Happy VVP Saturday, beautiful soul!

If you’ve been around these digs for a while now, you’ll remember how much fun we had at the Virtual Vegan Potluck parties last year with Raw Red Velvet Cake Ice-Cream and Taco Salad Bowls.


Well it’s BACK, baby, bigger and better than ever!


This time more than 160 bloggers worldwide have joined forces to bring you an incredible smörgåsbord of vegan dishes to delight and inspire you!  Click on the buttons below to follow the drool-worthy trail around the world.

A huge thank you to An Unrefined VeganVedged Out and Vegan Bloggers Unite for hosting this amazing, global party.

And without further ado, I bring to the table: Fast, Simple, Beetroot & ‘Goat Cheese’ Tarts!


Beetroot & Vegan Goat Cheese Tarts


Virtual Vegan Potluck Beetroot & 'Goat Cheese' Tarts
From the kitchen of: 
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  • 3 sheets frozen Puff Pastry (check ingredients to ensure it's vegan)
  • 1 large tin (850g/30oz) Baby Beetroots
Vegan 'Goat Cheese'
  • ½ cup raw Cashews
  • ¼ cup raw Macadamias
  • ¼ cup raw Pine Nuts (or more Macadamias but the flavour is better with a mix)
  • ¼ cup filtered Water
  • 2 tbsp Apple Cider Vinegar
  • Juice of 1 lemon
  • 1 tbsp Nutritional Yeast
  • Pinch Sea Salt & Cracked Black Pepper
  • ¼ cup Extra Virgin Olive Oil (or more filtered water, but oil gives a silkier texture)
To Serve
  • A handful of sprigs of fresh Thyme
  1. An hour or two before you are ready to make these tarts, pop the 'Goat Cheese' nuts into a large bowl of water and allow to soak.
  2. When you are ready to make the tarts, preheat oven to 200C/400F (or slightly less if fan-forced).
  3. Remove 3 sheets of Puff Pastry from the packet and allow to thaw slightly for 10 minutes.
  4. Drain nuts and combine all 'Goat Cheese' ingredients in a high-speed blender. Blend on high until smooth and creamy and then transfer mixture to a small bowl or jar.
  5. Grease a muffin tin or arrange small patty pans on a baking tray (either one is fine but a tiny muffin tray works best).
  6. Use an upturned glass to cut circles out of the pastry and push them into the muffin holes on the tray (or patty pans).
  7. Drain Beets and pop a small one into the centre of each pastry cup. If there are some large beets, just cut them in half and divide them among two cups - round side facing up.
  8. Pop the tarts into the oven for 10 minutes or until golden brown.
  9. Remove tarts from oven and arrange on a serving plate. Drizzle with 'Goat Cheese', garnish with Thyme, and enjoy!


Beetroot & Vegan Goat Cheese Tarts


Beetroot & Vegan Goat Cheese Tarts


Beetroot & Vegan Goat Cheese Tarts


Beetroot & Vegan Goat Cheese Tarts


And now it’s off to enjoy the rest of the party! Click ‘Go Forward’ to continue the tour. Have fun! xx

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90 Comments on Virtual Vegan Potluck Beetroot & ‘Goat Cheese’ Tarts

  1. Ashlee
    May 11, 2013 at 1:04 pm (9 years ago)

    Wow! These do look easy to make and beautiful to bring. Love that vegan goat cheese recipe. I have a feeling I’ll be using it for more than this appetizer. 🙂

    • * Vegan Sparkles *
      May 15, 2013 at 9:00 pm (9 years ago)

      I’ve been using it on everything lately, Ashlee, and it tastes even better 2 or 3 days on. 🙂

  2. Somer
    May 11, 2013 at 1:06 pm (9 years ago)

    I am LOVING the “goat cheese”! Actually, I’m loving all of it, I want to pop all those tarts in my pie hole! Ha! So fun to be next to you in the lineup! xoxo

    • * Vegan Sparkles *
      May 15, 2013 at 9:01 pm (9 years ago)

      hehe, it took all my will power not to scoff the lot before I could take photos!
      SO fun to be next to you at the party! xoxo

