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Harry Potter’s Treacle Tarts Recipe: Sweet and Vegan

Treacle tarts are Harry Potter’s favorite dessert, and after making this easy vegan tart recipe at home, they are one of my favorites, too!

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Treacle tarts are another Harry Potter food that I hadn’t heard of before and wasn’t sure what they were when I read the Harry Potter series. One of my friends brought some to our Harry Potter Club one month when we were making recipes from the Great Hall. I didn’t know what to think the first time, but they were delicious! And, even better, they are vegan!

A moment later the desserts appeared. Blocks of ice cream in every flavor you could think of, apple pies, treacle tarts, chocolate éclairs and jam doughnuts, trifle, strawberries, Jell-O, rice pudding…
As Harry helped himself to a treacle tart, the talk turned to their families.

-Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone

Harry was too used to their bickering to bother trying to reconcile them; he felt it was a better use of his time to eat his way steadily through his steak-and-kidney pie, then a large plateful of his favorite treacle tart.

-Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix

They chose the one nearest a gold-colored cauldron that was emitting one of the most seductive scents Harry had ever inhaled: Somehow it reminded him simultaneously of treacle tart, the woody smell of a broomstick handle, and something flowery he thought he might have smelled at the Burrow.

-Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince

Treacle Tarts
Hogwarts Castle at Universal Studios Island of Adventure in Orlando, Florida

Treacle tarts seem to be Harry’s favorite dessert. It makes me wonder if they are J.K. Rowling’s favorite dessert, too. After trying these, I understand why! They are the perfect amount of pastry dough with a sweet filling. And if you make them as mini individual treacle tarts, as I did, one of them is the ideal size for a quick snack to satisfy your sweet tooth without going overboard.

When my friend brought them over, and we all devoured them, I knew I had to make them again to add to the blog. She used the recipe found here, and I followed it pretty close to that as well. They are an easy dessert to make for any occasion. 

Just as with the treacle fudge, this recipe uses golden syrup, also known as light treacle or treacle syrup. Some larger grocery stores may carry it in their international foods section, or you can buy Lyle’s Golden Syrup here on Amazon which is what I did. My small local grocery store didn’t have any and one bottle was enough for both treats. You can also check stores such as World Market and Whole Foods for treacle syrup. Just make sure you get light treacle as black treacle will be too heavy for this rich dessert.

Homemade treacle tart is usually done as one large tart with a golden brown crust. It’s a traditional British dessert that we decided to make in a mini muffin pan for small, bite-sized pieces. 

Tip: If you aren’t concerned about keeping these vegan, I suggest serving them with a scoop of vanilla ice cream on top. 

Treacle Tarts Step by Step

Ingredients

Crust

  • 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 cup powdered sugar
  • 1/8 tsp salt
  • 1/2 cup coconut oil
  • 4 tbsp cold water

Filling

  • 1 cup oats
  • 1 lemon
  • 1 cup golden syrup (light treacle)

Preparation

To make treacle tarts, preheat the oven to 350F and line a mini-muffin pan with baking liners or grease it well with coconut oil. 

Mini muffin pan greased with coconut oil next to a white bowl of coconut oil with a pastry brush on top of it all on a white surface

In a large bowlwhisk the flour, sugar, and salt until mixed well. 

Mixing bowl with dry ingredients next to stainless steel bowls of coconut oil and water all on a white surface

Add the coconut oil and cut in with a pastry blender or two butterknives. Mix in three tablespoons of water and check the pastry dough consistency. If it doesn’t stick together, add one more tablespoon at a time until the dough holds. Roll the dough into a ball and cover the bowl with plastic wrap. Refrigerate the dough for about 30 minutes.

Stainless steel mixing bowl with a ball of dough inside

Once the dough is chilled get a tablespoon of dough. Press it into the bottom and sides of each opening on the muffin pan. Bake the crusts for about 10 minutes as they are, without any filling, then remove from the oven. This makes a delicious pie crust for your tarts.

Mini muffin pan with crust dough pressed into each spot next to a cookie scoop and white bowl of coconut oil all on a white surface

Meanwhile, use a blender to make the oats into an oat powder (I like to use my immersion blender or food processor for this). Zest a fresh lemon, then juice the lemon to get three tablespoons of lemon juice. It’s easier to zest the lemon before you cut it to get the juice. 

Stainless steel mixing bowl with golden syrup next to stainless steel bowls of lemon juice, lemon zest, and oat flour with a lemon zester all on a white surface

Mix the oats, fresh lemon zest, and lemon juice in a medium bowl with the golden syrup. 

Stainless steel mixing bowl with treacle tart filling mixture on a white surface

Let the crusts cool, then add about one tablespoon of the syrup mixture to each of the tart shells. You don’t want them to overflow so adjust the amount accordingly.

Mini muffin pan with uncooked treacle tarts next to a stainless steel bowl with tart filling all on a wooden surface

Bake for another 10-15 minutes. The filling will be mostly set. Let cool before serving.

One treacle tart on a piece of brown parchment paper in front of a bamboo board with other treacle tarts all on a wooden surface (vertical)

Treacle Tarts Leftovers

Storage: Leftover treacle tarts can be stored in an airtight container in the refrigerator for 3-4 days.

