Desserts

November 15, 2021

Gluten-Free Vegan Apple Tart

This Gluten-Free Vegan Apple Tart is a delicious plant-based dessert - it's a mixture of tart and sweet and full of fall flavors. The best part? This tart is super easy to make and only takes about an hour!

Gluten-Free Vegan Apple Tart

Is it Thanksgiving without apple pie? I don't think so. Buttttt... let's switch it up with an apple tart!

This apple tart is a delicious dish to serve on your Thanksgiving table. It's super easy to make, incredibly tasty, and diet-friendly.

What else can I say? It's an apple tart! The apples are sweet and tart, and the crust is crunchy and everything is covered in sweet cinnamon flavor. Serve with a side of vegan ice cream for a delicious plant-based dessert!

Gluten-Free Vegan Apple Tart

Why I love this Apple Tart

  • Dietary needs — this recipe is dairy-free, plant-based, oil-free, gluten-free, and can be made refined sugar-free
  • Decadent dessert — this tart is rich and flavorful! Even though there's no butter, there's still enough fat to create tons of flavor
  • Easy to make — despite what it might look like, the beautiful design of this tart is NOT complicated. It's actually really easy to make and you can impress your guests with a super simple dish

Gluten-Free Vegan Apple Tart

Ingredient Notes

Filling

  • Apples: I used Granny Smith and Honeycrisp. You can definitely use other varieties, but I do recommend sticking with one tart and one sweet apple.
  • Maple Syrup: for a completely refined sugar free dessert use date syrup. Note that this will change the color of the tart.
  • Pecan Butter: you can make your own pecan butter by blending pecans in a food processor. I highly recommend doing this so you can create a super smooth and creamy butter, which works best for this recipe. Alternatively, you can use a runny almond or cashew butter.
  • Lemon Juice
  • Cinnamon
  • Vanilla
  • Salt

Gluten-Free Vegan Apple Tart Filling Ingredients

Crust

  • Oat Flour: For a rustic crust, make your own oat flour by blending oats in a food processor. If you'd like a super clean, smooth crust you can buy oat flour.
  • Maple Syrup: for a completely refined sugar free dessert use date syrup.
  • Pecan Butter: or other nut butter of choice.
  • Salt
  • Cinnamon

Gluten-Free Vegan Apple Tart Crust Ingredients

How to make a Gluten-Free Vegan Apple Tart

Step 1. Preheat the oven to 350°F.

Step 2. In a large bowl, toss the apples, maple syrup, lemon juice, cinnamon, vanilla, and salt. Let the mixture sit while you prepare the crust.

Step 3. In another large bowl, whisk the oat flour, salt, and cinnamon. Stir in the maple syrup and pecan butter until a dough forms.

Step 4. Press the crust mixture into the bottom and sides of a 9” round tart pan.

Step 5. Arrange the apples over the crust (see the next section for how to style the tart). Drizzle with any remaining liquid from the apple marinade.

Step 6. Bake for 45-50 minutes, until the crust is brown and the apples are soft.

Step 7. Let cool slightly. Serve and enjoy!

How to style an Apple Tart

I promise: it's not difficult at all to make your tart look beautiful.

When you slice the apples, try to keep stacks of slices together. This way, when you place the apples into the crust, you can have groups of similarly-sliced apples next to each other.

Then, as you arrange the apples, place the stacks in different directions. Some horizontal, some vertical, some on a diagonal.

After you place your large stacks you can fill in the gaps with stray slices of apple.

The result: a beautiful tart that only takes a few minutes to arrange.

Gluten-Free Vegan Apple Tart before baking

Recipe Prayer

God, thank you for this dessert. Thank you for surrounding us with friends and family to enjoy dessert together. Amen.

Gluten-Free Vegan Apple Tart

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Gluten-Free Vegan Apple Tart

This Gluten-Free Vegan Apple Tart is a delicious plant-based dessert - it's a mixture of tart and sweet and full of fall flavors. The best part? This tart is super easy to make and only takes about an hour!

