Grain-free Chocolate Cheesecake Tarts + $50 Gift Basket Giveaway

Thanks for participating, everyone! Congratulations to Suzanne H, the winner of $50 worth of goat dairy goodies! Happy Days has just recently launched a new website and has asked me to contribute to their inspirations program – a place where I’ll share my healthy, gluten-free goat dairy recipes for followers of HP and Happy Days.

I couldn’t be more thrilled about this partnership and look forward to sharing more goat dairy goodies with you all ;)

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We like to entertain, socialize, and serve up great food when doing it. As a hostess, I like to make sure that each person that visits our home enjoys the food and can find a little bit of something that is normal to them.

When I first started entertaining, I would create all these crazy gluten-free, dairy-free, vegan, corn-free, grain-free meals and appetizers with crazy ingredients like coconut oil, spirulina, homemade nut milk, and arrowroot starch. I’d introduce the meals to people and get a bunch of blank stares back. Note that it can sometimes overwhelm your guests if you introduce them to too many foreign ingredients during their visit.

Overtime I’ve come to find balance in the appetizers, meals, and desserts we serve to our friends and family.  A bit of dairy here, some gluten there, vegan fare, and a touch of grain-free, goes a long way in introducing our loved ones to healthy eating without forcing them to step too much out of their comfort zone.

While I’ve tried to reintroduce dairy into my life on multiple occasions, I just can’t seem to tolerate it over long periods of time. I understand that there are readers, friends and family out there that can handle their dairy and are always looking for ways to incorporate healthier dairy options into their daily lives. Because of that, I often cook with it at home when we have friends over, and continue to come up with new and exciting ways to incorporate it into the recipes I create.

With all of this in mind, when Happy Days Goat Dairy asked me if I’d be interested in partnering up with them on a bunch of new and exciting initiatives this Summer, I jumped at the chance. Happy Days is a local, 100% Canadian goat milk company who takes the utmost care and attention into the quality of their products. Their product line-up includes a wide variety of delicious goat cheese products, and yogurt products. All of their products are guaranteed to be free of hormones and antibiotics.

Why goat dairy? Because it’s better than cow’s milk and when I have a client or friend looking to ‘healthify’ their diet, I often suggest they switch over to goat’s milk. Here’s why:

  • Bio-availability. Goat’s milk is closer to human’s milk making it easier to digest and assimilate than cow’s milk. In fact, over 50% of people with lactose intolerance to cow’s milk don’t have an issue with goat’s milk.
  • Metabolic agent. Studies have shown that goat’s milk helps to increase your ability to metabolize certain minerals.
  • Naturally low fat. Goat’s milk is lower in fat than cow’s milk but still maintains a high fatty acid and amino acid profile. Being naturally low in fat means that the milk doesn’t have to go through as much processing as cow’s milk does. Also, because it’s low in fat, goat’s milk isn’t as mucus forming as cow’s milk.
  • High in fatty acids. Goat’s milk has two times the fatty acids than cow’s milk.
  • Environmentally friendly. Goats require less space than cows and create far less waste.
  • Cleaner option. Goat’s are rarely shot up with the same amount of growth hormones and antibiotics making it a less toxic choice for your and your family.

Goat’s milk and it’s products can be used in just about every recipe that calls for cow’s milk products. When I was planning to share a recipe with you using goat’s milk I wanted a recipe that was was grain-free, sugar-reduced, had a small list of ingredients, and could be easily adapted to be dairy-free for those that just can’t tolerate dairy no matter what they do!

Of course it should come as no surprise that the recipe I came up with was a dessert and calls for lots of chocolate! These tarts are easy to assemble, incredibly light, naturally sweet, and lick your fingers deeeelicious!

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Grain-free Chocolate Cheesecake Tarts
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Serves: 6 tarts, 6 servings
 
