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Chocolate Coconut Crème Tart

This tart tastes even better than it looks. It is a decadent chocolate dessert complete with a sweet coconut crème filling and salted caramel sauce. Nobody will know it’s gluten- and dairy-free.

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Chocolate Coconut Crème Tart

Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time35 mins
Chill Time1 hr
Total Time50 mins
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Servings: 6 Servings
Calories: 693kcal
Author: Jessi Heggan


For the crust:

  • Coconut oil for greasing the pan
  • 1 cup raw almonds
  • 1 tablespoon chia seeds
  • 3 tablespoons coconut flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • ¼ cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 2 tablespoons raw honey or maple syrup
  • ¼ cup unsweetened applesauce
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 teaspoon apple cider vinegar
  • 3 tablespoons palm shortening

For the filling:

  • ¾ cup coconut butter
  • ½ cup canned full fat coconut milk
  • 1/3 cup raw honey or maple syrup
  • Scrapings of 1 vanilla bean
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground cinnamon

For the ganache:

  • ½ cup canned full fat coconut milk
  • tablespoons dark chocolate chopped
  • 1/3 cup raw honey or maple syrup
  • ¼ cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • ¼ cup palm shortening
  • 1/8 teaspoon Himalayan sea salt optional

For the caramel sauce:

  • ½ cup canned full fat coconut milk
  • ¼ cup raw honey or maple syrup
  • ¼ cup coconut sugar
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • ¼ teaspoon kosher or fine sea salt
  • 1 tablespoon palm shortening


Make the crust:

  • Preheat the oven to 350ºF. Grease a 9-inch tart pan with coconut oil and place it on a baking sheet. Place the almonds and chia seeds in a food processor fitted with the steel blade and pulse until the mixture is a fine meal. Add the coconut flour, baking soda, and cocoa powder and pulse to combine. Add the honey, applesauce, vanilla, vinegar, and palm shortening and pulse until the mixture forms into a ball. Evenly press the dough into the bottom and up the sides of the tart pan. Bake for 10-12 minutes. Cool crust completely.

Make the filling:

  • Heat a saucepan over medium heat. Add all of the filling ingredients and whisk thoroughly until everything is melted and smooth. Pour the filling into the crust and let set in the refrigerator for about 1 hour or until the filling has solidified.

Make the ganache:

  • Heat a saucepan over medium heat then add the coconut milk and chopped dark chocolate. Whisk the mixture occasionally until the chocolate has melted. Add the honey and whisk until combined. Whisk in the cocoa powder. Once combined, add the palm shortening and whisk thoroughly until the ganache is creamy and smooth. Let cool slightly then pour on top of the solidified coconut crème layer. Place the tart back in the refrigerator to let the ganache set. Sprinkle the Himalayan sea salt on top of the ganache as it sets, if using.

Make the caramel sauce:

  • Heat a saucepan over medium-high heat and add all of the ingredients except the palm shortening. Whisk and bring to a low, steady simmer. Add the palm shortening and whisk thoroughly. Let the mixture simmer for approximately 20-25 minutes or until a candy thermometer reaches 245ºF. Be sure to whisk the caramel frequently while it simmers. Let the sauce cool and drizzle it over the tart before serving.


Nutrition Facts
Chocolate Coconut Crème Tart
Amount Per Serving
Calories 693 Calories from Fat 396
% Daily Value*
Fat 44g68%
Saturated Fat 11g55%
Sodium 279mg12%
Potassium 506mg14%
Carbohydrates 69g23%
Fiber 11g44%
Sugar 43g48%
Protein 9g18%
Vitamin C 1mg1%
Calcium 156mg16%
Iron 3.4mg19%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

Photography by Lillie Duncan

Disclaimer: All nutrition facts on Gluten Free & More are meant only as a guide and may differ depending on product brands used or ingredient substitutions. Some errors may occur, so you are encouraged to confirm the recipe’s ingredient and nutrition suitability for your own diet.
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