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Chocolate Truffle Tart (gluten-free, dairy-free)

This chocolate tart is a rich and decadent dessert that’s sure to impress. It’s made up of three layers, including crumbly chocolate crust, a smooth chocolate ganache filling, and a silky chocolate glaze. It’s the perfect chocolate dessert and unbelievably gluten-free, dairy-free and paleo friendly.

A single slice of chocolate tart on a plate.

I debated calling this chocolate tart recipe a triple chocolate tart because of its three layers of chocolate – the crust, the ganache and the glaze. But a chocolate truffle tart seemed more fitting.

If you’ve ever had rich, Belgian chocolate truffles, you know what I’m talking about. Truffles that are so thick and creamy that after one bite you just close your eyes and savor the luscious flavor. Well that’s what you’ve got right here, in beautiful tart form.

Because there’s so much chocolate in this recipe I recommend splurging on the good stuff. Go with a high quality brand (see my recommendations in the recipe card notes), but don’t go too dark or else it will be too bitter. Chocolate in the 55-65% cacao range is perfect!

Chocolate tart recipe on a serving platter.

Chocolate Tart Ingredients

This recipe comes together easily with some basic ingredients. The crust is a combination of almond flour and raw cacao, the ganache is coconut milk with bittersweet chocolate and eggs and the glaze is simply melted chocolate with coconut milk.

Here’s what you’ll need for each layer:

Crust Ingredients

  • Almond Flour: 1 ½ cups 
  • Raw Cacao Powder: 3 tablespoons 
  • Coconut Oil: 3 tablespoons 
  • Maple Syrup: 2 tablespoons
  • Salt: ¼ teaspoon salt

Ganache Center Ingredients

  • Full-Fat Coconut Milk: 13.5 ounces (set aside 2 tablespoons for the glaze)
  • Bittersweet Chocolate: 10 ounces
  • Eggs: 2 eggs
  • Vanilla Extract: 1 teaspoon
  • Salt: ¼ teaspoon

Glaze Ingredients

  • Coconut Milk: 2 tablespoons (used from the can above)
  • Bittersweet Chocolate: 2 ounces
  • Maple Syrup: 1 teaspoon
  • Water: 1 tablespoon

Pouring the chocolate filling to make the chocolate tart.

How To Store This Chocolate Tart

You can make this recipe up to two days in advance and store it in the fridge (uncovered is fine).

But did you know you can also freeze leftovers? Simply cut the chocolate tart into slices and store any leftovers in an airtight container in the freezer. The slices will last for up to 2 months in the freezer – perfect for whenever you need a quick chocolate pick me up! 

To defrost, you can move a slice to the fridge the night before. Or you can let a slice sit on the kitchen counter for about 30 minutes. Once it’s thawed, enjoy!

A slice cut from the chocolate tart recipe.

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A slice cut from the chocolate tart recipe.
5 from 9 votes

Chocolate Truffle Tart (gluten-free, dairy-free)

Prep Time: 30 mins
Cook Time: 1 hr
Total Time: 1 hr 30 mins
Servings: 12 slices
Author: Lisa Bryan
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A decadent chocolate tart recipe with three layers of chocolate goodness. It's like biting into a rich chocolate truffle, in tart form. And you'll never know it's gluten-free and dairy-free.

Ingredients

Crust

  • 1 1/2 cups almond flour
  • 3 tablespoons raw cacao
  • 3 tablespoons coconut oil
  • 2 tablespoons maple syrup
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt

Ganache Center

  • 13.5 ounces full-fat coconut milk, with 2 tablespoons set aside for glaze
  • 10 ounces bittersweet chocolate
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt

Glaze

  • 2 tablespoons coconut milk, taken from can above
  • 2 ounces bittersweet chocolate
  • 1 teaspoon maple syrup
  • 1 tablespoon water

Instructions

  • Preheat your oven to 350 degrees fahrenheit.
  • Stir together all crust ingredients in a medium bowl, until well mixed and sticky. Use your fingers to press the mixture into the bottom and up the sides of of a 9-inch tart pan. Use a fork to puncture the bottom in three spots.
  • Bake the crust for 10-12 minutes or until starting to firm. Remove and cool on a wire rack.
  • To make the ganache, heat the coconut milk in a small pot and bring to a simmer. Once simmering, turn off heat and add the chocolate, stirring until smooth. Let cool for 10 minutes.
  • In a small bowl whisk the eggs with the vanilla and salt. Add to the cooled chocolate and stir together.
  • Pour the ganache filling into the crust and cook for 20-25 minutes. When it's done, the center will still be wobbly, but the edges should look firm. The center will continue to firm as it cools. Remove the tart from the oven and cool in the tart pan on a wire rack for 30 minutes. Then, refrigerate for 30 minutes.
  • To make the glaze, heat the coconut milk, maple syrup and water in a small pot on medium heat. Turn off the heat and add the chocolate, stirring until melted. Alternatively, add all ingredients to a small glass bowl and microwave in 15-second increments until melted.
  • Pour the glaze on top of the tart, tipping the pan in a circular motion to spread the glaze across the top. Let the glaze set for 30 minutes, then serve.

