Raw chocolate tart filling

Hi friends Open-mouthed smile How’s your day going?? Thanks so much for all of your lovely support as usual. <3 I’m very grateful to all of you for being so kind regarding my current homeless/nomad/vagabond/crazy life Winking smile

winter park

After DT last night, I stopped at Whole Paycheck to get groceries for dinner. Then this happened instead:

hot bar

Hot bar Smile

All the faves were there:

-vegan miso slaw

-tuna/chickpea salad

-madras curry


I came back to the casa, read “American Wife” (I got it for the Kindle since Jenna was raving about it- love it so far!), snuggled the puppers and crashed.

Most of this morning has been spent in the Winter Park area– my favorite part of Orlando

winter park (2)

First, a ridiculously amazing yoga class at Full Circle with Rob. It was the kind of class where we flowed for the first half, then held deep stretches for centuries, and I left feeling very noodly and strange. In a good way, though Smile

After class, I stopped at Starbucks to check my internet life (Facebook, comments, emails) and munch b-fast:


Breakfast cookie dough cereal!

I made the *dough* part, added frozen organic blueberries and put the almond milk in an empty water bottle.

After yoga, all I had to do was add the milk and feast Smile



After b-fast, it was a spa kind of morning:


Now I’m at Beefcake and Noble, doing the blog thang/computer work thang for a while.

Have a great day and I’ll see ya later this afternoon!



Something to do: Make this raw vegan tart filling- it will rock your face off Smile I forgot to post this last week with the tart shell recipe, but here ya go!



Raw Chocolate Tart Filling


  • 2 1/2 C soaked raw cashews
  • 1 1/2 C cacao powder
  • 1 C maple syrup
  • 1/2 C honey
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1/2 tsp sea salt
  • 1/3 C water
  • 3/4 C melted coconut oil


  1. In the Vita-mix, add the cashews, maple syrup, honey, vanilla, sea salt and water. Blend well until smooth and creamy (you may have to use the Vita-mix stick thingy, whatever it’s called, haha)
  2. Add the cacao powder and blend until mixture is totally smooth–no lumps! Once again, use the Vita-mix stick thingy.
  3. Lastly, add the coconut oil and blend until smooth.
  4. Fill your tart shell (or you can make mini tarts) and place in the freezer to set for at least an hour. Remove the tart from the tart pan (you run water on the bottom of the pan to help loosen it) and store in the fridge. To serve, top with raw whipped cream and a sprinkle of high quality sea salt.

Prepare for foodgasmic glory Winking smile


Whatever you do with what’s left in the Vita-mix is up to you


(Are those finger marks? I would never!)

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  1. Gabriela @ Une Vie Saine on December 1, 2010 at 11:56 am

    Amazingly, I actually have all the ingredients for this in my pantry right now. Would is be bad to just eat eat the filling without making the tarts? 🙂

    JEALOUS of your gorgeous weather. It’s soooooo ugly out in NYC today!!

    • Fitnessista on December 1, 2010 at 12:01 pm

      bad? no, that would be awesome!
      put them in plastic lined muffin tins and store in the freezer- when you want one, just pop one out of there 🙂

  2. Shari B. on December 1, 2010 at 11:58 am

    “American Wife” was such a great book – I love Curtis Sittenfeld and wish she’d get another book done soon! If you end up liking this one, read “Prep” next! 🙂

    Have a great Wednesday!

    • Fitnessista on December 1, 2010 at 12:01 pm

      good to know- thank you!

  3. Angela @ Eat Spin Run Repeat on December 1, 2010 at 12:01 pm

    Oooh brekkie and the tart look delicious! That’s so nice you got to spend some time at a spa too – sounds like with everything you’ve got going on, you definitely deserved it. 🙂

  4. Laury @ thefitnessdish on December 1, 2010 at 12:04 pm

    OMG!! The tar looks amazing, and I have all the ingredients!!

    I am looking out my window at a torrential downpour with tons of wind. I need to get over to Whole Foods…but I am just not brave enough to venture out right now. Enjoy the pretty weather, I’m jealous.

