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🤗