This No-Bake Pumpkin Spice Tart Recipe combines all the best flavors of fall – rich pumpkin, warm cinnamon, and sweet vanilla. Made with an easy and delicious no-bake crust, this Pumpkin Tart recipe is perfect for those who are looking for a delicious and fast dessert recipe to whip up this Thanksgiving.
No-Bake Pumpkin Spice Tart Recipe
The Fall season is officially upon us and I couldn’t be happier about it.
Sometimes I think about how little I appreciated fall when I was younger – always waiting for summer. I suppose it’s because back then fall was the time of year that we were all really settling into being back to school which really does take some of the fun out of fall.
Now, I so look forward to fall. I love the coziness, colours, and flavours of fall. Give me all the oversized sweaters in all the fall colours and anything pumpkin flavoured and I’ll be happy!
One thing I really love about this time of year is all the comfort food cooking.
Thanksgiving is Coming up FAST!
With Thanks Giving coming up in just a few weeks, my mind has been pretty zeroed in on what I want to serve up for our dinner.
Typically, Jeremy takes care of the turkey – he’s just totally got that down (in fact, I should really get him to share his go-to brine recipe on here… It’s delicious!) but I love making the sides and the dessert.
Making the dessert is especially fun for me. I’ve always really enjoyed baking – cooking took longer for me to come around to.
Growing up, I loved making the desserts and treats for the holidays. I was always whipping up holiday cookies, pies, cakes, or tarts with my favourite holiday flavors – pumpkin, cinnamon, apple, and cranberry for Thanksgiving, and peppermint, chocolate, eggnog, and ginger for Christmas.
This year I’ve settled on making this delicious Pumpkin Spice Tart Recipe. I’ve made it a number of times and it’s always been a crowd-pleaser, and it’s a bit lighter than the traditional Thanks Giving pumpkin pie. Plus, it’s pretty and I’m a sucker for pretty looking desserts.
What’s in this No-Bake Pumpkin Spice Tart Filling?
The filling for this No-Bake Pumpkin Spice tart recipe is shockingly simple!
It is just a mixture of cream-cheese, Greek yogurt, sugar, pumpkin puree, vanilla, and pumpkin spice seasoning. Easy peasy, right?
What’s in the No-Bake Crust?
Just like the filling, the No-Bake Crust is incredibly easy to make!
Just combine butter, graham cracker crumbs, cinnamon, sugar, and a dash of salt.
How to Make the Pumpkin Spice Tart Filling?
Making the filling is both fast and easy! You simply want to combine all the ingredients in a large bowl and then mix them together.
I recommend using a hand-mixer to really get the filling mixture as smooth and creamy as possible.
How to Make the No-Bake Crust?
Combine all the ingredients together and mix.
I recommend you really get into the mixture either with a spoon or your hands to ensure the crumble is entirely coated in the butter and somewhat damp.
Then you’ll poor your no-bake crust into a tart pan and press it firmly down so that it forms the shape of the tart pan. Then place it in the fridge.
How Long Does it Take to Make?
Not long at all!
The filling mixture takes only about 5 minutes to get all the ingredients ready and set, and really only 5 to whip together.
The pie crust takes only about 5 minutes to make as well.
The only time-consuming part about making this tart is pressing the tart into it’s mold, and the cooling process.
How Long Should I Chill it for?
Allow your tart and tart crust to set in the fridge for about 30-40 minutes before serving.
This will just help the crust stick together and keep it’s shape.
Can I Make this the Night Before?
If you don’t want to be stuck in the kitchen on Thanksgiving, or whenever you are making this for, then make it the night before. The tart will taste just as good the next day!
Just ensure you store this in the fridge overnight.
What if I cannot find Pumpkin Pie Spice?
Don’t worry, you can totally make this yourself.
Simply combine equal parts ground cinnamon, nutmeg, cloves, and ginger. So, 1/4 tbsp of each.
Can I use Sugar Substitutes?
This recipe calls for 1 cup of brown sugar, so here’s what you’ll want to use instead:
1 cup white sugar
1/4 – 3/4 cup maple syrup
1 cup coconut sugar
1 tsp of Stevia powdered sugar or liquid
3/4 cup of honey
What is a healthier alternative for the cream-cheese?
