To pay homage to The Big Apple herself, I whipped up the perfect dessert to get us into the autumn frame of mind – Hazelnut Apple Tart with Date Caramel. While it might sound totally decedent, it’s still clean and healthy enough to enjoy with an afternoon tea, or dare I say, breakfast. Simply made with gluten free flours, coconut oil, and no refined sugar, the tart is wholesome while remaining lightly sweet. I enjoyed mine with coconut ice-cream (one of my biggest weaknesses), but a nice dollop of coconut cream, or yogurt would also add a nice touch.
Hazelnut Apple Tart with Date Caramel
Recipe: (Serves 6-8) Print it Here
2 tbsp. Quinoa flour, or other gluten free flour
2 Cooking Apples, peeled, cored, and sliced thinly
3/4 Cup of Unsweetened Apple Sauce
1/2 tsp. Cinnamon
1 Tbsp. Coconut Oil, melted
1 Tbsp. Maple Syrup
1.Pulse the oats in a food processor until a coarse flour is made. Combine the ground oats with the hazelnut flour, 3 Tbsp Liquid Sweetener, 1/4 Cup Melted Coconut Oil, Vanilla, Salt, and the Quinoa Flour. Mix until combined and press into a rectangular shaped tart pan (the ones with the removable bottom are best).
2. Next, spread the apple sauce over the crust and sprinkle with the cinnamon.
3. Peel and slice the apples, then neatly arrange them over the apple sauce.
4. Meanwhile, combine the remaining Tbsp of Coconut Oil and Maple Syrup in a small dish and melt. Brush the mixture over top the sliced apples.
5. Cook the tart in a 175 C (350 F) oven for 30 minutes or until golden. Let the tart sit to cool before removing from the pan.
6. Once cool, glaze the apples with half the Date Caramel mixture, reserving the other half for serving. Serve with coconut ice cream, yogurt, and the rest of the caramel.
* This can be made by grinding hazelnuts into a fine powder. Coffee grinders or high speed blenders work well.
1 Cup Pitted Dates
A Pinch Sea Salt
1. Place the dates in a bowl and cover with boiling water. Let sit for half an hour or so to soften.
2. Drain the dates, reserving the soaking liquid for later.
3. Combine the dates in a blender with the salt and 1/2 cup of the soaking water. Puree until smooth. You may need to add a touch more or less water.
4. For a super-smooth caramel, pass the mixture through a sieve.
5. Store in the refrigerator.