Gluten-Free Tart Crust with Almond Flour {dairy-free vegan option}

This gluten-free tart crust recipe is a snap to make but it looks like a fancy bakery dessert and tastes like a buttery shortbread cookie. Make it with plant butter for an easily dairy-free and vegan tart crust. Get the lemon tart recipe here. Thanks to Bob’s Red Mill for sponsoring this post!

lemon tart in a gluten-free tart crust

The Gourmet Tart

I make so many tarts that Sarah once said I should change my moniker to The Gourmet Tart. Not a bad idea! The reason I can’t stop tarting around is all due to this easy gluten-free tart crust recipe that I’ve developed over the years. It’s stupid easy to make – just whizz everything together in the food processor. Easy to form – just press it into the pan, no chilling or rolling required. And easy to eat – tender, buttery, and full of flavor from almond flour, oat flour, and vanilla.

On this site you’ll find tart recipes for all seasons. There are anytime chocolate desserts like chocolate tahini tart, chocolate pomegranate cream tart, chocolate banana cream tart, and chocolate pear tart. There are wintry fruit tarts: lime tart, lemon tart, blood orange tart, and ricotta citrus tart. I’ve shared spring tarts (raspberry mascarpone tart, apricot honey tart, and rhubarb brown butter tart) and fall tarts (chestnut fig tart, concord grape walnut tart, and pomegranate tart).

I’ve shared this tart crust recipe in many forms already, and also in my cookbook Alternative Baker. But it was high time for this foundation recipe to have a dedicated post. Sarah and I also made a cute little video of how to make tart crust. We hope you enjoy!

Tart Crust Addiction

I’ve tasted my fair share of meh pastry crusts. They can be underbaked, pasty, bland, soggy, and tough. Many recipes require softening the butter to cream with the sugar only to chill the dough again. You then let it soften enough to roll, then chill it again once it’s in the pan. These recipes often need pie weights to hold up the crust as it bakes, plus so much extra clean-up from all these steps.

All of this put me off making tart crusts for years until I discovered a bar cookie crust recipe in Williams Sonoma’s Essentials of Baking, one of my favorite classic baking cookbooks. This recipe used the mixing/pressing/baking method that I use here. I tried the recipe in tart form and it worked brilliantly. I never looked back.

I’ve tweaked that original glutenous recipe to be gluten-free, adding extra flavor from tasty flours. This recipe turns out a nutty, toasty, caramelized crust that bursts with flavor every time. It’s easier than pie crust, but you can use it for more than just tarts. See the many variations below!

ingredients for easy gluten-free tart crust recipe

Tart Crust Ingredients

  • Almond, oat, sweet rice, and tapioca flours form a sturdy base that holds together when sliced, but melts in your mouth like a tender shortbread cookie. The almond flour adds a gently nubby texture, oat flour gives it an earthy taste, and sweet rice and tapioca flours stick everything together. Bob’s Red Mill flours are milled in a dedicated gluten-free facility, and widely available in stores and online. This recipe is very forgiving, and I’ve listed some alternate flours in the ingredients.
  • Butter moistens the dough, forming big crumbles that are easy to press into the pan. You can use plant butter for a vegan & dairy-free tart crust, you’ll just need to lower the salt a little if your butter is salty.
  • Vanilla and salt add a burst of flavor, making this crust totally addictive.

almond flour for gluten-free tart crust

Easy Tart Crust Mixing Method

Combine all ingredients in a food processor, stand mixer, or in a bowl. Run the mixer or work with your fingers until all the butter is worked in and the dough comes together in moist clumps.

crumbly dough for best gluten-free pastry dough recipe

How to Make Tart Crust: Shaping

The hardest thing about this recipe is pressing the tart dough evenly into the pan; it takes me about 10 minutes to make it look pretty. Start by pressing half of the crumbs into the sides of the pan. It’s easier to get a square edge this way. Then dump in the remaining dough and press the bottom, keeping the edges square.

pressing crumbs into gluten-free tart shells

unbaked gluten-free tart crust

How to Make Tart Crust: Baking

This gluten-free tart crust requires no chilling, and it gets blind-baked, meaning that you don’t need to line it with pie weights like you do for some recipes. Just toss it in the oven.

