Gluten Free Vegan Chocolate Tart with Tahini & Caramel

This vegan chocolate tart in a gluten free almond flour crust gets a flavor boost from sesame tahini, flaky salt, and a swirl of coconut whipped cream, all drizzled with vegan caramel sauce. A decadent vegan & gluten-free chocolate dessert everyone can enjoy! {Thanks to Bob’s Red Mill for sponsoring this post!}

Gluten Free Vegan Chocolate Tart with Tahini and Caramel

Baking with Gluten Free Flour

I grew up on weird flours, my health nut mama always stashing bags of buckwheat and whole wheat in the freezer so they wouldn’t spoil in the hot SoCal climate. I wasn’t a fan at the time, but fast forward a couple of decades to when I published an entire cookbook all about wacky gluten free flours.

If you ask any cookbook author about their book making experience, you’ll see their eyes shift. Staring off into the middle distance, a haggard look will overtake their face, shellshocked like a battle-scarred war veteran or parent of a newborn. I’m no different. I became an absolute crazy person while working on Alternative Baker. To stay on schedule, I had to develop and shoot 3 recipes per week in addition to other work. Gluten free baking recipes with uncommon flours often required four or five recipe tests. Add to that grocery shopping, dish washing, writing, sending the recipes out for testing by a kind army of volunteers, and hand weighing each flour to ensure accuracy, and I barely had time to be a person.

Gluten Free Vegan Chocolate Dessert Ingredients

While making my book, I prioritized my life like so:

  1. Work
  2. Exercise
  3. Friends and family in need (i.e. anyone going through a traumatic divorce, suffering from debilitating anxiety, grieving the loss of a loved one, sick, etc.)

If you didn’t fit into those three categories, I didn’t see you for that year of my life.

Halfway through maniacally testing recipes for my book, it dawned on me that different flour brands grind their flours in different ways, and this affects the outcomes of recipes in a big way. I decided to standardize the recipes and test all that I could with Bob’s Red Mill flours. This would have been a great point at which to ask my publisher for an extension as I had to go back and reformulate a handful of recipes I’d developed with random bulk-bin flours. But instead I soldiered on down the road to becoming a zombie shell of a person, albeit a well-fed one.

Though the process was grueling, I never lost my love for baking (though I did lose my sweet tooth for a good few months there). And while I don’t know if or when I’ll be ready to make another book, for now I’m thrilled to partner with Bob’s Red Mill. This year I’ll be bringing you a series of gluten free recipes featuring their gluten free flours and my favorite ways to use them.

Gluten Free Vegan Almond Flour Tart Crust

Blanched Almond Flour

During this process, I got to know Bob’s Red Mill flours very well. One of my favorites is their blanched almond flour, which is fairly finely ground with a bit of nubby texture. If you’re wondering about the difference between almond meal and almond flour, in the case of Bob’s, almond meal is made from almonds with their skins still on while the almond flour is made from blanched, skinless almonds. I generally prefer using blanched almond flour to meal, as its ivory hue makes for prettier baked goods but the two can usually be used interchangeably.

Since almond flour is naturally high in fat and protein, it produces tender baked goods that hold together well. I use Bob’s blanched almond flour in many different gluten free baking recipes, including:

Gluten Free Vegan Almond Flour Tart Crust

The Easiest Gluten Free Almond Flour Tart Crust

Almond flour helps to create an easy, press-in tart crust that tastes like shortbread cookies. When combined with sweet rice flour, tapioca flour, and a third flour – oat flour for a vanilla crust or, here, cocoa powder for a chocolate crust – along with sugar, salt, vanilla, and butter, it forms a crumbly dough. Just press this into a lightly greased tart pan, chill briefly, bake, and press down with the back of a spoon, and you have a no-fuss tart crust. While most traditional tart crust recipes have you soften the butter only to chill the dough, then roll it out and shape it, then chill again, then bake with pie weights, this crust comes together with much more ease.

No matter how exciting the filling is on any given tart that I make, the crust always gets the most comments! It’s slightly sweet with a good dose of salt. The texture melts in your mouth just like a shortbread cookie. The chocolate version has a deep, dark cocoa flavor, perfect for chocolate lovers

Vegan Chocolate Truffle filling with Tahini and Maple

Vegan Chocolate Ganache filling with Tahini and Maple

Gluten Free + Vegan Tart Crust

To make my gluten free almond flour crust vegan, I simply swap in vegan butter in place of dairy butter. I especially love Miyoko’s cultured vegan butter, which is made from coconut and cashews. The culturing process gives it a rich, tangy flavor.

Gluten Free Vegan Chocolate Pie with Tahini and Caramel

Is Almond Flour Gluten-Free?

Bob’s is! Almonds don’t contain gluten, but at other processing plants, the nuts could be processed on equipment that also processes wheat. But you can rest assured that Bob’s almond flour is always 100% gluten-free, and so are many of their other flours including their sweet rice and tapioca flours used here.

