No-Bake Lemon Berry Coconut Cream Tart {vegan, gluten-free, refined sugar-free}

Almonds, cashews, maple, and coconut form the base for this über-lemony tart topped with coconut cream and summer berries. Naturally vegan, gluten-free, and refined sugar-free.

No-Bake Lemon Berry Coconut Cream Tart {vegan, gluten-free, refined sugar-free}

Today, June 10th, is a special day – my mom’s birthday. HAPPY BIRTHDAY, MOM! I wish I could serve you up a big slice of this tart, because I know you’ll love it. A classy lady needs a classy dessert on her birthday. You’re the one who introduced me to the wonders of healthy desserts 15 years ago – who knew I’d be making them in lieu of traditional butter-flour-sugary desserts years later? They are every bit as delicious – creamy, decadent, and just sweet enough. Thanks for teaching me so much about health and wellness. I’m lucky to have a mom like you.

No-Bake Lemon Berry Coconut Cream Tart {vegan, gluten-free, refined sugar-free}No-Bake Lemon Berry Coconut Cream Tart {vegan, gluten-free, refined sugar-free}

I’ve been on a cashew kick lately, whipping up all manner of yummy things from the soaked nuts, which puree into creamy oblivion in a few minutes. (And to make things even better, I have a shiny new fancy blender to make them in.) I’ve been appreciating the little tropical nuts even more after seeing this photo by my friend living in Mexico – amazing!

No-Bake Lemon Berry Coconut Cream Tart {vegan, gluten-free, refined sugar-free}

This tart was inspired by these no-bake matcha mint grashopper pies which I enjoyed with Emma when she came over to make spring rolls  a couple months ago, an armful of meyer lemons from her tree in tow. Around that time, Dana posted these tantalizing lemon bars, and the whole thing left me with a crazy craving for creamy, lemon goodness.

No-Bake Lemon Berry Coconut Cream Tart {vegan, gluten-free, refined sugar-free}

Additionally, I needed redemption.

No-Bake Lemon Berry Coconut Cream Tart {vegan, gluten-free, refined sugar-free}No-Bake Lemon Berry Coconut Cream Tart {vegan, gluten-free, refined sugar-free}

Several weeks ago, Sarah and I styled a lemon tart for NYT, a classic recipe by Amanda Hesser. The tart must have been cursed. First, I made the whole thing and managed to leave out 5 whole eggs from the recipe (#professional). The resulting tart was thin, incredibly tart, but oddly enough still edible. We made the tart again and this time it was perfect. We spent ages cutting and arranging slices just so and setting it up for its beauty shot…

No-Bake Lemon Berry Coconut Cream Tart {vegan, gluten-free, refined sugar-free}

only to drop a piece of equipment on it mid-shoot!

No-Bake Lemon Berry Coconut Cream Tart {vegan, gluten-free, refined sugar-free}No-Bake Lemon Berry Coconut Cream Tart {vegan, gluten-free, refined sugar-free}

Determined to make a non-cursed lemon tart, I pulsed almonds with coconut and maple syrup and pressed the mixture into a tart pan to form a stupid-easy crust that’s chewy like a macaroon. Soaked cashews get blended with maple syrup, loads of zest and juice from floral meyer lemons, coconut oil, and a bit of ground chia seed to thicken it up like a lemon curd.

No-Bake Lemon Berry Coconut Cream Tart {vegan, gluten-free, refined sugar-free}

After a good chill in the fridge to firm it up, on go a smear of whipped coconut cream and a mess of fresh berries. Any berry will do – just raspberries, or a mix of ALL the berries, or anything in between.

No-Bake Lemon Berry Coconut Cream Tart {vegan, gluten-free, refined sugar-free}

The resulting tart has a nubby crust, silky soft filling that sings with citrus, and lots of fresh berries for a bright finish. The juicy berries set off the creamy filling just so. Though in winter months, this could be simply adorned with candied lemon slices or a shower of toasted coconut shreds. I’m also dreaming of a chocolate version topped with roasted cherries…

No-Bake Lemon Berry Coconut Cream Tart {vegan, gluten-free, refined sugar-free}No-Bake Lemon Berry Coconut Cream Tart {vegan, gluten-free, refined sugar-free}

I will certainly be serving up one of these in a few weeks when my family comes together to celebrate Mom’s birthday properly. So happy, happy birthday, Mom! Here’s to a fun and delicious year ahead. Love you.

