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Dark Chocolate Cashew Tart (grain-free)

dark chocolate cashew tart

I don’t usually spend much time on dessert, preferring instead to use that time to make actual food.

So, my post-meal dessert often subsists of a nice chunk of dark chocolate. The darker, the better.

However, every once in a while, I get the undeniable urge to bake something.

And recently, I threw together a dark chocolate cashew tart that’s made me rethink my hot-cold relationship with baking.

I had purchased some Just Cashew Meal* from Trader Joe’s with great intentions and (of course) never got around to doing anything with it.

But a Paleo dessert recipe featuring an almond crust got me inspired to put it to good use.

This Dark Chocolate Cashew Tart is stupidly simple and a decadently rich.

The chunky cashew crust is a great contrast to the smooth, creamy ganache filling.

Best of all – cashews have an innate sweetness, which allows me to get away with adding less sugar.

For those of you with food sensitivities, this recipe grain-free, low in sugar, and optionally dairy-free.

Still, this is dessert, so do me a favor and savor every. little. bite.

Dark Chocolate Cashew Tart (grain-free)

Total Time 1 hour


For the Crust

  • 2 cups ground cashews
  • 2 Tablespoons butter or coconut oil, melted
  • 1 Tbsp coconut sugar
  • ¼ tsp salt

For the Ganache

  • 1 cup coconut milk, full-fat
  • 12 oz bittersweet chocolate, finely chopped



  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. In a large bowl, mix ground cashews, butter/coconut oil, coconut sugar, and salt. Transfer to a 9-inch tart pan. Using a flat-bottomed measuring cup,evenly press dough in bottom and up sides of pan.
  2. Bake in center of oven until golden and firm, about 15- 20 minutes. Transfer to a wire rack to cool completely, at least 30 minutes.


  1. Place chocolate in a large mixing bowl. In a saucepan, bring coconut milk to a boil. Pour hot coconut milk over chocolate and let stand 1-2 minutes, allowing the chocolate to melt. Stir until smooth and creamy.

Assemble Tart:

  1. Pour chocolate ganache into cooled tart shell and spread evenly with a spatula. Chill for at least one hour or until set.

Recipe Notes

As you can see, the Just Cashew Meal isn't exactly finely ground and therefore the crust is a bit crumbly. I personally really like the texture, however if you want a more refined crust, you can substitute any grain-free flour (coconut, almond, etc) for 1/4 to 1/2 of the ground cashews.

*UPDATE: A little birdie told me Trader Joe’s has sadly discontinued Just Cashew Meal. But fret not! You can simply take whole cashews and pulse them in your food processor (or blender) until ground up. I’ve made my own cashew meal using Crispy Cashews and it’s even better than TJs (and easier on the tummy). So there!

Be sure to use a really good quality dark chocolate, one with at least 70% cacao (and preferably organic, fair-trade). Chocolate has a host of health benefits, but only if you buy the right one. Also, be sure to buy an additive-free coconut milk, like this one.

Here are some photos to drool over.

cashew tart shell, cashew crust

chocolate coconut ganache, dairy free

paleo dark chocolate cashew tart

dark chocolate cashew crust tart


I suspect this dark chocolate cashew tart will become a favorite in your house as it has in mine.

If you think this looks amazing – or have tried the recipe – tell me about it in the comments below.

Until next week,



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  • Angelica April 15, 2014, 5:01 pm

    This looks soo yummy! I’ll have to try it out asap! 🙂

    • Lily April 15, 2014, 5:36 pm

      Yummy is an understatement. 🙂

  • Terry April 15, 2014, 5:33 pm

    Thanks for coming through on your promise!!!!= can’t wait to try it !!!

    • Lily April 15, 2014, 5:35 pm

      Terry, I always do! Let me know how it turns out!

  • Ferris April 15, 2014, 6:37 pm

    Now that DOES look delicious and I bet it tastes amazing too. I must try it. Thanks for sharing. I love how simple it is and how little sugar is in it.

    • Lily April 15, 2014, 9:32 pm

      Yes Ferris, other than what’s in the chocolate, I just added a tiny hint of sweetness in the crust.

  • Bushra A. April 15, 2014, 6:43 pm

    OH-EMM-GEE what magic is this??
    I wish you told me this was full of carbs and bad fat so I wasn’t tempted to whip it up first thing tomorrow and gobble all up!!

    • Lily April 15, 2014, 9:31 pm

      Bushra, you can’t argue with chocolate, right? This is full of good fats. 🙂

  • Laura G. Jones April 17, 2014, 7:38 pm

    This. Has. Got. To. Be. Made. ASAP.

    My mouth is watering!!!

    • Lily April 17, 2014, 7:54 pm

      Like NOW!

  • Sarah Koszyk April 19, 2014, 2:56 am

    YUMMY!!! I love your photos, too! I can almost taste the tart! Looking forward to making it!

    • Lily April 22, 2014, 8:45 pm

      It tastes just as chocolatey as it looks. 🙂

  • Elise April 21, 2014, 12:17 am

    Lily! You had me at “stupidly simple”. I love cooking but baking, that’s another story. This tart was incredible… and all the guys in my house loved it. Thank you!

    • Lily April 22, 2014, 8:46 pm

      A hit with the boys, huh Elise? Love it!

  • Desiree East April 25, 2014, 8:36 pm

    YUMMMM. I went straight to this post, as soon as I saw the photo!! Just evernoted (and pinned on Pinterest). Thanks Lily!!

  • Julie Gohring April 30, 2014, 5:42 pm

    Made this last night and it was absolutely de-lish! Thanks Lily!

  • Cassie December 22, 2015, 8:07 pm

    I NEED a pie crust recipe and this is it! Thank you!!

    • Lily December 24, 2015, 8:44 am

      Perfect timing. 🙂

  • Figen December 23, 2015, 12:57 am

    Hi Lily.thank you very much for sharing .I love dark chocolate but whenever I am eating dark chocolate it gives me nausea. Is that normal?

  • Jennifer December 23, 2015, 12:48 pm

    This looks divine! I have some coconut flour that I bought with good intentions and still haven’t used it. This will be a perfect recipe to try it with!

  • Michele March 16, 2016, 11:26 am

    Thank you for posting this! It was easy to make and delicious! I got some cashew meal from nuts.com.

    • Lily March 16, 2016, 11:28 am

      Thanks for the tip, Michele!

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