coconut chocolate tart

This week marks three years since I started Healthy Green Kitchen. What a journey it has been: I’ve written over 500 posts!

It’s pretty safe to say that I had no idea what I was getting into when I published my first recipe; blogging is certainly more work than I ever imagined it would be…it’s also way more fun :)

Early on in my blogging “career”, I would visit the sites that had been around for a while- the ones that clearly had staying power- and wonder how the bloggers did it…how did they stay inspired and motivated day after day, month after month, year after year? What kept them going?

Well now I know the answer: it’s the readers and all the friends made along the way that keep a blog going. My life is so much better because of all of you!

As you may recall, my cousin got married last week. I’d heard some great things about The Newlywed Cookbook: Fresh Ideas and Modern Recipes for Cooking With and for Each Other so I bought it for my cuz and her new hubby. Well, I loved the book so much I kept it for myself (and need to order them another copy)!

Author Sarah Copeland is my new hero: the book is filled with such beautiful recipes and writing…truly a celebration of building a life together filled with all things delicious. You absolutely do not have to be a newlywed to adore The Newlywed Cookbook, though- I strongly recommend you add it your collection.

This chocolate tart is adapted from the book. It’s quite easy to make, yet it’s spectacular in both presentation and taste: fitting for a (blog) birthday (or Mother’s Day or any day, really). I am not exaggerating when I say that I could pretty much live on this tart, if that was an acceptable thing to do :)

If you need a gluten-free sweet tart crust, I’d try this one over at Serious Eats.

Once again, I am SO thankful for you my readers, and all of your support. I wish we could sit down together in my kitchen and each have a slice (or two) of this incredible tart, along with something bubbly to toast three great years!

salted chocolate tart

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sea salted chocolate tart

In honor of my blog’s birthday, I’ll be hosting some giveaways this week and next. Check back soon for the first one!


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    Kathryn — May 8, 2012 @ 11:45 am

    Congratulations on three years of blogging, it’s such a fantastic achievement and you’ve created a wonderful space here! This tart is a more than worthy way of marking the occasion.

    PS the photos in this post are absolutely stunning!

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    Winnie — May 8, 2012 @ 12:11 pm

    Thanks Kathryn for this and all of your comments :)

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    Brian @ A Thought For Food — May 8, 2012 @ 11:47 am

    Oh my goodness… what a wonderful thing to celebrate! And 500 posts? I’m not sure how many I’ve done, but I don’t think I’m anywhere close to that.

    Enjoy your celebrations with this wonderful tart!

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    Winnie — May 8, 2012 @ 12:11 pm

    Thanks B!

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    kerry — May 8, 2012 @ 11:50 am

    Congrats, Winnie! what a milestone. And I love that you picked salted caramel goodness to honor this occasion!

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    Winnie — May 8, 2012 @ 12:10 pm

    Thanks K!

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    kerry — May 8, 2012 @ 11:51 am

    And by “caramel” I mean “chocolate,” obvs ;)

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    Winnie — May 8, 2012 @ 12:10 pm

    Salted caramel is awesome too :)

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    Bev @ Bev Cooks — May 8, 2012 @ 11:51 am

    CONGRAAATULATIONS, Winnie! Now I’ll take 45 slices, please.

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    Winnie — May 8, 2012 @ 12:10 pm

    If I slice them really thin, I might be able to make that happen.

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    Agnes Devereux — May 8, 2012 @ 11:53 am

    Congratulations Winnie – beautiful photos. I’m craving that chocolate tart.

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    Winnie — May 8, 2012 @ 12:10 pm

    Thanks Agnes ;)

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    Evan Thomas — May 8, 2012 @ 11:54 am

    Happy anniversary! This looks like a delicious way to celebrate.

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    Winnie — May 8, 2012 @ 12:10 pm

    Thank you Evan!

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    Aimee @ Simple Bites — May 8, 2012 @ 12:05 pm

    Happy, happy anniversary! Chocolate is definitely the right way to celebrate.