No-Bake Lemon Berry Coconut Cream Tart {vegan, gluten-free, refined sugar-free}

Thanks for reading! If you make this, I’d love to see. Take a photo and tag me on Instagram @The_Bojon_Gourmet and #BojonGourmet.

No-Bake Lemon Berry Coconut Cream Tart {vegan, gluten-free, refined sugar-free}
Yields: 10-12 servings
 
Be sure to give yourself several hours to make this tart; the cashews need at least an hour to soak and soften, the tart needs about 4 hours to firm up enough to slice, and the coconut cream needs several hours to chill before whipping. If you don't find small cans of pure coconut cream (I use this brand), you can use 1-2 cans full-fat coconut milk; just chill them and scrape the solid cream off the top, discarding the milky liquid. I recommend using light, Grade A amber maple syrup here for a lighter flavor. If you don't have access to meyer lemons, try this with a combination of regular lemon and tangerine juice and zest.
Ingredients
Crust:
  • 1 ½ cups (160 g) sliced almonds (or 1⅛ cups whole almonds)
  • ½ cup (40 g) unsweetened shredded coconut
  • pinch fine sea salt
  • 2 tablespoons (30 ml) maple syrup
Filling:
  • 1 ¾ cups (230 g) raw cashews, soaked in cool water for 4-12 hours (or covered in boiling water and soaked 1-2 hours)
  • 2 tablespoons (10 g) finely ground white chia seed
  • ½ cup + 2 tablespoons (145 ml) light maple syrup (preferably grade A amber)
  • zest from 3 large lemons (preferably meyer; 2 tablespoons lightly packed)
  • ¾ cup meyer lemon juice (from 3-5 large meyer lemons)
  • ⅛ teaspoon ground turmeric (optional, for color)
  • pinch fine sea salt
  • ¼ cup (60 ml) cool water
  • ¾ cup (180) melted and cooled extra-virgin coconut oil
Topping:
  • 2 small (5.4 ounce / 160 ml each) cans unsweetened coconut cream, chilled at least 2 hours
  • 1 tablespoon (10 ml) maple syrup
  • ½ teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2-3 cups mixed summer berries, large berries halved or quartered
Instructions
Crust:
  1. In the bowl of a food processor, process the almonds, coconut, and salt until finely ground. Drizzle in the maple syrup and pulse until the mixture clumps together. Use moistened fingers to press the crust into the sides, then the bottom, of a 9” tart pan with a loose bottom. Chill.
Filling:
  1. Rinse and drain the cashews and place them in the bowl of a blender with the ground chia, maple syrup, lemon zest and juice, turmeric, and salt. Blend on low, gradually increasing to high, gradually adding the water. Blend on high for 2-3 minutes until silky-smooth, scraping down the sides of the blender as needed. Add the melted coconut oil and blend until just combined; don't over process or the mixture could become grainy. Pour the filling into the chilled crust, and chill until firm, about 4 hours (or cover and chill overnight).
Topping:
  1. Without tilting or shaking the cans, remove the coconut cream from the refrigerator, open the cans, and scrape the firm top part into the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the whip attachment, discarding the liquid. Add the maple syrup and vanilla extract and whip until the mixture holds soft peaks. When the tart filling is firm, remove from the refrigerator and top with the coconut cream and berries. Optionally chill again to firm the coconut cream, 30 minutes or up to several hours.
  2. Carefully remove the sides of the tart pan and place the tart on a platter or cutting board. Use a large, sharp chef’s knife to slice the tart into slender wedges, wiping the knife clean between cuts. The tart keeps well, refrigerated airtight, for up to 3 days.

