Fruity, delicious, and with a paleo, almond flour crust! These mini blueberry tarts are a perfect summertime staple. They're light and indulgent but not too sweet and work just as well as a refreshing dessert as they do a healthy snack.
Bursting with fresh blueberry and maple flavor, these little tarts will win you over in no time!
Dairy-free, flourless, gluten-free, and paleo these mini blueberry tarts are all-around healthy! Plus, they contain real-food, simple ingredients which means they're great for toddlers and meat my seal of approval as a Certified Nutrition Coach.
Fresh berries make the perfect summer indulgence and these tarts take it up a notch (just like this triple berry crumble recipe!)
You'll fall in love with these mini blueberry tarts because:
- They're light but refreshing
- The tarts are loaded with simple, nourishing ingredients
- They contain minimal ingredients
- Allergy-friendly and paleo-approved
- They're amazing as-is or topped with dairy-free vanilla ice cream
Ingredients You'll Need
These mini tarts are one of those amazing recipes that seem extremely "fancy" but are really quite simple.
In fact, you only need a handful of ingredients (and none of them are puff pastry!)! Most of which you probably already have in your gluten-free pantry.
Fresh blueberries: though these tarts taste best with fresh blueberries, they can easily be made with frozen ones too.
Maple syrup: the only sweetener in this recipe! This is what makes them such a great treat: all natural flavor.
Chia seeds: used to make the blueberry pie filling while giving the recipe a dose of healthy fats. Especially since chia seeds are one of the foods I think should be in every toddler's diet!
Almond flour: make sure to used blanched almond flour so that the blueberry mini tarts don't come out with a "gritty" texture. Almond flour also just looks prettier! This is what's used to make the gluten-free pie crust instead of opting for puff pastry!
Coconut oil: gives a satiating feel to the paleo pie crust.
Many recipes will call for lemon juice in their mini blueberry tarts. Though lemon juice will help add a refreshing burst and prolong the shelf life, I've found it isn't necessary for these tarts.
Step By Step Photos
Notes On The Paleo Pie Crust
The crust is made with almond flour. Though you can definitely use almond meal, your crust will be slightly "chunkier" and not as "indulgent".
Since the maple blueberry filling uses maple syrup, there is no sweetener added to the paleo pie crust.
This is one of the reasons that the blueberry tarts make such a great toddler snack.
However, if you want to use them as more of a dessert or whoever you're serving has a bigger sweet tooth, simply add one tablespoon of coconut palm sugar into the pie crust mix.
On the other spectrum, if you want to lower the carb count on this, you can use vanilla stevia in place of maple syrup. Since blueberries are a keto fruit, it'll be much more healthy fat-based and less sugar!
One thing to note is that while the paleo pie crust does hold together, it needs to cool properly before removing it from the molds of the muffin. Letting it sit is what firms up the crust.
Important Teaching Tips
Though most people use lemon juice in their filling mixture, I find it isn't necessary. However, grating some lemon zest onto the tarts does give them a flavor boost. Just make sure that the lemon zest is extremely fine.
You can easily substitute the blueberries with fresh raspberries or any other favorite.
The tarts can be made suing frozen fruit as well. When making the chia filling, there will be a bit of extra liquid if using frozen fruit. Simply boil it down for a few extra minutes.
The chia jam firms up a bit more when chilled, so I personally leave mine just a little bit runnier than normal if I know I'll be storing the blueberry tarts for later.
Though these mini blueberry tarts are perfect as is, they also taste delicious in a bowl with some dairy-free vanilla ice cream too!
Frequently Asked Questions About Mini Blueberry Tarts
This blueberry tart recipe is best when kept in the refrigerator. Not only does this bring out the freshness of the blueberries but it also helps the min tarts firm up and hold together also. Coming out of the freezer they tend to thaw so that the paleo pie crust becomes a bit too soggy.
You can definitely use frozen fruit to make mini blueberry tarts. However, know that you will need to boil down the filling a bit more in order to use of the extra water from the fruit thawing.
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Mini Blueberry Maple Tarts In A Paleo Pie Crust
- Large wok
- Muffin tin
- Measuring Spoons
- 2 cups blueberries
- 3 tablespoons pure maple syrup
- 1.5 tablespoon chia seeds
- 2 cups almond meal
- 2 tablespoons coconut oil measured solid
- 1 teaspoon cinnamon
- 1 egg
- 1.5 tablespoons chopped almonds for topping
Make the jam:
- In a pot combine the blueberries and syrup and heat over medium high. One beginning to boil/simmer, use a potato masher to mash the blueberries leaving some intact for texture.
- Add in the chia seeds and stir to combine.
- Reduce heat to medium low and let simmer for 8-10 minutes or until desired texture.
