Low sugar recipe: cardamom and sea salt ganache tart

23 August 2016

A low-sugar recipe from Sarah Wilson, bestselling author of I Quit Sugar. The perfect guilt-free sweet treat for anyone who's trying to cut down on sugar out but still needs a chocolate fix. 

Serves 16


For filling

270 ml can coconut cream
2 tablespoons cardamom pods, lightly crushed with a flat blade until the outer husks crack
½ teaspoon pure vanilla powder or 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract  
100 g dark (85–90% cocoa) chocolate, chopped
pinch of sea salt, plus coarse sea salt to garnish
berries and edible petals to garnish (optional)

For crust

¹/³ cup (75 g) coconut oil
4 tablespoons rice malt syrup
2 cups (150 g) shredded coconut
1 tablespoon raw cacao powder


Preheat the oven to 180ºC (gas 4). 

‚ÄčTo make the crust, melt the coconut oil and rice malt syrup in a saucepan. Remove from the heat, add the shredded coconut and cacao powder and mix well.

Press the mixture into the base and up the side of a quiche or tart tin – no need to grease it – so that the mixture’s approximately 5 mm thick all over. Bake the crust for 15–20 minutes. Remove from the oven and set aside  

Meanwhile, heat the coconut cream, cardamom pods and vanilla in a saucepan to a simmer, then turn off the heat and cover with a lid. Allow to steep for 10 minutes.

Strain the coconut cream mixture into a bowl, reserving 4 tablespoons in the pan for emergency use later, if needed. Discard the cardamom pods (or save to spice up chai tea).

Add the chocolate and salt to the bowl, whisking it through until silky and melted. If the fats separate and your ganache develops a chocolatey cottage-cheese appearance, just add the reserved coconut cream, whisking swiftly to bring it all back together.

Once silky, pour into the tart shell and refrigerate until the ganache sets (at least 2 hours). Garnish with a pinch of coarse sea salt berries and petals, if desired. 

Discover more guilt-free sweet treats from Sarah Wilson in I Quit Sugar: Simplicious.

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