Friends, my house smells like cinnamon apples right now, and I am loving it! =)
I don’t know about you, but I love pies. But pies, like most desserts, are loaded with sugary sweetness.
When I was in France for a semester of college, my host mom occasionally made this apple pie that, instead of apples doused in sugary syrup, was just cut apples layered over a crust. I remember thinking, why don’t we do that in the US??
Then I realized, we do. We just call them tarts.
So that is what I set out to make! A yummy, healthy apple tart, inspired by my French host mom.
My first task was to find a healthy simple pie crust. I don’t know about you, but I actually don’t care at all about pie crust. The only reason it is there is to transport delicious pie filling into my mouth. So, I didn’t want a pie crust with butter or loads of sugar, because frankly, I want to put sugar in other places I care more about.
The closest, simplest recipe I could find was from Gluten Free Vegan Girl. However, I didn’t want to buy dates so I used raisins. I also changed up the proportions a little bit. And it turned out great! In the future however, I am thinking about adding some olive oil in the crust to make it a little less dense and a bit more soft. If you try this, let me know how it goes!
Also, I did mine a bit too long in the oven, and the edges of the crust were a bit too done. Make sure to watch the tart carefully so nothing burns! Learned my lesson the hard way. 😉
Oatmeal raisin pie crust (adapted from Gluten Free Vegan Girl)
3 cups oats
2 cups raisins
1 tsp vanilla extract
Dash of sea salt
2 tbsp water or as needed
- Preheat oven to 350 F.
- Pour oats in a food processor. Grind into a fine powder.
- Add in raisins, vanilla, and salt. Blend until it begins clumping slightly and there are no more raisin chunks.
- Add in 1 tbsp water and blend. You want the dough to clump up entirely and start forming a ball. Keep adding water until dough like consistency.
- Press down into pie pan.
Apple tart filling (adapted from Smitten Kitchen)
3 apples, sliced thinly
2 tbsp butter of choice
4 tbsp sugar
1 tsp cinnamon
- Layer half of the apple pieces in the pie crust. Brush half of the butter over them. Sprinkle half the sugar and cinnamon over the apple pieces.
- Layer the other half of the apple slices on top of the first layer. Brush the remaining butter on them. Sprinkle with the remainder of the sugar & cinnamon.
- Bake in oven for 30-50, or just until apples are soft and edges are browning. Watch carefully to make sure the crust/apple edges don’t begin to burn!