  3. Sophie33
    May 11, 2013 at 1:38 pm (9 years ago)

    Hey Bex! What appetizing beetroot & vegan goat’s cheese appetizers! They rock my taste buds too! 🙂 They look stunning!!!!! 😉

    MMMMMMMMMM!!! I also entered this year, in the dessert section! I loved it too! 🙂 xxx

    • * Vegan Sparkles *
      May 15, 2013 at 9:02 pm (9 years ago)

      Oh FAB, Sophie, I’m so glad you joined the party this time! I’ll head over now and check out your dessert and hope to see you at all future potlucks! 🙂 xxx

  4. Starr
    May 11, 2013 at 1:44 pm (9 years ago)

    These tarts are really pretty, and who can say no to puffed pastry! 🙂

    • * Vegan Sparkles *
      May 15, 2013 at 9:03 pm (9 years ago)

      Pastry is always a party favourite! 🙂

  5. vegan miam
    May 11, 2013 at 2:07 pm (9 years ago)

    Such a pretty appetizer dish! I love puff pastry, you can do so much with it from tarts to pies.

    Happy Virtual Vegan Potluck 3.0 Day x

    ♡ rika, vegan miam
    ★ we travel + eat vegan blog ★

    • * Vegan Sparkles *
      May 15, 2013 at 9:04 pm (9 years ago)

      Thanks Rika! 🙂 x
      P.S. The nerd in me LOVES that you called it VVP 3.0. Brilliant!

  6. Richa
    May 11, 2013 at 2:22 pm (9 years ago)

    oh my,, how adorable are these tarts!!

    • * Vegan Sparkles *
      May 15, 2013 at 9:05 pm (9 years ago)

      Fun, grown-up party favours. 🙂

  7. Becky
    May 11, 2013 at 2:53 pm (9 years ago)

    Mmm Bex love love these cute little tarts! Great idea to pop a whole little beetroot inside each one! Yay loving the VVP so far…I’m seriously hungry now!

    • * Vegan Sparkles *
      May 15, 2013 at 9:06 pm (9 years ago)

      hehe, I wasn’t sure if it would work but it’s a winner and a super time saver. 🙂

  8. [email protected]
    May 11, 2013 at 3:07 pm (9 years ago)

    Those are so cute! That ‘goat cheese’ is ingenious!

    • * Vegan Sparkles *
      May 15, 2013 at 9:07 pm (9 years ago)

      Thanks Reia! Get into the ‘goat cheese’ spread – delish! 🙂

  9. Trine
    May 11, 2013 at 4:45 pm (9 years ago)

    This looks soooo goood – I will have make these next time I have people over for dinner 🙂

    • * Vegan Sparkles *
      May 15, 2013 at 9:09 pm (9 years ago)

      Definitely, Trine! They were very popular at brunch the next day and would be very welcome at any dinner party, I’m sure. 🙂

  10. Susmitha - Veganosaurus
    May 11, 2013 at 4:49 pm (9 years ago)

    How adorable are those little beets! 🙂

    Beautiful looking tarts. The ‘cheese’ looks delish!

    • * Vegan Sparkles *
      May 15, 2013 at 9:10 pm (9 years ago)

      It is, Susmitha! Give it a whirl. 🙂

  11. jess
    May 11, 2013 at 5:19 pm (9 years ago)

    thanks for sharing this – the colours are so beautiful!

  12. Poppy
    May 11, 2013 at 5:26 pm (9 years ago)

    So cute! I’ve recently discovered nut cheese and love it! And I’m always looking for new ways to use beetroot!

    • * Vegan Sparkles *
      May 15, 2013 at 9:11 pm (9 years ago)

      How amazing is nut cheese, Poppy?! SO GOOD. 🙂

  13. Cadry
    May 11, 2013 at 5:28 pm (9 years ago)

    Gorgeous! Nuts are the magicians of the plant world. Plus, what great contrasting colors!

    • * Vegan Sparkles *
      May 15, 2013 at 9:11 pm (9 years ago)

      Thanks Cadry and they are indeed magicians! 🙂

  14. Trish @infinebalance
    May 11, 2013 at 6:48 pm (9 years ago)

    Those are so pretty! I don’t think I have every seen frozen puff pastry but I am going to look for it. Great idea. Happy Potluck!

