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Avocado and Dark Chocolate Tart

10 Servings

Cook Time
1 hr 15 mins

Chill Time
2 hrs 25 mins

Total Time
3 hrs 40 mins

Rich, creamy, and gorgeous, this mild-flavored tart is sure to make you an avocado-dessert convert. We love the combination with pistachios, but feel free to try almonds or even macadamia nuts.

Avocado and Dark Chocolate Tart

Iain Bagwell
 ½ cup unsalted roasted pistachios
 6 oz (28) dark chocolate wafer cookies such as Famous
 2 tsp granulated sugar
 Kosher salt
 5 tbsp unsalted butter, melted
 2 medium soft-ripe avocados
 8 oz cream cheese, at room temperature
 6 tbsp powdered sugar
 2 tsp each lemon juice and vanilla extract
 4 oz dark chocolate (60 to 64% cacao), chopped
 ½ cup heavy whipping cream

Preheat oven to 350°. Pulse pistachios in a food processor until coarsely ground; reserve 1 tbsp. Add cookies, granulated sugar, and a pinch of salt to remaining nuts and whirl until finely ground. Add butter and whirl until mixture is just combined. Press over bottom and up sides of a 9- to 10-in. tart pan with a removable rim. Bake until fragrant, 10 to 12 minutes. Let cool completely on a rack.


Scoop avocados into cleaned food processor. Add cream cheese, powdered sugar, lemon juice, vanilla, and a pinch of salt; whirl until smooth. Spread filling in tart crust, preferably using an offset spatula. Chill while making ganache.


Put chocolate in a small heatproof bowl. Heat cream in a small saucepan until bubbles form at edge of pan. Pour cream over chocolate and let stand 1 minute. Whisk until smooth. Cool ganache until just warm to touch (95°), 5 to 6 minutes.


Pour ganache over avocado filling and gently spread to cover, preferably using a clean offset spatula. Sprinkle with reserved 1 tbsp. pistachios. Chill at least 2 hours.

MAKE AHEAD: Up to 8 hours, chilled and uncut (wrap airtight after 2 hours).

Nutrition Facts

Servings 10

Amount Per Serving
Calories 460Calories from Fat 316
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 35g54%

Saturated Fat 17g85%
Cholesterol 59mg20%
Sodium 251mg11%
Total Carbohydrate 33g11%

Dietary Fiber 4.4g18%
Protein 6.1g13%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily value may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.