Thanksgiving No-Bake Chocolate Caramel Tarts

I absolutely positively 100% adore this recipe. I love it, I want it, I gotta have it. The leftovers are sitting in my fridge right now, just calling my name. And when I was deciding which dessert recipe to bring to my Friendsgiving, I immediately decided this one as soon as I made it for the first time. I need to throw it in the trash so I stop creeping at the fridge, cutting off tiny slices…every 10 minutes. I made this recipe based off my “Peanut Butter” Cream Pie that you can find in Juli Bauer’s Paleo Cookbook and can also find it on my site since I shared it with you all before the book came out! Just FYI, in this recipe I use a Vanilla Bean Caramel Sauce that you can find on page 250 in Juli Bauer’s Paleo Cookbook. If you have the book, finding this recipe will be easy and PS- I love you! If you don’t have my book quite yet, well now you have a million ways to get it so you can definitely make this recipe by Thanksgiving day! You can grab it on Amazon for 44% off, grab it online for 44% off or in stores at Barnes & Noble, or you can pick it up in Costco in Canada and nationwide here in the US, and you can also grab it at many independent book stores!

Thanksgiving is creeping up pretty quickly! Have you planned your menu yet? I’m planning to make blue cheese stuffed bacon wrapped dates and this chocolate caramel tart! We are getting our fitness on first thing in the morning then we are getting our mimosa brunch on with multiple mimosas and I’ve heard there will be a turducken gracing us with it’s presence during brunch. Have you ever tried one of those? This will be my first time and I’m not sure how I feel about it since I will be trying it in a CrossFit gym. I see gyms as cesspools of grossness. So the last thing I want to do is eat in one. Aw well, I’ll do it anyways. Then after getting tipsy, we will be heading to a friends house for a Friendsgiving and then have another Friendsgiving on Saturday. Best days of the year.

Guess what you guys? If you check my site on a regular basis, soon you’ll be noticing a difference…I’m giving my site a face lift soon! And the new website is almost done so you’ll be seeing it real soon! Since Google recently changed it’s policies and ranks sites lower if they are not mobile friendly, it was time to change up my site and make it easier for you to navigate and make Google like me more. So by Friday or by early next week, you’ll have a pretty new site to look at and you’ll no longer have a hard time finding what you need when you’re looking at the mobile site. Are you pumped as I am!?

Should we put Christmas lights up on our house? To me, that sounds like a lot of work. But I don’t want to be the lame neighbor who doesn’t try. The other day, I shoveled my driveway just to look like a good neighbor. Everyone else’s driveway and sidewalk melted within hours but I didn’t want to be the sh*t neighbor who didn’t try. It’s funny because in general life, I absolutely do not give a sh*t what people think, but when it comes to what my neighbors think, I care. What’s that about?

Who cares. Just go make this.

PaleOMG Chocolate Caramel Tart


Thanksgiving No-Bake Chocolate Caramel Tarts

  • Yield: 5 4-inch tarts 1x



For the caramel

For the crust

For the topping


  1. First, make the caramel then set aside to let cool a bit.
  2. Make the crust: Pulse the walnuts and almonds in a food processor until a nut meal begins to form. Then add the rest of the crust ingredients and pulse until completely combined.
  3. Press the crust mixture into the bottom of five 4-inch tart pans or 10-inch tart pan or a rectangle tart pan and up the sides as much as possible.
  4. Pour about 3 tablespoons of the caramel into the middle of each tart pan or pour all the caramel into one large pan, leaving a little bit of crust around the outsides (this will help the chocolate seal the tart later). Place in the freezer for about 5 minutes, until caramel is hard.
  5. While caramel hardens, melt chocolate in a double boiler. When caramel is hard, pour chocolate over the top of each caramel tart, covering all the caramel and smoothing the chocolate out to the sides of the tart. Sprinkle a pinch of coarse sea salt in the middle then place in the fridge for about 10 minutes, until chocolate is set and has hardened.
  6. Before serving, remove from refrigerator for 10-15 minutes then run a knife under hot water for a bit, wipe dry then slice.

