Grain-free Cranberry-Orange Spice Mini Tarts {Gluten-free and Vegan}

by Beth @ Tasty Yummies

Cranberry-Orange Spice Mini Tarts - Gluten-free & Vegan

Since I pulled together the massive recipe round-up list for Thanksgiving this year, I haven’t been super focus on creating recipes for the holiday, since I knew you guys were more than set, but I have just been so inspired by the season and I have been having a lot of fun with the flavors.

Cranberry-Orange Spice Mini Tarts - Gluten-free & Vegan

I love coming up with creative and healthy ways to enjoy the flavors of the season. I prefer to make recipes that everyone will enjoy, no matter if they have allergies or intolerances or not, while still accommodating my own personal dietary restrictions. These tarts do just that. They would be a lovely dessert at Thanksgiving or any other holiday gathering. The tart shells have the perfect texture to them, the creamy rich cashew layer is reminiscent of cream cheese and the spiced cranberry orange topping is what holiday dreams are made of. The smell of it simmering is almost as good as how it actually tastes. 

I made these the other night when we had friends over for dinner and it made me so happy to hear my friend Nicola say that they made her think of Christmas. To me, that is the ultimate compliment! I live for the holiday season, I have already been listening to Christmas music non-stop. Who else has started listening to Christmas music already? Oh and I have time this weekend set aside to start decorating the house, too! I can’t wait!

Cranberry-Orange Spice Mini Tarts - Gluten-free & Vegan

This recipe was originally shared on the Free People Blog BLDG 25.

{ 6 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Simply called food November 22, 2013 at 8:25 am

My house is now decorated, and I know I will sound a bit crazy but I put up my lights 2 weeks ago! 🙂 I can say that my favourite dessert is a tart. It is light and after a big supper, it is just perfect. It looks like a great recipe to look for Christmas!


2 Janet November 23, 2013 at 3:29 am

I love the holiday season. We will probably decorate the tree Thanksgiving weekend while the kids are on a college break. Christmas music has been playing here for 4 weeks already, love it! These tarts look wonderful. I am heading over to get the recipe.
Have a beautiful weekend!


3 Daphne @ Veggiestyle With Daphne November 24, 2013 at 6:51 am

I’m going to use the cranberry topping at Christmas. I was looking for a healthier variant of a cranberry sauce/compote and just found it! Thanks Beth!


4 Liz November 24, 2013 at 10:30 am

I love love LOVE the combo of orange and cranberries and mini tarts are built in portion control! This is the perfect dessert. 🙂


5 Hari Chandana November 26, 2013 at 11:11 pm

These look so gorgeous!!


6 Jeannette December 8, 2014 at 8:17 pm

I had so much fun making these. As I was assembling the tarts, I felt like I wouldn’t have enough cashew cream and cranberry, but it ended up being the perfect amount. I recommend eating (and sharing!) same day, as the tart shells became squishy the next day for me. The toaster oven wasn’t able to harden them up, but it didn’t matter because they were super good regardless! Love the salt in the shell as well. Thanks, Beth!


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