Same Same but Different. Nanny’s Butter Tarts but Vegan!

The one thing that people think is the hardest when going vegan is giving up foods we all love.

Hello! Bacon. For me bacon was not hard to give up, every time I see a slice of bacon I just think of a cute little piglet.

For me one of the hardest things to not eat anymore was my nans butter tarts! After all butter tarts are a Canadian staple but also so easy to make vegan!

So these are my nans butter tarts. Veganized. And for those of you who are plant based but not vegan the original recipe is also posted on my blog!

2 cups flour
1 cup shortening
1/2 cup plant based milk (I use vanilla ripple)
1 tablespoon vinegar
1/4 teaspoon salt

Whisk together milk and vanilla. In a separate bowl cut the shortening into the flour and salt. I use a stand mixer and slowly add the liquid while beating the dough on low.

Pour the dough out onto a floured surface, Roll out and cut out small pastry shells.

Line a 12 cup baking pan with strips of parchment paper to make pulling the tarts easy!. Put one disc in each muffin slot and push it flat to the bottom.

For the Filling.
1 cup brown sugar
1/2 cup vegan butter
3 tbsp plant based milk
2 tbsp cornstarch.
1 tablespoon vanilla

For the filling mix everything together in a pourable measuring bowl. Fill the butter tarts evenly and bake them at 350 until golden brown!

Who said vegans couldn’t have butter tarts!

For all those non vegans we have our original nan’s butter tart recipe here!


  • 2 cups flour
  • 1 cup shortening
  • 1 egg
  • 1 tablespoon vinegar
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt

Take a measuring cup and break eggs in a cup.  Add vinegar to the cup.  Break egg with a fork and whip egg.  Add enough water to the cup to make a 1/2 cup mixture.

In a separate bowl, mix flour with shortening.  This should make a crumbly mixture.  Add mixture from cup into flour mixture and mix so that ingredients are combined but DO NOT OVERMIX.  Roll out pastry and cut out circles of pastry to put into butter tart tins.  Sprinkle a little bit of flour onto the bottom of the pastry.  This will help the tarts to not overflow.

Butter Tart Filling 

  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla

Add butter tart filling into butter tart tin from above.  Fill it halfway per tart.
Bake at 350 degrees until golden brown.

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