Vegan Dark Chocolate Almond Tart with a Pastry Crust!

Ali Segersten Nov 20, 2009 16 comments

Today I am going to share a favorite recipe for the holidays. It is a rich chocolaty tart meant to be shared among many.

It was one of those recipes that came to me in a flash of inspiration around midnight the night before Thanksgiving last year. I was up late baking yummy vegan, gluten-free pumpkin and apple pies, soft molasses cookies, and pumpkin cake to bring to our large Gluten-Free Thanksgiving gathering of friends. I began tossing ingredients for a tart crust together, measuring as I was going, and then whipped up a filling to go with it. It ended up being every one's favorite dessert and I hope you'll like it too!

FYI: This isn’t really a kid-friendly dessert, unless that is, you have an almost 2-year old (or in my case two of them) – who happens to stumble upon chocolate (i.e. crack for children) and grabs the whole slice off the counter (the one on the plate that you are about to take a photo of) and stuffs the whole thing in his mouth as fast as he can before anyone sees him. Not that this happened to me. So who knows you might have a child that likes this rich chocolate tart. My girls won’t touch it. The crust however, they pick off and eat like candy!

The first time I made this crust I did not use any xanthan gum, and it worked. But since then I have made it several times and found that adding 1/2 teaspoon does help with the overall integrity of the crust.


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Ali Segersten

Alissa Segersten holds a Bachelor's of Science in Nutrition from Bastyr University and a Master’s of Science in Human Nutrition and Functional Medicine from the University of Western States. She is a Functional Nutritionist, the mother of five children, a whole foods cooking instructor, professional recipe developer, and cookbook author. She is passionate about helping others find a diet that will truly nourish them. Alissa is the author of two very popular gluten-free, whole foods cookbooks and guidebooks: The Whole Life Nutrition Cookbook and Nourishing Meals. She is also the co-author of The Elimination Diet book. Alissa is the founder and owner of Nourishing Meals®.

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This is truly one of my favorites! Just wanted to add my feedback having made this with unsweetened chocolate - I cut back on the water by a 1/4 cup, and increased the liquid sweetener to a total of ~3/4 cup (maybe a little more), using a combo of maple syrup and agave. Absolutely amazing! Served it with whipped coconut cream on top. Delicious!

I made this crust today (amazing!), and I bet it would work for emapanadas....but the trick is handling the dough...which is tricky!! Good gave me an idea try this with my old favorite empanada recipe...thanks!

How do you think that this crust would do for savory empanadas, minus the sugar?

Do you think it is necessary to use superfine mills in empanada pastry dough?

I have tried twice using different pre-mixed flours and also different levels of fat. The one I did with 8 Tbs of less fat (1 stick vs 2) was pretty dry crust. I needed to back it longer, too, so maybe that is the dryness factor.



I made the filling last night and it didn't set. I used agave nectar, but would that be too runny compared to syrup or honey? Or maybe I should have decreased the amount of water?

YUM! Do you think I could use Coconut Oil instead of Palm Shortening? I find that hard to get in New Zealand. Thanks!!

This is the BEST gluten free bread ever!!!! I am preparing to take my kids off of gluten and dairy after the first of the year. So, I made a loaf of this today, and both my daughters said they would happily give up wheat bread for this! The flavor is excellent, and best of all there is no pasty aftertaste! Yeah! Thank you so much for sharing.

However, I do have a few issues I could use some help with:

1) The loaf only ever rose to be flat - even with the top of the pan.

2) The loaf fell in the middle about half way through baking. *I did use 1/4 c. less water, but added 1 egg, as well as the 2T. of flax in with the dry ingredients.

3) After baking the bread for an hour, it is still wet in the middle.

I'm wondering if I should cut back even more on the water, or if I would be better cutting out 1 T. of the honey, or oil. Any suggestions. If i could get this to rise nicely it would literally be the perfect bread...wheat or gluten! : )

~ Andrea

Looks awesome Ali.I will try this out for christmas dinner. My extended family won't know it's gluten free!

Thanks again for all of the lovely comments!

Hallie - The pastry cream will keep for at least 4 days in the fridge. However, I find that it is best to spread it on the crust just hours after chilling. You will want to serve it soon after that otherwise the crust will start to get soggy. Hope this helps!

Enjoy the tart! :)

Oh my goodness. Its mouthwatering, and I'm sure delicious =D.

I have been waiting for this since yesterday and it looks fabulous - I will definitely make this for Thanksgiving dinner! I am anxious to share all of these great recipes with family and to give thanks to you and your talent! Thanks for all that you give us ~ hopefully we give back to you with our gratitude and appreciation.

Oh my goodness! Divine!

I'm sure I've told you this before, but you are literally a godsend to me with your flavorful gluten-free and often vegan recipes (although I do occasionally eat fish, PERFECT! You also have fish recipes!)
I love your photos, your alternative options that you list, and basically, I just love you guys for making my life easier and more fun!
Hope you have a great weekend!

Another amazing photo (love the chocolate against that red background!) and recipe! I think you guys eat the most nutrient-dense and most delicious food of any family I know. Love that!

I'm a little sad that it's the end of our Thanksgiving Progressive dinner, but you might be ready for a break. ;-) You sure had a workout this week, dear. Thanks for all your hard work!


I'm really looking forward to trying out that pastry cream. How long do you think it would keep in the fridge? Two or three days?

Thanks so much for the recipes!

Love this, love this! Thanks for another great recipe - my mouth is watering, and I can't wait to use this as inspiration for a tasty tart for my family this holiday. YUM!

Oh my goodness, you continue to outdo yourself! I can't wait to try this--or to buy your new baking book!! Do you have an ETA for it?