Low-sugar, grain-free chocolate cheesecake tarts made with local goat cream cheese. Dairy-free substitution included!
Ingredients
Tart shell
  • 2 egg whites
  • 2 cups unsweetened medium shredded coconut
Roasted strawberries
  • 10oz. (300g) medium strawberries, hulled and sliced in half
  • 2 tablespoon demerara sugar
  • 1 teaspoon extra-virgin olive oil
  • ¼ teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • pinch sea salt
  • ½ teaspoon balsamic vinegar
Chocolate cheesecake filling
Optional toppings
  • shaved chocolate and shredded coconut
Instructions
  1. Place chocolate for cheesecake filling in an oven safe dish and place on top of your oven. Keep it here to melt while baking the tarts and strawberries.
  2. To prepare the tart shells
  3. Preheat oven to 350F
  4. Add egg whites to coconut and stir until fully coated.
  5. Spray a muffin tin with non-stick cooking spray (or dab of coconut oil) and press a large spoonful of coconut mixture into each cup, pushing it evenly into the bottom and up the sides.
  6. Bake for 12-15 minutes, or until golden brown.
  7. Let cool in muffin pan before removing and placing on a cooling rack until ready to use.
  8. To prepare the roasted strawberries
  9. Increase oven temperature to 375F and line a baking sheet with parchment paper. You’ll want to use parchment for this as the strawberries get really juicy and sticky. Set aside.
  10. In a medium-sized mixing bowl, add sugar, oil, vanilla, and salt. Once completely mixed, add cut strawberries and coat.
  11. Place strawberries on prepared pan and roast for 20-25 minutes, until juices thicken but are not burnt.
  12. Remove the berries and juice from the pan while still warm. Place in a small bowl, stir in balsamic vinegar, and set aside.
  13. To prepare the chocolate cheesecake filling
  14. Place cream cheese and milk to a small bowl. Stir until incorporated.
  15. Add chocolate, stir again.
  16. Divide the cream cheese mixture evenly among the coconut cups. Top with roasted strawberries, extra coconut or chocolate shavings.
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    Notes
    Probiotic goat cheese spread is similar to cream cheese.

    For a dairy-free and vegan version, use my cashew cream cheese recipe and omit the goat milk completely from this tart recipe.

    I used whole eggs for the egg whites in this recipe, then used the leftover yolks in my smoothie the next day. When mixing the coconut and egg white, make sure that each piece of coconut has a bit of egg white on it. Press the mixture very firmly into the muffin tins. The more packed, the more successful you’ll be!

    While the grain-free tart shells are baking, get your strawberries ready!

    It was my first time roasted strawberries and will definitely not be my last. The finished product is like candy on a baking sheet. I had a hard time not gobbling up all of the strawberries right then and there!

    Once the shells are cooled and strawberries roasted, mix together your chocolate filling.

    Drop the chocolate cream cheese filling into each tart shell, top with roasted strawberries, and voila!

    Dress the cheesecake tarts with some extra coconut, chocolate shavings, or enjoy as is.

    Okay, now for the fun part… Happy Days has offered to provide a $50 goat dairy gift basket to one lucky reader! Not only that, but all HP readers can take advantage of a $8.00 discount online orders over $20 by using the promotion code: HPJune2012.

    The giveaway

    Enter for a chance to win a goat dairy gift basket valued at over $50 that’sfilled with:

    • 1 jar of marinated cheese balls
    • 1 brick of feta cheese
    • 1 brick of cheddar cheese
    • 1 tub of shredded mozzarella cheese
    • 3 rolls soft okanagan goat cheese: plain, garlic and parsley, and lemon pepper
    • 1 tub of soft okanagan cheese crumbles
    • 1 tub of goat cheese spread
    • 2 bottles of kefir

    1 winner will be selected!

    Giveaway is open to U.S. and Canadian residents ONLY.

    How to enter

    Receive up to 5 entries by:

    1. Comment: Check out the Happy Days Goat Dairy online store and tell us – what product would you like to try out the most?
    2. Twitter follow: Happy Days Goat Dairy
    3. Facebook: Like Happy Days Goat Dairy
    4. Tweet it: You could say something like: $50 gift basket #giveaway loaded with goat dairy goodies from @HappyDaysDairy and @be_healthful –> http://bit.ly/MqG7Ls #eatclean
    5. Subscribe to the Healthful Pursuit RSS feed in your RSS reader or by email

    Please leave a *separate comment* for each entry!

    The giveaway will be open until Tuesday July 3 with the winner announced on Wednesday July 4.

    The opinions expressed herein are those of Healthful Pursuit and are not indicative of the opinions or positions of Happy Days Goat Dairy.
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    1. I have had goat cheese before, but I have never had goat milk yogurt! That sounds interesting and tasty :)

    2. Wow Leanne these look so amazing! I love the simple coconut based tart shells, they remind me of the almond flour based ones I made recently, except even simpler. I cannot wait to try. BTW I have been obsessed with roasted strawberries with balsamic right now, too (hence my own recent tart recipe). We are totally on the same wavelength!

