This chocolate fig tart is both gluten free and vegan, and is the perfect delicious and sophisticated dessert that everyone can enjoy!
So, I have a pressing question for you…have you ever been able to purchase fresh figs?
If so….1-I am jealous 2-please share where you got them and 3-I am extremely jealous!
Fresh figs have eluded me for YEARS! Every time I think they’re supposed to be in season (late summer/early fall?) I’ll be on the lookout for them, but have never been able to actually find fresh ones (at one point I think I called 6 different grocery stores when someone mentioned to me in passing they had seen figs!)
The last time I (or I should really say- the one and only time) was able to find fresh figs was when my friend Charlotte (congrats to her-she’s getting married next year and is my awesome photog friend from NC) and I were at a farmers market in Raleigh when it pouring rain, right before I flew home from my bachelorette party (pic from that glorious day here – August 5, 2012). In the craziness of the rain and excitement, I spotted figs and purchased them to fly home with (I feel like I should get a special pass for security going between Raleigh and Milwaukee, in 2012 in was figs, last Christmas I made my hubby carry a backpack full of cheese for this same friend in NC… I sense a pattern lol).
So, when I actually spotted fresh figs at Fresh Market, I bought the one and only carton they had, did a little happy dance, and definitely was ‘that girl’ calling my husband and loudly proclaiming ‘I FOUND FRESH FIGS!!!! OMG OMG OMG I’M SO EXCITED’
And since I want everyone to enjoy figs and chocolate, I made this recipe both gluten free and vegan!
The crust of this tart is made with delicious walnuts giving it a nice nutty flavor, and then the chocolate is fudgey and gooey and is topped off with the subtle, yet sweet fig fruit. Makes for delicious bite after bite!
Oh elusive figs, how I love thee!
- -For the crust-
- 1 Cup Walnuts
- 1/4 Cup Gluten Free Flour I use King Arthur Flour brand
- 2 Tbs Coconut Oil
- -For the tart filling-
- 1 Cup Semi-sweet chocolate chips
- 1/2 Cup Light Corn Syrup
- 1/3 Cup Brown Sugar
- 4 Tbs Coconut Oil melted
- 3 Tbs Gluten Free Flour
- 1 tsp vanilla
- 6-8 oz Fresh Figs quartered
- Preheat oven to 350. Spray a tart pan with cooking spray (I have a removable bottom tart pan).
- To make the tart crust put all ingredients in a food processor. and process until they come together in a crumbly mixture (it's ok if there are some walnut chucks left). Pour the contents into the tart pan and press into the bottom and up the sides to form the tart crust.
- Next make the tart filling. In a microwave safe bowl melt the chocolate chips in 30 second intervals stirring in between. When the chocolate has melted (mine usually takes two minutes in the microwave). Next pour the brown sugar into the chocolate and stir to incorporate, then next spray a measuring up with cooking spray and then pour the corn syrup into it (this way it won't stick to the measuring cup). Then pour the corn syrup into the chocolate mixture, then stir, then pour the coconut oil and the gluten free flour and vanilla into the batter and stir so that everything is incorporated. Then pour the batter into crust, then lay pieces of fresh figs around the border of the tart and bake the tart for 30-40 minutes, until it is bubbly. Remove from oven and let it cool completely (it will form a sticky-fudgey consistency when it cools). Slice and enjoy!
This tart looks and sounds delish!
I love fresh figs and have two fig trees so I get loads of them :). Always looking for new ways to use them and we’ve recently started baking vegan and gluten free so I’m dying to try this however, I’ve never made a tart and don’t even own a tart pan so I’m going to buy one today. My question is do I leave the cooked tart in the pan or remove it for serving?
Hi! that’s so neat you have a fig tree! I usually leave it in the pan for serving (less mess that way, so if it breaks no one notices 🙂 )
Lynn Lovejoy from Order in the Kitchen says
This looks SO good!!! I can never seem to get good figs around here but I need to dig a little deeper so I can make this!
Finding fresh figs has been the bane of my existence lol, when you find them, buy them in bulk lol, and yes, this tart is totally worth making multiple times over 🙂
Marla Meridith says
This tart looks wonderful! Love figs 🙂
Aren’t figs the best? I absolutely love their taste as well 🙂 Thank you for commenting!
This tart looks amazing!!
Thank you so much!
This looks amazing and your pictures are so pretty!
Thank you so much for the compliment of my photos, means a lot coming from you 🙂
Kiran @ KiranTarun.com says
Chocolate and figs definitely goes hand-in-hand. Love 🙂
Chocolate and figs do definitely go hand-in-hand…like a little hand sandwich? lol! Thank you for commenting 🙂
I rarely see fresh figs in grocery stores but I really like the dried ones! This tart looks so good!!! I bet the combination of chocolate and fig is to die for!!
The combination of chocolate and figs IS to die for, especially in tart form 🙂 Thank you so much for commenting!
Your fig photo is gorgeous! I can get fresh figs here in Miami but after trying figs for the very first time a couple weeks ago, I discovered I don’t like them. They taste too much like raisins, dates, etc which I also don’t like.
Thank you so much for the compliment about my fig photo 🙂 I know not everyone loves raisins, prunes, dates…etc, but I’m totally in love with the both the fresh and dried variety, bring on the wrinkly goodness lol and I’m super jealous you can get them in Miami….might have to have you bring me some next time you come to WI 😉
I have never bought fresh figs either. I have to admit that I wasn’t really on the lookout. I don’t know why, because I LOVE them. I eat the dried ones all the time. And your tart looks AWESOME! Just like something I want to do right away. I’ll probably be on the lookout for them now. 🙂 Thanks for sharing, Phi. 🙂
Hope you have better luck than I did finding them 🙂 Thank you so much for your lovely words Tina!
I haven’t had a fig in YEARS! Everybody seems to love them. The last time I had one was at the house of my greek friends grandparents (the greeks love their figs) – but i couldn’t get over my initial impression – I thought the fig flesh looked like raw meat for some reason?! I didn’t enjoy it and haven’t tried another one since…Nonetheless, this tart looks delicious! Again, it is as if it has been ripped straight out of a cookbook, your photos are perfect! I am totally going to use your recipes to trial veganism 😉
Thank you SO MUCH Tashiana for your lovely comment, it totally made my day! I can see how you were hesitant to try them though and can see you may not have enjoyed them…if not used right they can have an odd, mild, bitter taste. But, in a sweet chocolately tart like this? They are amazing!