Chocolate Coconut Almond Tart (GF)

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Tell me about your weekend! I had some fun plans with friends on the sched, but have been feeling incredibly uncomfortable lately– with a very attractive penguin waddle going on– so I skipped it and opted for an early bedtime instead. The weekend wasn’t totally wasted, though! I accomplished some more baby gear organization, we installed the carseat, and assembled the bassinet and stroller. For such a teeny little thing, newborns require a truckload!

Haven’t packed the hospital bag yet… truthfully, what do we need? Be honest!

But moving right along into CHOCOLATE…

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I’ve been meaning to share this chocolate coconut almond tart recipe since the beginning of June. Our friends made it for us when we were working in Phoenix earlier this summer. I didn’t know the chocolate tart was gluten free or vegan; I happily gobbled down my slice immersed in conversation. Before I knew it, my plate was clean and I was eyeing serving #2. You know I always choose a fruity dessert over chocolate, so I surprised myself how (embarrassingly) quickly I scarfed down this chocolate beauty. But here’s the kicker! This chocolate tart is naturally gluten free and vegan… and only made with 7 simple ingredients.

Wait, what?

Surely a dessert this good can’t be missing refined sugar, flour, and butter… can it? Seriously, NO BUTTER?! Isn’t that, like, a dessert sin or something? What are these 7 mystery ingredients?! So many questions. My mind was on overdrive.

When I learned how this ridiculously rich tasting tart was made, I was inspired to try it myself.

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With so little ingredients, it’s imperative to stick to the recipe. A few substitutions could work, but I suggest following the recipe for deeeee-licious success.

2 Part Recipe

  1. Almond Crust
  2. Chocolate Coconut Filling

Let’s begin with the crust. A measly 4 ingredient “recipe” including almond flour, almonds, coconut oil, and maple syrup. Each ingredient serves a very important role:

  • Almond flour takes place of actual flour
  • Almonds supply a little extra texture
  • Melted coconut oil binds it all together
  • Maple syrup is used for more binding and a little flavor

You can purchase almond flour in any major grocery store. I usually find it in the baking aisle or natural food/GF section. Or you can make your own by pulsing blanched almonds into a flour-like and mealy consistency. You’ll need a food processor for the crust anyway, so this is an easy option!

Combine all 4 ingredient together in the food processor, press into your 9-inch tart pan, and bake for only about 10 minutes. You can use pie weights if you’d like; I don’t find them particularly necessary with this crust. This is the ONLY time you’ll use the oven in this recipe. The magic happens in the refrigerator. 🙂

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And now the 3 ingredient chocolate filling. This is where there’s very little room for substitution. You’ll need chocolate, coconut milk, and a touch of maple syrup. I prefer bittersweet chocolate. If you’re interested in keeping the recipe vegan, choose a chocolate that’s free from dairy. The coconut milk is the real game-changer here. It’s what gives the chocolate filling its creamy consistency AND ensures that things set properly.

But the recipe only works if you’re using the proper coconut milk. Don’t use the coconut milk you find in the refrigerator section next to the other dairy-free milks. You want the canned coconut milk– the variety used in cooking. Grab the full-fat option. Because while this tart is free from flour and butter, it’s most certainly NOT diet food. After testing the recipe a couple times, trust me when I say: full fat coconut milk makes all the difference. (Just like how heavy cream produces the best chocolate ganache.)

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Once the filling is all mixed up, simply pour into the pre-baked crust and chill for at least 4 hours. Before popping into the fridge, you can top with all sorts of goodies like coconut chips, sliced almonds, sea salt, the works. A little extra texture is always welcome.

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This chocolate tart is soooooo soft and creamy!!! Like, stick to your fork creamy. Chocolate on your teeth creamy. We have the coconut milk to thank for that. The soft texture pairs wonderfully with the toasty ‘n’ crisp almond crust.

Baking with gluten free flours and such is not my specialty– we all know that. But I love crafting naturally gluten free desserts like this. (Have you tried my flourless chocolate cake recipe yet?) And, like I mention above, I had no idea this recipe was free of our sugary + buttery + white flour baking essentials. You’ll be surprised when you take that first bite!

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Chocolate Coconut Almond Tart (GF)

  • Author: Sally
  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Cook Time: 10 minutes
  • Total Time: 4 hours, 25 minutes
  • Yield: serves 8-10
  • Category: Chocolate Tart
  • Method: Baking
  • Cuisine: American


This chocolate coconut almond tart is super simple, made with 7 ingredients, and is naturally gluten free and vegan. Tastes unbelievably rich and decadent!