      (No need to enter me to the giveaway since I don’t eat dairy anymore, but I just had to tell you how amazing these looked)

      • Don’t you just want to stand at the oven and eat ALL of the roasted strawberries? I had to make two batches for this recipe just for that purpose!

    3. Happy Days Probiotic Goat Cheese Spread, Strawberry – 280g looks delicious…perfect combo of sweet and salty? I’d love to try!

    4. I looooove goat cheese. I really want to try the Happy Days Probiotic Goat Cheese Spread in Strawberry.

    5. U la la – I’d love to try Happy Days Goat Plain Kefir!

      This recipe…mmmmm…looooooooks tooooooooo good!

    6. Amazing! Goat cheese is my all-time favorite, and I’d love to try the goat cheese spreads!

    7. I would love to try the goat milk cheddar! I’ve only ever had soft goat’s cheese and bet that would make an amazing sandwich!!

    8. I tried raw goat cheese once since I heard it is easier to digest and would love to win in order to try different goat cheese products.

    9. I’d love to try the goat yogurt! I haven’t seen that by me and I’d love to incorporate it into a few recipes.

    10. Happy Days Deluxe Okanagan Goat Cheese with Oil and Rosemary – Its 7am and all I want for breakfast is this cheese spread on crackers… sound so good!

    11. I have raised my boys on goat’s milk and now, cow’s milk, tastes too sweet to them and they will not drink it. They are teenagers now and still love their goat’s milk in cereal and in smoothies!

      They love to spread goat cheese on crackers (sometimes more than one box!) so I am thinking the lemon pepper, unripened goat cheese would be right up their alley.

      Plus, I am definitely going to make this dessert for them! They will love it. Thanks for posting! :-)

    12. These look awesome! Chocolate, cheesecake, coconut, strawberries [roasted!] – some of my favorite things! :) I just recently tried goat cheese for the first time, I got a tub of crumbled. I used it in a pasta salad and couldn’t stay away from it! So good! I just bought a small log of soft goat cheese so I’m sure I’ll like that too. This is such a generous giveaway!

      I’ve never tried a drinkable yogurt before because I’ve never seen them in stores near me, so I’d love to try that off of their website!

    13. I am on a kefir/lassi kick lately – I would love to try the plain kefir. I like having plain flavors to get the pure taste, and adding flavorings myself! Sounds like goat milk products are worth a try, and this is a great company.

    14. Thanks for the great recipes!~ I think the I’d have to go traditional with the Happy Days Goat products and say Feta cheese. Yum.

    15. This recipe looks oh so tasty Leanne! I’ve a big fan of goats milk products and always a real treat for me on a student budget :P always wanted to try goats milk and there goats cheese garlic and parsley sounds delicious!
      Curious to know how goats milk products would ship… And stay cold… lol (not like it’s warming up much here in BC)!

    16. I love goat’s milk ice cream and it’s so hard to find! I would definitely want to try the strawberry ice cream! Great giveaway Leanne!

    17. I have always enjoyed Goats Milk as Uncle supplied us with it from his farm for my sister who had allergies. I was even enlisted one summer to help with packaging and selling to the neighbours.

      I would love to try the Lemon Pepper soft cheese with my avocado on toast.

    18. I’d love to try goat mozzarella! I didn’t even know such a thing existed!

    19. Oh my goodness! You are the first person I have EVER heard mention that cow dairy is related to mucous production. Whenever I mention that I have noticed this to people they look at me with skeptical eyes. So is it the milk fat that does it? Are there other foods/fats that increase mucous production?

      I have found that goat dairy and I get along (in moderation) and I would LOVE to try the goat cream cheese. Hooray for Goaty Giveaways!

    20. Those tarts look delicious! I’ve never seen goat mozzarella before…that’s something I would definitely like to try!

    21. Oh wow!!! Goat Milk yoghurt!!??? I would love to try some of that yumminess :-)

    22. I want to try their probiotic goat cheese spread… so I can make your cheesecake tarts! They look fabulous. :)

    23. I’d love to try the goat cheese feta crumbles because I think that it would be great on salads.

    24. That’s Awesome! I was just about to ask you where in the world can I go out and buy goat’s milk after reading all your research. I think the Goat milk kefir sounds great!

    25. I love goat cheese, and would be so thrilled to try some of these other goat’s milk products!

    26. how cute are these? And so easy too! Awesome work. And thanks for introducing us to Happy Days Dairy. If I could only eat one kind of cheese for the rest of my life, it would definitely be goat cheese. Their lemon pepper variety and strawberry spread are just begging to be used in a recipe!

