Vegan Salted Chocolate Cream Tart

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With a no-bake brownie base and a creamy salted chocolate filling, this gluten-free, vegan Salted Chocolate Cream Tart is one of the best desserts you’ll ever taste! It’s rich and creamy but made with wholesome ingredients and requires no baking. Make it for a special occasion and wow your guests!
Prep 40 minutes
Total 40 minutes
5 from 114 votes

We have to talk about this Vegan Salted Chocolate Cream Tart. I made it last week and you have try it. I served it to my partner, who declared that it was possibly the best dessert I’ve ever made. Not the best chocolate dessert, not the best vegan dessert, just the best dessert period.

I also served it to a dozen of my coworkers, and their responses were either, “OMG SO GOOD, PLEASE MAKE THIS EVERY WEEK!” or pure shock/silent tears of joy.

Have I sold you yet? If you are a dessert lover, then I imagine I have. But for the health conscious crowd who might think this dessert is simply too unhealthy, don’t be dissuaded. This tart is gluten-free and mostly refined sugar free. Plus, it’s so creamy and rich that even a tiny slice will satisfy all of your cravings.

Did I mention it’s super easy to make and requires zero actual baking and comes together in less than 45 minutes?

In the time since I first made this tart over two years ago, it’s become my go-to easy yet impressive dessert for dinner parties, holiday meals, and more.

Why you’ll love this Vegan Salted Chocolate Tart

Too easy to make. This is a truly foolproof dessert because it is SO easy to make. No baking required and you really don’t need to know anything about baking to pull this off. The food processor does most of the work for you and it’s easy enough that your kids can help.

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Wholesome but Decadent. The crust is made primarily with nuts, dates, and cacao powder; the filling with dark chocolate, dates, and coconut cream. In terms of holiday desserts, it’s quite wholesome. But you’d never know that from how decadent it tastes.

Make ahead and stores well. You can make this tart several days in advance and store it covered in the fridge, which makes it a great candidate for busy holiday seasons. You can even freeze it in advance if you want to make it well in advance. Leftovers stay good in the fridge for up to a week, or for a few months in the freezer.

Chocolate Fudge. The filling is SO creamy and lush, it basically tastes like (salted) chocolate fudge. And there’s only four main ingredients in the filling.

PS: If you’re looking for more scrumptious chocolate desserts, I highly recommend my Bakery-Style Vegan Chocolate Chip Muffins, my decadent but wholesome Vegan Chocolate Mousse, my five-ingredient Vegan Fudge and this luxurious Vegan Hot Chocolate.

Ingredient Rundown: Crust

Medjool dates. These sweet and sticky gems are going to help sweeten the tart crust and bring it together. I recommend using soft Medjool dates for the best texture. The smaller, drier deglet dates will not work as well, and your dough will be tougher and less sticky (you’ll likely need to add some coconut oil or maple syrup to get the right texture).

If your Medjool dates aren’t soft, soak them in hot water for 5 to 10 minutes, then drain well.

If you can’t find Medjool dates in your local grocery store, you can find them on Amazon.

Raw Walnuts and Pecans. The high fat content in nuts, when blended up, is going to help bring this dough together without having to use oil. You can substitute the walnuts or pecans with raw almonds. I don’t recommend using almonds alone because they are much tougher than walnuts or pecans, so the crust will not be as smooth.

Almond Butter. Brings an extra nutty taste and richness to this crust. If you don’t have any, you can substitute coconut oil, but I’d start slowly with just half the amount (2 tablespoons).

Raw Cacao Powder. This is a chocolatey brownie-like base, so of course we need some cacao! I like using raw cacao powder in unbaked desserts since you get all the nutrition benefits from unprocessed cacao powder, but you can easily substitute with unsweetened cocoa powder.

Raw Cacao Nibs. These are optional, but if you like your crust with a little crunch, fold a few spoons of raw cacao nibs into the dough.

Ingredient Rundown: Filling

As previously mentioned, there are only four main ingredients in this filling and it tastes like salted fudge, so you can’t go wrong.

Dark Chocolate. This is a sophisticated, grown up tart, so I recommend using a good-quality dark chocolate. My preference is in the 72%-75% range, but many people have made this with 60-65% and I’ve also made it with 85%. It just depends on how comfortable you and your guests are with dark chocolate.

You can use chocolate bars and roughly chop them up, or chocolate chips/chunks.

Coconut Cream. This is the first ingredient that helps bring the luscious fudge-like texture to this tart. Coconut cream is the thick, solid white cream-like substance you’ll find in a can of full-fat coconut milk. You can also buy canned coconut cream.

