Healthy Easy Fruit Tart Recipe (Gluten-Free)

Healthy Easy Fruit Tart Recipe (Gluten-Free)

Making dessert healthy can be a challenge, but this easy fruit tart recipe hits the mark since it’s tasty, gluten-free, and vegan.

The tender, fragrant, gluten-free crust is sturdy enough to hold a luscious filling of smooth vegan almond cream topped with a glistening mound of roasted grapes that dazzle with their natural sweetness.

Roasted Grape Tart (Gluten-free and Vegan)

This easy fruit tart recipe is simple to put together, but it does take time for each component to cool fully before assembly. The easiest process is to make the components one day, let them cool overnight, then assemble the tart the next day.

Making the Crust

The hardest part of any gluten-free pastry is ensuring it stays together and doesn’t crumble at the first touch. This tart crust is made with melted coconut oil that hardens beautifully when chilled and helps the tart stay together well.

You can use any gluten-free flour combination you like, but adding something nutty like gluten-free oat flour or buckwheat contributes greatly to the texture and flavor.

Stirring in fresh lemon thyme leaves and a spoonful of almond extract provides another layer of fragrance and flavor that really makes this crust a winner.

Once it’s baked, let it sit at room temperature until cool. Then, place it in the fridge until you’re ready to fill it.

Almond Cream Filling

Technically, there are two fillings for this roasted grape tart, comprised of a layer of cream and fruit, but for ease of description, we’ll call the vegan almond cream the filling and the fruit the topping.

The vegan almond cream is simple but delicious and makes a wonderful foil for the intense roasted flavor of the grapes.

Plain almond milk is best for this since you really want the almond flavoring to shine. Sweeten it slightly with real maple syrup and then thicken it to the consistency of custard or pudding before stirring in a generous spoonful of almond extract for even more nutty goodness.

Let it sit at room temperature until cool and then chill until you’re ready to assemble the tart.

Fruit Topping

Grapes really are the star of this scrumptious tart, and the flavor roasting creates is to die for.

Simply toss fresh, seedless grapes with a bit of olive oil, sea salt, and raw sugar, maple syrup, or honey until evenly coated. Then pour them into a single layer on a baking sheet, tuck in a few sprigs of lemon thyme, and roast a good 20-30 minutes until they’ve softened beautifully.

Remove from the oven and cool completely before using.

Assembling Your Tart

Once all the components of the tart are cooked and cooled, set the tart shell on a serving platter and fill it evenly with the almond cream. Then scoop up roasted grapes with a slotted spoon and place atop the almond cream, reserving the pan juices to serve with the tart.

You can serve the tart just as it is, but it looks especially nice sprinkled with fresh lemon thyme leaves and edible flowers.

Tea Pairings

This roasted grape tart pairs nicely with nutty teas such as our Champs-Élysées herbal tea made with tart cherry and almond flavors, No Obligations decaf black tea with hazelnut, almond, and cinnamon, or Soul Warmer herbal tea with hazelnut, chestnut, and caramel.

Roasted Fruit Tart Recipe

Ingredients for Crust:
  • 1 and 1/2 cups gluten-free flour
  • 3 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon lemon thyme leaves
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon almond extract
  • 1/2 cup coconut oil, melted
Ingredients for Roasted Grapes
  • 4 cups seedless grapes, washed and stems removed
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 3 tablespoons raw sugar or honey or maple syrup
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 bunch lemon thyme, broken into branches
Ingredients for Vegan Almond Cream:
  • 1 cup almond milk
  • 1/4 cup maple syrup
  • 2 tablespoons cornstarch
  • 1 teaspoon almond extract
Directions for Crust:
Preheat oven to 375°F.
In medium bowl, stir together flour, sugar, thyme, lemon pepper, and salt. Add melted coconut oil and stir until dough forms.
Press dough evenly into a 9-inch tart shell with removable bottom.
Bake for 35-40 minutes until golden brown.
Set aside to cool completely.
Directions for Roasted Grapes:
Preheat oven to 375°F.
Spread grapes evenly on baking paper lined baking sheet.
Drizzle with olive oil and sprinkle with sugar, salt, and lemon thyme branches.
Roast for 25-30 minutes.
Set aside to cool completely.
Directions for Vegan Almond Cream:
In small saucepan, whisk together almond milk, maple syrup, and cornstarch. Set over medium heat and bring to a gentle boil, stirring constantly to prevent scorching. Boil 1-3 minutes until thickened.
Remove from heat and stir in almond extract.
Set aside to cool completely.
Directions for Assembly:
When all components are at room temperature, fill the pastry shell with almond cream, top evenly with roasted grapes, and garnish with lemon thyme leaves and flowers.
Chill until ready to serve.

Krista Bjorn

Canadian born Krista Bjorn has been traveling and exploring for over 20 years and loves every crazy, embarrassing, and wonderful moment. She's lived in Russia and Portugal and now makes her home in beautiful Queensland, Australia, saving her pennies for her next trip. Her food, photography and travel blog is Rambling Tart.
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