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87 thoughts on “Thanksgiving No-Bake Chocolate Caramel Tarts”

  1. Well I did have my menu planned… might have to change up the dessert now though. Or maybe I will make both… caramel apple crisp and chocolate caramel tarts… and I was hoping for left over caramel for the salted caramel mocha or caramel cinnamon rolls. I don’t like caramel at all.

  2. Yum! This looks great. Also I really need to make some blue cheese stuffed bacon wrapped dates, NOM!

    We do a turducken at my annual friendsgiving (we actually call it Turducken Day) and it’s delicious! Enjoy 🙂

  3. You’re killing me smalls! I thought I had my menu done but it keeps getting bigger because of you! 🙂 Do you think coconut oil would work instead of the ghee? I don’t have any and no where to get it soon enough 🙁

  4. Thank you for another fantastic recipe! I sent out the ‘final’ menu to our guests yesterday, but purposefully left one dessert very vague because I just can’t decide! Well now you’ve made it even harder! How many days ahead do you think you could make this and it still taste like perfection?

      1. Do you happen to have it covered or uncovered? These things can certainly make a difference! I also worry too much about details, but you know… Haha!

  5. Did you use cream or coconut milk in the caramel sauce for yours as shown in pic? Does it change the final product to use one over the other? Thanks in advance 🙂

  6. It’s really disappointing that this isn’t a complete recipe. The only way to make it is to buy the book and with Thanksgiving less than two days away not enough time to do so.

    1. i agree Sarina 🙁 I was really excited to make this and then realized i couldnt without buying the book. I have another of her cookbooks and another one now is not in the budget. I think if you had included that in this recipe it might have helped sell the book as well or better than forcing the sale.

      1. diane, i’m not forcing you to buy the book. i’m also not forcing you to make this recipe. if you are upset about not having a certain recipe, then choose from my other 650 FREE recipes on my website.

  7. Alrighty. The caramel sauce is cooking. I love the fact that you love food this much. Seriously. I’m actually also making the slow cooker short rib tostadas. Man that stuff is good. Especially the tortillas. Just wanted to say thank you and I really hope you have an excellent thanksgiving. Your cookbook has absolutely inspired my paleo cooking. It’s like paleo on crack. I like it SO SO SO much more than any of the other ones I own (actually including the paleo kitchen). We have similar taste buds (I guess). 😀 My kids love it too (they’re 4 and 2). OH and the shrimp stuffed peppers-ohhhh, that stuffing is to die for.

  8. “Click here for entire recipe” it says. I am quite disappointed to find only HALF of a recipe and a link to your cookbook to get the rest.

    1. This will not make me buy your cookbook.
    2. I am now unsubscribing and unfollowing.

    I don’t need your click bait.

    1. i’m sorry you feel that way lala. i worked very hard on that cookbook and on that recipe and i can’t share all of the recipes from the book (since I shared 6 or 7 already on my site and others have shared the recipes on their blogs as well) but many people do own my book and i want to give them the chance to create a new recipe with the book they already own, as well as share the book with people who don’t already own it. this isn’t click bait, this is me sharing my hard work with the world and being proud of that work. remember, i have over 500 FREE recipes on here to choose from, so there is no need to be mad or unhappy in this situation.

    2. Lala,

      I have to admit I felt a little bit like you did when I too clicked on the link expecting to see the FULL recipe. And then I checked my ego. Who am I to demand all of these recipes, and all of this information be handed to me for FREE? What in the hell did I do to receive Juli’s recipes just because I want them? Not a damn thing. I cannot even fathom how many hours, how much money, how much emotional and mental brain power Juli has spent thinking of recipes, shopping for AND buying the ingredients, testing out the recipes, re-testing the recipes, DOING CROSS FIT, TEACHING CROSS FIT, taking care of her adorable pup, washing clothes, cleaning her house, etc. etc. etc. Just writing all of that exhausts me and I’m sure I missed at least a dozen things. SO, I hunkered down and proudly purchased her book, for $10. That’s pennies on the dollar compared to all of the above. And I’ll be one happy, satisfied chick making each one of the recipes in the book, plus being able to pick through ALL of the recipes she has posted here for FREE. It’s all perspective honey.

