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Coconut Gizzada Tart (No Bake)

Coconut Gizzada Tart is a traditional Jamaican pastry that I always enjoyed as a snack when I was growing up in Jamaica. It is also known as Pinch-Me-Round because of the pinched crust.

When I became a Vegan and also gluten-free, I could no longer enjoy my favorite baked Gizzada because the Gizzada was made with flour, butter and sugar. I wanted to enjoy my favorite childhood snack, so I decided to create a No Bake Vegan style Coconut Gizzada Tart by substituting healthier ingredients. This crust is made with almond, walnuts and coconut as a substitute for the flour. I included the traditional spices such as vanilla, nutmeg and cinnamon to spice up the crust, and used dates as the sweetener instead of sugar. The filling includes coconut cream instead of butter.

I was very happy that I was able to recreate one of my favorite childhood snacks to fit into my vegan lifestyle! This recipe is simple and easy to make, and it’s also a healthy dessert.

Serves: 2 • Prep Time: 10 minutes • Total Time: 30 minutes

1/2 cup raw unsalted almonds
1/2 cup raw unsalted walnuts
3 tablespoons unsweetened shredded coconut
1/2 cup pitted dates
1/2 teaspoon nutmeg
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon

4 tablespoons unsweetened shredded coconut
2 tablespoons coconut cream
1 tablespoon maple syrup
1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
(Mix ingredients together in a bowl)

Step 1. Add walnuts, almonds and shredded coconut to your food processor and blend to a meal texture. Add cinnamon, nutmeg, vanilla and blend again.

Step 2. Add dates and blend until mixture begins to form a dough. Scrape the dough into a bowl. Add a piece of parchment paper to a 5-inch tart mold. Scrape the dough into the tart mold. Use a spatula and press the dough firmly into the mold.

Step 3. Put the Gizzada into the freezer to set for 20 minutes. Remove the Gizzada from the freezer and put it into the fridge. Just add the topping when ready to serve.

Inspired Jamaican Pastry by Celebrity Chef Sandi Morais, author of Vegan Recipe for Life Cook Book. Order online at:

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