    27. I’ve never seen goat milk cheddar, that’s what I would like to try!

    28. Can’t wait to try this recipe. The blueberry goat milk kefir is something I’d like to try.

    29. I want to try everything, but if i had to choose just one, the goat milk cheddar looks interesting!

      Your tart recipe is just lovely! Must try!

    30. This is funny because I’m eating goat milk yogurt right now!! :) I would LOVE to try Happy Days Goat Milk Vanilla ice cream! What a perfect topping for some homemade vegan/gluten free brownies…Mmmmm!

    31. Already receiving the GREAT email feed from Healthful Pursuit.. my recipe bookmark folder is filling up FAST! Love all the recipes! :)

    32. The Happy Days Deluxe Okanagan Goat Cheese with Oil and Rosemary looks amazing! That would be my pick to try :)

    33. I think the feta cheese is the one I’d most like to try. I’ve always been a sucker for a good feta!

    34. I’m a sucker for a good goat cheese. The oil and rosemary one sounds delicious!

    35. Leanne, these look AH-MA-ZING!

      Seriously… cheesecake, using GOAT CHEESE? Oh my! I just HAVE to try. And the roasted strawberries? And coconut shells? Wow, you’re just killing me. I want one now! This isn’t food, this is porn. And it’s the hard core stuff too!

      Now because of you, I just HAD to have chocolate for breakfast. Too bad I didn’t have any goat cheese on hand, because I totally would’ve added some to my instant bake!

      Of course, this just inspired something. A chocolate, raspberry and goat cheese instant breakfast bake. Bet I could make very good use of the Okanagan variety for this one…

      • Porn, too funny! When I was at my sister’s birthday party last week, I introduced myself to a group of her friends and someone called out “Oh, you’re a food pornographer” It threw me off… but I guess I am? An instant breakfast bake? Sounds intriguing…

    36. The product that I would like to try out the most is the goat milk feta crumbles – yum!!

    37. I would like to try the goat milk strawberry yogurt or the goat milk strawberry ice cream. I have never had goat milk yogurt or ice cream.

    38. Sent a comment to them: Yum Feta! For the Healthful Pursuit giveaway- I would like most to try the Happy Days Goat Milk Feta Cheese Crumbles

    39. The lemon pepper goats cheese sounds amazing, I have a goat cheese addiction!!

    40. I just wanted to make a comment to what you stated about goats being “shot up with… growth hormones and antibiotics”.
      The comment is suggesting that cows within the dairy industry undergo this treatment.
      This unfortunate view of milk/ dairy products containing hormones/ antibiotics is based on American practice. We have a different system in Canada that bans growth hormones and regulates & tests for antibiotic use in dairy cows for milk production. It is unfortunate public opinion like this that harms industries, where a little clarification can go a long way. I would hope a blog run by a nutrtionist would help to dispel misinformation like this, rather than feed into it.
      I would encourage more research into this subject, as well taking a closer look at the differences between Canadian and US dairy regulations so that accurate information is brought to your readers.

      http://www.uoguelph.ca/foodsafetynetwork/safety-canadian-milk

      http://www.dairygoodness.ca/good-health/dairy-facts-fallacies/hormones-for-cows-not-in-canada

      • Hi Rhea, thank you for your comment and for voicing your opinion. The majority of the readers of HP are from the US, so I generally write to cater to them. My apologies for any confusion. Canada does have regulations to check for antibiotics but the store-bought milk in Canada is by no means free of antibiotics or, in my opinion, safe for consumption. There are however, some great farmers that pride themselves in clean, sometimes unpasteurized milk. If my clients can handle their dairy, I always recommend switching over to these cleaner milk choices, or even better, moving over to goats milk for the reasons I listed in this post.

        Thank you for sharing the links, and I encourage anyone wanting to know more information about dairy in Canada to check them out.

    41. I would LOVE to try the Garlic & Parsley goat cheese! I’m quite intolerant to cow’s milk, but haven’t really tried much goat. Would really like to see if my digestion could handle it better :)

    42. I’m already subscribed to Healthful Pursuit by email, love receiving the actual RECIPE in my inbox, not just a LINK to it :)

    43. I looked on the Happy Days website and the skim goat milk powder is my pick! Everything honestly looks very yummy though, I absolutely love goat products – cow’s milk upsets my tummy but I do fine with anything from a goat, but I haven’t had much of a chance to try many products yet. Goat’s milk Kefir is next on my list, too.