  • 1 cup (140g) unsalted whole almonds
  • 1 cup (90g) almond flour
  • 2 Tablespoons pure maple syrup
  • 3 Tablespoons coconut oil, melted

Filling + Topping

  • 3 four ounce bittersweet chocolate bars, coarsely chopped (12 ounces total)*
  • 1 Tablespoon pure maple syrup
  • 13.5 ounce can full-fat coconut milk (shake up the can before using)*
  • handful unsweetened coconut, almonds, pinch sea salt


  1. Preheat the oven to 300°F (149°C).
  2. For the crust: Using a food processor, almonds and almond flour together until almonds are coarsely chopped. Add the maple syrup and melted coconut oil. Pulse until the mixture is combined and crumbly. See photo above.
  3. Using floured fingers or the bottom of a flat and lightly floured measuring cup, press the dough evenly into a 9-inch tart pan. You want it extremely tight in the pan. Set tart pan on a baking sheet and bake for 10-12 minutes or until lightly golden brown. (Pie weights are optional for pre-baking. I don’t use them with this crust, but you absolutely can!)
  4. Remove from the oven and place on a wire rack so it can slightly cool as you prepare the filling.
  5. For the filling: Place chopped chocolate into a medium bowl. Add maple syrup on top. Set aside. In a small saucepan over medium heat, bring coconut milk to a boil. Once boiling, pour over chopped chocolate/maple syrup. Stir until completely combined and smooth.
  6. Pour filling into crust. Top with shredded coconut, sliced almonds, and sea salt.
  7. Cover loosely and refrigerate for 3-4 hours or overnight and up to 2-3 days.
  8. Once completely set, slice and serve. Cover and store leftover tart in the refrigerator for up to 5 days.


  1. Make Ahead Instructions: This is the perfect recipe to make ahead of time, especially when you are entertaining. You can prepare the entire dessert, cover tightly, and keep in the refrigerator for 3 days before serving.
  2. Special Tools: KitchenAid Food Processor | Glass Mixing Bowls | Pie Crust Weights | 9-inch Round Tart Pan
  3. Chocolate: I highly recommend bittersweet chocolate for this tart. You can, however, use semi-sweet for a sweeter chocolate flavor. You’ll need 3 4-ounce bars, 12 ounces total. I prefer Ghirardelli, Lindt, or Baker’s brand. All sold right next to the chocolate chips. Depending on the brand of chocolate bar you purchase, this dessert is vegan. If wanting to make vegan, check labels to ensure the chocolate has no dairy products. Otherwise, any pure bittersweet chocolate baking bar will do.
  4. Coconut Milk: Make sure you use a can of full-fat unsweetened coconut milk, not the refrigerated coconut milk that is meant for drinking. Full-fat canned coconut milk is usually unsweetened.

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  1. Oh my looks delicious!!!! Only thing is in our family we have nut allergies. What would be a good substitute for the almonds? 

  2. Hi Sally, this looks amazing my best friend gf and its her birthday next week definitely trying this!
    And for the hospital bag, the one thing i didnt see mentioned on any online lists or what not was shampoo and conditioner. The post delivery shower feels amazing but youll definitely want the whole cleansing experience with soap 🙂 

  3. This tart looks heavenly. Pack this for the hospital! 😉
    Seriously though, I have three kids and I learned by the third that I didn’t use a single thing I’d packed in the hospital bag (except for basic toiletries). The only thing you’ll want is whatever you turn to when you want major distraction. For most that’s some sort of electronic device. My phone did the trick. Best of luck getting through the final stretch!

  4. How exciting! You’re getting close! Agreed on shampoo & conditioner – most important! And maternity yoga pants so you can just be comfortable snuggling that baby in the hospital!

  5. That tart looks great! I have yet to attempt one, maybe this one.
    For the hospital bag, for my 1st baby I packed too much…. afyer that I figured it out, by the 4th one I packed my laptop, a going home outfit for baby, sweat pants and a tee shirt for me, and a baby blanket, you are checked every few hours so anything with pants is out of the question while your in hospital, your own bathroom stuff is nice too…. but while at hopital just save your feminine supplies and use theirs, they also supply all the baby stuff too and you get to take it all home. So excited for you guys!

  6. Hey Sally, how exciting you’re getting so close!! I just had a baby in July and my number one thing I loved having was a nursing nightie and robe set. I loved having something that made me feel presentable for visitors! And a razor. Maybe you won’t care but I can’t stand stubble!

  7. Definitely recommend bringing your own shampoo, conditioner, body wash, and lotion. Having a baby and being in the hospital is a pretty huge shock and having familiar scents for the shower made me feel more like my old self. Maternity yoga pants are fantastic post-delivery. I would also recommend bringing some very soft nursing bras with light support if you plan to breastfeed.

    This might sound weird, but if your hospital gives you the disposable soft mesh underpants, take home as many pairs as you can. They are SO COMFORTABLE and pretty much the best things ever postpartum.