The most difficult part of this recipe is to remember to refrigerate your cans of coconut cream or coconut milk 24 hours (or more) in advance. When refrigerated, the cream separates from the liquid part, so it’s easier to scoop out for the recipe. When at room temperature, many brands of coconut milk or cream mix together, so you can’t scoop out the cream.

Using the cream alone is what helps make this filling extra rich and creamy.

Coconut Oil. The coconut oil brings a glossy smoothness to this tart filling. Be sure to use refined coconut oil, as unrefined or virgin coconut oil will impart a coconutty taste.

Medjool dates. These superstar babies get used in the crust and the filling and help thicken up the filling and make it even more fudge-like.

Sea salt and flaky salt. Since this is a salted chocolate cream tart, we gotta add some salt! Add a little fine sea salt to the filling, then before refrigerating the tart, add some good flaky sea salt on top. The salt really helps to both balance the rich sweetness and enhance the chocolate flavors in this tart.

How to Make this Vegan Salted Chocolate Cream Tart

First, make the crust. Add the dates, nuts, almond butter, cacao powder, salt, and cinnamon in a food processor. Blend until you have a slightly sticky dough that comes together.

Add the crust mixture into the bottom and sides of a 9-inch tart pan with a removable bottom. Use a flat-bottomed cup and your hands to smooth out the surface of the tart. Pop it in the freezer for 20 minutes to firm up.

Meanwhile, make the salted chocolate filling. Scoop the coconut cream into a saucepan, and add the chopped dark chocolate and coconut oil. Whisk over medium-low heat until melted and smooth, whisking frequently.

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Watch! How to make Salted Chocolate Tart! 

Before slicing into the tart, I recommend giving it a taste to see if you need to add any extra flaky salt before serving.

Since the tart is SO chocolatey, I recommend garnishing it with fresh raspberries or something tart and zesty to counterbalance the richness. You could also use fresh strawberries or blackberries.

To make this tart ahead, just store it in the fridge, covered, for a few days. Or freeze for a longer period of time.

If you give this Vegan Salted Chocolate Cream Tart recipe a try, be sure to tag me on Instagram with your recreations and please comment with your feedback below!

Vegan Salted Chocolate Cream Tart

5 from 114 votes
With a no-bake brownie base and a creamy salted chocolate filling, this gluten-free, vegan Salted Chocolate Cream Tart is one of the best desserts you’ll ever taste! It’s rich and creamy but made with wholesome ingredients and requires no baking. Make it for a special occasion and wow your guests!
Prep Time: 40 minutes
Total Time: 40 minutes
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: Baking
Diet Vegan
Serving size: 12



  • 1 cup Medjool dates (210-230g), about 9 or 10 large dates
  • 1/2 cup (55g) raw walnuts
  • 3/4 cup (85-90g) raw pecans (or almonds)
  • 4 tablespoons smooth almond butter
  • 1/2 teaspoon fine sea salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 5 tablespoons raw cacao powder or unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 2 tablespoons raw cacao nibs optional


  • 10.5 ounces or 1 1/3 cups (320 mL) coconut cream*
  • 4 ounces (115g) 60%-85% dark chocolate, roughly chopped (I like using 72%)
  • 1/3 cup refined coconut oil (unrefined coconut oil will bring a coconutty taste)
  • 2/3 cup (145g), about 6 or 7 large dates) Medjool dates
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • A large pinch of sea salt


  • A few sprinkles of flaky sea salt for topping
  • Fresh raspberries or other berries


Make the Crust

  • Remove the pits from the dates. If the dates aren’t soft, soak them in hot water for 5 minutes, then drain well.
  • Add the dates, walnuts, pecans, almond butter, salt, cinnamon, and cacao powder to a food processor. Blend until you have a slightly sticky dough that comes together when you press it with your fingers. If using, fold the cacao nibs into the dough with a rubber spatula or your hands.
  • Press the dough onto the bottom and up the sides of a 9-inch tart pan with a removable bottom. Place in the freezer to firm up for 20 minutes and clean out the food processor.

Make the Filling

  • While the crust is chilling, heat a saucepan over medium-low heat and add the coconut cream, chopped dark chocolate, and coconut oil. Whisk frequently until melted and smooth. Allow the chocolate to cool slightly.
  • Remove the pits from the dates and tear into pieces. Add them to the food processor, along with the vanilla, sea salt, and and the melted chocolate mixture. Blend until everything is combined and completely smooth, scraping down the sides as needed. The filling should be smooth, silky, and rich. Taste for seasonings, add more salt as needed.

Assemble the tart

  • Pour the chocolate filling into the chilled tart crust. Garnish with flaky sea salt. Chill the tart in the freezer for 2 hours or until set and firm. Garnish with fresh raspberries and allow to sit at room temperature for 10 to 15 minutes before serving.


