Who says that January means ridding our homes of sweets entirely? I’m a proponent of finding healthy options that satisfy my sweet tooth (which is relentless this time of year) and also happen to be guilt-free. And these cold months certainly call for something warm and delicious.

This breakfast tart is sweet, delectable and – believe it or not – totally healthy. Not only is it gluten and dairy-free, it also happens to be packed with protein. Serve it to a crowd for weekend brunch, or hoard it for yourself and savor a slice at breakfast all week long. It will hold you over through these cold mornings, plus – what’s better than being able to say that you ate pie for breakfast? Keep reading for the recipe…

Healthy Apple Tart with Oat & Almond Crust (gluten and dairy-free)

Serves 6

ingredients


for the crust:

  • 1 1/3 cup gluten-free rolled oats
  • 1/2 cup almond meal
  • 1/4 cup extra virgin coconut oil
  • 3 tablespoons maple syrup
  • 3-4 tablespoons almond butter
  • 1/4 teaspoon sea salt

for the filling:

  • 2 medium apples, sliced thin (I used Candy Crisp, but Honeycrisp or any other sweet & tart apple would work)
  • 1/2 lemon, juice
  • 1/4 cup maple syrup
  • 1 round tablespoon tapioca flour
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon cardamom
  • 1/4 teaspoon ginger
  • pinch of salt
  • *Optional: Maple syrup to top

 

instructions


  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
  2. In a large mixing bowl, add lemon juice and apples. Toss mixture well making sure all apples are coated. Then, add maple syrup, tapioca flour and spices/salt. Using your hands, mix well and set aside to tenderize.
  3. In another large mixing bowl, stir together all crust ingredients. Using your hands, work mixture together until it becomes a thick oatmeal texture. Reserve about 1 tablespoon of crust to add as a topping later. Add the rest of the crust to a greased 8 inch tart or pie pan, using your fingers to press dough evenly on one singe layer (note: only press into bottom layer, no need to press onto sides). Chill tart dough for 10-15 minutes.
  4. Once tart is chilled, add apple filling mixture over top evenly. Sprinkle reserved crust mixture over top. Drizzle with maple syrup & bake for 22-25 minutes or until juices are bubbling. Let cool for 15 minutes before slicing. Serve warm!
4 comments
  1. 1
    Vanessa @ Living in Steil | January 7, 2016 at 9:15 am

    This looks delicious and like the perfect January treat! Thanks for sharing.

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    Reply
  2. 2
    A Capitol Contessa | January 7, 2016 at 11:37 am

    looks delish! Where did you get that amaze pie dish??

    Reply
  3. 3
    Kerry | January 9, 2016 at 11:39 am

    Yes, must hear about that dish.

    Reply
  4. 4
    nicrrxf | March 31, 2016 at 12:09 pm

    Looks amazing! Can the almond flour and butter be replaced with anything else for those with nut allergies?

    Reply
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