  8. I love your blog! My first turns 11 in less than a month! But it seems like yesterday. I would suggest wearing $1 flip flops to the hospital. Easy to get in and out of. Great for showering and walking around the hospital. Also, no brainier, camera! As important as that is, for our second, the camera was safe and sound on our kitchen counter right next to where the car key had been. We forgot it:( so bring your camera and your cell phone charger. Good luck and congrats!!

  9. Hospital Bag Recommendations! I couldn’t agree more on the nursing nightgown and robe. This way when people visit you don’t feel like a total mess. Dry shampoo is a life saver. Lots of people bring their own pillows and/or Boppy pillows too. Our hospital provided Neutrogena personal products for me so I didn’t bring my own. It goes without saying that you should bring SNACKS and a special treat for your delivery team — they love home baked goods. If you love a certain seltzer or beverage, bring a couple of those too because hospital choices are DISMAL and you will already be feeling like an alien. No one prepares you for the hormone crash, there will be tears.

    1. Haha already feeling like an alien. My friend who just gave birth the other week tried to describe the hormone crash to me actually– very intense!!

  10. It has been 5 years since my last baby but the one thing I can remember that was amazing in the delivery room was chap stick!! Sounds weird but your lips get really dry and it was so nice to have!! I am so happy for your wonderful journey ahead!

  11. This looks so nummy.  It’s been a while since I had a baby but I would also recommend something comfy to relax in.  I loved walking the nursery hallways and walking around in my pjs from home (and they made me wear a robe) got hot.  Today I would pack something totally comfy.  So happy for all of you.

  12. Once again, you are my hero, Sally! My friend is vegan and has just had a baby and I wanted to make her something special to take with me when I go to visit her – this sounds like it will be perfect! Thank you for sharing and good luck for next month xx

  13. Hi Sally this looks increidibly good! 
    Can I substitute the almond flour with coconut flour? Best of luck with the last month of pregnancy! How exciting!!!

  14. This looks divine! I love chocolate and coconut! The one thing I was so happy I packed was a nursing gown, I was so happy to get the hospital provided one off and jump into my soft cozy one. Also don’t forget to bring a change of clothes to wear home. I agree with the other suggestions to bring your shamp/cond and soap from home. For baby all I used was the going home outfit and a blanket because he was born in the winter, oh and my cannon so I could get some good pics that were on the good camera. I totally understand making plans and just ending up staying home all I wanted was to be home from like 28 weeks on since your not sleeping much and you just want to be comfy on the couch or go to be early. Sleep is going to be a luxury from here on out.

  15. Lip balm for sure
    Yes, those hospital underpants (for home)
    Clothes to wear home for you-big size and smaller just in case (4 kids later and I wore the big stuff home every time. 🙁 it took 9 months to grow that baby body and it took just as long (or more) to get it back prebaby. 

    Side note on your tarts for those eating low carb they can easily replace the maple syrup for swerve type (erythritol) sweetner

  16. Hang in there till the babe arrives!! This looks so delicious and decadent and maybe slightly healthier?! (At least that is what I’ll tell myself lol)

  17. Thanks so much for this gluten free post! My baby is so sensitive that I’m off gluten & dairy for now…I still enjoy your posts but great to see something I can actually eat!
    Pack some healthy nourishing snacks for both of you–you can be hanging out in L&D for a really long time & the Dad can get really hungry too. (I packed dried fruit & nuts, things that could stay in the bag for a while & not go bad) (from my experience I had zero appetite but DH always appreciated what I brought) Hospital food may not appeal to foodies like you guys : ) best of luck! Hang in there, there IS an end in sight even when you feel like you’ve been pregnant forever!

    1. You’re so welcome– I hope you enjoy this gluten free chocolate tart!
      And yes! My friend just recommended lots of snacks for us both. Thanks for the reminder!

  18. Looks delicious! As for packing, I’ve been thinking about it too (at 28 weeks with my second). Definitely the flip flops, snacks, and comfy clothes — though I’ll put in a good word for a nightgown of some sort and a comfy dress to go home in (you never know when you’ll need an emergency c/s and pants after that are a definite no-no!). Other than that, and something for baby to wear home (car seat is a no-brainer, right?), just the contact info for your support system — including your local La Leche League leaders and/or lactation consultants, if that’s the route you’re going. 😉 Doesn’t hurt to be prepared! All the best to you and your growing family. 🙂

  19. After three kids, I’ve learned what I need for myself for my hospital bag.
    1) My own toiletries. I don’t really like hospital stuff, so I prefer to pack my own. I buy the little bottles to take up less space in my bag.
    2) Laptop, laptop cable, phone, and phone charger. I like gaming, so I bring along my laptop. One of my favorite video games had a big new release the day before I was scheduled to be induced, so you better believe I was hopping on wifi and playing while I waited out the hours!
    3) A couple dresses. During labor, I wore the hospital gown because I didn’t want my own stuff getting nasty, but after labor, I wanted some comfortable, dark-colored (no staining) maxi dresses that made it easy to breastfeed and made it easy for the docs and nurses to do their “checks” down there.
    4) Other comfort items from home. I brought my favorite blanket, my pillow, my slippers, and my robe, because they made me happy and reminded me of home.