  • You can buy canned coconut cream or canned full-fat coconut milk. I recommend refrigerating two 13.5 ounce cans about 24 hours in advance (or more). That way, the cream separates from the liquid part, so it’s easier to scoop out. When at room temperature, many brands of coconut milk or cream mix together, so you can’t scoop out the cream.

Calories: 367kcal | Carbohydrates: 30g | Protein: 5g | Fat: 29g | Saturated Fat: 16g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 5g | Monounsaturated Fat: 6g | Sodium: 102mg | Potassium: 369mg | Fiber: 5g | Sugar: 21g | Vitamin A: 41IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 62mg | Iron: 2mg

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208 comments on Vegan Salted Chocolate Cream Tart

  1. Vijay

    5 stars
    This was great! I made it as written. I am thinking of replacing the pecans with roasted hazelnuts next time. Do you think that would work?

    1. Kaitlin @ Rainbow Plant Life

      Hi Vijay, that would be absolutely delicious! It will add subtle “nutella” vibes, which is never a bad thing!


    Nisha, thank you so much! I’m so glad I found you! Happy Thanksgiving!

    1. Kaitlin @ Rainbow Plant Life

      We’re happy you found us as well, Kathi! We hope you had a lovely Thanksgiving!


    I made it! It looks delicious! I’m taking it to our family Thanksgiving meal tomorrow, but I’m not sure if I should keep it in the freezer or the refrigerator. Either way I’ll take it out the requisite 15 minutes before dessert time, but if you could let me know how to keep it until tomorrow, I’d appreciate it.
    My husband has cancer and is vegan and gluten free. He misses desserts, so I’m really anxious for him to enjoy this!

    1. Nisha

      Hi Kathi, store the tart in the fridge until tomorrow :) Hope you and your hubby enjoy the tart, and I’m wishing him a smooth and safe recovery!

  4. Shea

    5 stars
    I am so excited to make this for Thanksgiving! Quick question I have coconut butter on hand will that work in place of the coconut oil?

    1. Nisha

      Hi Shea! Since this tart is unbaked, the textural differences between coconut oil and coconut butter shouldn’t make too much of a difference. Coconut butter, however, is strongly coconutty in flavor so the tart will have a somewhat coconut flavor (the oil used here is refined coconut oil, which has little no coconut flavor). Given the large amount of chocolate used, the coconut flavor shouldn’t be overwhelming or too strong, but just something to keep in mind.

  5. Pat

    I never know what part of canned coconut cream to use. The solid part or liquid part. Help.

    1. Kaitlin @ Rainbow Plant Life

      Hi Pat, there’s actually a note about this in the recipe card!:

      “You can buy canned coconut cream or canned full-fat coconut milk. I recommend refrigerating two 13.5 ounce cans about 24 hours in advance (or more). That way, the cream separates from the liquid part, so it’s easier to scoop out. When at room temperature, many brands of coconut milk or cream mix together, so you can’t scoop out the cream.”

      AKA the solid part is the part you’re looking for- hope that helped!

      1. Tracy

        Hi. If we use the canned coconut cream, do we still put it in the refrigerator to separate? Or is that just for the coconut milk?

        1. Tracy

          Please disregard my question. I found the answer when I re-read the entire post.

          Thank you!

          1. Nisha

            Hi Tracy! Typically, refrigeration is required just for canned coconut milk, not coconut cream, which has a higher cream content relative to liquid and should have lots of solidified cream already. If you haven’t started, you can shake the coconut cream can. If it feels solid and you don’t hear any sloshing around, it doesn’t need to be refrigerated.

  6. Sharon Bierd

    I’ve been following your channel for awhile and saw the video and thought the dessert looked promising. OMG possibly the best dessert I have had in a very long time. I’m not much of a pastry dessert person so this worked perfectly – so happy it was plant based with very little oil – the first time I make a recipe I usually follow it to the letter – I needed to use walnuts as I was out of pecans – that didn’t affect the outcome and next time, I’ll try using some apple sauce instead of the oil. Truly a great dessert. Love your approach and watching your videos!

    1. Kaitlin @ Rainbow Plant Life

      Hey Sharon! Wow, I can feel your enthusiasm about this recipe through the screen! Love it!

  7. Camille

    5 stars
    Oh how delicious!!! And lighter than I expected! Did it for our 1st Canadian Thanksiving and we all loved it!!! Going straight into my recipe box!!! Thank you!!

    1. Kaitlin @ Rainbow Plant Life

      We’re over the moon to hear you enjoyed the recipe, Camille. Thanks for your kind words!

  8. Paula

    5 stars
    Yum, this was great.

    1. Kaitlin @ Rainbow Plant Life

      Hi Paula, thank you so much for your kind review!

