This rich Chocolate Pumpkin Tart is full of decadent chocolate, creamy pumpkin, warm spices with just the right amount of sweetness. It tastes so good you won’t believe its a gluten free, vegan, paleo dessert. Easy to make, no baking required and your whole family will love it.
I don’t like to eat too many nuts so I made this chocolate pumpkin tart with coconut oil, pumpkin, raw cacao and maple syrup. The only nuts are in the crust.
The filling is rich and creamy. It’s an almost raw dessert. The only thing cooked is the pumpkin. I use canned pumpkin.
What Makes This Chocolate Pumpkin Tart Healthy
Even though it tastes incredible this Chocolate Pumpkin Tart is gluten free, diary-free, refined sugar free, vegan and paleo.
It’s made with coconut oil which contains antimicrobial and antioxidant properties.
Coconut oil contains Medium Chain Triglicerides which quickly burn as fuel. MCTs provide a rapid energy source that your body can absorb and use faster than other types of saturated fat.
Coconut oil also contain lauric acid. It’s a substance found only in breast milk and coconut. Detailed studies have shown that lauric acid is transported directly to the liver where it is converted to energy and other metabolites rather than being stored as fat.
Pumpkin is high in vitamins, minerals and fiber. It’s also a great source of beta-carotene, a carotenoid that your body converts into vitamin A.
Raw cacao is one of the highest dietary sources of magnesium. Magnesium is important for a healthy heart and helps your brain focus. Raw cacao has more antioxidants than blueberries.
Raw cacao is also a mood elevator. It’s a great source of the feel good chemicals – serotonin and tryptophan, neurotransmitters that are associated with feelings of wellbeing and happiness.
The chocolate walnut crust is simple to make. Walnuts are processed in a food processor until chopped. Dates, cacao powder and pumpkin pie spices are added and processed until it is sticky. Then pressed into an 8 inch tart pan.
I made 2 of these tarts and brought 1 to a party. Everyone loved it. I didn’t tell them it was a healthy dessert until it was all gone…they couldn’t believe it.
If you like this recipe, try these other delicious pumpkin desserts:
Paleo Pumpkin Pie Bars with Almond Cookie Crust
Creamy Pumpkin Cheesecake (Paleo Vegan)
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Chocolate Pumpkin Tart (Vegan Paleo)
- Total Time: 2 hours 30 minutes
- Yield: 8 servings 1x
This rich Chocolate Pumpkin Tart is full of decadent chocolate and creamy pumpkin spices with just the right amount of sweetness.
- 1 1/4 cups walnuts (143 grams)
- 1/2 cup pitted dates, (90 grams) coarsely chopped (5–6 Medjool dates)
- 1 tablespoon raw cacao powder
- 1/4 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice
- Pinch Celtic sea salt
- 3/4 cup canned pumpkin (195 grams)
- 3 tablespoons raw cacao powder
- 1/2 cup coconut oil, (110 grams) gently melted (use expeller pressed refined for less coconut taste)
- 1/3 cup maple syrup
- ½ teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice
- 1–2 teaspoons raw cacao powder
- Flaky sea salt, (I use Maldon Sea Salt), optional
- Process the nuts, in a food processor until they are very fine.
- Add the dates, cacao powder, pumpkin pie spice and salt.
- Process until it is sticky with medium texture.
- Press into an 8-inch tart pan. The easiest way is to do the sides first and work toward the middle.
- Refrigerate while you prepare the filling.
- Put all the filling ingredients (pumpkin, raw cacao, coconut oil, maple syrup, vanilla, pumpkin pie spice) into a food processor and process until smooth.
- Pour into prepared pan.
- Refrigerate for 4-5 hours before serving.
- To garnish, dust with cacao powder sprinkled through a very fine strainer. Sprinkle with salt if using.
Serve chilled. Store leftovers covered in the refrigerator for up to 5 days, or in the freezer for up to 1 month.
The cooking time indicated is actually chilling time.
- Prep Time: 30 minutes
- Cook Time: 2 hours
- Category: Vegan, Dairy Free, Gluten Free, Paleo
- Method: Process
- Cuisine: American, Healthy
Keywords: pumpkin tart, chocolate pumpkin tart
- This post is shared with Whole New Mom, Allergy Free Wednesday, Gluten Free Mom, Gluten Free Wednesday, Healing With Food Fridays
hey! Sounds amazing and I am going to try it. But why call it cheesecake? Does it taste cheesy? Just curious.
I changed the name and no longer call it cheesecake.
Thanks for the question. I call it cheesecake because it is creamy like a cheesecake. Not it does not taste cheesey, it is the creaminess of cheesecake that it reminds me of.
this sounds easier enough that even i can find the time to make it
and i have all the ingredients except the pumpkin already
problem is- not to eat it all in one sitting!!!
You always post such great recipes Ingrid and this one sounds delicious too. I know from eating your food how tasty and healthy it is. Think I’ll try this cheesecake for Thanksgiving.
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thanks for sharing with us on AFW, I am featuring your recipe this week!
Awesome, thank you! I will post again this week.
This looks great. I’m wondering if I can get my GF/allergy kids to eat it 🙂
I think they will like it. When I brought it to a party nobody even thought it was a “healthy” dessert. Let me know how it goes.
I am allergic to walnuts. Can I substitute almonds or pecans?
Love your newsletter and all the great info and recipes.
Thanks for your appreciation and reply. I love hearing from you. I just came across your reply sorry for the delay, computers can be challenging. You can substitute either, pecans will have a similar texture but almonds will also taste great. Let me know how it comes out.