Whipped Coconut Cream

Almond Flour Nutrition

Aside from being DELICIOUS, this gluten free flour is high in nutrients such as:

  • protein
  • vitamins B and E
  • minerals, particularly calcium in levels nearly as high as in milk
  • fiber
  • healthy fats

Gluten Free Vegan Chocolate Pie with Tahini and Caramel

Tahini Vegan Chocolate Truffle Filling

This tart filling is essentially a bittersweet chocolate truffle or vegan chocolate ganache. Hot coconut milk melts chopped chocolate, thickened with sesame tahini and sweetened with a touch of maple syrup. You can either pour the warm filling into the waiting crust for a smooth top, or let it cool until firm enough to hold a shape and swirl it into the crust for a bit of texture.

Gluten Free Vegan Chocolate Pie with Tahini and Caramel

Vegan Caramel Sauce

This tart is topped with a luscious vegan caramel sauce made extra thick from a spoonful of tahini. I’ve adapted the base recipe from Glow Pops by Liz Moody, which I previously used in these delicious vegan chocolate popsicles. Just combine coconut sugar and coconut milk, simmer until thick and darkened in color, and stir in tahini and vegan butter. You’ll want to take a bath in the resulting vegan caramel sauce!

Gluten Free Vegan Chocolate Tart with Tahini and Caramel

Coconut Whipped Cream

The icing on this, er, tart is a billow of whipped coconut cream. Be sure to chill the can overnight so the solids separate from the liquid, then whip the coconut cream with a touch of powdered sugar and vanilla until it holds firm peaks.

Gluten Free Vegan Chocolate Tart with Tahini and Caramel

Vegan Chocolate Pie vs. Tart

I like to make this dessert in a tart pan with a loose bottom, which makes the tart easy to slice and plate. But if you don’t have one, turn this into a vegan chocolate pie by simply forming the crust in a pie pan and proceeding with the recipe. It may be a bit messier to remove the first few pieces from the pan, but it will still work beautifully!

Vegan Caramel Sauce Recipe

Vegan Caramel Sauce Recipe

Looking for more chocolate? Here are a few other vegan & gluten free chocolate desserts to love.

Gluten-Free Chocolate Desserts:

Gluten-Free Vegan Chocolate Desserts:

Dairy Free Chocolate Pie with Tahini and Caramel

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Gluten Free Vegan Chocolate Tart with Tahini and Caramel
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Gluten Free Vegan Chocolate Tart with Tahini & Caramel

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This vegan chocolate tart in a gluten free almond flour tart crust gets a flavor boost from sesame tahini, flaky salt, and a swirl of coconut whipped cream, all drizzled with vegan caramel sauce laced with tahini. A decadent vegan & gluten-free chocolate dessert everyone can enjoy! {Thanks to Bob's Red Mill for sponsoring this post!}
Prep: 30 minutes
Cook: 45 minutes
Cooling Time: 2 hours
Total: 3 hours 15 minutes
Servings: 12 to 16 servings

Ingredients

Crust:

Filling:

  • 8 ounces bittersweet chocolate (preferably 65% cacao mass), roughly chopped
  • ½ cup (130 g) tahini
  • 3 tablespoons (58 g) maple syrup (more or less according to how sweet your chocolate is)
  • 1 cup (222 g) well-shaken full-fat coconut milk
  • 1/8 teaspoon fine sea salt

Caramel Sauce:

  • Remaining coconut milk from above (¾ cup / 175 ml)
  • ¼ cup (35 g) coconut sugar
  • 1 tablespoon vegan butter or coconut oil
  • 2 tablespoons tahini
  • Big pinch fine sea salt
  • ¼ teaspoon vanilla paste or extract

Whipped Coconut Cream:

  • 1 (400 ml) can coconut cream, chilled overnight
  • ¼ cup (35) powdered sugar, sifted if lumpy
  • ½ teaspoon vanilla paste or extract
  • Flaky salt and chopped chocolate, for sprinkling

Instructions

Crust:

  • Position a rack in the center of the oven and preheat to 350ºF. Spray a loose-bottom, 9-inch round tart pan lightly with cooking spray and set aside.
  • In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, combine the sweet rice and almond flours with the cocoa powder, tapioca starch, sugar and salt. Scatter the butter pieces over the top and drizzle with the vanilla extract. Turn the mixer to medium-low and run until the dough comes together in clumps and the butter is worked through, 3–5 minutes. (It will seem as though the dough won’t come together, but don’t worry – it will!)
  • Dump about half of the crumbs into the prepared pan and press evenly into the sides of the pan. Add the remaining crumbs and press evenly into the bottom – it usually takes me about 10 minutes to make it look pretty.
  • Place the pan on a rimmed baking sheet to catch any drips and bake until slightly puffed and firm to the touch, 20-25 minutes. Remove the crust from the oven and, while it’s still hot, press the sides and bottom with the back of a spoon. This will help it hold together when cool. While the crust is still hot, scatter the chocolate in the bottom and let sit a few moments to melt. Use the back of a spoon or an offset spatula to spread the chocolate over the bottom and sides of the crust. Let cool completely.

