No bake orange cream tartlets with mixed berries

Berry orange cream tartlets

In two days our bodies will depart from this comfortable nook of the Earth and collide with Europe. London, England, to be exact. From there we will carry heavy backpacks while roaming across the continent, and watch as our lives become a continuity of long train rides and conversations we only half understand. Up until a few days ago, I didn’t know if I was ready. Ready to reduce my belongings to only the necessities, stuff them into a 60L backpack, and set out on a four month journey that includes nothing familiar or convenient or even remotely routine. But it’s here and my bag is mostly packed (maybe with more skirts than one will require on such a trip), and in this moment I’ve never felt more ready to do anything in the entire 25 years I’ve existed on this planet.

And so, as we’re soaking up our last 48 hours in the Mile High City and trying to wrap our minds around the enormous adventure that’s on our horizon, my advice to you is this: Devise a dream. One that ignites a fire in your belly and makes your heart feel so full you fear it might actually burst. Devise a dream so magnificent that it will enrich your life beyond belief, now and until your earthly journey comes to an end. And when you’re finished – when you’ve filled it to maximum capacity with the wildest of ideas and your version of happy – you need to live it. Because there is nothing more fulfilling than watching a dream – one that you’ve carefully and thoughtfully constructed – come to life right in front of your very eyes.

Dream big, friends. To the moon and back.

Graham crackersGraham cracker crumbleGraham cracker tartlet shellsOrange creamBerry orange creamRaspberries + blueberriesBerry orange creamBerry orange cream tartlets

Notes: You can use any flavor/extract you want for the cream filling. And top it with any other seasonal fruit. If you’re not a fan of graham cracker crusts, this recipe for pâte brisée would work perfectly – it was originally going to be the crust until I realized a no bake variety would be best for the hot summer months. You can use coconut oil in place of the butter, but it makes the tartlets suuuuuuupa crumbly (which isn’t necessarily a bad thing) and the shells need to be frozen instead of refrigerated (which is kind of a bad thing). You can find a raw version here.


15 plain graham crackers
2 tbsp cane sugar
1/8 tsp fine sea salt
10 tbsp vegan butter, room temperature

2 cans full fat coconut milk, refrigerated overnight
1/4 cup powdered cane sugar
4 tsp orange flavor
Zest from one orange, optional
1/2 pint raspberries
1/2 pint blueberries

In a food processor fitted with the S blade, blend the graham crackers, sugar, and salt into a super fine meal. Add the butter, in pieces, and pulse until a crumbly dough forms. Divide the dough between four well-greased, deep dish tartlet pans with removable bottoms (or ramekins, mason jars – you name it) and press dough up/into the sides. Refrigerate for at least 1 hour.

Scoop the white layer of milk fat off the top of each can and into a large mixing bowl; discard the water (or save it for use in smoothies). Cream the milk fat, sugar, orange flavor and zest, using a hand mixer on high speed, just until light and fluffy; about 30-45 seconds. Divide the cream between the tartlet shells and refrigerate until ready to use (will keep for up to three days). Just before serving, top with berries.

Yield: 4 tartlets


  • Reply Allison 27 June 2013 at 6:18 AM

    Dying over this recipe and picture…looks AMAZING! Can I use regular butter instead of vegan to get the same results?

  • Reply petal and plume 27 June 2013 at 7:45 AM

    you’ve done it again..this is the epitome of perfection! a good no bake recipe is my saviour in the summer!

  • Reply Sophia 27 June 2013 at 7:55 AM

    I’ve been so excited for you guys ever since you announced your big adventure – cannot believe you are leaving in 2 days already, eek!

    Also, I love this post, and it came at exactly the right time (well, there is never a wrong time to read about delicious berry tartlets!) – I started dreaming big again only recently and one big dream is slowly starting to take shape (not in its realization but in what the dream actually is) and I will make damn sure that dream comes to fruition some how and some day!

    If your travels across Europe take you to Rome some time do shout – I moved here from London last November and would happily give you some tips!

  • Reply Jennifer 27 June 2013 at 9:36 AM

    If I had those tart shells, I would make these for the 4th!

    xo Jennifer

  • Reply Shoshana 27 June 2013 at 12:26 PM

    What brand of vegan graham crackers are you using?

  • Reply Sheena S. 27 June 2013 at 12:37 PM

    Bon voyage!

  • Reply Jocelyn (Grandbaby Cakes) 27 June 2013 at 12:52 PM

    These are so gorgeous! I am really in love right now!