  9. Oh Lala you cheap biotch stop complaining and go buy the cookbook that will change your life!! Ever think how lucky we are to get even half of the recipes posted here FOR FREE…rant over thanks again for this bomb dessert Juli I will be enjoying it this week for sure!!!

    1. Emily, i can’t speak on Lala’s behalf but not everyone can afford extra purchases, if I wasn’t on such a tight budget at this point in my life, I’d have for sure purchased Juli’s book, but it seems some people especially bloggers have lots of cash and don’t get it. I appreciate Juli’s hard work and free recipes but honestly, *I* for one feel she has been pushing the book really hard and in this case I personally feel this was in poor taste.

      1. i’m sorry you feel as though i push my book too hard, but remember, this is my job. my blog, my books, my hard work is MY job. so i have to work my hardest to promote something i worked so hard to create. i don’t have a PR team doing that for me, I AM doing it on my own. so when you feel as though “i don’t get it” please understand that just a few years ago, my income was below the poverty line and i had to create this business on my own, scraping pennies to still create recipes for FREE for people like you. so “i get it”, 100% i get it. but me promoting myself and my hard work is never in poor taste, ever.

      2. (I hope my comment shows up correctly, I don’t have a reply option to your comment, Juli, only my own.)
        I don’t think it was fair of Emily to assume someone is being cheap because they haven’t bought the book. I have lusted over your new book, Juli, and contemplated repeatedly if I could swing it, but have had to muster the will power and realistically reel myself in to wait for a time when hopefully, life is going a little smoother.
        On the flip side, I also don’t think it was fair of Lala, or others, to take such a harsh or demanding tone. I apologize, Juli, for saying what I said, because I DON’T know what it’s like to be a blogger, nor do I think I could do it because I wouldn’t be comfortable having to push/promote myself as hard as a blogger has to. But thank you for responding, for sharing a little of what it’s like, and for all your free recipes. You are my favourite paleo recipe creator, I don’t think I’ve ever had a bad one from you, and out of all the different paleo bloggers, I’ve made by far the most from you. Whenever I make one of your recipes and my husband says “that was great”, I reply “Paleomg”, and he says “ok, no surprise then”. In other words, in my house, Paleomg is automatically synonymous with awesome.

      1. Hahaha shit. This is just the best response ever. Couldn’t be more glad to have pre-ordered your book, or to have driven from Baltimore to Pitt to have you sign it in person. You rule. I wasn’t even going to make this this week, but now I am going to SOLELY because of your awesome response to this haha

      2. Agreed!! Buy the book, buy the kindle book and get over it. I use her free recipes frequently and appreciate all her free workouts I can constantly look at. Thank you Juli!!!

  10. Woo hoo! Juli, I love the cookbook. Thanks for this recipe which I am adding to my Thanksgiving cheat day table! I just bought Lilly’s sugar free dark chocolate chips and bars.
    After reading “Deep Nutrition” ,”Why We Get Fat” and “The Rosedale Diet” I am convinced we need to cut both grains and nearly all sugar, so I’ve been trying to sub as much as possible the sugars in even those yummy paleo recipes. Can’t wait to make this tomorrow!

    1. i totally agree with you on that one, robin! sugar is the enemy…and the best all at the same time. hope you love the recipe on your special Thanksgiving day!

  11. Juli~
    Honestly, all I really want are your abs transferred onto my mommy body.
    I’ll get the cookbook in return and hope maybe by osmosis or something I’ll someday look like you. Freaking gorgeous.
    And this dessert looks to die for. I don’t have the cookbook though, so my body is safe this Thursday.
    HOWEVER, I will be putting it into my amazon cart and making it AS SOON as it arrives next week.
    Thank you. We (husband, daughter and moi) LOVE The Paleo Kitchen. I know we’ll feel the same about your new one. I had to wait to buy another cookbook as, even though he loves the food, the husband can’t seem to grasp my Paleo cookbook fetish.
    Happy T Day!