After it’s baked or parbaked, press the hot crust with the back of a soup spoon or a cup. This compresses the crust and helps it hold together when cool. I’ve forgotten to do this step and my crust was a crumbly mess that made me very grumpy. So don’t be like me. Compress your tart crust and impress your guests.

pressing gluten-free tart crust with a spoon to compress the crumb

baked gluten-free tart crust

lemon tart in a gf pastry crust


Gluten-Free Chocolate Tart Crust

Swapping cocoa powder in for oat flour makes a mellow chocolate crust that tastes like Oreos. Follow the directions for the chocolate variation and try it with these recipes:

Chocolate Cream Tart {vegan, gluten-free}

Gluten-Free Vegan Tart Crust

This recipe swings dairy-free and vegan by simply swapping in plant butter. You may need to add a little extra to bring the crust together. My favorite brand is Miyoko’s, but use any plant butter you like the taste of and reduce the salt as needed.

Ginger Fig Tart with Chestnut-Almond Crust {vegan & gluten-free}

Gluten-Free Cheesecake Crust

For a gluten-free cheesecake crust, make the recipe as written and press into a 9-inch springform pan. Parbake and press down the crust as instructed, then continue with your favorite cheesecake recipe or one of these:

Gluten-Free Shortbread Crust

Press this gluten-free shortbread dough into a 9-inch square pan and use it to make your favorite bar cookies, such as gluten-free lemon bars.

Gluten-Free Pie Crust

Though this sweet pastry crust doesn’t replace a traditional flaky pie pastry, you can absolutely form it in a pie pan. If you’re looking for a classic flaky pie pastry, try my favorite gluten-free pie crust, another tested and tried favorite that uses whole grain flours and no xanthan gum. It can be made vegan too!

The Fancy Tart

If you’re looking for a dessert to impress but not stress, try a tart recipe! They’re easier than pie but they look like they came from a fancy bakery. Please let me know what you try!

Baked Raspberry Mascarpone Tart {gluten-free}

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Gluten-Free Tart Crust with Almond Flour {dairy-free vegan option}

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This recipe makes enough for one 9-inch round tart, one 12x4-inch rectangular tart, or eight 4-inch tartlet crusts. The hardest thing about this recipe is pressing the tart evenly into the pan; it takes me about 10 minutes to make it look pretty. Don’t forget to press the hot crust with the back of a spoon to help it hold together when cut, otherwise it will be very crumbly and delicate.
Prep: 20 minutes
Cook: 30 minutes
Total: 50 minutes
Servings: 8 -10 servings (one 9-inch round crust)



  • Position a rack in the center of the oven and preheat to 350ºF.
  • In the bowl of a food processor (or a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment) combine the almond, sweet rice, and oat flours with the tapioca starch, sugar and salt.
  • Scatter the butter pieces over the top and drizzle with the vanilla extract. Run the mixer until the dough forms moist clumps and the butter is fully incorporated, 20-30 seconds, pulsing as you near the end so as not to over-process the dough. If using a stand mixer, run on medium-low until the dough comes together, 3–5 minutes. If the dough refuses to come together or seems dry after thorough mixing, add up to 1 tablespoon more cold butter or plant butter.
  • Spray a 9-inch loose bottom tart pan with 1-inch high sides lightly with cooking oil. Dump about half of the crumbs into the pan and press the dough evenly into the sides of the pan. Add the remaining crumbs and press them into the bottom, keeping the edges square. (It takes me about 10 minutes to make it look pretty.)
  • Place the tart pan on a rimmed baking sheet and bake until pale golden and firm to the touch (15–20 minutes) for a parbaked crust, or until golden all over (5–10 minutes longer) for a fully baked crust. (If making tartlets, decrease the overall baking time by 5–10 minutes.)
  • Remove the crust from the oven and, while it’s still hot, press the sides and bottom firmly with the back of a spoon or a cup; this will help it hold together when cool.
  • Proceed with your tart recipe.


Make-Ahead options:
The crust can be wrapped and frozen, before baking or after, for up to a month or two. If unbaked, bake the crust from frozen, increasing the baking time by a few minutes. If the crust is baked or parbaked, refresh it in a 350º oven before proceeding with your recipe.
Chocolate Tart Crust:
Use ½ cup (45 g) cocoa powder (preferably Dutch-process) in place of the oat flour and decrease the butter to 5 tablespoons (70 g). Since the dough is dark, it can be difficult to tell when the crust is done, so do set a timer and look closely for edges that are beginning to darken and pull away from the sides of the pan. If the chocolate begins to smell at all burnt, remove the crust immediately.
Nutrition values are for 1 of 8 servings. 