    • * Vegan Sparkles *
      May 15, 2013 at 9:12 pm (9 years ago)

      YAY! You should find it near the frozen desserts, Trish. 🙂

  15. Katie @The Almost Vegan
    May 11, 2013 at 7:16 pm (9 years ago)

    Yum these look sooo good! Happy Virtual Vegan Potluck day!!

  16. spinachrevolution
    May 11, 2013 at 8:40 pm (9 years ago)

    Oh wow, these are so beautiful! A work of art and you can eat it too! Thank you for the great recipe.

  17. Mary @ Veganishy
    May 11, 2013 at 8:49 pm (9 years ago)

    Can’t wait to try these! They look so delish!

  18. Annie
    May 11, 2013 at 9:56 pm (9 years ago)

    GORGEOUS!! (Like you 😉 )!

    Thank you so much, Bex!

    • * Vegan Sparkles *
      May 15, 2013 at 9:15 pm (9 years ago)

      Nawww, thank you Annie! 🙂 And thank you so much for doing such an incredible job organising! x

  19. Inge
    May 11, 2013 at 11:27 pm (9 years ago)

    These are so cute! The pictures are very pretty.

  20. Kammie @ Sensual Appeal
    May 11, 2013 at 11:36 pm (9 years ago)

    Wow can you come over with these, pretty please? SO creative and I love beets- I would be ALL over these in real life!

  21. Kat Dornian
    May 12, 2013 at 12:15 am (9 years ago)

    These look so beautiful!

  22. Jennifer
    May 12, 2013 at 12:57 am (9 years ago)

    Wow, these are delicious! I’m going to have to try your goat cheese recipe–dairy and soy free. YUM!

    • * Vegan Sparkles *
      May 15, 2013 at 9:18 pm (9 years ago)

      Definitely try it, Jennifer. It’s a cinch to make and you can leave out the oil if you want a thicker (non-drizzle) consistency.

  23. Nicole Cody
    May 12, 2013 at 1:08 am (9 years ago)

    I love this idea! Thank you 🙂

  24. Anna {Herbivore Triathlete}
    May 12, 2013 at 2:15 am (9 years ago)

    These are absolutely stunning! I adore beets, these tarts looks delicious.

    • * Vegan Sparkles *
      May 15, 2013 at 9:19 pm (9 years ago)

      Nawww, thank you, Anna! And how great are beets! 🙂

  25. Brandi
    May 12, 2013 at 2:32 am (9 years ago)

    Love these Rebecca! So creative and beautiful! Love the goat cheese!

  26. narf77
    May 12, 2013 at 2:46 am (9 years ago)

    These look fantastic and reasonably easy to make. I love that you gave us the goat cheeze recipe as well :). Cheers for this great potluck special 🙂

  27. Sarina @ Earthgiven Kitchen
    May 12, 2013 at 2:47 am (9 years ago)

    These look lovely! So pretty with the jewel-red beets. I wouldn’t have thought to put whole beets in. Happy VVP!

    • * Vegan Sparkles *
      May 15, 2013 at 9:21 pm (9 years ago)

      It’s a great time saver, Sarina! Happy VVP! 🙂

  28. Allison (Spontaneous Tomato)
    May 12, 2013 at 5:45 am (9 years ago)

    These look so simple, cute, and delicious! (And I didn’t know that puff pastry could be vegan!?)

    • * Vegan Sparkles *
      May 15, 2013 at 9:22 pm (9 years ago)

      hehe, it sure can, Allison – just read the ingredients on the packet to be sure. 🙂

  29. Brittany
    May 12, 2013 at 6:36 am (9 years ago)

    An entire beet tucked inside there, MY kinda girl!!! These look DELISH! I would eat these as my main meal!

    • * Vegan Sparkles *
      May 15, 2013 at 9:23 pm (9 years ago)

      hehe, I ate enough of them to BE a main meal, just quietly. 😉

  30. Boohoo
    May 12, 2013 at 9:31 am (9 years ago)

    My favourite of the VVP so far. Great visual appeal, me drooling already.

