Vegan Chocolate Tart

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This no bake vegan chocolate tart has a creamy chocolate coconut filling with a medjool date pecan crust. It’s rich, decadent, absolutely delicious and super easy to make. Vegan + gluten-free.

Valentine’s Day is one of my favorite holidays! I may be a tad biased because it’s also my birthday, but seriously how you can dislike a holiday that revolves around love, hearts, kisses, chocolate and flowers? You just can’t.

An overhead photo of a vegan chocolate tart. It has been sliced into 4 quarters.

Why You’ll Love This Vegan Chocolate Tart

  • If you’re a chocolate person, this tart was made for you! It’s loaded with chocolatey goodness.
  • This tart is decadent, delicious and satisfying, but also wholesome and healthy so you can feel good about indulging.
  • It’s paleo-friendly, dairy-free, vegan, gluten-free and grain-free. Aka the perfect dessert for your friends with varying dietary needs!
Ingredients measured out to make a vegan chocolate tart: cacao powder, coconut oil, maple syrup, pecans, sea salt, coconut, vanilla, coconut cream and dates.

Ingredients Needed

  • shredded unsweetened coconut – add a ton of flavor to the crust by adding shredded unsweetened coconut! The dates add enough sweetness, so make sure you grab unsweetened coconut!
  • chopped pecans – any nut will work here but I love the slightly sweet flavor of pecans.
  • medjool dates – medjool dates add sweetness to the crust and help hold it together thanks to their stickiness. You can buy medjool dates that are already pitted or pit them yourself (it’s super easy). Two brands that I like are Natural Delights and Joolies. You can find Natural Delights in the produce section of most grocery stores (near the bananas) and Joolies are offered on Amazon and Thrive Market.
  • sea salt – a hint of sea salt to bring all of the flavors together.
  • coconut cream – the main ingredient in the tart filling. Make sure you’re using canned coconut cream and not coconut milk. We’re scooping out just the cream part from the can, not the liquid! I tried this recipe with Thai Kitchen and Native Forest and both worked well, but any brand of coconut cream works! You’ll need to use the cream from two 13.5 oz cans to yield 1 ½ cups coconut cream.
  • cacao powder – unsweetened cocoa powder will also work! This makes the filling chocolatey!
  • maple syrup – this natural sweetener is the perfect addition to the creamy filling. Make sure you get pure maple syrup and not pancake syrup as that will have corn syrup and a ton of added sugars.
  • coconut oil –  I like using extra virgin coconut oil. I’ve purchased several different brands of coconut oil before, but Nutiva organic extra virgin coconut oil is my favorite.
  • vanilla extract – a flavor enhancer.
Collage of 8 photos showing how to make a chocolate tart, from the pecan date crust to the coconut chocolate filling.

How to Make This Vegan Chocolate Tart

Make crust: Start by making your crust. Add the coconut, pecans, dates and sea salt to a food processor or mini chopper and process until the dates have turned into a sticky paste that holds the crust together. Divide the mixture into two and press into two mini springform pans. Place the crust in the freezer while you make the tart filling.

Make filling: Make the creamy, chocolatey filling! Blend the coconut cream, cacao powder, maple syrup, coconut oil, vanilla and sea salt in a high powered blender or food processor until creamy. Pour half of the filling over each crust. Use a spoon to make sure the filling is even and smooth.

Chill: Place the pans back in the freezer to set – this takes at least 2 hours, but I like to leave them in overnight.

pro tip!
Fresh Medjool dates are usually soft and give easily when squished. If your dates are older or just seem dry and hard, you may want to soak them before using. Simply place them in a bowl of warm water for 10-15 minutes to soften and rehydrate them. Drain well and pat dry before using.
A plated vegan chocolate tart. The tart has been sliced and one of them is on its side so you can see the two layers.

What Can I do With The Leftover Coconut Water or Cream?

Don’t throw away your leftover coconut water or cream! Both can be used in a variety of different recipes. The leftover coconut water is a great liquid base for smoothies like this tropical green smoothie or mango smoothie. With the leftover coconut cream you can mix it with a little water to make coconut milk, which can be used in so many different recipes. Some ideas: coconut shrimp currydetox soup, tropical oatmealmango chia pudding or this butternut squash turkey chili.

How to Serve

When you’re ready to serve, take the pans out of the freezer, remove the springform pans and let it sit for 10-15 minutes to soften just a bit. Cut into slices, add any optional toppings and enjoy! I served this tart with chocolate flakes, red currants and blueberries, but have fun with the toppings! Here are some ideas:

  • Berries – blueberries, raspberries, strawberries, blackberries… any berry would be delicious! In the photo I have blueberries and fresh red currants.
  • Other fruit – if you don’t have berries on hand, any type of fruit would work well as a topping. Sliced bananas, peaches, cherries… the options are endless!
  • Chopped nuts – add some crunch by topping your tart with chopped pecans, walnuts, almonds or your favorite nut.

PS: It’s important to note that the longer this tart sits out, the softer it will get – it becomes pudding-like! It will still taste amazing, but won’t be as firm.

A close up of a slice of vegan chocolate tart. You can see the two layers of crust and filling. The slice is topped with blueberries and cherries.

How to Store Leftovers

Store any leftovers back in the freezer for 1-2 months. I recommend storing them in a freezer-safe, air-tight container for the best results.

More Vegan Desserts to Try

Be sure to check out all of the popular no bake dessert recipes here on EBF!