      – This is unrelated, but THANKS for you amazing blog. I’m addicted to experimental healthy cooking as well and it’s SO rare for me to find recipes I actually want to copy instead of snowshoeing my way through my own recipes!

    44. i absolutely love this recipe! my favorite part might just be the egg white/coconut shell. the possibilities are endless as to what you can put in them! also love that you can purchase delicious goat dairy products online, my pick would have to be the goat milk cheddar cheese for the melt factor!

    45. I checked the website and would love to try the “Light Goat Milk Ice Cream – Strawberry.”

    46. Those tarts look delicious! I would love to try the goat milk cheddar.

    47. Happy Days Strawberry Goat Milk Yogurt sounds delicious!

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    48. i subscribe to your blog via email

      katherinedibello (at) gmail (dot) com

    49. I would love the strawberry goat’s milk yogurt! Strawberry anything is delicious

    50. I would try the Marinated Goat Cheese Balls in Herbs and Oil. I’ve never had them before. :)

    51. I liked them on FB!!

      and am OBSESSED with Goat cheeeesse.. SOOO excited to try this new stuff, but bummed we can’t find their products in store in America…!

    52. I would LOVE to try the goat kefir, skim goat milk and ESPECIALLY THE PROBIOTIC CHEESE SPREAD…!! Holy goodness that sounds INCREDIBLY.. and tummy-friendly! STOKED.

      Thank you :)

    53. Goat cheese, milk, and yogurt are my favorites, I love the tang!
      I would like to try any of their goat products, especially the goat cheese!
      Ana

    54. I am a subscriber to your site, would love to try the Goat Vanilla Ice Cream as well. the cheese on a pizza would be great too. love Goat’s milk.

    55. I would really like to try the ice cream. Who would have thought goat milk ice cream existed!! Have liked them on facebook as well and already subscribe to your blog!

    56. I would love to try the drinkable goat milk yogurt – it sounds delicious!

    57. I would love to try the goat milk cheddar or the drinkable yogurt!

    58. I would try the yogourt. Yogourt is my favourite dairy product by far. Thanks for bringing us this great give away. Keep up the great work Leanne, I read every post:)

    59. I would like to try Happy Days Soft Unripened Okanagan Goat Cheese, Plain – 1kg

    60. I would love to try drinkable yogurt! Sounds delicious, and perfect for busy mornings!

    61. 1. I’ve actually never tried goat cheese/milk/anything, so I think I’d most like to try the Happy Days Goat Milk Feta Cheese Crumbles to get an introduction!

    62. the kefir since i have not had it
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    63. fblike them as
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    64. tw them as jacksondeb

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    65. I’d love to try the Happy Days Goat Milk Feta Cheese Crumbles and the Happy Days Strawberry Goat Milk Yogurt
      Thank you!
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    66. I would like to try the happy days whole goat milk because i’ve never tried it before :) :)

    67. Ooh! We are big fans of goat cheese in this house. There are some new to me from Happy Days. I would love to try the mozzarella as I have never seen a goat version before.

    68. Subscribed to your RSS feed – I am finding so many yummy recipes on your site – thanks!

    69. what a great site and products ! I love goat cheese . I ate it the first time in Greece where i was stantioned at and like it right away . i would also like to try the Happy Days Soft Unripened Okanagan Goat Cheese, Garlic & Parsley

    70. i would like to try the goat milk chedder cheese, i have never had goat cheese

    71. I like Like Happy Days Goat Dairy on Facebook where I am Margot Core.

    72. I subscribed to the Healthful Pursuit via email to: annazed10 [at] yahoo [dot] com

    73. I would LOVE to try the Vanilla Light Goat Milk Ice Cream. For some reason, I MUST eat a frosty treat every night, so this way of making it healthier will make *me* healthier…and happier!

    74. I’ve never heard of cheddar goat cheese! I’d love to try that!

    75. I added them on fb. I would like to try the kefir because I’ve never tried kefir before as I avoid cow dairy but have been able to tolerate goat dairy. I keep hearing how good kefir is for you so would be great to try it! I would also like to try the goat cheddar, sounds interesting. I’ve tried goat mozzarella before and I like it.

      Thanks,
      Jackie D :)

    76. I’d like to try the regular goat milk. I’ve never had it and my husband is somewhat lactose intolerant.

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