3 Ingredient Tart Crust (Vegan)

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Say hello to the easiest tart crust ever! Not only is it gluten free, oil free and vegan- but it’s also made with just 3 simple ingredients! The perfect base for any sweet dessert.

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While I love cakes, tarts and pies are definitely my preferred choice of dessert when it comes to the holidays. Something about a perfectly crisp base with delicious filling is just so satisfying to bite into!

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I’ve been on the look out for the perfect easy dessert crust for pies and tarts. Traditionally, pie crusts contain flour, butter (or oil or some sort), egg and maybe some sugar. I don’t mind using oil once in awhile, but I wanted to experiment with an oil free dessert crust so decided to swap out the flour for almond meal because it’s higher in fat naturally. Plus, if you’ve tried cookies with almond meal before you know how delicious they come out when baked! Of course, NO EGGS are needed to make delicious desserts. Egg replacements usually contain flax or arrow root or tapioca starch. I personally don’t like flax meal so I figured I would just go with one of the starches as a binder. I needed something to get the mixture to combine together so I played around with just a little bit of water, but it fell apart. The second time, I used nut butters- a little better but not sticky enough. I also wanted to add a bit of sweetness so tried maple syrup. This was the best- it came out slightly sweet, crisp and didn’t fall apart!

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It’s ridiculously easy to make- just mix all the ingredients into a bowl and press it into your tart or pie tin.

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I hope you love this 3 Ingredient Tart Crust as much as I do, because it’s:

  • crispy and flakey

  • lightly sweetened

  • perfect as a base for any pie or tart

  • so simple and easy to make

  • only made with 3 ingredients

  • vegan

  • oil & gluten free

  • and so delicious!

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Tips and Tricks to making 3 Ingredient Tart Crust

  • Remember to poke holes at the bottom of your crust as this prevents breaking!!

  • This tart is best freshly out of the oven, if you want to make it before hand I recommend you make the dough ahead of time and place it into the fridge- then on the day of you can bake it and put your filling in

  • If you do decide to bake the tart ahead of time, let it sit uncovered. As well, place it into the oven for 5 minutes at 350F just to let the tart crisp up again

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If you recreate this 3 Ingredient Tart Crust please share it and let me know what you think by tagging me on Instagram @lisakitahara, I love seeing all of your tasty recreations!


  • 1 3/4 c almond meal (180g)

  • 3 tbsp maple syrup (60g)

  • 4 tbsp tapioca starch (45g)

  • 3 tbsp water (35g)

  • pinch of salt



  1. Pre heat oven to 350F (180c)

  2. Into a large mixing bowl, add all the ingredients and mix until it comes together and a ball forms (can use your hands)

  3. Press them into 3 mini pie/tart tins or one large pie/tart tin

  4. Poke holes on the base with a form lightly

  5. Place into oven for 13 minutes, rotating half way- or until lightly browned.


  • SERVINGS: 3 mini tarts or 1 large tart

  • PREP TIME: 5 minutes

  • COOK TIME: 13 minutes