    1. HA!! absolutely loved this comment! hopefully you love JBPC even more and your final understands the fetish. it’s a totally normal fetish, one that i share with you!

  12. Juli – I have all your cookbooks. I like that you are posting new ways to get creative with recipes I already own.

    I have pinned the recipe and am looking forward to making it in the future.

    You ROCK!!!

  13. Geez! It’s the holidays people!! Stop being such negative Nancys (sorry to all of the positive Nancys who get a bad rep)
    I CANNOT wait to make this! I’ve been procrastinating getting the cookbook- I hoped someone would gift it to me but mainly because procrastination is what I do.
    Thank you so much for your recipes, your wit, and your cookbook! I’m happy supporting you because of all the other awesome things and free recipes! (And I’ve heard AMAZING things about the cookbook!)
    Sadly, I’m in the BFE and don’t have access to the book or my kitchen (I’m working this Thanksguving) so this will have to wait until after.

    Happy Thanksgiving!

  14. Juli, I read your blog all the time but this is my first time commenting. I am really struck by your main pic of the tart. It’s really good. I am looking closely at people’s pics because I want to learn food photography. Where did you learn? You do a really great job with it in general and it takes some major skills to do it well. I’d love to hear anything you have to say about your process with it.

    I love creating recipes and am slowly slowly trying to create a blog. It’s very much on the back burner at the moment, but something I love and am aspiring to.

  15. Holy crap I can’t believe the level of bitchiness going on about this recipe. People should be THANKFUL people like you post free recipes for them to use. Juli – I’ve been wanting to buy your cookbook but haven’t, now I’m doing it tomorrow. THANK YOU for all of your posts!

  16. I moved to Germany this summer, and was going to wait to purchase your book due to the price (it’s twice the cost abroad – freight/customs). However based on this recipe, and frankly the really negative comments above, I’m buying it now. I’ve followed you for a few years now and I’m excited that your hard work has paid off. I’ve appreciated the hundreds of free recipes and tips, and I hope you know that you’ve changed far more lives than some of these comments make it seem. Happy to support you. Thank you!

  17. Juli, I saw this recipe in my email this morning….This MADE me purchase your cookbook 🙂 I’m so happy it is available in the iBookstore. This will be an addition to the brussels sprouts and cornbread I bring to my sister’s for Thanksgiving. I’ve loved getting your emails, and seeing your progress and achievements. Your humor ROCKS, and I wish you all the very best.

    Take care! And have an amazing Thanksgiving <3

  18. Whoa whoa, PUMP THE BRAKES! Juli, you’re telling us that if we buy your cookbook you’ll give us more recipes to use along with it? So basically it’s a cookbook with no cover…just keeps getting bigger and bigger! Sounds like a steal to me.

    Just remember for anyone that loves her FREE recipes, it’d be wise to support her in buying her cookbook so she is able to make a living and therefore able to continue making recipes free to us. If you don’t have it, add it to your Christmas list. I just checked Amazon, it’s $19.61

    Juli- from one Coloradan to another, thank you for ALL your recipes. And just remember, there is always a smiling lamb somewhere out there.

  19. Chocolate. Caramel. Psh. Get in my belly stat! So what did I do to get the full recipe? I ordered your book from Amazon, DUH. And it was on sale *high-five*. To the lovely ladies having a bitch fit over the “half recipe”…..get a real problem.
    I am also making your whipped yams AND eggnog pumpkin pie for Thanksgiving *Heaven In My Mouth* Thank you for the hundreds of FREE recipes you share with us. We are so grateful (with the exception of a few grumpys, who either need to get laid or eat more chocolate, and wine. Wine makes everything better). Basically, I can’t wait for your cookbook to arrive, and to make this. Yummmm! Happy Thanksgiving!!!