  9. Stacey DAmico

    4 stars
    Looks amazing!!!
    Is the 441 calories for a 1/8th slice or a 1/10th slice?
    The recipe serving size size 8 to 10 servings.

    1. Kaitlin @ Rainbow Plant Life

      Thanks, Stacey! The nutrition info is for 10 servings.

  10. Sarah

    5 stars
    Wow! A heavenly dessert, impressive to guests, and very easy with my modifications: instead of the crust recipe listed, I pulverized Oreos (1.5 c) and mixed with melted vegan butter (4 tbsp). I’m not a fan of the taste of dates in my desserts, so I made the filling on the stove and subbed 2 tbsp coconut sugar for the dates. The best part was no blending required after that step, just pour it in the pan! After freezing, relocate to the fridge for a better serving temp and texture. Thanks RPL!

    1. Kaitlin @ Rainbow Plant Life

      We’re so happy that the tart turned out well for you, Sarah. The oreo substitution sound delish! Thank you for taking the time to leave a comment and for trying out the recipe!

  11. Katja

    5 stars
    Indeed delicious as wel as easy to make, although not cheap, but hey! Value comes at a price😋

    1. Kaitlin @ Rainbow Plant Life

      Hi Katja, we’re so happy you enjoyed it! Thanks for leaving a review :)

  12. Martine

    Is the nutritional value per 1/8 of the cake or per 1/10 of the cake?

    1. Kaitlin @ Rainbow Plant Life

      Hi there Martine, the nutrition info is for 1/10 of the tart. We hope you get the chance to try it!

  13. Amanda

    5 stars
    I’ve made this before and it’s fantastic! I was thinking of making it tonight for a NYE party and my coconut milk isn’t separating for some reason. Would it not work if I’m just using regular whole fat coconut milk?

  14. Siobhan

    5 stars
    I made this for Christmas dinner and it was a hit! I used a ~9” inch springform cake pan and made it a day ahead, putting it in the freezer overnight then moving it to the fridge until I served it. I had to adapt the crust for allergies so I used almond flour instead of the walnuts & pecans – that worked perfectly. I started with about a cup and adjusted until the texture was right. I made the filling exactly as written. Definitely recommend soaking all of your dates especially if you don’t have a high-powered food processor. Garnished with crushed candy canes (no salt) and served with mint ice cream – yum!

    1. Kaitlin @ Rainbow Plant Life

      Thanks for sharing, Siobhan!

  15. Sjoerd

    5 stars
    The coconut milk from my store apparently has added emulsifier, so I couldn’t separate the cream by cooling it. So make sure to buy coconut milk without added emulsifier. I added the whole coconut milk and the tart still turned out absolutely delicious. Great recipe!!

    1. Kaitlin @ Rainbow Plant Life

      Thanks for the tip for other readers, Sjoerd! Lovely to learn you’re a fan of the tart!

  16. Penny

    5 stars
    In the winter I live in a tiny apartment in Mexico that has a tiny kitchen and I have a tiny food processor. So I cut your recipe in half and served it to my four friends for our Christmas dinner and everybody LOVED it!
    I was a little nervous since I’ve never made it before, but it turned out beautifully. It was so easy and didn’t take much time at all.

    1. Kaitlin @ Rainbow Plant Life

      Awesome, Penny. Thanks for your comment and for taking the time to review!

  17. Vidya

    5 stars
    Irresistible, chocolaty, eye-catching, and with a wonderful texture! I love the tart so much that I fear making it again cause I’ll eat the whole thing myself.

    1. Kaitlin @ Rainbow Plant Life

      LOL, we feel you, Vidya! We’re thrilled you love the tart!

  18. Karen

    This looks amazing! I’d like to roast the nuts before using them in the crust. Is there any reason to keep them raw? Thank you for creating such delicious recipes.

    1. Kaitlin @ Rainbow Plant Life

      Thanks! We keep the nuts raw mostly for ease and to save time, but yes you can definitely roast the nuts beforehand for more toasty flavor.

  19. Mari

    5 stars
    This is a wonderful, decadent tasting recipe! I made this dessert for Thanksgiving. Since I didn’t have fresh berries on hand, I coupled it w/ homemade pumpkin spice ice cream. It was a big hit! One of our friends asked to bring a slice home — a very nice sign of success.

    1. Kaitlin @ Rainbow Plant Life

      Woohoo! So delighted to learn the tart was loved by all. Thanks for sharing that with us, Mari!

  20. Sherri Hargrove

    Making this today just waiting for the tart pan to arrive my husband and I will enjoy this with our thanksgiving dinner tomorrow can’t wait to try

    1. Kaitlin @ Rainbow Plant Life

      Awesome, enjoy, Sherri!

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