Filling:

  • Place the chocolate and tahini in a medium-sized heatproof bowl and set aside. In a small saucepan, combine the maple, coconut milk, and salt. Place over medium heat and bring to just below a simmer. Pour the hot coconut milk over the chocolate and tahini. Stir until melted and smooth. You can either pour the warm filling directly into the baked tart shell. Or chill the filling for about 20 minutes, stirring every five minutes or so, until cool enough to hold a shape, then spread evenly into the baked tart shell. Chill until set, at least 2 hours and up to overnight.

Caramel:

  • In a small saucepan, combine the remaining coconut milk and coconut sugar. Bring to a simmer over medium heat. Lower to maintain a gentle simmer and cook, stirring frequently, until thickened and darkened in color, 5-10 minutes. Remove from the heat and stir in the vegan butter, tahini, salt, and vanilla. Use warm or chill until needed; rewarm to serve.

Whipped Coconut Cream:

  • Remove the chilled can from the refrigerator. Open the can from the bottom and pour off all the watery liquid that should had separated. Scoop out the solidified cream into the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the whip attachment. Add the powdered sugar and vanilla. Whip on high speed until fluffy and thick, 1-2 minutes. Chill if not using right away.

Finish:

  • Remove the sides from the tart pan and use a small, offset spatula to release the tart from the bottom of the pan. Place on a serving platter or cutting board. Swirl the whipped coconut cream over the top of the tart and drizzle and swirl with some of the caramel. Top with chopped chocolate and flaky salt, passing more caramel sauce at the table.
  • Extra tart will keep well, covered and refrigerated, for up to 3 days.

Notes

Make ahead:
  • The crust can be frozen airtight (baked or unbaked) for up to 1 month.
  • The crust with filling keeps well, refrigerated airtight, for 1-2 days.
  • The caramel can be made up to 1 week in advance, refrigerated airtight.
  • The whipped coconut cream can be made 1 day in advance, refrigerated airtight.
Nutritional values are based on one of twelve servings.

Nutrition

Calories: 554kcal | Carbohydrates: 41g | Protein: 8g | Fat: 43g | Saturated Fat: 25g | Cholesterol: 1mg | Sodium: 143mg | Potassium: 451mg | Fiber: 5g | Sugar: 20g | Vitamin A: 285IU | Vitamin C: 1.8mg | Calcium: 62mg | Iron: 4.9mg
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Vegan Gluten Free Chocolate Pie with Tahini and Caramel

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  1. Thanks for all your beautiful recipes. I’m wondering, in this one, are you using raw tahini or toasted? Also, have you found a packaged organic almond flour that you like? Thanks so much!

    1. You’re very welcome, thanks for the sweet note! I used Artisana raw tahini here, but I usually use Sadaf brand – I’m actually not sure whether it’s raw or roasted as it doesn’t say on the jar! But I think it will work fine with whatever you have on hand. :) I always use Bob’s almond flour which isn’t organic, so I’m afraid I can’t advise. I do wish it were organic like some of their other products!

  2. I’m not vegan but I’m still making this (using Spectrum shortening since I am allergic to soy) because everything you create is amazing. I’m still telling everyone about the pancakes I had this morning!

  3. I made this using hazelnut flour as that’s what I had and it matches chocolate so nicely. Your recipes are always a cut above. I can always count on something special. Thank you.

  4. I am so glad that this tart is going on a dessert platter for Teacher Appreciation Week because I could easily polish it off myself over a day or two. Holy smokes, it’s good! My husband ate a bite of the sacrificial trial slice and didn’t believe me when I said it was vegan. Every part of it is delectable.

      1. I’ll admit I’d been putting this off because of all the steps but it was really super simple to put together! The teachers loved it!

  5. What a deluxe tart. The coconut cream and caramel sauce helped with the intense richness of the ganache. My boyfriend said that this one was “up there” in terms of delicious tarts I’ve made along with the chocolate olive oil tart from your book. It comes together quite easily. I used 70% chocolate and used between 4-5 tbsp of maple syrup (my hand kind of slipped) and Earth Balance in the crust. Thank you for the recipe and developing vegan recipes. I’m not vegan myself but often cook for people who are, so it’s nice to have recipes that are specifically formulated to be vegan. :)

    1. Aw thanks so much for trying this recipe and for the sweet review! I’m so glad you guys loved it. I feel you on cooking for vegans! Always nice to have options that everyone can eat. :)