  31. Maggie Muggins
    May 12, 2013 at 11:56 am (9 years ago)

    Those are the cutest freakin’ things ever! The goat cheese sounds crazy yummy, I totally need to try it post haste.

    • * Vegan Sparkles *
      May 15, 2013 at 9:24 pm (9 years ago)

      hehe, you do, Maggie!! GO GO GO!!

  32. Lisa
    May 12, 2013 at 7:49 pm (9 years ago)

    This is one of the most gorgeous dishes I have ever seen!!

  33. Nicole Leigh
    May 12, 2013 at 8:30 pm (9 years ago)

    I want this right now!
    Also, I want that absolutely adorable dish.
    Great work!

    • * Vegan Sparkles *
      May 15, 2013 at 9:25 pm (9 years ago)

      hehe, the dish too cute not to be in the picture! 🙂

  34. Pavithra (eat,live,burp)
    May 13, 2013 at 8:13 am (9 years ago)

    What a pretty appetizer! I love the combination of sweet beets and “goat cheese”.

  35. Appetite Affliction
    May 13, 2013 at 5:53 pm (9 years ago)

    These are adorable and so easy – I think I’m going to have to make them! Also, I nearly bought those exact Jamie Oliver dishes at Target the other day 😉

    • * Vegan Sparkles *
      May 15, 2013 at 9:27 pm (9 years ago)

      bahaha, oh SNAP! How cute are they?

  36. Heather
    May 14, 2013 at 12:22 am (9 years ago)

    These look amazing! This is on my list of things to make.

    • * Vegan Sparkles *
      May 15, 2013 at 9:27 pm (9 years ago)

      Thanks Heather! I hope you love them as much as we did!

  37. Joey
    May 14, 2013 at 4:21 am (9 years ago)

    I don’t know you do it, but the colours in your photos always look so bright and appealing!

    Those little tarts are so cute – I bet they’re just the sort of things where I’d think ‘I’ll just have one’ then find out they’ve all mysteriously disappeared!

    • * Vegan Sparkles *
      May 15, 2013 at 9:28 pm (9 years ago)

      Nawww, thanks so much, Joey! 🙂
      And yes, they are very dangerous like that!

  38. Sara
    May 14, 2013 at 9:27 pm (9 years ago)

    Absolutely beautiful. Struck my eye immediately! I can’t wait to make these! Thank you Vegan Sparkles xoxoxo

    • * Vegan Sparkles *
      May 15, 2013 at 9:28 pm (9 years ago)

      My pleasure, Sara! I hope you love them as much as we did! 🙂 xoxo

  39. Kristy
    May 15, 2013 at 2:35 am (9 years ago)

    These gorgeous little tarts are totally speaking my language! Beets and “goat cheese”? Yes, please! 🙂

    • * Vegan Sparkles *
      May 15, 2013 at 9:29 pm (9 years ago)

      They’re a match made in heaven, Kristy! 🙂 x

  40. Keely @ Gormandize
    May 17, 2013 at 12:19 pm (9 years ago)

    Wow, what a great and easy idea for beetroot tarts! Definitely going to have to give that a try 🙂 Nice to run into you at the potluck again.

    • * Vegan Sparkles *
      May 30, 2013 at 2:58 pm (9 years ago)

      Hi Keely! Lovely to have you here, bella! 🙂

  41. Vix
    May 20, 2013 at 4:35 am (9 years ago)

    These tarts look gorgeous! I will definitely give your recipe a try. I am loving this potluck, so much talent! If we could open a restaurant together, we would rock the world! Thanks for sharing.

    x Vix
    vixbakes.com :: vegan baking + raw desserts

  42. Rhiannon
    May 29, 2013 at 10:17 pm (9 years ago)

    You are single-handledly leading me through my new life as a vegan! I love these tarts — had a couple with a side salad for dinner tonight, and then followed up with a piece of your 10 minute fudge for dessert. All the delicious, happy feelings 😀 Thank-you xx

    • * Vegan Sparkles *
      May 30, 2013 at 3:00 pm (9 years ago)

      Nawww, what a beautiful compliment, Rhiannon, thank you! And it’s so lovely to have you here, bella! 🙂 xx

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