Toasted Almond-Toasted Coconut Sweet Potato Tart

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I asked my friend if she had any requests for the special birthday dessert I planned to make for her celebratory get together. She replied, “something with toasted almonds, or toasted coconut, or pecans, or something cinnamon-y, or nutty.” Inspired by fall, the holidays, and her requested flavor profiles :), I came up with a toasted almond-toasted coconut sweet potato tart.

It’s actually somewhere between a tart, a pie, and since I used a spring form pan, it was also reminiscent of a cheesecake. No matter what you call it, folks will be calling it delicious! The filling is rich (but not too rich), the toasted almonds and coconut add really great crunch, and the candied ginger and ginger snap crust add an unexpected zing. Mmmmmmmm…. just in time for Thanksgiving!

Toasted Almond-Toasted Coconut Sweet Potato Tart

Crust and Topping
1 2/3 cups dried unsweetened coconut
1 1/3 cups sliced almonds
1 container of Trader Joes Triple Ginger Snap Cookies
2 tablespoons brown sugar
2/3 cup earth balance (melted)

To make crust:
* Preheat oven to 325 degrees F.
*Add coconut to baking dish, add almonds to a separate baking dish, lightly toast in oven 3-7 minutes. Note: Pay attention!!!!! I tried to multi-task (writing and toasting do not mix!) during this step and burned my first batch of coconut and almonds.

* Pulse ginger snap cookies in blender or food processor until ground into a fine meal.

*Mix ground cookies, 1 cup toasted coconut, brown sugar, earth balance into spring form pan. Bake for 8-10 minutes. Set aside.

*Save remaining coconut and almonds for topping (see below).

2 cups cooked, mashed sweet potatoes (2-3 potatoes)
2 eggs
1/2 cup granulated sugar
1/4 cup brown sugar
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
2 teaspoons vanilla
1/3 cup vanilla almond milk
1/3 cup hazelnut soy creamer
1 cup half and half
1/3 cup melted earth balance ‘butter’
1/3-1/2 cup crystallized ginger

*Preheat oven to 400 degrees F.
*Wash sweet potatoes, prick with fork, wrap in foil, bake 45 minutes-1 hour until soft.

*Drop oven to 325 F.
*Whisk eggs, sugars, spices, vanilla, milk, creamer, half & half, and melted earth balance. Add sweet potato. Whisk until smooth.
*Line bottom of pan (w/ partially cooked crust) with crystallized ginger. Pour batter into pan.

*Bake approximately 60 minutes or until toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean.

*When ready to serve, sprinkle with coconut and almonds and a touch of sugar. Use torch or oven broiler to brulee top.

Some notes:

*This is a bit more involved than the dishes I usually post, but it’s nice for special occasions or holidays! In terms of timing, I cooked the potatoes first, then made the crust, then the filling.
*I lined the bottom of the tart/pie with whole pieces of candied ginger. Folks liked the bite, but next time I will probably add chopped candied ginger instead.
*If you go with the bruleed top, I would use un-toasted coconut and un-toasted almonds. I used toasted and by the time the sugar was crunchy, the coconut and nuts were a little browner than I think is optimal.
*This tart/pie is decadent, but I did try to make it a bit lighter by using almond milk, soy creamer, and only 1/3 cup of earth balance.
*The sweet potatoes were from SEEDS! Big Ups!

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Tiffany M. Griffin is the woman behind Como Water, Washington DC’s premiere veg-centric cuisine consulting company. Through cooking classes, demonstrations, catering, and consultations, Como Water gives people the opportunity to learn how to prepare veg-centric cuisine that boasts maximum flavor, with minimal effort. Tiffany is quickly becoming a go-to expert on the future of veg-centric cuisine, and is a regular contributor to Como Water, the blog, as well as to vegetarian and vegan sites across the Internet. For over a decade, this self-taught, entrepreneurial expert has developed a set of tried and true techniques for making simple, delicious, and sometimes decadent veg-centric dishes. Featured on the Steve Harvey Show and other leading media outlets, Tiffany was born and raised in Springfield, MA. She then earned Bachelors degrees in Psychology and Communications from Boston College and a PhD in Social Psychology from the University of Michigan. She now resides in Washington DC, where she has worked in the US Senate and at a federal agency on issues around health, food, nutrition, and international food aid/development, and of course, as the owner of Como Water. Tiffany gets culinary inspiration from the food she grew up eating, and from her travels throughout Latin America, the Caribbean, Western Europe, and Sub-Saharan Africa. She is dedicated to sharing her wealth of knowledge on veg-centric cuisine with others and to help others live by her mantra—love life, live long, and eat veg-centric cuisine!


  1. Oooh that looks good!

  2. This looks delicious! As a kid I only had sweet potatoes at Thanksgiving pureed with mini marshmallows (ick!). I thought they were normal potatoes with orange juice mixed in! How great to find your recipe with would tast amazing I'm sure. Beautiful post. Thank you.

  3. The tart looks fabulous! I applaud your creativity!!!

  4. Neat, I gotta say this is the first time I have ever heard of a sweet potato torte. Looks great!

  5. @Sandra … THANKS!
    @BL … THANKS! And your childhood experiences w/ sweet potatoes are HILARIOUS! p.s… just became a follower of your blog! SUPER COOL!
    @ Madge … THANKS! Please let us know if you try it!
    @ Lubos … THANKS! It's kind of a tart/pie mix … but I'm not really sure how you actually distinguish the two! 😀