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. 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 (coming soon!), 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

Variations

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)

Ingredients

Instructions

  • 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.

Notes

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. 

Nutrition

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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  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.