apple rose tart with coconut pastry cream dairy free

Apple Rose Tart with Coconut Pastry Cream {Dairy-Free}

Meredith 8:00 pm

Tarts are my go-to holiday desserts.  I find that tarts are easier to make and more elegant than pies.  Tarts contain less pastry (the filling is the best part, right?) and the pan has a simple scalloped edge so the crust is always beautiful.

Dairy-free Apple Rose Tart

Planning holiday meals has been a bit of a challenge lately because we have eliminated dairy from our diet.  Most desserts are filled with butter, milk and sometimes even cream.  So this year, I needed to create a celebration-worthy dessert that our whole family could enjoy.

dairy free apple rose tart with coconut milk pastry cream

Almond and Whole Wheat Flour Tart Pastry {Vegan}

This almond and whole wheat flour tart pastry is one of my favorites.  It has a flaky, nutty texture that is just slightly sweet.  And it is simple to make… no pastry cutter or rolling pin is required!  Simply mix the ingredients together and press the dough into the tart pan.  Also, the pastry can be made ahead and frozen until you are ready to bake it.

Coconut Milk Pastry Cream {Dairy-Free}

The pastry cream used in this apple rose tart is a coconut and vanilla-infused dream.  Creamy, sweet, and flecked with vanilla seeds, I have been known to serve it on its own with fresh berries.  The coconut milk pastry cream can be made in advance and refrigerated for up to 48 hrs prior to use.

Apple Roses {Dairy-Free}

For months, I have been wanting to create another dessert with these beautiful and delicious apple honey roses.  The apple roses can be easily made vegan by substituting maple syrup for the honey.

easy to make baked honey apple roses for Rosh Hashanah

Apple Rose Tart with Coconut Pastry Cream

This apple rose tart is one of my new favorite desserts.  It is beautiful and delicious.  The pastry is flaky, the cream is silky smooth, and the apples are tender and sweet.  All while being dairy-free and low in added sugar.

5 from 6 votes
apple rose tart with coconut pastry cream dairy free
Apple Rose Tart with Coconut Pastry Cream {Dairy Free}
Prep Time
35 mins
Cook Time
50 mins
2 hrs
Total Time
3 hrs 25 mins

A stunning and healthy dairy-free dessert your whole family will love!

Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: apple rose tart, dairy-free, healthy apple rose tart, how to make an apple rose
Servings: 8 servings
Calories: 271 kcal
Almond and Whole Wheat Flour Tart Crust:
  • 3/4 cup almond flour
  • 3/4 cup whole wheat flour
  • 2 tablespoon sugar
  • 2 tablespoons coconut oil
  • 3 tablespoons ice cold water
Coconut Milk Pastry Cream:
  • 1 cup coconut milk *
  • 3 egg yolks
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 1.5 tablespoon corn starch
  • 1/2 vanilla bean or 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
Apple Roses:
  • 4 apples
  • 2 tablespoons honey
  • 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
Almond and Whole Wheat Flour Tart Crust:
  1. Combine almond flour, sugar and coconut oil in a large bowl (mixture will resemble slightly wet sand). Then stir in whole wheat flour
  2. Add ice cold water, and mix until just combined (pastry will come together, but should not be sticky)
  3. Transfer pastry dough to a 14-in x 4-in tart pan (a 9-in round pan will also work) and press into place with fingers. Wrap with plastic wrap and refrigerate for at least 2 hours (or freeze until ready to bake)
  4. Pre-heat oven to 400°F
  5. Bake tart for 20 minutes, or until lightly brown and toasty smelling
  6. Remove from oven and cool completely
Coconut Milk Pastry Cream:
  1. Whisk together egg yolks, corn starch, and sugar in a medium size mixing bowl
  2. In a saucepan, heat coconut milk and vanilla bean until almost boiling (will be hot to the touch with some steam)
  3. Remove vanilla bean from coconut milk (if using) and scrape any seeds from pod into milk
  4. While whisking, slowly pour the hot coconut milk into the egg mixture
  5. Transfer the egg and coconut milk mixture back into the small saucepan and cook, stirring constantly, over medium-low heat until it thickens completely (3-5 minutes)
  6. Cool pastry cream slightly and transfer to a glass storage container with parchment paper on top (this will prevent the formation of a "skin" on the pastry cream)
  7. Refrigerate for at least 2 hrs until cool and up to 48 hours

Apple Roses:
  1. Prepare according to apple honey roses recipe
To Assemble Tart:
  1. Spread pastry cream evenly over cooled pastry tart shell
  2. Arrange apple roses on top of pastry cream. Use extra apple slices to make small roses to fill in extra space. Garnish with mint leaves, if using
  3. If not serving immediately, gently cover tart with plastic wrap and refrigerate until ready to serve (up to 4 hours)

*Note: I try to use coconut milk that does not contain any stabilizers (ie gums or thickeners). The ingredients should simply read coconut milk and water.  Trader Joe’s brand of coconut milk is a good option.

Tested and delicious substitutions:

Coconut milk pastry cream:

  • Maple syrup can be used in place of sugar for a no-refined-sugar option
  • Whole milk can be used in place of coconut milk (recipe will not be dairy-free)

Nutrition information (per serving, 8 servings per tart):

  • 271 calories
  • 9 g added sugar
  • 4 g fiber
  • 5 g protein
  • 10 mg sodium

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dairy free apple rose tart with coconut pastry cream


  1. I so admire this recipe. So beautiful and I just know it tastes amazing.

  2. This is so beautiful! The flavors sound perfect, too. Yum!

    • Thank you Mary! This apple tart is definitely a favorite in our house! And the coconut milk pastry cream is delicious in ALL kinds of tarts…

  3. Those apple roses are so pretty and festive looking! I love tarts as well but I forget to make them because I love pies so much! Will need to break out the tart pans again to try this!

  4. This does not look like food at all. What a delicious piece of edible art and table centerpiece.

  5. Wow that is such a beautiful tart! Even the individual portions look amazing! I definitely want to make these cute things. Time to hunt for a rectangle tart pan! 😀 Thanks for sharing!

  6. First, this is gorgeous. I’m such a fan of the apple roses. Second, sounds delicious and can’t wait to give the recipe a try. Thanks for sharing!

  7. This is gorgeous!!!

  8. This is one of the prettiest desserts I’ve ever seen! <3! I love that you used coconut cream! *-*

  9. I can’t get over how gorgeous this looks!

    • Thanks so much! It was really fun to make (and not hard at all)! I am looking forward to making it again for Thanksgiving!

  10. Wow! This treat is gorgeous!

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