Chocolate Custard Tart (Gluten Free, Dairy Free, Nut Free, Egg Free, AIP)

chocolate custard tart / gluten free, dairy free, nut free, egg free, AIP / nicolemcaruso.com

Ignore all of the things this tart and "free" of and imagine the most salty-sweet graham cracker crust, topped with a smooth chocolate custard. It is the perfect treat to share (especially with Valentine's Day around the corner) but it tastes just as good alongside a cup of coffee, having a little solo time. I do hope you try this recipe and let me know what you think! It's currently my favorite dessert I've concocted lately. 

CHOCOLATE CUSTARD TART 

THE CRUST 

1/2 CUP COCONUT FLOUR 

2 TBSP ARROWROOT STARCH

1/2 CUP PALM SHORTENING

1/4 TSP VANILLAMAX [OR 1 TSP VANILLA EXTRACT]

1 1/2 TSP CINNAMON

2 TBSP LAKANTO MONKFRUIT SWEETENER [OR MAPLE SYRUP]

1/4 TSP SEA SALT 

4 TBSP WATER 

  1. ADD ALL INGREDIENTS TOGETHER, AND EITHER PULSE IN A FOOD PROCESSOR OR USE A SILICON SPATULA TO WORK EVERYTHING TOGETHER UNTIL A DOUGH FORMS.
  2. GREASE A TART PAN WITH PALM SHORTENING. I ALSO LINE THE BOTTOM WITH PARCHMENT PAPER, WHICH I TRACE AND CUT TO FIT THE BOTTOM OF THE PAN.  
  3. USE YOUR HANDS TO PRESS THE DOUGH INTO THE PAN UNTIL IT HITS THE SIDES. USE A FLAT GLASS COVERED WITH PLASTIC WRAP TO ENSURE THE CRUST IS THE SAME THICKNESS THROUGHOUT. 
  4. PRICK THE BOTTOM OF THE CRUST WITH A FORK. 
  5. BAKE ON 350 DEGREES F FOR 12 MINUTES. LET IT COOL FOR AT LEAST 20 MINUTES BEFORE ADDING THE FILLING. 
CHOCOLATE CUSTARD TART / GLUTEN FREE, DAIRY FREE, NUT FREE, EGG FREE, AIP, PALEO / NICOLEMCARUSO.COM

THE CHOCOLATE CUSTARD

2 CANs UNSWEETENED ORGANIC COCONUT CREAM

4 TBSP CACAO POWDER (WE USE NAVITAS RAW CHOCOLATE POWDER)

1/4 CUP MAPLE SYRUP

1 TBSP BRAIN OCTANE OIL (OR EXTRA VIRGIN COCONUT OIL) 

1/8 TSP SEA SALT

1/8 TSP VANILLAMAX [THIS GROUND VANILLA MAKES ALL THE DIFFERENCE]

2 TBSP BULLETPROOF COLLAGELATIN 

OPTIONAL: 1/4 TSP FINELY GROUND ORGANIC COFFEE 

  1. IN A SMALL SAUCEPAN, COMBINE ALL OF THE INGREDIENTS AND WHISK OVER THE LOWEST HEAT SETTING UNTIL COMPLETELY COMBINED.
  2. POUR THE MIXTURE INTO THE COOKED, COOLED CRUST, AND REFRIGERATE FOR 2-4 HOURS OR OVERNIGHT. 
CHOCOLATE CUSTARD TART / GLUTEN FREE, DAIRY FREE, NUT FREE, EGG FREE, AIP, PALEO / NICOLEMCARUSO.COM

The crust is crisp, and the perfect balance of spicy cinnamon, salty, and sweet. Chocolate is already one of my favorite foods, but this rich custard just melts in your mouth. This dessert takes almost no time, as long as all the ingredients are stocked in your pantry. It is the perfect treat to serve at the end of a meal, and your guests will never suspect just how anti-inflammatory it is. 

 This incredible little tart contains gut-healing collagen, protein, healthy fats, and easily digestible carbohydrates that give all the flavor without any post-dessert sugar crashes. I dare you to try it! Let me know how you like it! And if you do make it, always tag your photos with #NMCfood so I can see your creations. 

SHOP THE RECIPE

Nicole M. Caruso

I was born in Manhattan to two native New Yorkers who met working in the Garment Industry. Fashion was the family business. Suburban Connecticut is where I grew up and often daydreamed about someday attending New York Fashion Week.

When I was in college studying Communication & Media, I met the man of my dreams. We married nearly one year after our first date, and have been adventuring together ever since. While we moved around the country for his job, I freelanced as a makeup artist, worked in retail, and blogged about style & beauty as a creative outlet. 

Moving back to New York led to serendipitously working for two major fashion houses, where I learned the ins and outs of the industry, and attended Fashion Week both backstage and in the tents. Soon after, Verily Magazine brought me on as Beauty Editor, which was my dream job. It combined all of my passions and hobbies into one, and granted me a deeper understanding of print and digital media. One year after that, I had my daughter and experienced true fulfillment in motherhood. 

Everywhere I have traveled, I have met incredible women who inspired me to be the best version of myself; to wake up every day feeling confident and ready to Carpe Diem. I want to inspire women to explore their feminine genius by investing in their self-worth. This lifestyle blog is the place where I can share my worldview, my experiences, and my tips and tricks to live a more fulfilling life, which include expert style and beauty advice, tips for healthy living, and reflections on marriage and motherhood.