Gluten-Free, Vegan and Paleo Chocolate Pumpkin Tart — Some Halloween Fun :)

Gluten-Free, Vegan and Paleo Chocolate Pumpkin Tart for Halloween {Refined Sugar-Free, AIP-Friendly}

{Gluten-Free, Vegan, Paleo, Refined Sugar-Free, AIP-friendly}

Gluten-Free, Vegan and Paleo Chocolate Pumpkin Tart for Halloween {Refined Sugar-Free, AIP-Friendly}

Was just having some Halloween fun today and made this spiderweb-themed gluten-free, vegan and paleo chocolate pumpkin tart! This is probably one of my sillier recipes, but I just couldn’t resist, you know… ;) . The cobweb pattern is extremely easy to make, and it’s a great way to dress up a decadent chocolate pumpkin tart for the occasion, isn’t it? If you want to go all out, complete with a little spider and you’ll be all set for a spooky Halloween treat {I opted for some tasty cacao nibs instead… typical! ;) }.

Gluten-Free, Vegan and Paleo Chocolate Pumpkin Tart for Halloween {Refined Sugar-Free, AIP-Friendly}

Note: For a Paleo AIP version of this tart, use carob in place of cocoa powder, and omit nutmeg and allspice. It’ll be just as yummy, because carob and pumpkin make a lot of sense together, as proven by my Carob Pumpkin Tart ;) .

Oh, and you’re welcome to skip the spiderweb part if you’re not the Halloween type and are here for the decadent chocolate pumpkin tart ;) . Garnish with some cacao nibs, shredded coconut, sliced almonds, etc., or have it plain — whatever floats your boat ;)

UPDATE: Just got word from a friend who tried this tart — he pointed out I missed out on a critical ingredient: salt! And you know what, he’s totally right! I don’t know how I could have missed that. I always salt my chocolate! I think I got distracted by the pumpkin and the cobweb, and… well, anyways, a sprinkle of salt flakes on top takes this tart from wonderful to INCREDIBLE! Highly recommended! Thanks for the suggestion, Max!

Gluten-Free, Vegan and Paleo Chocolate Pumpkin Tart Recipe:

* Makes a 7″ mini-tart. Double ingredients for a larger tart.

Crust Ingredients:

  • 3 tbsp coconut oil, melted
  • 3 tbsp maple syrup (or liquid sweetener of your choice), at room temperature
  • 1/2 tbsp pure vanilla extract
  • 7 tbsp pumpkin puree at room temp. (I used 1 15oz can pumpkin puree in total for this recipe and took the 7 tbsp from that. You can also use your own cooked pumpkin puree but make sure it’s not too runny; strain the liquid out if necessary)
  • dash of salt
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/2 cup coconut flour
  • 3 tbsp tapioca flour

Filling Ingredients:

  • 1 1/4 cup pumpkin puree (room temp)
  • 1 cup coconut oil, very soft or liquified (but not hot)
  • 1/2 cup cocoa powder
  • 6 tbsp maple syrup (or liquid sweetener of your choice)
  • 2 tsp pure vanilla extract
  • pinch of salt
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/8 tsp of each: cloves, allspice, and nutmeg

Spiderweb Ingredients:

  • 2-3 tbsp non-dairy milk (I used almond)
  • 1 1/2 tbsp coconut oil, liquified
  • 2 tbsp coconut manna (coconut butter), warmed until liquified
  • 1/2 tbsp maple syrup
  • 1/2 tbsp tapioca starch

Optional:

  • Some cacao nibs for garnish or some Halloween themed candy (like an edible chocolate spider, etc.).
  • Some salt flakes

Directions:

1. Pre-heat oven to 350F. Oil your tart pan and set aside.

2. Place coconut oil, maple syrup, vanilla, pumpkin puree, salt, and cinnamon in a medium mixing bowl and use an immersion blender to blend the mixture into a smooth consistency (note: if you don’t have an immersion blender, blend all the ingredients in a regular blender and then pour into a mixing bowl). Add coconut and tapioca flours and mix well using a wooden spoon until everything is thoroughly combined.

3. Scoop out the mixture into the pan. Use your hands to press the mixture down along the bottom and up around the walls of the pan forming the crust. Use a fork to pierce some holes along the base of the crust to prevent bubbling during baking. Bake in a pre-heated oven for 20 minutes. Remove from oven and allow the crust to cool in the pan on a wire rack for at least 10 minutes.

4. In the meantime, place all chocolate filling ingredients into a high-speed blender (I used my Vitamix for this recipe) and process until mixture is smooth (you may need to pause and scrape down the sides a few times in the process to make sure it’s well blended). Once the tart shell has cooled, pour this mixture into the tart and smooth out the top with a spatula.

5. Blend the spiderweb mixture ingredients together until fully smooth. Note: start with just 2 tbsp milk and increase the quantity only if necessary so that the mixture is runny but not too thin.

6. Pour the spiderweb mixture into a squirty-bottle or piping bag and pour onto the top of the tart in a spiral pattern, starting in the center of the tart and drawing the spiral rings out until you reach the edges. Then use a wooden skewer (or something similar), and gently draw a line from the center of the tart to the outer edge. Repeat this going all around the tart until you’ve created a spiderweb. See illustration below:

Spiderweb-Pattern_Gluten-Free Vegan Love

7. Chill tart in the fridge for at least 2-3 hours prior to slicing. It will remain solid {and mousse-like} at room temperature after that {so long as it’s not too hot where you are}, or you can keep it chilled until serving time if you prefer a chilled chocolate pumpkin tart. Sprinkle with optional toppings {like cacao nibs and salt flakes} and enjoy!

Gluten-Free, Vegan and Paleo Chocolate Pumpkin Tart for Halloween {Refined Sugar-Free, AIP-Friendly}

Oh, I forgot to mention that you’ll have some of the spiderweb mixture leftover because you need to make extra to make sure you have enough to work with for the tart. The leftover mixture makes an awesome dairy-free vegan and paleo coffee creamer! Add 2-3 tbsp to your drink and it’ll taste like a creamy hazelnut coffee! {Note: it should be used up fairly quickly as it will solidify if stored in the fridge}

Dairy-Free, Paleo, and Vegan Coffee Creamer

Happy baking and Happy Halloween!

xo Audrey

P.S. Do you celebrate Halloween? Are you more of the gory or cute monster type? :)

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This Gluten-Free, Vegan and Paleo Chocolate Pumpkin Tart recipe has been shared with Sweet and Savoury Sunday, Real Food Wednesday, Natural Family Friday, Fat Tuesday, Let’s Get Real Friday Party, Gluten-Free Fridays, Allergy-Free Wednesday, and Gluten-Free Wednesdays.

** A big thanks to Nancy @ Real Food, Allergy-Free for featuring this recipe!

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