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Canadian Butter Tarts (plant-based, gluten-free)

If you’re not Canadian, you might not know what a butter tart is – it’s a bit like a mini pecan pie but with raisins instead of pecans.
We couldn't find Canadian butter tarts when we lived in California, so we started making a vegan, gluten-free version ourselves - for a bit of a taste of home.
It's a great recipe for a snow day like we have in Toronto today!
For today's inspiration, here is a quote from Dr. Martin Luther King Jr:
"Be a bush if you can't be a tree.
If you can't be a highway, just be a trail.
If you can't be a sun, be a star.
For it isn't by size that you win or fail.
Be the best of whatever you are.”
5 from 12 votes
Prep Time 30 mins
Cook Time 30 mins
Total Time 1 hr
Course Dessert
Cuisine Canadian, Vegan
Servings 6


Tart base

  • 1 cup chickpea flour (gram or besan)
  • 1 cup almond flour (finely ground)
  • ½ cup tapioca flour
  • 1 Tbsp cornstarch
  • ½ tsp salt
  • ½ cup cold vegan butter or margarine
  • 4-5 Tbsp cold soy milk


  • ¾ cup raisins
  • ¾ cup coconut sugar
  • 4 Tbsp vegan butter or margarine
  • 2 Tbsp soy milk
  • 2 Tbsp maple syrup
  • 3 Tbsp cornstarch
  • ½ tsp vanilla


  • Make the filling: Soak the raisins in boiling water for 20 minutes to plump them up, then drain the water.
  • In a small bowl, cream the coconut sugar and vegan butter together until well combined, then mix in the soy milk, maple syrup, cornstarch, and vanilla. Stir in the plumped-up raisins and mix well.
  • Make the dough: In a large bowl, mix the 3 flours, cornstarch, and salt together. Cut in the cold vegan butter with a knife until it’s pretty finely chopped into crumbs (try not to use your hands too much or it will over-warm the dough). Then stir in the cold soy milk with a fork until you get a nice ball of dough coming together.
  • Split the dough into 6 equal pieces (you can use a scale if you want to be precise, or eyeball it). Press into six 4" tartlet tins, making sure the crust is not too thick on the bottom (or you can make 12 mini tarts in a muffin pan).
  • Spoon the filling into the pastry cups, all the way up to the top but not spilling over. 
  • Bake at 325F for about 30 minutes (check after 20 minutes if using a muffin pan). They should be bubbling and a deep brown color when they’re done, with a golden crust.
  • Cool for 10 minutes, then remove from the tartlet tins and serve your Canadian butter tarts warm. They also freeze well for reheating at another tea time.


Did you make this? Tag @maitricooks on Instagram and leave a rating in the comments below. Lots of love! 
Keyword baking, Canadian, gluten-free, plant-based