Lisa's Tips

Chocolate Recommendations
  • Pascha Chocolate is organic, gluten-free, dairy-free, soy-free, and vegan. I love the 55% chocolate chips and it's what I used in this recipe.
  • Hu Chocolate is organic, gluten-free, dairy-free, soy-free, vegan and paleo friendly (no refined sugars). But it's slightly more bitter at 70%.
  • Lily's Chocolate is gluten-free, dairy-free and fair-trade certified. It does contain soy lecithin but it's sweetened with stevia and erythritol, so it's keto friendly.

Nutrition

Calories: 365kcal, Carbohydrates: 22g, Protein: 6g, Fat: 29g, Saturated Fat: 16g, Cholesterol: 28mg, Sodium: 115mg, Potassium: 274mg, Fiber: 4g, Sugar: 13g, Vitamin A: 50IU, Vitamin C: 0.3mg, Calcium: 62mg, Iron: 3.8mg
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: chocolate tart, chocolate tart recipe
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Recipe originally posted February 2016, but updated with new photos and information.

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49 comments on “Chocolate Truffle Tart (gluten-free, dairy-free)”

  1. Hi Lisa, I really love the idea of this recipe but I’m worried about getting the crust out of the pan. Any tips on that? 

  2. Hi, 
    I love your recipes and they have really helped me with my dairy and gluten free lifestyle.I was wondering how to substitute the coconut sugar in the recipes for a more keto friendly option.Any suggestions?
    Your recipes are inspiring, thank you!

    • Hi Lorena – I’m happy you love my recipes! Unfortunately, every recipe is unique in what might be an acceptable substitute, and sometimes it’s just trial and error to see what works. :)

  3. I was wondering if there could be a substitute for the coconut milk , I feels it so rich for me , any suggestions I could try , thanks 😊 

    • Hi Caroline – yes, this is a very rich recipe. I think if you swapped the coconut milk for a different type of milk it might not set up firmly enough. You might want to try my flourless chocolate cake, which is a lighter, fluffier recipe. :)

  4. Can this tart be frozen?

  5. You don’t say which temperature to cook at second time 20-25 min 

    Is it 350*?

    Thanks 

  6. Made this recipe and turned out beyond delicious. I didn’t had almond flour and put a hazelnut one. Also added a little bit of Baileys and made it with 72% dark chocolate. This tart is so rich in flavor and the texture is perfection. Can’t thank you enough for your great work, you are such an inspiration for all of us that love to cook and bake.

    • Hi Irena – Definitely sounds like a rich tart with the extra Baileys and 72% chocolate :) I’m happy to hear you enjoyed this recipe and I hope I can continue to inspire you all when it comes to a balanced and healthy lifestyle.

  7. Made this yesterday and took it to a Galentine’s party – HUGE HIT!!! 
    Thanks for sharing your awesome recipe 💛

  8. How many hours can this be left out for? Also if left out will it start to get soft and melt? I’m hoping to make this for a party but anticipate it sitting out for a while there. Thank you!

  9. This chocolate truffle tart is decadent and Delicious! It’s pretty easy to make if you have all the ingredients. I tried it alone and then with a coconut whipped cream. The whipped cream was a nice contrast to the rich chocolate flavor. I highly recommend this dessert!

    • Hi Sharon – I love how you combined this with the coconut whipped cream :) Sounds amazing and something I will have to try next time.

  10. I’m eating this as I’m writing
    WHAT A DELICIOUS RECIPE!!!
    I did use a darker chocolate (70%), but it is amazing

    Thank you Lisa!

  11. Hi! `could you also swap the almond flour for another gluten-free flour? I can only eat 15 nuts a day because of my FODMAP dieet… It truly looks delicious though! and I would really like to make it and try it!

  12. This truffle tart looks like the perfect Valentine’s Day dessert. Looking forward to it this Friday.

  13. This is one thing I’ve been missing in my menu for this week – fabulous chocolate tart that I am really looking forward to!

  14. OMG that looks perfect! Pinned it as well!

  15. I’ve never tried chocolate ganache with coconut milk before, but this is so delicious, especially if you love coconut like me. This is quickly becoming my favorite chocolate dessert. :)

  16. What a delicious dessert! Looks so rich and smooth; can’t wait to enjoy this for Valentine’s Day!

  17. Hi there Lisa.

    Do you think it would work if I substitute 3 tbs aqua faba per egg in this recipe?

    Do you think it would set as well?

    Thanks
    Gretha

  18. Should this be made the day you want to serve it or the day before? If it’s made before, should it be refrigerated or just covered well on the counter? Thanks!

    • Hi Sydney – In terms of texture, it might be best to make this the day of. But you can make this the day before if you’d like! Just cover it and pop it in the fridge. And when you’re ready to eat, just take it out and let it sit on the counter for maybe 5 minutes or so to let it soften. Enjoy the recipe!

  19. How can this be dairy free when theres 2 eggs in the recipe

  20. Oooo baby! So gooey and amazing, this did not last more than a day in my house. A HUGE hit! I accidentally bought dark chocolate w/almonds but it turned out great- I think I will use almonds again! I also added bourbon and espresso grounds for an extra magical touch. :):) Im making three more of these tarts for Christmas parties.

    Rating: 5
  21. Can you replace the egg (maybe using aquafaba?) or other egg replacment such as crushed banaba and make it vegan? :D

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  25. This looks amazing! As a fellow chocolate truffle lover, I think I’d be all over this. Love the chocolate almond flour crust too :)

  26. Now THAT is a divine chocolate tart! Fabulous!