Gluten free coconut tarts

Gluten free coconut tarts

Updated 17th February 2022

I’ve only made these coconut tarts once and the day after I made them, I debated about playing around with the recipe. But a quick chat with my best friend (who’d sampled and loved them) convinced me that I needed to stop faffing and just get on and tell you all about them. 

These delicate coconut tarts with their buttery pastry base, generous helping of yummy raspberry jam and light (perfect ratio) coconut topping are a delicious treat. An ideal bake to offer up to friends and family with a nice cuppa when they drop by. 

Some coconut tart recipes suggest adding flour to the coconut mixture. I decided not to. But if you fancy a more cake-like consistency, then a tablespoon of gluten free self-raising flour added to the filling mixture will give you the desired effect. 

Ingredients (makes 24)

Gluten free shortcrust pastry (for the recipe click here)
For the filling
110g (4oz) softened butter (block butter is ideal but spreadable will work)
110g (4oz) caster sugar
110g (4oz) *desiccated coconut
2 large egg 
Raspberry jam (any flavour of jam would work though, but ideally use homemade or good quality shop bought one
A little extra coconut to sprinkle over the tarts before baking


Preheat the oven to 190C/375F/Gas 5/170C Fan.

Lightly butter two shallow 12 hole bun tins.

Roll out the gluten free pastry, on a clean work top, lightly dusted with gluten free flour and using a 7cm pastry cutter cut out pastry circles to line the tins. 

12 Gluten free pastry cases

Once you have lined the tins, fill each pastry tart with a level teaspoon of raspberry jam.

Gluten free pastry tarts filled with jam

Add the softened butter, caster sugar, coconut and egg to a large bowl and beat together until all the ingredients are incorporated. 

Mixture in a glass bowl for gluten free coconut tarts

Using a couple of dessertspoons, divide the coconut mixture evenly between the jam filled pastry tarts.

Gluten free coconut tarts

Sprinkle a little desiccated coconut onto each tart before sliding the trays into the oven. 

Gluten free coconut tarts

Bake for approximately 16 minutes until golden brown. 

Gluten free coconut tarts

Remove from the oven and leave to cool a little before removing the tarts from the tray. 

Gluten free coconut tarts

Recipe notes and suggestions:

Once baked the tarts will keep well in an airtight container for 2-3 days. They can also be frozen.

This recipe could also be used to make a large tart instead. Just increase the cooking time if you decide to go with this option.

These tarts would make a perfect pudding when served up with *custard. Or how about gently warming them and adding a generous scoop of *coconut ice cream? I’m thinking a good rich *chocolate ice-cream would work SO well too.

For a spot of added indulgent you could dunk the top of the tart in some melted *chocolate. Dark chocolate would work particularly well. 

If you want to halve the filling recipe, then by all means go for it (I did this). You could then use the spare pastry for another tasty treat, a quiche or some mini savoury pies perhaps?

Loved sharing this recipe with you – I think it may have been one of the easiest ones I’ve ever typed up. Thanks for checking it out. Any questions please don’t hesitate to get in touch.

For now,
Liz x

*Double check this ingredient to ensure it has no gluten containing ingredients, ‘may contain’ or ‘not suitable warnings’. If in doubt leave it out.

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