  20. Honestly, I don’t understand all the hate. I don’t have the cookbook (yet) either, but I am in no way upset about this post.
    I remember reading your posts during the making of JBPC and know that you put your everything into that book. Why the heck wouldn’t you promote it!
    Also, you have about a gazillion recipes on here that I turn to everytime I need to make something for some event. And even though this blog and The Paleo Kitchen pretty much have me covered, I will eventually be buying JBPC because 1. I have no doubt that it is amazing and 2. because why wouldn’t I support someone who puts her all into supporting us, her readers, that she doesn’t even know. For now, this recipe will have to wait until I have the book

    Keep doing you Juli! Happy Thanksgiving!

  21. I agree with others about the sending of half a recipe. If the recipe was posted on Facebook/Instagram with half the recipe I wouldn’t have minded, simply keep scrolling but this recipe was sent as an email offering the recipe to
    subscribers, so yes, I’m disappointed that you chose that recipe with ‘conditions’. Everyone appreciates your generosity but I think people are simply disappointed because they love your recipes . Food for thought?
    (No bitchiness/negative nancy intended)

  22. I am thankful that you send any recipe at all. I disagree with the 1/2 recipe negative comments. If for whatever reason people don’t have the cookbook & don’t want it then they should sub their own idea.

    If they are so distraught that they have to make a petty comment & unsubscribe, they should leave without comment. It’s simply rude to criticize you & your recipes. Perhaps it’s the holiday stress getting to them; however, I doubt it…probably just their personality.

    I’m a first grade teacher who just finished parent/teacher conferences. So I’m a little sensitive to negative comments right now. For someone to pour their heart & soul into their job then be bashed because you didn’t go far enough to give them “enough” is so selfish. Just consider the source & remember some people have so little going for them; criticizing makes them feel powerful & important. Don’t let anyone tell you it’s “constructive criticism” because there is no such thing…

    Thanks for ALL you do; hours in the kitchen creating recipes, testing recipes (I’m sure not all are winners the first time) spending $ for quality ingredients. Hours on the computer, email updates, free complete recipes, partial recipes. If you didn’t write a cookbook, market your cookbook & sell your cookbook where would the $ come to pay your expenses?

    Have a Happy Thanksgiving. Enjoy your family….I look forward to more of your recipes, in any shape & form…

  23. THANK YOU for this amazing recipe and for ALL of the free content that you put on the blog! I’ve gotten so many cool points from my friends with your recipes. I have an allergy to walnuts could I use pecans instead? Or do you have any other recommendations? Again thank you! Casey

  24. Love your recipes and love your cookbook! Having a really hard time finding maple sugar in San Francisco and don’t have time to order it online. Any suggestions for substitutions?

  25. Saw this recipe yesterday, didn’t want to even wait for Prime Amazon to ship me the little tart pans so ran to BB&B last night to purchase them so I can make this for Thanksgiving. Thanks so much Juli, for your free recipes, cookbooks and for your virtual support. It was great meeting you when you were in NYC! You are truly an inspiration. Can’t wait to make this (will post on instagram and tag you!)

  26. I hadn’t bought your cookbook yet Juli, but this recipe looked so freaking amazing, that I just had to get it. I was too impatient to get it from Amazon, so used iBooks instead. Can’t wait to try it out!!

  27. Happy Thanksgiving Julie. I just bought the latest book – it’s time for me to give back for all the great free recipes, inspiration and giggles I get from reading your blog. Thank you! Looking forward to making the chocolate tart.

  28. BWAH-Hahaha! Dude we’re with Megan! My wife and I just read this…then read, read, and re-read and are baffled that even ONE person could have audacious ridicule on a FREE SITE haha. WTFrick people! I get getting the milk for free sometimes is GRAND- but sometimes you need some steak and butter to go with it! Sh chill out and use a different recipe “DEBRA!” ;P
    ANYWAY- here is to you Juli! For being self-promoting and building your empire from the ground up, under your own ambitions. WE FOR TWO (lol) will be subscribing and purchasing this book. I have been in the market to drop some lbs but want something sweet once or twice…a day 😉
    HAPPY THANKSGIVING JULI and thank you for being awesome.
    The Kizers

  29. Well Juli I did it, I bought your latest book. I’ve been looking for it and there is was at COSTCO so THANKS for selling it there. I’ve bought some of my favorite recipe books there. I mark the recipes I want to try first so now there are little pink post its sticking out all over that book, like hot pink fur. Really interested in the pizza dough. I make it out of cauliflower now but it’s REALLY messy and a lot of work squeezing the water out so this will be easier to do and less time.

