The Vegan Chocolate Tart is a decadent dessert, that’s perfect for impressing guests. It has a crisp, hazelnut-studded crust, and a rich chocolate filling that you can make in your blender!
Traditional chocolate tarts are made with heavy cream, eggs, and refined flour, but this version is much more nutrient-dense. It comes from my friend Angela’s The Oh She Glows Cookbook, and she’s been kind enough to let me share it here with you today!
How to Make the Tart Crust
This vegan tart crust is made with hazelnuts, and when it’s paired with the rich chocolate filling, it almost tastes like Nutella.
To prepare it, you’ll first need to pulse the hazelnuts into a coarse meal.
Next, you’ll add in the rest of the crust ingredients, including rolled oats, maple syrup, and coconut oil, and process them together until the dough sticks together.
Press the crust into a 9-inch pie plate, then bake until lightly golden.
Tip: If you would prefer a crust that doesn’t require a food processor, try my Almond Flour Pie Crust. It has a lightly crisp, buttery texture that would also be perfect for this Vegan Chocolate Tart.
How to Make the Dairy-Free Chocolate Filling
The chocolate filling is easy to prepare; all you need is a blender! If you don’t have a high-speed blender, I definitely recommend soaking your cashews for 2 hours prior to making this recipe.
It will help them soften up, and blend more smoothly.
If you’re using a high-speed blender, you can get away with not soaking the cashews, but you will definitely need to add an extra splash of water to help everything blend smoothly. It’s a very thick batter, so be patient and stop and scrape the blender, as needed.
Pour the chocolate filling into the cooled crust, and then let it chill until firm.
I like to place the chocolate tart on a flat surface in my freezer for 1 hour, then transfer it to the fridge to finish chilling. (Mine was ready in just 1 more hour of chilling, but it could take longer– allow up to 4 hours for it to fully firm up.)
Slice and serve with coconut whipped cream and chocolate shavings, for an extra-fancy presentation. I also love a sprinkle of coarse sea salt on top, for a sweet and salty flavor.
Vegan Chocolate Tart (No Soy!)
- Preheat the oven to 350ºF and have a 9-inch pie plate ready. To make the crust, process the hazelnuts until coarsely ground in a food processor. Add in the oil, maple syrup, salt, oat flour, and oats, and process again until the dough comes together. The dough should stick together slightly when pressed between your fingers. If it's too dry, try adding 1 teaspoon water or processing it a bit longer.
- Transfer the dough to the base of the pie dish. Starting from the middle, press the mixture firmly and evenly into the dish, moving outward and upward along the side of the pie dish. The harder you press the crumbs into the dish, the better the crust will hold together. Bake uncovered until lightly golden, about 15 to 20 minutes at 350ºF.
- To make the filling, drain and rinse the cashews. In a high-speed blender, combine the soaked cashews, maple syrup, oil, cocoa powder, melted chocolate, vanilla, and salt. Blend on high until the filling is completely smooth. It can take a few minutes of blending to get it smooth, depending on your blender. If the blender needs more liquid to get it going, add a tablespoon or more of water, as needed, to help it along.
- Pour the filling into the prepared crust, scooping every last bit out of the container. Smooth out the top evenly. Place the pie dish on a flat surface in the freezer, uncovered. Freeze for 1-2 hours, and then cover the dish and transfer it to the fridge until ready to serve.
- Slice and serve the pie chilled, with your favorite garnishes, like coconut whipped cream and shaved chocolate. I find that it's easier to cut into this pie when served from the fridge, but keep in mind that it will become softer if it's left at room temperature for too long. Store leftovers in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 1 week, or in the freezer for up to 3 months.
If you try this Vegan Chocolate Tart, please leave a comment below letting me know how you like it! And if you make any modifications, I’d love to hear about those, too. We can all benefit from your experience.
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