  5. Christin@purplebirdblog on December 1, 2010 at 12:13 pm

    I have everything to make this, but no dang VitaMix! Grrrrr 🙂

  6. Lisa on December 1, 2010 at 12:13 pm

    All I can say is “wow”!!! I need to make this tart filling as soon as possible… I believe it can hold it’s own without the crust 🙂

  7. Laura @ Sprint 2 the Table on December 1, 2010 at 12:20 pm

    Soooo jealous of that weather! It is freezing here – 45 high. *Shiver*

    The tart looks incredible. I’m guessing a food processor would be fine to mix it? I haven’t invested in a Vitamix… yet. 🙂

  8. Jessica @ Dairy Free Betty on December 1, 2010 at 12:34 pm

    Wow.. Florida is so beautiful!!! 🙂 I love all your adventures, because then I feel like I am there too!!!!!! 🙂

  9. Jessica @ How Sweet It Is on December 1, 2010 at 12:38 pm

    I’m about to make that filling for my lunch. OMG.

  10. Madeleine @ Stepping to the Bright Side on December 1, 2010 at 12:59 pm

    I love the first picture in this post! Is that the Winter Park area? It reminds me so much of some spots in my home state, South Carolina… Gorgeous 🙂

  11. Heather (Heather's Dish) on December 1, 2010 at 1:15 pm

    i just wish my head fit inside of a Vitamix now so i could lick it clean! 🙂

  12. Jenn @ LiveWellFitNow on December 1, 2010 at 1:31 pm

    I say love the vagabond life! 🙂

  13. Paige @ Running Around Normal on December 1, 2010 at 1:38 pm

    That park looks fantastic! Good for you for treating yourself to the spa! You’ve had quite a busy day already:)

  14. Amanda (Eating Up) on December 1, 2010 at 1:40 pm

    American Wife is one of my favorite books! You’ll probably want to read Laura Bush’s memoir next!

  15. Shanna, like Banana on December 1, 2010 at 1:52 pm

    I heart Winter Park! Great wine bar where you can taste to your heart’s content =)

  16. Kiran on December 1, 2010 at 2:12 pm

    I love hanging out at Winter Park too 🙂 just wished the summer is over 🙁

  17. kris | iheartwellness.com on December 1, 2010 at 2:19 pm

    YUM!!! this recipe looks fab!

    I need to go read and catch up on your homeless life 🙂 A spicy life can be good!


  18. Namaste Gurl on December 1, 2010 at 2:44 pm

    Not too shabby!

  19. Liz @ Tip Top Shape on December 1, 2010 at 2:52 pm

    That raw/vegan tart looks delicious!!! I had to laugh at the Winter Park in Orlando, too. A bit of an ironic name, no? lol

  20. Averie (LoveVeggiesAndYoga) on December 1, 2010 at 2:55 pm

    The stick thingey is called the Tamper 🙂 Strange name I’ve always thought.

    Anyway, the recipe looks fabulous!!!!!!!! Anything that starts of w/ maple and soaked cashews and cocoa powder has just got to be fabulous..and finishes w/ coconut oil…yum!

    Winter Park. My uncle used to live there and yes, it’s cool, but I havent been there in ages. Sounds like it’s pretty awesome and hip these days.

    I hope you have a great rest of your day…Starbucks, B & N, yoga, the spa. Girl. I want to trade places. My day is the polar opposite of that! 🙂

    • Fitnessista on December 1, 2010 at 8:25 pm

      i thought it was called the tamper! but then i thought it sounded wrong, haha
      i’ll trade places with you in a second- i want a daughter more than a spa day 🙂

  21. Lauren @ BIOCHEMISTA on December 1, 2010 at 2:56 pm

    Hi Gina! The tart looks fabulous. You are so creative in the kitchen!! Last night I tweeted about how my sister and I made a huuuuuge pan of your breakfast cookies. They were fantastic. Now I have a glorious breakfast for the next 6 days 🙂

    • Fitnessista on December 1, 2010 at 8:24 pm

      such a great idea!!

  22. Anna @ Newlywed, Newly Veg on December 1, 2010 at 3:04 pm

    I’m so jealous of your sunshine!!! It is snowy and cold up here in PA!