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Vegan Chocolate Tart

This no bake vegan chocolate tart has a creamy chocolate coconut filling with a medjool date pecan crust. It's rich, decadent, absolutely delicious and super easy to make. Vegan + gluten-free.
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Chill Time: 2 hours
Total Time: 2 hours 20 minutes
Servings: 2 mini tarts

Ingredients  

Crust

Tart Filling

Instructions 

  • Process the crust ingredients (coconut, pecans, dates and sea salt) in a food processor or mini chopper until the dates have turned into sticky paste holding the crust ingredients together. Take mixture out of the processor and press evenly into two mini springform pans or tart pans. Place pans in freezer while you make the tart filling.
    Two mini spring form pans with the coconut, pecan and date mixture pressed into the bottom.
  • While the crust is setting in the freezer, blend ingredients for the filling (coconut cream, cacao powder, maple syrup, coconut oil, vanilla and sea salt) in a high-speed blender or food processor until creamy. Pour half the filling over the crust in one pan and then pour the remaining filling over the crust in the second pan. Use a spoon to make sure the filling is even and smooth.
    Two mini spring form pans with the coconut, pecan and date mixture. The chocolate mixture is being poured overtop of the crust.
  • Place pans in the freezer to set up, at least 2 hours, but can be overnight.
    Removing the outer spring form ring from the chocolate tarts.
  • Take out of freezer, remove the springform pans, let sit out for 10-15 minutes, cut into slices. Top with fresh berries and serve. The longer it sits out, the filling will soften and become more like pudding. It still tastes amazing, but not as firm. Store any leftovers back in the freezer.

Notes

  • Hard/dry dates: If your dates are hard and dry, I recommend soaking them in warm water for 10-15 minutes to soften. Just drain them well before using.
  • Coconut cream: Make sure you’re using canned coconut cream and not coconut milk. We’re scooping out just the cream part from the can, not the liquid! 

Nutrition

Serving: 1/4 of a mini tart | Calories: 317kcal | Carbohydrates: 34g | Protein: 3g | Fat: 19g | Saturated Fat: 12g | Monounsaturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 58mg | Potassium: 296mg | Fiber: 4g | Sugar: 28g

Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.

Additional Info

Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: paleo chocolate tart
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55 Comments

  1. Really disappointed that I cannot bring up the recipes you gave today. It seems that every recipe I want to see I keep getting error 404 – page does not exist. Your recipe is the only one that shows up. Thanks for that.

  2. Perfection. I could eat that entire tart in under a minute. I might hold myself to that challenge…. 😉

    1. Oh man, I know I can because I pretty much inhaled a full tart one day for lunch. Notice how I left that out of the blog post. haha.

  3. Yum! I’m pinning all of these recipes because I’m a huge chocaholic. Now the tough part is deciding what to make first!

  4. LOVE! I’m totally making these on Valentine’s day! My husband recently started cleaning up his diet and these will be absolutely perfect!

  5. You posted about maple bacon bourbon dark chocolate and didn’t WARN me first? AHH! These all really look incredible. I need to just sit in my kitchen for a day and make everything. In?

  6. Can you tell me what size of “mini spring form pan” is needed for this recipe? (the smallest ones I found are 6″) I can’t tell from your pics if that would be right? Hoping to hear as I’d like to try making this!
    Thanks for the recipe!

    1. Hi Jeanie! Mine are 4 inches. I got them from Target (http://bit.ly/16ndU6q). You could use a 6 inch pan and just make one instead of two. Yours just might be a bit higher. And, you could always make a tiny version in a ramekin with any leftover crust and filling. 🙂

        1. Hi, Natalie. Crushed peanuts should work just fine! You can substitute with any nut. Let me know how it turns out for you!

  7. Thank you for any out of this world scrumptious recipe. I made mine in a mini pie dish because I had all the ingredients but no mini pan. It worked really well. . I also added some chia seeds to mine. Just because I am a Chia seed lover. Thanks a million for a recipe that I will be proud to make and share.
    And of course I will always direct them to the best blog which I love. EBF.

    1. I’m so glad to hear that you enjoyed the tart, Leonor! I love your addition of chia seeds. 🙂

  8. 5 stars
    These mini tarts look just absolutely gorgeous without any guilt haha!
    This is my first time in you blog, I actually got linked to your recipes from Taylor from FoodFaithFitness.
    I was attracted by this recipe!! I am always looking for healthy yet delicious recipes.
    I will really make this maybe tomorrow, thank you so much for your sharing.
    I don’t have small spring form pan. The only one i have is 9 inch. I was thinking of i can double the recipe and then go from there haha! thanks!

  9. I made this and it was absolutely delicious! My husband and inhaled it. I was wondering if you can sub honey for the maple syrup? Would that mess up the consistency at all?

    1. Yay! I’m so happy y’all enjoyed it. You can totally sub the honey for maple syrup. Should work fine! 🙂

    1. Yay! This makes me so happy to hear, Angie! I’m glad you love this recipe, thanks for making it and coming back to leave a review.

  10. If I want to make this in a 9 in cheesecake spring form, do I need to double the recipe or would it just make one big one? I’m looking forward to making it!

    1. Hi, Lauren! I think it will be fine in a 9” pan without doubling. We haven’t tested it but let us know how it turns out for you if you try it!

  11. 5 stars
    This was absolutely amazing and so easy to make. I opted to add in 1 serving of chocolate protein powder for 1/2 of the cacao powder to increase the protein. I also doubled the crust recipe for a 9in pan. Served with Tru Whip and berries. Perfect, delicious and amazing consistency!

    1. I love the addition of protein powder, great idea, Kristen! Thank you so much for making this and coming back to leave a review!

  12. This was soooooo good! We froze it but ended up putting it in the fridge after the first serving and it was much better not frozen at all. Super yummy! Thanks!!!