  30. Hi Juli,
    You may have already answered this, and if so I apologize.. I didn’t want to read all the complaining…:) We have some almond allergies in this house so would you suggest this with all walnuts or switching almond for a different nut? Or should I make this as is and eat is all myself and tell the almond allergy person to suck it 😉


  31. Love this blog! I am constantly sharing with my family and friends recipes either from the blog or telling them to go out and buy Juli’s books. Don’t have the money? NEITHER DO I! At the age of 20 I ran into some major life changes with my health, specifically with autoimmune disorders as well as other cardiac issues. Through the surgeries I have been through and the fact that I lost my job and apartment in the same year due to financial issues and not being able to take care of myself I understand that many people struggle. My boyfriend works in EMS and 4 years ago when my life came crashing down he told me about a recipe that was served in the fire station that was absolutely AMAZING, that recipe was from I discovered my love for this new way of eating. I had to change my whole life due to my illness’ and while it is not easy I am on the path of healing my body. I have found numerous other bloggers through Juli’s blog and trust her opinions, recipes, and I am confident in all that she does. How dare people come onto HER place of work, and act entitled for a recipe. If for some reason you cannot find the exact recipe, go find a different one that you can incorporate into this one. Being on a paleo lifestyle means being creative and discovering new ways to sub different items into recipes. Through everything I have been through I have applied for grants and scholarships and am on my journey through college and just started my Bachelors this past summer and am currently still loan free. I don’t expect to be given anything, I find ways to apply for scholarships and grants and work my but off in school since I am unable to work still. I do searches RELIGIOUSLY, everyday to earn points to buy gift cards to in turn, purchase my cookbooks. There is not an excuse in my book for not being able to do something, strive to have what you want, better yet what you need. Because Juli’s books are essential to life! Okay, END RANT. I love Juli and appreciate everything she does for us all and I hope that she remains the humble person that she is. Not many people can say that they grew to such a remarkable person who actually cares about her followers. okay, now off to eat some dang chocolate caramel tarts! (:

  32. Juli– Love your recipes and plan on buying your book, especially after seeing some of the comments here! Thanks for providing some free recipes and enough to entice to buy the book. It is 100% your job and right to do so. One question: I also have a nut allergy. Any recommendations for alternatives for the crust? I hate to just buy a gluten-free crust from the store!

    1. thanks for being so awesome, JC! as for the crust, that’s a tough one. i don’t have the perfect answer as of right now, but i’m sure there are gluten free crusts you could find online and make yourself with rice flours or other sorts of gf flours!

  33. Apologies if this has been answered in the comments (there are a lot!) but how do I make the caramel if I don’t have the cookbook? Is the recipe posted and I just don’t see it?

  34. This looks beyond delicious! as soon as I can eat sugary stuff even just on occasion again (special holidays, etc) I will be cooking up this puppy for sure!!

  35. Can I use something else in place of maple sugar or coconut sugar? I’m living in Mexico right now, and it’s impossible to find those things here. Can I use Swerve sweetener instead?

  36. Yikes! I can see by your response that this is a sensitive topic. I didnt say you were forcing me to buy the cookbook but if i want this particular recipe i am forced to buy it. Im sorry that it came off sounding like an insult, believe me it wasnt meant that way ( a common hazard of the written word). As I said, this is my first time here and I havent had a chance to see any of your free recipes. I certainly will look at them and return here to browse. I am a collector of cookbooks and i currently have 400+ on my shelves. Ill buy more of yours im sure as I love the one i have. Please take a deep breath and try not to let comments raise your dander. You have a lovely site and everything to be proud of but i do feel a little like i have been reprimanded. Again, as a new comer without having read all of the comments before making one myself, I am sorry if I hurt your feelings. I am not upset in anyway…i was just making an observation. Ill make the recipe when i get your book or maybe you will have a dessert book by then 🙂 God Bless you and your effort here.

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