Make the crust:
- Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
- In a large bowl combine all crust ingredients (except chopped almonds). Mix until it sticks together.
- Line a muffin tin with inserts and divide the almond mixture evenly into six tins. It will look like more than you need but you want the crust to be thick so it doesn't fall apart.
- Using your fingers, spread the mixture over the muffin tins pressing hard so it holds together.
- Bake in the oven for 8 minutes. The coconut oil will be bubbling on top, let them cool and firm up for fifteen minutes.
- Evenly distribute the blueberry mixture into the muffin tins.
- Topped with chopped almonds. Bake for three more minutes to combine flavors.
- Remove and let cool before enjoying!
- If you prefer a sweeter profile, add one tablespoon of coconut palm sugar to the paleo tart crust. Or use my favorite hack: vanilla stevia!
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- You can easily substitute the blueberries with fresh raspberries or any other favorite.
- Make sure to use silicone muffin cup liners, otherwise getting the tarts out of the muffin tray is terrible.
- The chia jam firms up a bit more when chilled, so I personally leave mine just a little bit runnier than normal if I know I'll be storing the blueberry tarts for later.
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These gluten-free, mini blueberry maple tarts are the perfect summer treat. They're fresh, full of healthy ingredients, and are bursting with flavor. They work perfectly as a healthy dessert or a refreshing snack.
Something I actually can eat! And no sugar! so great! Will be trying this.
So happy to hear it fits in with your diet/lifestyle- I hope you enjoy them!
Yum, I love that these are a healthy sweet treat! I think they will also be great later in the summer when I have saskatoon berries!
Yes! They're healthy enough for a snack but yummy enough for dessert!
Those sound delicious, and SO easy! Pinning to try later!
They're really tasty (because blueberries are awesome of course!)- thanks for sharing, it's really appreciated!
Your treats always look so yummy! I have a list of things I can't wait to try, this being one of them!
Courtney you're so sweet! Thank you for the compliment! I hope you enjoy them all!
These look absolutely delicious!!! So healthy too!!! My youngest son loves fresh blueberries so I need to make these for him!
Thanks Shell! They're really tasty (you can't go wrong with blueberry maple!). I could eat fresh blueberries all day and my daughter is the same 😀
Nadia | Body Unburdened
YUM! These seriously look amazing. Pinning for later 🙂
Thank you so much Nadia!
These are beautiful! I LOVE any blueberry treat <3
Thank you! I'm not normally an "fancy" baker haha but they taste amazing because well.. blueberries!
Carol Little R.H.
Thanks for taking us through the whole recipe like a tutorial!
These little babies.. look SO delicious!!
Love experimenting with GF and using maple syrup in baking!
Glad the step by step helped! They turned out so yummy, I ate a freakish amount haha I love the blueberry & maple combo!
These look so fun to do with my kiddos...GREAT recipe, thanks!
Oh I didn't even think of them with kids! My little one is still a bit young and would just steal all the berries haha- have fun making it with the kids!
Jessica @Small Bites by Jessica
These sound incredible! I adore blueberry recipes during the summer!
Mmm I know right?! I could eat blueberries all day
Mmm these look good, that maple syrup seems like the perfect touch
Blueberry maple is one of my FAVORITE combos! Plus, it keeps it refined sugar free 😉 So somewhat healthier
It looks so delicious...perfect for summer. My children would love this.
They're super tasty- and perfect for kids because of the little sugar!
These tarts look so good (+ so perfect for summer)! *-* I love blueberries!
I'm a blueberry fiend too! They make everything so yummy!
These look great, but they are not vegan and shouldn't be posted as such. Vegans do not consume eggs or anything made with eggs. Can you recommend something else that might work to bind together the crust ingredients?
Hey Denise! The tarts are definitely not vegan- can you point out where I mention they are as I can't seem to find it to correct it! (thanks). As for swapping out the egg, I would try using a flax egg (1 tbs flaxseed mixed to three tablespoons water to create a gel) and see how that comes out! It's my first go-to on egg swaps 🙂
the crust sounds fantastic!
It's a yummy one!
perfect bite sized treats!! we made these for kids bday party and everyone loved it!! even the kiddies asked for seconds!
Ekk! It's always a win when the kiddos approve haha
I thought these would be complicated until I saw the fairly short ingredient list and then I knew I had to make them! And they are so good!
Haha simple is CRUCIAL in my house!
These are so easy and turn out great. Love that you use chia seeds! Thanks for these healthy blueberry treats!
Chia seeds somehow get snuck into everything here haha so it was appropriate!
These lovely tarts have the perfect amount of sweetness, and I love that you used chia seeds to thicken the fruit compote.