  • Reply sara forte 27 June 2013 at 1:09 PM

    yes yes yes! I am so thrilled for you guys. Four months you will never forget. Love your reminders about dreaming big and making things happen. I’ve had a heavy week, your spirit always makes me smile. Thanks, lovely. The tarts look so so gorgeous.

  • Reply Morgan 27 June 2013 at 1:26 PM

    Love a vegan recipe that doesn’t call for a bajillion ingredients. These look too simple. Also, completely envious of your upcoming trip. I would love to hear how you guys are able to make a 4 month trip financially possible!

    • Reply Ashlae 27 June 2013 at 2:16 PM

      Lots and lots and lots and lots of saving. For 18 months.

  • Reply dervla 27 June 2013 at 1:44 PM

    can’t wait to hear all about your trip, have so much fun!!!

  • Reply Camille 27 June 2013 at 2:12 PM

    These look delicious!

    And about your trip, have a phenomenal time! How long will you be in London for? I live there! If you want any tips or good recommendations, let me know! Have a safe flight!

  • Reply Ashley 27 June 2013 at 3:31 PM

    ABSOLUTELY gorgeous and so so simple. YOU ROCK. Also, these photos. Yeah.

  • Reply Tieghan 27 June 2013 at 4:30 PM

    Seriously! These are adorable and amazing! I want one now!

  • Reply Sarah 27 June 2013 at 10:59 PM

    I’m so happy for you – I bet you will have the time of your life over there. Congratulations, I hope we hear from you on your travels!

  • Reply Kathryn 28 June 2013 at 2:52 AM

    You guys are going to have the most insanely fantastic and inspiring time. I can’t wait to hear about it (hopefully over a drink at some point!!). Bon voyage!

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  • Reply cindy 28 June 2013 at 6:16 AM

    these are so pretty! and I can’t resist a no-bake treat in the summer, turning on the oven is work!

    have the best adventure!

  • Reply Bee 28 June 2013 at 8:45 AM

    What a nice inspiring post. You are right about dreaming big. I should do more of it, myself. Hope you have a good time in London, my home town.

  • Reply Lovely Food 28 June 2013 at 2:15 PM

    I love the idea of using the cream off the top of the coconut milk.

    Make sure you pack a light-weight raincoat, and probably a thin lambswool jumper too – it’s a bit wet and cold over here :) but you can still wear sandals. Yay! London!

  • Reply melissa @ my whole food life 28 June 2013 at 3:14 PM

    Yum! This looks great and the photos are stunning as well. I love a fruit tart in the summer and love that this is vegan!

  • Reply Rebecca 29 June 2013 at 6:54 PM

    Just what I needed to hear! Thank you and have an AMAZING journey!!

  • Reply Harriet 30 June 2013 at 2:36 AM

    Have such an amazing trip! I’m gonna channel my overwhelming jealousy into something productive, like these tarts. Combo of orange + coconut + berries, sounds gorgeous! Happy travels!

  • Reply Heidi - Apples Under My Bed 30 June 2013 at 10:29 PM

    I so agree. Living. Enjoy it, lady.
    Heidi xo
    ps thanks for this recipe, I cannot wait to make it! The orange cream sounds just beyond.

  • Reply Loretta | A Finn In The Kitchen 1 July 2013 at 6:10 AM

    Unbelievably gorgeous! I love simple desserts like this, especially when they involve fresh, seasonal fruits! I’d probably eat them all though….

  • Reply Carmen 1 July 2013 at 3:10 PM

    These look amazing! Your trip sounds wonderful…I am so jealous. Have fun!

  • Reply Clotilde 2 July 2013 at 12:15 PM

    Great travels! It’s nice to see people living the dream life! Enjoy!

  • Reply Rose 2 July 2013 at 2:22 PM

    I’m wild about this… devising a dream. This couldn’t come at a better time! I’m about to go after what I want, financial stability be damned… and I could seriously use a cream pie to ease my jitters :)

    Bon voyage!

  • Reply Tracy | Peanutbutter and Onion 3 July 2013 at 4:53 AM

    I love London, you will have a blast. bring good shoes! These little tarts look amazing, I could eat like 5

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  • Reply sandra 11 July 2013 at 7:37 AM

    this looks so good – I love that it is no bake and vegan!! Double goodness!

  • Reply Melissa 1 August 2013 at 8:02 AM

    Beautiful, definitely one of my favorite summer desserts!

    How did you get the crust out of the tartlet pans? Do some of them break? I have done this but baked the crust in ramekins, but this is a much nicer presentation!

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