Coconut Cream Pie Tarts

Earlier in March, Allergy-Free Vintage Cookery submitted a recipe link for Brownie Pudding Tarts.  I was truly inspired by this post, and ideas kept popping into my head until I finally headed to my kitchen and began to experiment.
I used the pastry recipe from the Pecan Tassies , which includes only three ingredients: 1 stick vegan butter, 3 oz. vegan cream cheese, and 1 cup sweet flour blend.  For this particular recipe, the ingredients were doubled and makes approximately 60 tarts.
Preheat oven to 325 degrees.  Roll pastry dough into balls and carefully press into tart shape in pan.
Bake for 20 minutes or until lightly brown and let cool in pan.
While tarts are cooling, prepare your pudding.
Ingredients needed for Coconut Cream Pudding  (gluten, dairy, egg, corn free):
1/2 cup sugar
1/4 cup Arrowroot
1/4 tsp sea salt
1 cup Coconut
2 cups dairy free milk
1 tsp GF Coconut Extract
2 tbsp vegan butter
Using a non-stick 2 quart saucepan, add the sugar, arrowroot, and salt with 3/4 cup milk and whisk over low heat until dry ingredients are mixed well without any lumps.  Add remaining milk and cook over medium heat until your pudding is thickened.  Remove from heat and add the butter and extract, stirring until butter is melted and mixed in.  Fold in coconut.
Let pudding cool at room temperature until warm to touch.  Fill tarts and top with additional coconut, if desired.
Carefully remove tarts from baking tray and let cool.  I use a butter-knife for easy removal.  Simply slide down side of tart and they come right out.
Once your tarts have cooled, place in an airtight container and store in refrigerator.  I can’t say exactly how long these little, delightful tarts will last because, in our house, they vanished within four days ☺ My next venture is going to be making these cute little tarts with other pudding fillers, i.e. banana, chocolate, butterscotch…well, you get the idea.

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Comments: 15

  1. Dianne Jones March 14, 2012 at 11:35 am Reply

    Sound and look delicious! coconut is one of my favourites will have to give these a try. Thankyou for the recipe.

  2. Mary Hudak-Collins March 14, 2012 at 6:54 pm Reply

    Oh Dianne, they were sooooo good. I wish the store that carries the dairy free cream cheese was closer to me. I would love to make another batch, but I don’t want to run all the way to the store just for one item LOL. I sure hope you enjoyed them as much as we did and thank you for stopping by :)

  3. Andy March 15, 2012 at 1:27 am Reply

    Hello Mary.
    These look & sound delicious. I love coconut. My in-laws have a tree in their garden in the Caribbean. When we visited them last year, we had fresh coconut water everyday…dad said it was good for the libido (lol). If you ever need a taster for all these delicious recipes you make, count me in (smile). Thanks for sharing.

    • Mary Hudak-Collins March 15, 2012 at 3:23 pm Reply

      I can’t even begin to imagine how delightful that would be to walk out and pick my own coconut! And Andy? Coconut is good for a lot of things, but I haven’t ever heard about it being good for the libido :) Will have to pay more attention to that in the future LOL. If you are ever in my area, you are welcome to give Josh a break in the ‘test-tasting’ area.

  4. Jessica M March 15, 2012 at 1:32 am Reply

    I’ve heard a lot of good things about coconuts lately…going to have to add this to my list of things to try in the near future! :)

    • Mary Hudak-Collins March 15, 2012 at 3:21 pm Reply

      The more I cook and bake with coconut products, the more I enjoy them. I really never realized just how healthy coconut products were. Let me know how they turn out for you Jessica. If you don’t have any allergies, you can use regular ingredients and it is all a 1:1 ratio :)

  5. Lisa Natcharian March 15, 2012 at 11:49 am Reply

    Mary! Not only do these look amazing, but I am so thrilled that my little blog was able to inspire someone :) I love the idea of coconut tarts — can’t wait to try them! What kind of vegan butter do you use?

    • Mary Hudak-Collins March 15, 2012 at 3:19 pm Reply

      Lisa, I usually use Earth Balance butter sticks, but for those who have a soy allergy or intolerance, I would suggest using the Organic Coconut Spread instead. You will find that either one works well with the pastry :)
      And yes, Lisa, your brownie/pudding tart recipe inspired me with a realm of ideas. Thank you so much. I haven’t tried your recipe yet, but it is on my list of ‘to-do’s’. Maybe this weekend, I don’t have a baking project lined up yet LOL. I know my family will surely enjoy it!

  6. Rachel Hoyt March 15, 2012 at 5:34 pm Reply

    YumnumyumnumyumnumYUM!! :)

    • Mary Hudak-Collins March 16, 2012 at 5:03 pm Reply

      Oh, they are sooo good Rachel! This is definitely a dessert that I can’t make often or my weight would become a problem :)

  7. Chrystal M March 15, 2012 at 6:34 pm Reply

    These look absolutely delightful! Going to have to make a health food store shopping list and stop by on my next trip to town!

    • Mary Hudak-Collins March 16, 2012 at 5:04 pm Reply

      Chrystal, if you don’t require a specific diet, regular ingredients can be used in a 1:1 ratio with my recipe. Hope you enjoy them. I certainly did :)

  8. Janelle (Gluten Freely Frugal) March 19, 2012 at 9:19 pm Reply

    Mary, these look soooo delicious! I am adding this to my list of desserts to try! There are so many, and not enough time! Who ever said there’s no variety in eating gluten-free? Thanks for sharing on Allergy-Free Wednesday!

    • Mary Hudak-Collins March 20, 2012 at 11:14 am Reply

      Janelle, how very right you are! We have had plenty of choices to make when it comes to food, even gluten and allergy free. I’m like you though, can never find enough time to make everything I want to make ☺ Thank you for hosting Allergy-Free Wednesday! Another great way to share.

  9. Laura March 20, 2012 at 9:07 pm Reply

    What amazing pie tarts you created Mary! I am crazy for anything that says coconut and cream in the same sentence so I must try these very soon :)

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