Calories: 214kcal | Carbohydrates: 22g | Protein: 3g | Fat: 13g | Saturated Fat: 6g | Cholesterol: 23mg | Sodium: 149mg | Potassium: 35mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 7g | Vitamin A: 262IU | Calcium: 21mg | Iron: 1mg
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21 thoughts on “Gluten-Free Tart Crust with Almond Flour {dairy-free vegan option}”

  1. I have your cookbook and I’ve made this at least once. It’s perfection, easy and even tastes good. And it held up really well overnight in the refrigerator. Even leftovers were yummy. I recommend it to everyone! Thank you, Alanna.

    1. Thank you so much for such a great and modifiable tart crust. It’s come out perfectly every time I’ve made it. I keep finding reasons to make tarts, now that I’ve found your brilliant recipe!

  2. I’m wondering could one make a lemon meringue tart? My mom was saying today she’s love a slice of lemon meringue pie, but as Alene pointed out, this tart crust is perfection! I’ve made it a number of times and it’s very delicious and surprisingly sturdy. Makes me miss figs right now. But I’ve got oodles of lemons, and still haven’t made that lemon buttermilk pie, but was thinking I could perch a meringue on top of the tart and call it delicious. What do you think?

    1. Absolutely! I’ve been trying to share the lemon tart recipe for weeks, hopefully it will be up soon! But it’s the same recipe as the lemon bars. And you could absolutely make a meringue to put on top. An Italian meringue would be ideal, and you can torch it with a blowtorch to brown it. Please let me know what you try!

      1. How fast a month and a half have passed! I am finally getting to this! Mostly because I’ve been baking scads of gluten containing sourdough for everyone else at home (I know! I’m clearly *so* original!) Anyhow, a friend’s birthday tomorrow demands a drive by and drop off of treats and good wishes (from six feet away) and this lemon tart it will be!

        I am making it in two small springform pans (because that’s what I’ve got, and there’s nowhere to get other pans at this point) and will share one with her and one with my mom. I did toss them in the fridge because they were way soft when I finished attempting to mash the crust into the pans (and I have a loaf of bread in the oven, because I am the Queen of Bad Timing.)

        If I remember, I somehow messed up the lemon curd in the lemon bar recipe, but I am going to go find your sweet and thoughtful notes, and attempt to not mess it up! I hope you are well and there is some sunshine in your days.

  3. Do you not have to chill the dough between making it and putting into a tart case, and then again before baking?

    I imagine part of the reason to rest is to relax the gluten (which does not apply here), but I would also think we want the fat to be as cold as possible.

    1. That’s a great question. I used to freeze the crust before baking it, but then I tried skipping that step and found that it worked just as well! Please let me know if you try it. :)

  4. I’m curious if the sugar is playing a structural role here and therefore could not be omitted. If it is, do you think maple sugar would make an acceptable substitution? Or, do you have any substitution suggestions for the sugar? Thank you!

    1. I think maple sugar would work well. It’s drier and lighter than granulated so you may need to add more liquid, either more butter or a little cold water or milk to bring the dough together. Let me know what you try!

  5. Thanks for sharing this recipe, I made this crust but found the mix to be too dry so I added an egg yolk which really helped bind it into a ball and then roll out evenly. It’s a good tip to compress the tart after baking, but perhaps I don’t have the right tart pan, or didn’t butter the base enough as it stuck to my pan and was a nightmare to get out in one piece. It came out in pieces sadly, (deconstructed look perhaps..!haha) but I am happy to report the flavours and texture were delicious! I would happily try this recipe again but maybe in a different tart pan :)

    1. Thanks so much for trying the recipe and for the note! Genius to add an egg yolk to the mix, that’s great to know that it helped the dough come together. However I wonder if it was responsible for the sticking? I’ve made this crust dozens of times and have never had that happen! Or is it possible that some of the tart filling leaked and caused the sticking (assuming you baked it with a filling and didn’t remove the empty, baked crust from the pan)? What kind of pan did you use? I’m really sorry that that happened, that must have been really frustrating after taking all that time to press the crust in and make it look pretty. In any case, I’m glad the flavor was to your liking!

  6. This was the best gluten-free short crust I have ever made. I didn’t have oat flour so I just ground oats and made my own. The “grit” from the oat flour really gave it the perfect texture, and the taste was divine.