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    Winnie — May 8, 2012 @ 12:09 pm

    There’s really no other way! xoxo

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    Traci — May 8, 2012 @ 12:32 pm

    Congratulations on 3 years! This recipe is beautiful and your blog is too. keep up the great work and I look forward to trying more of your fabulous recipes! Now if you’ll excuse me, I’ve got all these ingredients at home. Time for chocolate :)

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    Winnie — May 8, 2012 @ 12:42 pm

    Yay! Thanks for your sweet comment and let me know how the tart works out :)

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    sarah — May 8, 2012 @ 12:33 pm

    Winnie, What a gorgeous post! First, congratulations. 500 posts? WOW! That’s dedication. As I am always told with books, it’s easy to start one, but it takes real heart to finish. Ditto for blogs, to keep it going week in and out takes serious love. I’m inspired by your dedication and endless creativity.

    And second, I love, LOVE this adaptation! I almost exclusively use whole wheat or whole wheat white flour in my kitchen (plus lots of yummy alternative flours), but used white flour in this book to make it widely accessible. I’m thrilled that this worked with your changes (and olive oil, lovely olive oil for the crust. brilliant!). But I am most excited about the coconut milk sub in the filling. I’m having a coconut year (coconut oil, raw coconut water, coconut flour…) and I’m going to promptly give this one a try. Brava, and thank you for the book love!

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    Winnie — May 8, 2012 @ 12:43 pm

    Sarah- thanks SO much for this. I am so happy you approve! I might play around with some coconut flour in the crust next time…I’m a coconut fanatic, too!

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    Jeanine — May 8, 2012 @ 12:35 pm

    Oh, I shouldn’t have read this post before lunch… this tart looks SO delicious. Congrats on three years! You are an inspiration.

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    Winnie — May 8, 2012 @ 12:44 pm

    Thanks Jeanine. And you inspire me right back!

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    David — May 8, 2012 @ 12:45 pm

    Congrats Winnie, on making it past the “terrible twos”! Looking forward to many more posts and years of your writing and creativity.
    Now where did I put my flour sifter…

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    gluttonforlife — May 8, 2012 @ 12:49 pm

    Congratulations on a blog that really stands out, Winnie! Your recipes are always inspiring, and your photos have come such a long way in doing them justice. I look forward to 500 more posts! xo

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    rcakewalk — May 8, 2012 @ 1:03 pm

    I’m in possession of some of the best olive oil I’ve ever had, and I think this tart crust (and indeed the whole tart) is going to be one of the things I make with it. Congratulations on 3 years, hope to be reading you for many more!

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    Cassie — May 8, 2012 @ 1:36 pm

    Congrats on three years, Winnie! You are an inspiration in more ways than one and I’m so glad to have “met” you. You are so right too – it’s the community that keeps me going. This tart sounds wonderful, and again, congratulations!

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    LiztheChef — May 8, 2012 @ 2:15 pm

    Happy Birthday – so pleased and proud of all your accomplishments. I look up to you so much – now let’s meet in person!!

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    Oui, Chef — May 8, 2012 @ 4:23 pm

    YUM! I need say no more.

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    Paula — May 8, 2012 @ 5:47 pm

    Happy Blog Anniversary Winnie. I’m a later following but I’m here to stay. Congratulations on this milestone. This tart is gorgeous and I love how you photographed it on the cooling rack with the parchment (at least I think it’s parchment :)

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    Cathy — May 8, 2012 @ 8:49 pm

    Here’s to the next 500 posts, Winnie! You are a constant inspiration. This tart is gorgeous!

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    Diana@Spain in Iowa — May 8, 2012 @ 8:54 pm

    Congratulations Winnie! I’m so glad to have found you through the blogosphere and only hope to meet you in real life one day ;D Have a great one!!

