Dark Chocolate Tart with Orange Candied Walnut Crust

Walnuts are one of my favorite snacks! They are delicious to eat especially on salads, in smoothies or as a candied treat. California Walnuts sponsored this month's Recipe Redux contest and I took this opportunity to make a sweet and simple dessert. This Dark Chocolate Tart is super rich and satisfies anyone's sweet tooth with just one small slice! 

By adding walnuts to any dessert (especially as a crust) is an easy way to consume more omega-3s and other important nutrients! 

DID YOU KNOW-- "Walnuts provide important components of a healthy diet – an ounce of walnuts has 2.5 grams of the essential plant-based omega-3 alpha-linolenic acid (ALA), and 4 grams of protein and 2 grams of fiber to keep you feeling full."

“By posting this recipe I am entering a recipe contest sponsored by the California Walnut Commission and am eligible to win prizes associated with the contest. I was not compensated for my time.”

Dark Chocolate Tart with Orange Candied Walnut Crust


  • 3 cups Orange Candied Walnuts
  • 1 tablespoon coconut oil
  • 8 ounces dark chocolate chips
  • 1 cup heavy whipping cream
  • 1 teaspoon sea salt
  • 1 orange, sliced
  • 1 tablespoon zest from orange


  1. Prepare Orange Candied Walnuts.
  2. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
  3. In a food processor, finely grind up orange candied walnuts. Add coconut oil. Grind up more.
  4. In a prepared tart pan, press crushed candied walnuts into pan to create crust, until bottom of pan is evenly covered.
  5. Bake crust for 5-10 minutes or until crust starts to brown around the edges. Remove from oven. Let cool.
  6. In a small pot on stove top, add heavy whipping cream and bring to a boil, stirring constantly.
  7. In a bowl, add dark chocolate chips. Slowly pour hot heavy whipping cream on chocolate, stirring constantly, until chocolate fully melts. Stir in sea salt.
  8. Pour melted dark chocolate mixture on top of walnut crust. Cover and put in fridge for 2-4 hours, or until chocolate is solid. Top with orange slices and orange zest, cut and serve cold. ENJOY!

Kelly Sloan

Hi, I'm Kelly! I am a Cali girl who loves food, nutrition, hiking, and writing. I recently graduated from the University of Hawaii at Manoa with a Bachelor of Science in Food Science and Human Nutrition. I grew up with an active lifestyle and eating healthy, however, I do have a major sweet tooth! I do believe that everything in moderation is good for a healthy lifestyle! I love to bake and create new recipes and I love to share food. I love to stay active and healthy with continuous fitness and nutritious foods throughout the week and I hope to share my recipes, food photography and travel experiences with you on my blog! #RD2Be