Author:

Elizabeth

Serves:

8

Prep:

20

min

cook:

45

min

total:

65

min

Ingredients

Filling

  • 4-5 Apples, (Granny Smith & Honeycrisp) cored and sliced
  • 1/3 c. Maple Syrup
  • 1/4 Cup Runny Pecan Butter
  • 2 Tablespoons Lemon Juice (about 1 small lemon)
  • 1 Teaspoon Cinnamon
  • 1 Teaspoon Vanilla
  • 1/2 Teaspoon Salt

Crust

  • 1 2/3 Cup Oat Flour
  • 1/4 Cup + 1 Tablespoon Maple Syrup
  • 1/4 Cup + 1 Tablespoon Pecan Butter
  • 1/2 Teaspoon Salt
  • 1/2 Teaspoon Cinnamon

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 350°F.
  2. In a large bowl, toss the apples, maple syrup, lemon juice, cinnamon, vanilla, and salt. Let the mixture sit while you prepare the crust.
  3. In another large bowl, whisk the oat flour, salt, and cinnamon. Stir in the maple syrup and pecan butter until a dough forms.
  4. Press the crust mixture into the bottom and sides of a 9” round tart pan.
  5. Arrange the apples over the crust. Drizzle with any remaining liquid from the apple marinade.
  6. Bake for 45-50 minutes, until the crust is brown and the apples are soft.
  7. Let cool slightly. Serve and enjoy!
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January 16, 2022
Tracy Henry
Made this tonight. Absolutely delicious Elizabeth. You got this one just right!
Oh yay! I'm so glad you enjoyed it :)
January 16, 2022
L Collins
Hi Could you please confirm two things:1. The amount of salt. Seems like too much. 2. The directions say there is lemon juice in the dressing but it’s not listed under ingredients. ThanksL.
Hi there! Confirming that the two teaspoons of salt in the dressing is correct. I didn't salt the cauliflower when roasting it or the salad after it was done, so this amount of salt was perfect. If you're concerned about it you can decrease the amount of salt in the dressing and then add more at the end if you need it. As for the lemon juice, SO sorry about that! It was a typo in my directions and I've removed it now. Hope this helps :)
December 20, 2021
Martha
This looks lovely! Do you have a recipe for the red pepper hummus also? Thank you!
Hi Martha! I don't have a recipe for red pepper hummus on my site. I suggest taking a traditional hummus recipe and blending in roasted red pepper.
November 22, 2021
Amanda J Lehmann
I tried these and they were delicious! A bit dense but flavorful and the "buckeye" blend of peanut and chocolate was on point! Recommend!
Yay! I'm so glad you liked them! -- Elizabeth
December 6, 2021
Grace
Hi, these look amazing. I was wondering, could I used powdered peanut butter in place of creamy for the recipe? thanks
Hi Grace! There is already some powdered peanut butter in this recipe, so adding more might make the texture more gluey. Also, the real peanut butter adds some fat, which helps create flavor. That said, if you want to use powdered peanut butter, I would suggest mixing it with a high-fat liquid like coconut cream and then measuring out 2/3 cup. Hope this helps! Let me know how it goes :) -- Elizabeth
November 15, 2021
Becky
You mention using vegetable broth in your introduction but it isn’t included in the recipe
Hi Becky - thanks for pointing this out. I have removed mention of vegetable broth from this post. You do not need any vegetable broth. The mushrooms will release natural liquid which will prevent any sticking. -- Elizabeth
September 23, 2021
Tracy Henry
Hi Elizabeth, LOVE you recipes. Please keep them coming. :)I was wondering, can you share what is the vegan chocolate bar you used in this recipe?
August 28, 2021
Henry (Hank) Mader
thank you for the oil free recipe. I'm getting introduced to wild Bolete mushrooms here in Colorado, and everyone sautes Bolete's in butter or olive oil. I'm on a veggie, oil free regimen for heart health reasons. and your recipe suggestion may fill the bill. I can't wait to give it a try.
August 13, 2021
Lindsey Kuhn
This is so fun! Loving your creamy photography :)
August 13, 2021
Lindsey Kuhn
This looks incredible! So yummy and pretty photography