Chocolate Coconut Almond Tart (GF)

There are only 7 ingredients in this rich chocolate coconut almond tart. It’s so creamy and delicious that no one will realize it’s naturally gluten free and vegan. The coconut milk is the secret to this silky smooth chocolate dessert. You need the oven for only 10 minutes because most of the magic is done in the refrigerator.

slices of chocolate coconut almond tart

I first had this tart when I visited friends one summer. Before I knew it, my plate was clean and I was eyeing serving #2. This tart is naturally gluten-free and vegan (I had no idea)… and made with only 7 simple ingredients. Surely a dessert this good can’t be missing refined sugar, flour, and butter… can it? I had to try making it myself.

Tell Me About this Chocolate Coconut Almond Tart

  • Texture: This chocolate tart is extra soft and stick-to-your-fork-and-teeth creamy. (We have the coconut milk to thank for that.) The soft texture pairs wonderfully with the crisp and toasty almond crust.
  • Flavor: Mouth-watering nutty, chocolate taste with hints of coconut, which you can enhance by topping with coconut chips (and maybe even a sprinkle of sea salt).
  • Ease: Easy. A little chopping, pressing, and mixing – that’s it!
  • Time: Just 15 minutes to prep, 10 minutes to cook the crust, and after 4 hours in the refrigerator, a slice is yours.

slice of chocolate coconut almond tart on a silver plate with a fork

Choosing the Right Ingredients: Canned Coconut Milk and Bittersweet Chocolate

  1. Bittersweet chocolate works best. I prefer Ghirardelli, Lindt, or Baker’s brand. 
  2. If you want to keep the recipe vegan, choose a chocolate that’s free from dairy.
  3. The coconut milk is the real game-changer because it’s what gives the chocolate filling its creamy consistency. Additionally, it ensures that the filling sets properly. But the recipe only works if you’re using the right coconut milk. Don’t use the coconut milk you find in the refrigerator section next to the other dairy-free milk beverages. You want canned coconut milk – the variety used in cooking. Grab the full-fat option because it makes all the difference. (Just the way heavy cream produces the best chocolate ganache.)
  4. 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.

overhead image of chocolate coconut almond tart

Overview: How to Make Chocolate Coconut Almond Tart

With so few ingredients, it’s important to stick to the recipe. 

  1. Combine almonds, almond flour, maple syrup, and coconut oil together in the food processor.
  2. Press the mix into a 9-inch tart pan.
  3. Bake for about 10 minutes. You can use pie weights if you’d like, but I don’t find them particularly necessary with this crust.
  4. Mix the filling – chocolate, maple syrup, and coconut milk. 
  5. Pour into pre-baked crust, then add chopped almonds, sea salt, or coconut chips as desired. Chill for at least 4 hours

2 images of almonds and almond flour in a food processor and crust mixture in food processor after pulsing

pouring warm coconut milk into glass bowl of chopped chocolate

chocolate filling in a glass bowl with a wood spoon

pouring chocolate filling into crust in tart pan

slice of chocolate coconut almond tart on a silver plate with a fork

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slices of chocolate coconut almond tart

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

Description

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


Ingredients

Crust

  • 1 cup (140g) unsalted whole almonds
  • 1 cup (90g) almond flour (spoon & leveled)
  • 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

Instructions

  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.

Notes

  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. Pie Dish: If you don’t have a tart pan, you can make this in a regular 9-inch pie dish. The slices may not be as neat so try your best to work the crust into the dish as tightly as possible.
  4. 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.
  5. 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.

162 Comments

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

    1. Hi Staci! Coconut flour could work instead of the almond flour and perhaps sunflower seeds in the crust?

      1. Another great idea Sally! Thank you so much can’t wait to try it!

  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 🙂 

    1. YESSSS thank you!

  3. Cate Townsend says:

    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!

    1. Thanks for the advice!!

  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!

    1. I live in maternity yoga pants everyday, so those will def be coming along.

  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!

    1. Thanks for the advice!! We’re so excited too.

  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!

    1. Thank you for the honest input and CONGRATULATIONS!!

  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.

    1. No no I appreciate it even if it sounds weird to type lol. And thank you for the suggestions!

  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!!

    1. Camera and cheap flip flops– got it! Thank you!

  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!

    1. Yes yes that’s a wonderful reminder, thank you!

  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.

    1. Thanks so much June!

  12. Anne-Marie Bolton says:

    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

    1. Perfect!

  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!!!

    1. Coconut flour should be OK. Enjoy!

  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.

    1. Newborn outfit and blankie, check!
      Toiletries, check!
      Change of clothes, check! Thank you for the suggestions!

  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

    1. I’ll just pack some maternity loungewear– I know I’ll fit into that when I leave the hospital lol

  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)

    1. Thanks Jenna 🙂

  17. Miriam Tropper says:

    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. 🙂

    1. Thanks so much for this advice!! And congratulations 🙂 Best of luck to you!

  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!

    1. Thanks Laura! Toiletries, slippers, and chargers are at the top of my list!

  20. Britt | Sweet Tea & Thyme says:

    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.

    1. Thanks! It’s from Etsy: https://www.etsy.com/listing/113475105/eat-dessert-first-hand-stamped-fork

  21. Shawnna Griffin says:

    hey girl- this tart looks oh so yummy!

  22. 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!

  23. 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!

  24. 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 🙂

  25. Sally what brand coconut milk did you use?

    1. I usually use Thai Kitchen organic.

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

  26. 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

  27. 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!

  28. 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!

  29. 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 🙂 

    1. Thank you for the honest advice and suggestions!

  30. 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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