My secret is out — I LOVE recipes that look more complicated to prepare than they actually are.
This apple rose tart for example: would you believe me it only took 15 minutes to assemble? And then another 30 to bake? That’s less than one hour for a show-stopping and totally plant-based dessert!
I find something rather cathartic in the rhythms of slicing fruit. We aren’t aiming for perfection here, just thin wedges of juicy apple that can nestle comfortably in a spiced apple butter spread. I had apple butter in my pantry from when I canned a few months ago, but store bought works just as well.
The base is an oat flour crust that can be easily adapted to other dessert bases. I had a ton of applesauce to use up, but feel free to sub more oil if that’s your jam!
The apple variety you choose here does not matter too much; just go with your personal preference. I did a mix of Gala and Pink Lady, but I’m sure Honey Crisp be phenomenal as well.
I like to eat something slightly sweet yet wholesomely plant-based to snack on during the day; this tart definitely fit the bill. It is much less sweet than a normal pie, so perfect for snagging a piece first thing in the morning or as a mid-afternoon bite.
If you use gluten-free oats, this recipe is entirely GF as well! I am not gluten-free but have some friends with celiac who need this kind of diet. All eaters welcome🤗
- 1 cup oat flour, or whole wheat pastry
- 1 and 1/2 cup oats
- 2 TBS coconut sugar
- 1/2 tsp nutmeg
- 1 tsp cinnamon
- 1/4 tsp salt
- 1/4 tsp baking powder
- 1/2 cup applesauce,
- 1/4 cup melted coconut oil, or more applesauce
- 3 medium apples, sliced into thin half-moons or circles
- 3/4 cup apple butter
- Cinnamon sugar for sprinkling, optional
- Maple syrup to drizzle, optional
- Preheat your oven to 350 degrees and oil a pie plate. In a large bowl, combine flour, oats, sugar, spices, salt, baking powder, Add applesauce and oil (if using). The mixture should be fairly sticky. Line your pie plate with oats and pat down firmly. You may have a little extra, which you could sprinkle on top of apples when finished.
- Spread apple butter over bottom of pie crust in a thick layer. Starting from the outer edge, layer apple slices so they overlap slightly on one another, working your way into the center.
- Sprinkle with cinnamon sugar and drizzle with a little maple syrup for extra sweetness if desired.
- Bake for 30 minutes and let cool before slicing.