Vegan Passion Fruit Tart

This delicious vegan passion fruit tart has a sweet and vibrant eggless passion fruit curd filling on top of a gluten-free shortbread crust. The perfect tropical tart for summer!
Prep Time: 30 minutes
Chill Time: 3 hours
Total Time: 3 hours 30 minutes
4.89 from 9 votes
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If you love tropical flavours this tart is perfect for you! The sweet passion fruit curd filling is vibrant, refreshing and smooth – made with orange juice and passion fruit pulp for a delicious fresh and tropical flavour!

Passion fruits are a species of passion flower, and are native to Brazil and other South American countries. Passion fruit is probably one of my favourite flavours out there, I can never get enough of those delicious little fruits  (note to self: create more passion fruit desserts!).  If you’re here for the passion fruit packed recipes why not also try out my Passionfruit Ice Cream, or this incredibly popular Mango Passionfruit Tart.

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THIS VEGAN PASSION FRUIT CURD TART IS:

  • Fresh and light
  • Tropical and sweet
  • Bursting with flavour
  • Easy to make
  • Vegan-friendly
  • Easily adapted as gluten-free
  • Perfect for summer

WHAT INGREDIENTS WILL I NEED FOR THIS VEGAN PASSION FRUIT TART?

All purpose flour: if you want to keep this tart gluten-free, use a GF all purpose flour, but also check the labels of the remaining ingredients to make sure they are suitable.

Ground almonds: almonds will add flavour to the shortbread crust. Feel free to substitute them with more all-purpose flour.

Coconut sugar: this adds a beautiful slight caramelised flavour to the tart crust.

Sea salt: where would we be going without a pinch of salt to balance out sweetness and enhance the overall flavour of a dessert? But seriously, a touch of salt goes a long way in taking your desserts to the next level.

Vegan butter: you can also use coconut oil if vegan butter isn’t available to you. If you’re not fond of the coconut flavour, go for a refined coconut oil.

Ground flaxseeds: the flaxseeds will act as a binding agent and help the tart to keep it’s shape and be less crumbly when you cut through it.

Passionfruit pulp: passion fruit pulp is the juice that’s found inside of a passion fruit. The pulp and seeds are inside little sacks, I find the best way to separate the pulp is to use a fine mesh sieve and the back of a spoon to push the moisture through.

Freshly squeezed orange juice: make sure it’s from fresh oranges and not the bottled/cartoned type. The orange flavour is very subtle as those punchy passion fruits outshine it by far. Orange juice helps to add colour, sweetness and an additional layer of flavour to the curd.

Light brown sugar: You can use regular white sugar here too if you’d prefer, just make sure it’s organic if you’re based in America otherwise it may not be vegan-friendly!

Plantbased milk: coconut, oat or soya milk all work well depending on what you have to hand!

Cornflour: also known as cornstarch (yes they are the same thing!). This is the thickening agent which will give us a nice rich passion fruit curd for the filling.

Agar-agar powder: this is the setting agent which will jellify the filling making sure it doesn’t ooze out everywhere once you cut into the tart.

Coconut cream: a touch of coconut cream helps to add richness to the passion fruit curd.

passionfruit curd tart

LET’S MAKE A PASSION FRUIT CURD TART!

(Full recipe and instructions are in the recipe card at the end of this post)

SHORTBREAD CRUST.

Make a “flax-egg” by mixing together the ground flaxseed with 2½ tablespoons of water. Allow to sit for 5 minutes and then add it to your food processor along with the other ingredients to make the crust. In your food processor, blend for a couple of minutes until the ingredients stick together to form a dough. If needed, you add the tablespoon of water and blend again to bring the mixture together.

Lightly grease the base and sides of a 9.5″ tart tin with some oil or vegan butter. The easiest way to get the crust into the pan is to split the dough in half and press one half evenly around the edges first. Then press the remaining dough into the base of the pan, and use a flat bottomed glass or spatula to smooth it out. Use a fork to gently prick several holes into the dough and place it in the oven to bake for about 12-15 minutes, until slightly browned. Once baked, allow the tart to cool to room temperature.

PASSION FRUIT CURD FILLING

If you are using fresh passion fruit, scoop the flesh and pass through a sieve to separate out the seeds. Use the back of a spoon to press and squeeze out all of the pulp, this can take a little bit of elbow grease to make sure you don’t waste any of tat precious juice! You can also opt for store-bought passionfruit pulp or puree if it’s available to you.

To make the curd add the passionfruit pulp, orange juice, light brown sugar to a saucepan and simmer on a medium heat for 10 minutes. The mixture will start to reduce slightly. Meanwhile, in a bowl make a paste with the plantbased milk, cornflour and agar-agar powder. Whisk really well to remove any lumps before adding the mixture to the saucepan. Now you’ll need to keep a close eye on the pan, whisking vigorously while the cornflour cooks out, to ensure that nothing sticks to the bottom of the pan and burns. Lastly, add the coconut cream and continue to simmer for another minute while whisking vigorously. Remove from the heat and allow to cool slightly for 10 minutes before pouring the filling into the tart shell.