Recipe

Originally Published On: July 26, 2018

Last Updated On: June 16, 2023

One treacle tart on a piece of brown parchment paper in front of a bamboo board with other treacle tarts all on a wooden surface

Treacle Tarts

Treacle tarts are one of Harry Potter's favorite desserts, and after making these easy vegan tarts at home, they are one of my favorites, too!
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Cooling Time 30 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes
Course:
Dessert
Cuisine:
American
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British
Diet
Vegan
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Vegetarian
Keyword:
dairy free
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dessert
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golden syrup
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Harry Potter
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lemon
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meatless
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oats
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treacle
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vegan
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vegetarian
Dietary Needs:
Dairy-Free
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Egg-Free
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Nut-Free
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Vegan
Servings: 30 tarts
5 from 8 votes

Ingredients

Crust
  • 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 cup powdered sugar
  • 1/8 tsp salt
  • 1/2 cup coconut oil
  • 4 tbsp water
Filling
  • 1 cup oats
  • 1 lemon
  • 1 cup golden syrup

Instructions

  • Grease a mini-muffin pan with coconut oil or line with baking liners
  • In a large bowl, sift the flour, powdered sugar, and salt
  • Stir in the coconut oil and 3 tbsp of water (if the dough doesn’t stick together, add more water, one tbsp at a time, until it does)
  • Roll the dough into a ball and cover
  • Refrigerate the dough for 30 minutes
  • Preheat the oven to 350F
  • Press about one tbsp of the dough into the bottom and sides of the muffin cups until you use all of the dough
  • Bake for about 10 minutes without any filling
  • Meanwhile, put the oats in a blender to make into a powder then add to a large mixing bowl
  • Zest the lemon and add the zest to the oats
  • Juice the lemon to add 3 tbsp of lemon juice to the oat mixture
  • Pour the golden syrup into the oat mixture and stir until well combined
  • Once the crusts have cooled, carefully fill with the filling mixture, making sure they don’t overflow
  • Bake for about 10-15 minutes, until the filling is set
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Nutrition Facts
Treacle Tarts
Amount Per Serving (1 tart)
Calories 106 Calories from Fat 36
% Daily Value*
Fat 4g6%
Saturated Fat 3g15%
Sodium 10mg0%
Potassium 21mg1%
Carbohydrates 17g6%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 10g11%
Protein 1g2%
Vitamin C 2mg2%
Calcium 3mg0%
Iron 1mg6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

All nutritional information is based on third-party calculations and should be considered estimates. Actual nutrition content will vary based on brands used, measuring methods, portion sizes, and more.

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42 thoughts on “Harry Potter’s Treacle Tarts Recipe: Sweet and Vegan”

    1. Oh man, then this is the perfect recipe! We do a lot of vegan recipes when cooking for our dinner group since we have one with a dairy allergy and another who doesn’t eat meat.

  1. I wonder if you didn’t have golden syrup if you could use brown sugar and if that would turn out. These sound super interesting and are definitely a treat I would make

  2. This Treacle Tarts: Sweet & Vegan is new for me. I really like it because it’s different from the ordinary tarts and of course this is healthy tarts so that’s why. I will try to make my own Treacle Tarts: Sweet & Vegan someday thanks for sharing!

  3. 5 stars
    You had me at Harry Potter!!!! We are all about the world of Harry Potter in our house so I can’t wait to make these with my son!!! We are about to start re reading the series so this will be perfect! They look delicious!

    1. We are too! We bought the illustrated versions for my boys and we are about halfway through Prisoner of Azkaban with my oldest son. My youngest doesn’t have the attention span yet. But my husband is reading them to our son and it’s actually his first read-through! As much as he enjoys the movies and music, he had never read the books before.

  4. 5 stars
    I’m a sucker for lemony tarts. They look so pretty and delicious. Whether sweet or savory, I just love eating them, and, on top of it they are vegan. I’ll share the recipe with my mother too! I’m already excited for this weekend.

    1. These ones have both a bit of sweetness and tart flavor to them. The lemon makes them slightly tart, but the golden syrup is sweet. It’s a perfect combination.

  5. 5 stars
    I love making different types of normal size tarts but these mini tarts look so cute! I will try to make them and wondering if I could fill them with other than lemon taste.

    1. This is the only type of tart I’ve made before, so I haven’t tried other fillings. But the crust is really good and you could probably use that as a base to try other recipes.

  6. Can’t wait to make these! I usually wait for guests to bake, because me and my guy don’t want to eat all of the baked goods ourselves haha… Your Harry Potter recipes are making me very happy! 🙂 Thank you

    1. Yes, it’s mentioned quite a few times throughout the series. With making all the Harry Potter themed foods for our groups I was scanning and making note of all the food.

  7. 5 stars
    These look so tasty! I have had a sweet tooth lately and been trying to make new things, so this is happening soon!!

  8. 5 stars
    I grew up in England and so anything treacle brings back delicious memories. I bet these are as tasty as they look. Yummy! 🙂

  9. My daughter will adore this recipe when I share it with her. I just realized that I used to have those stainless mixing bowls which I left in NJ. Time to get them back

    1. Oh yes, definitely time to get those back. I use mine almost daily! My husband found this set on clearance at Walmart last Christmas so he bought them for me.

  10. 5 stars
    These look so delicious. I am a horrible Harry Potter fan (well, I am not a big fanatic) because I don’t remember reading about Treacle Tarts. Hahaha.

    1. So many things to love with this one! With a dairy-allergy friend, vegan recipes work well since I know they won’t contain dairy. Plus, what’s not to love about a Harry Potter recipe?! 🙂

  11. Sounds like Harry Potter is spot on with the dessert choice, these sound lovely. the fact that they are vegan too is a win win for me xx

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