No-Bake Lemon Berry Coconut Cream Tart {vegan, gluten-free, refined sugar-free}

37 thoughts on “No-Bake Lemon Berry Coconut Cream Tart {vegan, gluten-free, refined sugar-free}”

  1. I will definitely be making this for my family when I visit them this summer! It has all the things I love and I’m a big fan of lemony desserts, specially when they are healthier! Beautiful photos Alanna and wow, didn’t know that about cashews, imagine how much fruit they need to get a large quantity of cashews!!

  2. What a lovely dedication to mom. Happy Bday! I’m glad she taught you about healthy desserts too because then I can learn and do the same :) What I love so much about this tart is how customizeable it is. I imagine you could turn this into an orange tart as well using the cashew base. I love your idea for crust! It eliminates the need for oil. This is just superb. Thank you. I’ll make it next week :)

  3. This is one gorgeous tart! I need to try a no bake tart and this one sounds super delicious with all the ingredients in it! Stunning pics as always and I recognize the heathware :D Looking forward to meeting you this weekend!

  4. Happy birthday, Alanna’s mom!

    This tart looks soo uncursedly beautiful. I love the mess of fruit on top–I have been all about fresh berries lately. Awesome to see them glorified in their natural state like this!

    I really love that one blue-ish plate with the brown edge. Those colors: <3

  5. I’m going to the store right now and making this for an end of school hallelujah….and using leftover almond pulp. Always looking for uses for my almond pulp! This looks beautiful. I’ll let you know if the almond pulp experiment fails…

  6. Made this for father’s day! Everyone in my Mexican very antivegan family loved it! Wonderful recipe! Thank you Bojon Gourmet!

  7. Thank you for such a wonderful recipe, I am making this tomorrow for my mums birthday :). Can I sub anything for white chia seeds? I only have regular greyish black. Will the shade of the filling be off if I use them?

    1. Yay! I’m making one for my mom’s belated birthday party, too! I haven’t tried the tart with dark chia seeds, so I’m not sure how they will look in the finished product. They should thicken it just fine, though! Please let me know how it goes. :)

  8. This sounds delicious! Couple of questions: is coconut cream the solids inside a can of coconut milk or something entirely different? I am assuming the shredded coconut in the crust in unsweetened? I’m looking for dairy free too so this sounds perfect! Going to make this for my contribution to July 4th potluck so would love to hear back soon! Thanks!

    1. Hi Penny! So I get coconut cream in small cans, but you can also use full-sized cans of coconut milk if you can’t find coconut cream. Just don’t get the “coconut cream” that comes in boxes. Yes, the shredded coconut is unsweetened. I’ll update the recipe – thanks for the questions and let me know how you like the tart!

    1. Yaaayyyyy! Your all blueberry version looks absolutely divine, and I’m glad to hear that you enjoyed the original as well. Thanks so much for the sweet note!

  9. Can’t wait to try this recipe! I’m wondering if it would work to make this in a square pan and serve the pieces as lemon bars at a picnic… Do you think it would travel well?

    1. Yes! Someone made them this way and posted the pic on Instagram, so it should work well! They need to stay chilled, so here’s what I would try: make, chill, and cut them ahead of time, then put each square in a muffin cup and put them in single layers in tupperwares that will fit in a cooler. When you’re ready to serve, top each with a dollop of whipped coconut cream (also stored in a jar in the cooler) and some berries. :)

  10. Hi! I’m Astrid and I am fascinated by this cake, it is so delicious and beautiful!
    So I want to make it but I don’t have white kia seed, are needed?
    :)

    1. Hi Astrid! The chia seed helps the tart filling gel and set. But you could probably add a bit more coconut oil (maybe 2-4 T??) to help it set. It will have a more dense, cheesecake like texture. :)

      1. Hi Alanna, yesterday in the evening I finished to make the topping. Now I have to shot some photos and to try them with my family.
        Thank you for the recipe, I’m getting closer now with vegan way of life and food as well! I’m very happy because I am satisfied to make this cake healthy and amazing!!
        Sorry for my bad english!!
        :)

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