. D. (Standard American Diet) Albertson's Maraschino Cherries: Ingredients: Water, Corn Syrup, Corn Syrup High Fructose, Citric Acid, Flavors Natural & Artificial, Potassium Sorbate, and, Sodium Benzoate, Preservative, Red 40, Sulphur Sulfur Dioxide, Preservative
It just a jar full of chemicals and preservatives.
And traditional homemade cherry desserts are not much better either with heavy dairy, flour, and refined sugar.
Here are some typical ingredients found in a traditional cherry tart recipe:
S.A.D. (Standard American Diet) Cherry Tart: Ingredients: 9 graham crackers, 1/4 cup sugar, 6 tablespoons unsalted butter, 6 ounces cream cheese, 3/4 cup heavy cream, 1 pound fresh sweet cherries, 1 tablespoon seedless raspberry jam and another: 1 1/4 cups all-purpose flour, 2 tablespoons granulated sugar, 1/2 cup butter, 4 cups pitted cherries, 2/3 cup sugar, 1 1/2 tablespoons cornstarch, 1 teaspoon powdered sugar and another: 1-1/2 cups all-purpose flour, 1/2 cup shortening, 3/4 cup sugar, 3 tablespoons cornstarch, 2 cans pitted tart cherries, 1 tablespoon butter, 4 to 5 drops red food coloring
You don't have to use white refined sugar, butter, cream cheese, heavy cream, white flour, cornstarch, powdered sugar, shortening or red food coloring to enjoy the taste of fresh cherries.
This healthier version is made with real, organic, whole food ingredients that you can enjoy guilt-free and it's "almost" raw, vegan, gluten-free, dairy-free, egg-free, paleo-friendly and contains no refined sugar.
Expert Tips + Ingredient Substitutions For Gluten-Free Vegan Cherry Tart
Here are some expert tips to make this recipe perfectly:
Topping. Add a special touch to this recipe by making my Homemade Whipped Coconut Cream Topping.
Want More Healthy Plant-Based Vegan No-Bake Dessert Recipes?
Check out these:
- Clean Eating Banana Split Mousse
- Vegan Lemon Mousse
- No-Bake Peanut Butter Cheesecake
- or my CLEAN DESSERTS Cookbook with 72 plant-based vegan + gluten-free no-bake dessert recipes made with clean, real food ingredients just like this one that you will love!
Hi, I'm Karielyn! I'm the published cookbook author of CLEAN DESSERTS and content creator of The Healthy Family and Home website since 2012. I specialize in creating easy, healthy plant-based recipes that are gluten-free + vegan and made with clean, real food ingredients that you can feel good about eating.