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No-Bake Vegan Chocolate Pudding Tart (Gluten Free, Naturally Sweetened)

This easy, no-bake vegan chocolate tart has a rich and creamy chocolate pudding center and an easy, gluten free press-in date and pecan crust. The tart is topped with coconut maple whipped cream for a STUNNING but easy dessert. You’ll need to make a batch of this Easy Dark Chocolate Pudding for the tart. Be sure to use full-fat coconut milk in the pudding, and use 4 tablespoons of coconut sugar for the best flavor. You’ll need 3 cans total of coconut milk for the whole recipe—one for the whipped cream topping and two for the pudding (you will have leftover—save it for soups, curries or this No-Churn Mango Ice Cream!). Refrigerate the can of coconut milk for the topping overnight. You can make this tart in a 14-inch rectangular tart pan, in a 9-inch round tart pan, or in individual serving cups—see the Tips below! Take note that the tart needs to be refrigerated overnight then again for 30 minutes after you add the whipped cream topping.
Prep Time30 mins
Chilling time1 d 30 mins
Total Time1 d 1 hr
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: healthy chocolate tart, no bake chocolate tart, vegan chocolate tart
Servings: 6 people

Ingredients

Crust

  • 1 cup pecans
  • 1 cup pitted Medjool dates (about 9-10 dates)
  • ¼ cup raw cacao powder (or regular cocoa powder)
  • ½ teaspoon cinnamon
  • ½ teaspoon fine sea salt
  • 1 tablespoon coconut oil

Filling

  • 1 batch Homemade Chocolate Pudding (see recipe link in header above) using full-fat coconut milk and 4 tablespoons coconut sugar

Coconut Maple Whipped Cream

  • 1 13.5- ounce can unsweetened full-fat coconut milk (see the Tips below), refrigerated overnight (refrigerate the whole can)
  • 1 tablespoon maple syrup
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • teaspoon fine sea salt

Garnish

  • Chocolate shavings (see the Tips below)

Instructions

Make the crust

  • In a food processor, combine the pecans, dates, cacao powder, cinnamon, salt and coconut oil. Process, scraping the sides occasionally, until the mixture is very finely chopped and sticky (it might take a few minutes). Scrape the mixture into a tart pan with a removable bottom, pressing it firmly and evenly over the bottom and up the sides. Do Ahead: The crust can be covered with plastic wrap and refrigerated overnight.

Make the filling and chill the tart

  • Make the pudding using full-fat coconut milk and 4 tablespoons of sugar (see the recipe link in the header!).
  • Place the tart pan on a baking sheet (this will make it easier to transport). Pour the pudding into the prepared crust and spread it in an even layer. Refrigerate the tart, uncovered, overnight (be sure to also refrigerate the can of coconut milk for the whipped cream topping).

Make the coconut whipped cream, chill again then serve

  • Carefully open the can of refrigerated coconut milk and scoop out the solids on top, transferring them to a medium bowl (save the liquid on the bottom for smoothies!). Using electric hand beaters, beat the coconut cream until smooth. Add the maple syrup, vanilla and salt. Beat on high until the whipped cream is completely smooth.
  • Dollop the coconut whipped cream over the tart then spread it gently into swirls. Sprinkle the tart with chocolate shavings. Refrigerate the tart, uncovered, for at least 30 minutes (or for up to 4 hours) before serving.
  • Carefully remove the sides of the tart pan. Cut the tart into slices, and serve!

Notes

Storage: Leftover tart can be refrigerated in an airtight container for up to 2 days.
Tips:
  • You will need to make a batch of Dark Chocolate Pudding for this recipe. It’s important that you use full-fat coconut milk in the pudding (not light coconut milk or regular milk) otherwise it won’t set up firmly enough to slice. (You will need 1 full can plus ¼ cup of coconut milk). Also, use the full 4 tablespoons of coconut sugar for the best flavor.
  • For the coconut whipped cream, you’ll need to refrigerate a can of coconut milk overnight. Once you open the can, use just the coconut solids at the top (save the liquid at the bottom for smoothies or curries!). Not all brands of coconut milk make good whipped cream. You'll want to buy a brand that is not emulsified (give the can a gentle shake when buying—you shouldn’t hear any sloshing around). Some brands I recommend include: Thai Kitchen, A Taste of Thai, Native Forest Classic and 365 Whole Foods Coconut Milk.
  • You can use a 14-inch rectangular tart pan or a 9-inch round tart pan for this vegan chocolate tart, or you can ditch the pan altogether! If you prefer, you can make individual trifles instead. Divide the crust between glasses or ramekins, then press it firmly along the bottom and about ½-inch up the sides. Spoon the pudding on top. Chill overnight, then top with the coconut whipped cream as directed (since you won’t be slicing the tart, you can serve it immediately after adding the whipped cream, or you can cover and chill the glasses for up to 4 hours). 
  • If you prefer, you can top the tart with regular whipped cream instead of coconut whipped cream. 
  • To make chocolate shavings, run a vegetable peeler firmly along the side of bar of chocolate, letting the shavings fall onto a piece of wax or parchment paper.