    Your little one won’t need a whole lot unless you want to bring it. They’ll give you blankets, a little cap, a tshirt, and all the diapers your little one will need in the hospital. I brought my own clothes and blankets for photo ops, and I definitely brought a take-home outfit, but none of that is necessary.

    Good luck!

  20. I’m in love with that ‘eat dessert first’ fork, where did you find it?
    Also, you never go wrong with a chocolate post, ever.

  21. This looks amazing. I love the chocolate coconut combo, and I do think that the sea salt would be a must!

    As for what to pack in the hospital bag – I am of the philosophy of less is more. An outfit for baby and you to go home in (something cute for you the pics, but also comfy), baby blanket and baby book (got the first footprints put straight into the baby book), snacks, toiletries, a pen – I could never seem to find one when writing down bowel movements or feeding times for baby, camera/memory cards/charger, cell phone and charger. Change of clothes for the hubby too. When I checked in, I only brought my purse and a small bag for what I would need in L&D. The other stuff can be brought in later – extra comfort items, diaper bag, if you choose to use one, carseat only once we were ready to go home, etc. Exciting times for you and the family!

  22. Hi Sally! So glad to see naturally GF stuff on your blog! Hope to try this soon.

    You’ve got a great list going for your hospital bag, but I wanted to mention two more things:

    1. Lansinoh Lanolin – some hospitals will supply a tiny tube of this, but I would recommend bringing some in case they don’t. This stuff was the only way I made it through showers for the first few months (hot water can be hell on sore nipples). Breastfeeding can be challenging and this stuff helps a ton.

    2. Hopefully they give you a little squirt bottle for your trips to the bathroom post-labor. Hold onto that sucker! It will be another life-saver.

    You got this, girl!

  23. This looks so delicious and healthy! I can’t wait to try it! That is so exciting your due date is almost here, I would recommend packing some sort of snack for a few hours after delivery b/c you’ll probably be hungry, I was lol. I had my son in the middle of the night, but didn’t get to eat until morning so trail mix was definitely helpful! Hope the rest of your pregnancy goes well 🙂

      1. Thanks! I tried the trader Joe’s full fat one and didn’t get the right texture. Still yummy though definitely trying again.

  24. After eating mostly paleo the last few months – I’m so excited to try this recipe!! Woo hoo. 

    Don’t worry about bringing much for baby other than your going home outfit! The hospital always has so much stuff to use, take advantage! Lol 
    Bring your showering/pampering products. That first shower after baby will have you feeling like new! Also, might sound weird but buy some “depends”. More comfortable and easy than the mesh underwear at the hospital. And get yourself some Tucks pads! You will thank me. Haha congratulations!! Have been a reader for a few years now. Happy for your growing fam! <3

  25. This looks delicious! It looks like everyone has already given you excellent advice on what to bring to the hospital, I agree less is more! This may sound weird but I took as much of the supplies from the hospital as I was allowed with me, (Vaseline, feminine pads, baby wash,etc.), they actually came in handy later on down the road when I traveled with my little one. Don’t forget the hubby’s man supplies too!

  26. Oh my goodness, I don’t know which I love more, the photos or the post! Sending you all the good thoughts and ALL the thanks for this beautiful tart!

  27. Just had my first baby in April and I think the bag thing is so hard because you just can’t predict how labor goes, fast, slow, as planned or not…but I definitely agree with the comfy clothes and really the hospital has everything you will need, as a few people said. I brought good chocolate because I was pretty sure I would earn something delicious, and a friend mentioned bringing Gatorade or something similar because dehydration can happen easily during/after labor and while breastfeeding. I found that helpful. I was so thirsty my entire pregnancy though! I didn’t use most of my bag, but I bet some people do. Best of luck to you and what amazing days lie ahead 🙂 

  28. Bring snacks to the hospital, they’re for after. Most hospitals have terrible food. Also pack a lunch for dad, but nothing fragrant, don’t want him to have tuna breath when he’s right next to you holding your hand or leg while pushing. You don’t (usually) have to wear a hospital gown postpartum, bring your own pj’s, lip balm, hand lotion. I found bringing a breastfeeding pillow a waste of time. The LC wanted me to use a regular bed pillow or just my arm strength.

    Gonna make some more cake batter Oreo cookie, so craveable.

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