Refrigerate for 3-4 hours, or leave it in the fridge overnight if preferred. Just before serving, garnish the tart with a little whipped coconut cream and some additional passionfruit pulp or passionfruit coulis.

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Vegan Passion Fruit Tart

4.89 from 9 votes
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A sweet and vibrant passion fruit curd filling on top of a gluten-free shortbread crust. This vegan tart is the perfect summer treat!
Prep Time 30 mins
Chill Time 3 hrs
Total Time 3 hrs 30 mins
Servings 8

INGREDIENTS

CRUST

  • 1 cup all purpose flour use gluten-free if GF
  • ½ cup ground almonds
  • 2 tbsp coconut sugar
  • ¼ tsp sea salt
  • 4 tbsp vegan butter
  • 1 tbsp ground flaxseeds

FILLING

  • ½ cup passionfruit pulp approx 7-8 small passion fruits
  • 1 cup freshly squeezed orange juice
  • ¼ cup light brown sugar
  • ½ cup plantbased milk such as oat or coconut (use gluten-free if GF)
  • 4 tbsp cornflour (cornstarch)
  • 1 tsp agar-agar powder
  • 2 tbsp coconut cream

GARNISH

  • ½ cup coconut cream
  • fresh passionfruit pulp or passionfruit coulis

INSTRUCTIONS

CRUST

  • Preheat your oven to 175°C (350°F). Lightly grease the base and sides of a 9.5" tart tin with some oil or vegan butter.
  • Make a "flax-egg" by mixing together the ground flaxseed with 2½ tablespoons of water. Allow to sit for 5 minutes.
  • In your food processor, combine the flax egg, gluten-free flour, ground almonds, coconut sugar, salt and vegan butter and blend until the ingredients stick together to form a dough. If needed, add the tablespoon of water and blend again to bring the mixture together.
  • Evenly press the dough half of the dough into the sides of the tart tin first, then press the remaining dough into the base of the tin. With a fork, gently prick the dough several times.
  • Bake the crust for 12-15 minutes until slightly browned, then allow to cool to room temperature (do not remove the tart from the tin). Once at room temperature, place the tart in the fridge to chill while you prepare the filling.

FILLING

  • If using fresh passion fruit, scoop the flesh and pass through a sieve to separate out the seeds. Use the back of a spoon to press and squeeze out all of the pulp.
  • Add the passionfruit pulp, orange juice, light brown sugar to a saucepan and simmer on a medium heat for 10 minutes.
  • In a bowl, whisk together the plantbased milk, cornflour and agar-agar to remove any lumps. Add the cornflour mix to the saucepan and simmer for another 3 minutes, whilst whisking vigorously. Add the coconut cream and continue to simmer for another minute while whisking vigorously. Remove from the heat and allow to cool slightly for 10 minutes before pouring the filling into the tart shell.
  • Place in the fridge to set for 3-4 hours (or overnight if preferred).
  • Garnish with whipped coconut cream and passionfruit pulp or passionfruit coulis.
  • Store in an airtight container in the fridge and consume within 2-3 days.

NUTRITION

Calories: 290kcal | Carbohydrates: 35g | Protein: 5g | Fat: 15g | Saturated Fat: 7g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 2g | Monounsaturated Fat: 2g | Trans Fat: 1g | Sodium: 139mg | Potassium: 230mg | Fiber: 4g | Sugar: 14g | Vitamin A: 575IU | Vitamin C: 22mg | Calcium: 53mg | Iron: 2mg
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10 thoughts on "Vegan Passion Fruit Tart"

  1. Hi! This looks delish. The thing is, I don’t have a food processor. Can I make the crust with my hands or in a high speed blender like “Blendtec”? What would you recommend?
    Will invest in a food processor soon for sure. This recipe looks like it’s worth it 😉
    Thanks!
    Carole

    1. Hi Carole, Many thanks 🙂 You can make the crust using your hands by rubbing the butter into the dry ingredients. You may need to add a tablespoon or two of cold plantbased milk to bring it all together.

        1. You’re welcome. I don’t think cashew cream will work, coconut milk is needed for consistency and setting of the filling.

    1. And also can the agar agar be omitted? Does it make the tart more jelly like than tart like? Thanks very much!

      1. Hi Caroline,

        I tend not to freeze these sort of tarts as the water crystallisation can change the texture of the filling when defrosted

      2. The agar is needed to set the tart, I wouldn’t skip it as it won’t set without it. The consistency is like a set curd.