Cookies, Bars, + Treats/ Vegan

Hazelnut Apple Tart with Date Caramel

As I write this I am currently thirty-thousand feet above Newfoundland, or there abouts. I’ve been meticulously watching the screen with the little animated plane fly over towns and rivers unheard of by me for what seems like hours now.  Watching it crawl along the dotted line helps me relax and takes my mind off being so high above the earth and so far from home. This flight marks the end of the first leg of our adventure which had us spending the last couple of weeks in New York City. 
 

These weeks have been a complete whirl-wind, catching up with old friends, enjoying some cheesy tourist activities, trying to see just the tip of the museum iceberg, all the while taking the time to sit and enjoy the city’s beautiful parks and cafes. Being the country kid that I am, New York has always stood out in my mind as being the place to be. Immortalized on screen and romanticized in my imagination, I was a bit fearful that she wouldn’t live up to my ideals, but boy was I wrong. Spending the last little while here has only made me fall in love with the city more and made my desire to come back even stronger. As the long summer nights shorten into crisp autumn evenings, I can only imagine the beauty that the city must see come the changing leaves and cozy sweater weather. We’ll just have to come back so I can see for myself I guess. 
 

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

1 Cup Rolled Oats (gluten-free if possible)
1/2 Cup Hazelnut Flour (or almond flour)*
3 Tbsp. Liquid Sweetener of Choice (honey, maple syrup, or brown rice syrup)
1/4 Cup Coconut Oil, melted
1 tsp. vanilla (I used 1 vanilla bean, scraped)
1/2 tsp. Sea Salt
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

Procedure:
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.

Date Caramel


1 Cup Pitted Dates
Boiling Water
A Pinch Sea Salt

Procedure:
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. 

xox Sophie

19 Comments

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    valentina - sweet kabocha
    September 16, 2014 at 9:24 pm

    I love so much apple desserts, and this tart seems just perfect! The crust, the apple slices, the date caramel… *___* I can't wait to try it!

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    valentina - sweet kabocha
    September 16, 2014 at 9:24 pm

    I love so much apple desserts, and this tart seems just perfect! The crust, the apple slices, the date caramel… *___* I can't wait to try it!

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    Medeja
    September 17, 2014 at 10:15 am

    This tart look so good!

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    Medeja
    September 17, 2014 at 10:15 am

    This tart look so good!

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    Andrea Johnson
    September 18, 2014 at 1:04 pm

    Allergic to oats, can you suggest a good sub? Thanks!!

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    Andrea Johnson
    September 18, 2014 at 1:04 pm

    Allergic to oats, can you suggest a good sub? Thanks!!

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    Orchard Street Botanicals
    September 18, 2014 at 5:08 pm

    Looks so good…always making your recipes over and over again!

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    Orchard Street Botanicals
    September 18, 2014 at 5:08 pm

    Looks so good…always making your recipes over and over again!

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    Sophie - Wholehearted Eats
    October 4, 2014 at 5:22 pm

    <3 Thank you, Medeja!

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    Sophie - Wholehearted Eats
    October 4, 2014 at 5:22 pm

    <3 Thank you, Medeja!

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    Sophie - Wholehearted Eats
    October 4, 2014 at 5:23 pm

    Totally! Rye flakes or Triticale would work well, or if you are gluten free, try rolled quinoa or rice. Enjoy 🙂

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    Sophie - Wholehearted Eats
    October 4, 2014 at 5:23 pm

    Totally! Rye flakes or Triticale would work well, or if you are gluten free, try rolled quinoa or rice. Enjoy 🙂

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    Sophie - Wholehearted Eats
    October 4, 2014 at 5:24 pm

    Oh, that is so lovely to hear! Thank you very much 🙂

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    Sophie - Wholehearted Eats
    October 4, 2014 at 5:24 pm

    Oh, that is so lovely to hear! Thank you very much 🙂

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    Sophie - Wholehearted Eats
    October 4, 2014 at 5:26 pm

    haha, awesome! I hope you enjoy it, Valentina!!! (those are my favourite things too)

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    Sophie - Wholehearted Eats
    October 4, 2014 at 5:26 pm

    haha, awesome! I hope you enjoy it, Valentina!!! (those are my favourite things too)

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    Anonymous
    October 11, 2014 at 7:22 pm

    Is there anyway I could prep/ assemble everything today, refrigerate it, and bake it tomorrow? Or would you recommend not doing that?

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    Christine // my natural kitchen
    October 17, 2014 at 3:48 pm

    This is exactly the type of treat I like, so wholesome but beautiful. Anyone who just saw a picture would assume it was a decadent treat! I love NYC too – every trip I've ever taken was completely unique as there is just so much to see and explore (and eat!).

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    Christine // my natural kitchen
    October 17, 2014 at 3:48 pm

    This is exactly the type of treat I like, so wholesome but beautiful. Anyone who just saw a picture would assume it was a decadent treat! I love NYC too – every trip I've ever taken was completely unique as there is just so much to see and explore (and eat!).

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