Winter Temptations: My Bountiful Blood Orange Tart

Winter Temptations: My Bountiful Blood Orange Tart

I find blood oranges very alluring.

They magically transform my humble kitchen into an orange orchard whenever I slice into their ruby-red flesh. Their zesty, citrusy aroma infuses the air, inviting me to take a bite.

After gorging myself on these wintry orbs this month, I granted them a place in my dessert book.

I swapped my plans to bake an upside-down cake with an equally tempting tart recipe. It is brimming with nutritious goodness that fits into every type of diet plan.

This way, everyone can enjoy the upcoming festivities.

What’s hidden inside this tempting tart? 

Each slice of this pink-tinged tart features a sweet and zesty taste encompassed by a crispy crust. I adorned it with crimson fruits to intensify its hues. They also bring a fresh burst of flavor into this delicious dessert.

What to Expect?

  • A vegan tart
  • Foolproof recipe
  • No dairy
  • Gluten-free ingredients
  • Zero refined sugar

Top Baking Tips for Homemade Blood Orange Tart

Prepare to refine your baking skills by mastering the art of baking tarts. I strive to create recipes that balance health, taste, and aesthetics. That often requires extra effort and more research.

However, the end results are highly gratifying and oh-so-delicious.

If you’re up for the challenge, use my baking tips to amaze and astound your friends and family.

Here is what you need to do:

  • Precision Gets the Job Done

Use a kitchen weighing scale and correctly calibrated measuring utensils for accuracy. Maintaining the right ratios means lesser accidents and better textures. When it comes to flavors, do your best to follow my instructions unless there is room for adjustment.

  • Experience the Magic of Coco-Nutty Goodness

Traditional tarts are dipped in saturated cooking oils and additives to get the right texture. I avoid these unhealthy practices by seeking help from nature. Switching to coconut oil has made all the difference for me and my healthy tart. Splashing some into my mixture makes the crust flaky and less crumbly.

It also allows it to hold its shape longer.

  • Mastering the Crust

Tread carefully when you handle a freshly baked crust. These beauties will collapse if you rush through the process. I prefer letting my crust cool in the tart tin before shifting it to a wire rack. You can pop it in the fridge as a precautionary measure to ensure it binds before you pour the filling.

  • The Benefits of Agar-Agar Powder

If you’re looking for a vegan baking companion for tart fillings, look no further. Agar-agar powder gives your tart center a luminous, jelly-like texture without the aid of artificial additives.

Also, it does not have a lingering aftertaste like other substitutes. That is a bonus worth investing in for tart lovers everywhere.

Nevertheless, agar-agar powder demands attention. If you turn your back before it dissolves, the mixture can become a bubbly mess.

Now that you know my baking secrets let’s bake!

Healthy Hacks for Homemade Blood Orange Tart

Looking for ways to adjust the nutritional value and flavor profile? Let me lead the way with a few healthy substitutes that make this tasty treaty match your diet plan.

Here are a few things that work:  

  • Fruity Ingredient: oranges, lemon, grapefruits.
  • Alternatives for Nut Allergy: Use gluten-free all-purpose flour and whole wheat flour, with a 1:1 ratio instead of oat and almond flour.
  • Substitutes for Sugar: I prefer natural sweeteners like maple syrup and raw honey instead of refined sugar. They satisfy my sweet tooth without compromising my health. Adding to this is an adjusted quantity of cane sugar that adds a subtle sweetness to your desserts.

Are you ready to experience the magic of blood oranges? My healthy tart makes these ruby-orbed fruits sing. Do track #joyfulhomecooking on Instagram to get the latest updates on my joyful food journey. Also, remember to rate my recipes when you give it a go.


Winter Temptations: My Bountiful Blood Orange Tart

Indulge your taste buds with my tantalizing blood orange tart. Its super flaky crust encompasses a zesty and vibrant filling that leaves you craving for more. My secret recipe makes this seasonal affair more satisfying as you learn to harmonize nutrition with texture.

  • Prep Time: 20 mins
  • Cook Time: 30 mins + Additional Time: 3 hours
  • Total Time: 3 ½ hours
  • Yield: 12 slices 1x
  • Author:
  • Joyce Mrad




  • 1 1/4 cups GF flour
  • ¼ cup coconut oil
  • 1/2 cup almond flour
  • 2 tbsp pure maple syrup
  • A pinch of pink salt


  • 1 cup blood orange juice
  • 1 ½ cup coconut cream
  • 2 tbsp lemon juice
  • 3 tbsp maple syrup
  • 2 tbsp cornstarch
  • 1 tbsp blood orange zest
  • 1 tsp agar-agar powder
  • 1 tsp hibiscus powder



  1. Preheat the oven to 180°
  2. Prepare the tart pan by lining it with parchment paper. *
  3. Chuck all the flour, maple syrup, coconut oil, and salt into the food processor.
  4. Pulse the ingredients until you get a moist, moldable mixture.
  5. Firmly press the doughy mixture into the bottom and sides of a tart tin.
  6. Pop the pan into the oven.
  7. Bake for 15 minutes (or until the crust turns golden brown)
  8. Let the tart cool for a few minutes in the tart tin.
  9. Gently transfer the tart to a wire rack and let it cool. **


  1. Take a saucepan to whisk and combine fresh blood orange zest and coconut cream.
  2. Use a small mixing bowl to combine the remaining ingredients (except the agar powder). Stir thoroughly to dissolve the cornstarch.
  3. Pour the new mixture into the coconut cream saucepan. Stir until combined.
  4. Bring it to a boil, and then add agar powder. Stir vigorously.
  5. Let it simmer for 3 minutes (or until the agar dissolves properly).
  6. Strain the mixture through a mesh sieve.
  7. Let it cool at room temperature.
  8. Slowly pour your filling into the baked crust.
  9. Pop it into the fridge to set (approx. 2hrs)
  10. Serve it with orange wedges and other seasonal fruits.


*Lining the tart tin makes removing a baked tart from its tin easier.

** Pouring the tart filling into a freshly baked crust can cause the crust to crumble.

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