Growing up in Jamaica, somehow we referred to fruit-filled hand pies as tarts, we enjoyed pineapple tarts. plantain tarts and banana tarts. So far I have made plenty of the savory versions, Jamaican Lentil Patties, Jamaican Ackee Patties, Jamaican Callaloo Patty.

Jamaican pineapple tarts on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper

Vegan Pineapple Tart

These pineapple tarts are great as desserts, or snacks, they are easy to prepare and are not only similar to hand pies but also like pineapple empanadas. 

I remembered stopping at Butter Flakes Shop in Montego Bay after to school to purchase pineapple tarts, the gooey sweet filling with the flakey pastry crust was such a flavorful addictive treat. 

My gluten-free vegan versions are just as delicious even though the texture of the crust is different but in a good way. 

Pineapple tart step by step

How To Make Vegan Pineapple Tart?

Prepare The Filling

  1. Place pineapple, sugar, water, lime juice, vanilla, ginger, cinnamon, and nutmeg in a medium saucepan. 
  2. Bring to a boil over medium-high heat, reduce to a simmer and cook for 40-45 minutes or until pineapple is translucent and thickened. 
  3. Remove from heat and cool completely. Set aside.

Prepare The Crust

  1. Place gluten-free flour, sugar, baking powder, salt in a bowl, mix until fully combined. Cut vegan butter into the flour mixture until crumbly.
  2. Cut in vegan butter in the flour, using a pastry cutter or your fingers until the dough looks like a coarse meal or bread crumbs.
  3. Add cold water and mix to form a dough ball, the dough will be sticky but don’t worry, it will firm up once it is chilled.  Cover bowl and transfer to the refrigerator for 10 minutes
  4. Preheat oven 400 degrees F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper and lightly spray or grease with oil. Set aside.
  5. Remove the bowl from the refrigerator, divide the dough into 6 equal pieces. Using an extra sheet of parchment paper, roll out each piece of dough into a 4-inch circle, about 1/8-inch thick. Add about 1 heaping tablespoon or more of pineapple filling in the center of the dough. 
  6. Fold half the dough over the filling to make a half-moon shape, then press the edges, the edges should easily stick together. Using the tines of a fork, press the edges to seal. Repeat until all the dough balls are filled.
  7. Transfer pineapple tarts onto the prepared baking sheet, bake for 25 minutes or until golden brown.

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Jamaican Vegan Pineapple Tart

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jamaican vegan pineapple tart on a round cutting board with 2 tarts, 1 whole and 1 cut in half and a white bowl with pineapple jam

Vegan Pineapple Tart

Easy vegan pineapple tart is flavorful with a melt in your mouth vegan and gluten-free crust, these tasty pineapple tarts are filled with a pineapple filling made from fresh pineapples, cane sugar, and spices.
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Course: Appetizer, Dessert
Cuisine: Jamaican
Keyword: pineapple tart, vegan pineapple tart
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 1 hour 5 minutes
Servings: 6 servings
Calories: 321kcal

Equipment

Ingredients

Filling

  • 2 cups fresh pineapple chunks
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 1 tablespoon fresh lime juice
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 teaspoon fresh ginger grated
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg

Crust

  • 1 1/2 cups all-purpose gluten-free flour
  • 2 tablespoons cane sugar
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup Vegan Butter (I used Earth Balance Buttery Spread)
  • 1/2 cup ice water

Instructions

Prepare The Filling

  • Place pineapple, sugar, water, lime juice, vanilla, ginger, cinnamon, and nutmeg in a medium saucepan.
  • Bring to a boil over medium-high heat, reduce to a simmer, and cook for 40-45 minutes or until pineapple is translucent and thickened.
  • Remove from heat and cool completely. Set aside.

Prepare The Crust

  • Place gluten-free flour, sugar, baking powder, and salt in a bowl and mix until thoroughly combined. Cut vegan butter into the flour mixture until crumbly.
  • Cut in vegan butter into the flour using a pastry cutter or your fingers until the dough resembles coarse meal or bread crumbs.
  • Add cold water and mix to form a dough ball. The dough will be sticky, but don’t worry; it will firm up once it is chilled. Cover the bowl and transfer to the refrigerator for 20 minutes
  • Preheat oven to 400 degrees F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper and lightly spray or grease with oil. Set aside.

Make The Tarts

  • Remove the bowl from the refrigerator, divide the dough into 6 equal pieces. Using an extra sheet of parchment paper, roll out each piece of dough into a 4-inch circle, about 1/8-inch thick. Add about 1 heaping tablespoon or more of pineapple filling in the center of the dough.
  • Fold half the dough over the filling to make a half-moon shape, then press the edges; the edges should easily stick together. Using the tines of a fork, press the edges to seal. Repeat until all the dough balls are filled.
  • Transfer pineapple tarts onto the prepared baking sheet and bake for 25 minutes or until golden brown.

Nutrition

Calories: 321kcal | Carbohydrates: 50g | Protein: 3g | Fat: 13g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 4g | Monounsaturated Fat: 5g | Trans Fat: 0.1g | Sodium: 292mg | Potassium: 72mg | Fiber: 4g | Sugar: 27g | Vitamin A: 753IU | Vitamin C: 27mg | Calcium: 69mg | Iron: 1mg