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    Jen @ My Kitchen Addiction — May 8, 2012 @ 9:45 pm

    Congrats on 3 fabulous years of blogging, Winnie. So glad that I met you along the way! And… This chocolate tart looks absolutely divine. I can’t think of a better way to celebrate!

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    Sarah | The Cyclist's Wife — May 9, 2012 @ 1:31 am

    Wow, that looks & sounds delicious! Congrats on your 3 year milestone!

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    Laura (Tutti Dolci) — May 9, 2012 @ 2:12 am

    Congratulations on 3 years of blogging – what an accomplishment! Lovely tart, too. I’m especially smitten with the scatter of sea salt!

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    Jessica — May 9, 2012 @ 9:48 am

    congrats! I love this blog! What kind of camera do you use?

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    Cindy B. — May 9, 2012 @ 11:10 am

    Happy Anniversary Winnie! and many, many more.

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    brandi — May 9, 2012 @ 2:13 pm

    congrats on 3 years!! i look forward to all the posts that are coming – this tart looks delicious!

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    Lynda — May 9, 2012 @ 4:13 pm

    Congratulations, Winnie. What a fabulous looking tart – perfect for a celebration.

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    wendy@healthygirlskitchen — May 9, 2012 @ 7:41 pm

    Happy blog birthday Winnie! Are you going to reunions?

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    Winnie — May 9, 2012 @ 8:15 pm

    Yes I think so! For all day Saturday only, though…are you?

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    Jamie — May 10, 2012 @ 7:10 am

    Congratulations on 3 tears! And going stronger than ever! And thanks for being a calming, healthy voice among so many blogs that promote unhealthy eating for a rushed lifestyle. Whenever I come here I not only get a great recipe, I learn something new and I am inspired to make one more small effort towards healthier eating and living. And, as I said, there is something so soothing about your blog. I am thrilled I got to meet and talk with you in NYC! X

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    Jayne — May 10, 2012 @ 10:08 am

    Happy blog Birthday! I love your blog, here’s to many more happy milestones. x

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    Rosa — May 10, 2012 @ 10:18 am

    Happy Blog Birthday! Congratulations.

    That tart looks amazing and so delicious!



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    Carol Sacks — May 10, 2012 @ 5:13 pm

    Congratulations — belatedly — on your blog-anniversary! A terrific milestone and a great excuse to look back at all that you’ve written and feel incredibly accomplished.

    Separately, that tart is a show-stopper. I just want to stare at it:)

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    Lisa D (@This Little Piggy Went to The Farmers Market) — May 10, 2012 @ 11:44 pm

    What a fabulous looking tart! Happy number 3! Your dedication and creativity are very inspiring – very impressed by 500 blog posts….that is some work!

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    The Wimpy Vegetarian — May 11, 2012 @ 1:42 pm

    Major congratulations, Winnie, on your blog’s 3rd birthday/anniversary! I’m now in the position you were in 3 years ago – I’m in my first blogging year, visit blogs that are more established for writing, photo, and recipe inspiration. Your blog fits in all 3 categories. Keep up the great way you connect with all of us, and I’ll definitely be trying this chocolate tart. I LOVE that you used coconut milk, and will do that too!!

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    kelley {mountain mama cooks} — May 11, 2012 @ 1:47 pm

    Happy Birthday to you and your wonderful blog. I, too, would love to sit in the your kitchen, eat a slice of this tart and chat about all the wonderful things you have to offer!

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    Hannah — May 11, 2012 @ 3:23 pm

    Congratulations, Winnie! I continue to be inspired by all you share on your blog – beautiful photos, delicious recipes and lovely writing. Thank you! And this is the perfect tart to celebrate with indeed – love the swaps you made, as well. I look forward to future years with you. :)

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    love cooking — May 15, 2012 @ 7:40 am

    Congratulation for your anniversary! I love this tart, it looks great. Actually I hope it can have strong coconut milk taste. I like the fragrant from coconut. But, chocolate is great too. :)

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