These chocolate strawberry tartlets have a creamy, vegan dark chocolate filling. They are a perfect one-bite treat which can be made gluten-free. A quick baking graham cracker crumb crust makes this an easy recipe.
If you can find ready made graham cracker crumbs, this recipe will be quicker. A good gluten-free and vegan option is Kinnikinnick Graham Style Cracker Crumbs. Pamela’s are also gluten-free but contain honey. If you can’t find graham cracker crumbs, take your favorite graham crackers and grind to fine crumbs using a food processor. Or place them in a zip top bag and crush with a rolling pin or mallet.
The graham cracker crumbs are mixed with a little liquid sweetener (maple syrup or agave) and vegan butter. You’ll press the mixture into a mini muffin tin and bake for 5 minutes. That’s it!
I give you 2 options for the filling. Both are quick, easy and vegan and have just a few ingredients.
OPTION #1-Chocolate avocado cream filling. This filling is dairy-free and has no cane sugar. It uses a base of fresh, ripe avocado with:
- Cocoa powder gives the avocado cream option a super dark chocolate flavor and means no messy melting of chocolate.
- Sweetener – Any sweetener will work in the chocolate cream. I prefer to use agave or maple syrup but coconut sugar, white sugar or even a keto sweetener will work too, Once the cream is blended, be sure to taste. If you prefer it sweeter, add a couple of teaspoons, or more, of sweetener to make it to your liking.
- Vegan butter brings the chocolate avocado cream to just the right flavor and texture. It also gives it a gorgeous glossy finish. My go to brand is Earth Balance Vegan Buttery Sticks. I prefer their unsalted version if you can find it. If you don’t avoid butter, feel free to sub that in.
OPTION #2-Two ingredient chocolate ganache filling. This filling is simply melted chocolate with some dairy-free milk or cream. It will firm up as it cools, more so than the avocado cream. Nut Pods are a great vegan cream sub with no sugar or sweetener. Use your favorite bittersweet or semisweet chocolate. For a great allergy-free, dairy-free option, I prefer Enjoy Life Chocolate Morsels.
Fresh Strawberries – Fresh strawberries make this a beautiful dessert. Chop them into chucks or slice and arrange on top. If making these tartlets ahead of time, wait until just before serving to add the strawberries.
These tartlets are a showstopper with a drizzle of white chocolate. Simple melt 1/3 c white chocolate and drizzle on top. Or for a double dose of chocolate, drizzle with melted dark or bittersweet chocolate.
More Gluten-Free Appetizer and Snack Recipes
For sweet and savory small bites try my Brie and Date Tartlets, Feta and Apricot Tartlets or Ricotta Kale Tartlets. Make a mini version of my Butternut Squash Pancakes for a tasty dairy free snack. These Gluten-Free Baked Corn Dog Bites are a perfect kid-friendly, game-time snack.