  23. Sam on December 1, 2010 at 3:10 pm

    Don’t the oats kill your stomach because of the gluten?

    • Fitnessista on December 1, 2010 at 8:24 pm

      i buy the bob’s red mill gluten free oats- they’re expensive but way worth it

  24. grocery goddess jen on December 1, 2010 at 3:23 pm

    Holy foodgasm. I wish I could go home and make that right this second. I don’t know how much of that filling would make it into the tart shell, though!

  25. Runeatrepeat on December 1, 2010 at 3:47 pm

    I just wanted to say that you are awesome – sometimes I miss Ben when he’s at work, I can’t imagine how hard it is for you to miss the Pilot. Hang in there little bear 🙂

    • Fitnessista on December 1, 2010 at 8:23 pm

      thank you friend- this has been a rough one for me

  26. Allison @ Food for Healing on December 1, 2010 at 4:18 pm

    Oh the weather looks amazing, you should take some of our cold and snow!

  27. Allison on December 1, 2010 at 4:22 pm

    I am salivating over that tart filling!!

  28. Mo on December 1, 2010 at 4:41 pm

    It looks just beautiful there . . . what’s the temp? I will keep your blog photos up to offset the snow falling outside my window! I have to say, you are quite the success at eating the way you enjoy no matter what life throws at you or where you end up! You are an amazing chick. Take care.

    • Fitnessista on December 1, 2010 at 8:23 pm

      thank you mo!! i really do hope we get to hang out one of these days!
      it was in the 60s/70s today 🙂

  29. Keri on December 1, 2010 at 4:55 pm

    I read American Wife too! Loved it!

  30. Krystina (Basil & Wine) on December 1, 2010 at 5:13 pm

    I LOVE Winter Park. <3 I can't wait to go back this month!!

  31. Stephanie @ Lunges and Lunch on December 1, 2010 at 5:19 pm

    Oh man, looking at those chocolate tarts all I can think is you should move your nomad self up here to Toronto 😛
    I’ll get the tea started if you make the tarts 😉

    • Fitnessista on December 1, 2010 at 8:22 pm

      sounds like a deal 🙂

  32. Sana on December 1, 2010 at 6:22 pm

    Heheeheh! I wish my Whole Paycheck was not in the city. I hate the parking!

  33. Cara Craves... on December 1, 2010 at 6:45 pm

    One of the joys of being a baker is licking the chocolate…totally justified!

  34. Chelsea @ One Healthy Munchkin on December 1, 2010 at 6:57 pm

    Aww man I got so excited about a raw tart crust recipe that I’m not allergic to… but I’m allergic to the filling! 😛 Do you think I could use almonds in place of the cashews?

    • Fitnessista on December 1, 2010 at 8:22 pm

      no- use thai coconut meat instead 🙂

  35. KimLivesHealthy on December 1, 2010 at 6:58 pm

    That chocolate tart is on my Christmas menu now! 🙂 I love when you post raw recipes, it’s like a side of you we don’t get to see every day (the culinary whiz) and it’s refreshing!

  36. salah@myhealthiestlifestyle on December 1, 2010 at 7:09 pm

    Holy Tart!!! That looks amazing!!! I will definitely be trying this! I’ve been wanting to eat more raw foods so this is a great start! 🙂

    • Fitnessista on December 1, 2010 at 8:22 pm

      desserts are always a great way to start 🙂

  37. lori on December 1, 2010 at 7:47 pm

    THANK YOU for posting the tart recipe! 🙂 Sounds wonderful. Your creations always look so lovely. I can’t wait to try it. I’ll have to check out the book too. Thanks Gina 🙂

  38. Mary @ Bites and Bliss on December 1, 2010 at 8:33 pm

    Play then work’s much better than the other way around. 😉

  39. Whitney @blooming significance on December 1, 2010 at 10:21 pm

    I LOVE LOVE LOVE LOOOOVE The American Wife. Had no clue until the end that it was about Laura Bush. Enjoy it!!

  40. carpensm @ A Life Without Ice Cream on December 2, 2010 at 2:30 pm

    OH EM GEE that looks yummy… finger marks in the mixer for sure! Who could resist!

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