If you’d like to skip the cream-cheese component for this dessert and make it a bit lighter / healthier than simply use Greek yogurt instead.
You’ll just use 1 full cup of Greek yogurt rather than 1/2 cup of cheese cheese and 1/2 a cup of yogurt.
Is there a way to make this tart vegan and vegetarian-friendly?
You’ll need to substitute the:
To ensure your recipe is vegan, you’ll want to get vegan versions of these ingredients.
Thankfully, there are plenty of alternatives now so you likely won’t have any problem finding vegan and vegetarian options.
For example, you can substitute both the cream-cheese and yogurt ingredients with Daiya Greek Yogurt Alternative, or if you’d still like the creaminess of cream-cheese then you can try their Cream-Cheeze spread. (This is not sponsored, I’ve just found that Daiya products are available at many stores – use whichever brand you prefer!)
As for the butter ingredients, simply swap it out for margarine. Easy!
Lastly, for the sugar component, if you’re vegan you’ll likely want to use coconut sugar or maple syrup.
What cooking tools do I need to make this tart?
You’ll need a mixing bowl, mixing spoon, measuring cups, and a tart plate.
I would also recommend a hand-mixer. You don’t need this, but it will making the mixing process much easier and faster.
Where can I buy a tart pan or plate?
I actually found my tart plate at the Dollar Store. Seriously. It was $2.00 and I think it looks like it would cost quite a bit more.
In fact, I get a lot of my plates and dishes from the Dollar Store. I just find they have cute designs on them and they are super cost-friendly. Win-win.
I have also found tart and pie plates at cooking stores, Bed Bath and Beyond, and Walmart.
If you’d rather shop online though, here are some more options:
Can I use a frozen tart shell instead?
Of course, you can absolutely use a frozen tart shell instead of making your own. However, you likely will need to bake this shell.
Just be sure to review and follow the frozen shells baking directions. Then allow to cool before you pour in the filling mixture.
- 1 Can Pumpkin Puree (398ml)
- 1/2 cup of Softened Cream Cheese
- 1/2 Cup of Plain Greek Yogurt
- 1 Cup of Brown Sugar
- 1 1/2 tsp Vanilla
- 1 Tbsp of Pumpkin Pie Spice
- 1 1/2 Cups of Graham Cracker Crumbs
- 1/4 Cup Brown Sugar
- 1 Tsp of Cinnamon
- 1/4 Cup Melted Butter
Tart Crust Directions:
Let’s begin by making our tart crust!
- First, you’ll want to pour your bread crumbs, cinnamon, and brown sugar into a medium-large size bowl.
- Mix the ingredients together well.
- Then, pour in your melted butter.
- Mix very well until all the dry ingredients have been dampened by the butter. You may find you need to use your hands to ensure all the breadcrumbs are lightly coated in the butter.
- When your crust mixture is ready, pour it into your tart plate or pan.
- Begin to press the crust down and around the size to mimic the tart plates shape. You'll want to really press the crust down so there are no loose crumbs.
- Once done, place your crust into the fridge and begin making your filling.
Pumpkin Tart Filling Directions:
- Begin by adding pumpkin puree, brown sugar, and pumpkin pie into a large bowl.
- Using your mixing spoon or hand-mixer, begin to mix together. Mix until smooth.
- Then add in your softened cream-cheese and yogurt. Again mix either using your spoon or hand-mixer. Mix until smooth and creamy.
- Once smooth, pour your mixture into your tart crust. Use your smooth or a spatula to smooth out the top.
- Place in the fridge to set for 45+ minutes
- Serve up and enjoy!
Allow your tart to rest in the fridge for at least 45 minutes so that the crust and filling has time to set.
Serve with whip cream!
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Amount Per Serving: Calories: 206 Total Fat: 8g Saturated Fat: 5g Trans Fat: 0g Unsaturated Fat: 3g Cholesterol: 20mg Sodium: 120mg Carbohydrates: 31g Net Carbohydrates: 0g Fiber: 2g Sugar: 23g Sugar Alcohols: 0g Protein: 3g