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Apple pie is fantastic, but sometimes I’m in the mood for something healthier and a little more unique for dessert. With Thanksgiving just days away I’ve been thinking a lot about how to avoid eating too many sweets, processed foods, and drinking too much alcohol. I definitely think you can enjoy yourself without going into a sugar coma or having a hangover this holiday season. This simple yet delicious vegan apple tart with walnut crust is the answer.
There’s not an ounce of refined sugar, vegan butter, or white flour in this tart. It’s sweetened with rich and complex maple syrup, and the crust is made with walnuts, oats, and whole wheat pastry flour. This vegan apple tart is sweet, but not overly so. You definitely don’t have to feel terrible about having a whole slice, or even two. And that’s how food should be: delicious, nourishing, and enjoyable.
This vegan apple tart recipe was inspired by a fresh peach tart recipe in one of my favorite cookbooks, At Home in the Whole Food Kitchen by Amy Chaplin. In that book you’ll find hundreds of incredible vegan recipes made with fresh, colorful, and unique ingredients—note that some recipes in the book do include cheese, which can be replaced with vegan cheese alternatives. Definitely add this to your holiday wish list 🙂
Don’t miss the other vegan Thanksgiving & holiday recipes I created in the video below. The crustless pecan pie, and the perfect vegan pumpkin pie are winners just like this vegan apple tart 🍏
Vegan Apple Tart with Walnut Crust
- oil for greasing the pan I use a non-stick spray, but olive, coconut, or grapeseed oil is also fine
- 1 1/4 cup toasted walnuts
- 3/4 cup old fashioned rolled oats
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 3/4 cup + 2 tablespoons whole wheat pastry flour or spelt flour
- 3 tablespoons coconut oil
- 1/4 cup maple syrup
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1 1/2 cup + 2 teaspoons apple juice
- 1 1/2 teaspoon agar powder
- 1 1/2 teaspoon arrowroot powder
- 4 medium granny smith apples or pears
- 1 lemon
- 1 teaspoon cinnamon
- 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground nutmeg or 1/4 teaspoon nutmeg powder
- 1 tablespoon maple syrup or brown sugar
- 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1 orange
- Preheat ove to 350°, and grease a tart pan.
- In a food processor blend the oats, walnuts, salt, and flour until it resembles a course meal.
- Then pour in maple syrup, coconut oil, and vanilla, and blend again. You should have a sticky damp dough. Be careful not to overblend.
- Press and shape the walnut dough into the tart pan. Make sure the walls are thick enough and packed tightly.
- Poke holes into the bottom with a fork and bake for 15 minutes at 350°.
- Peel, core, and thinly slice the apples. Squeeze the juice of a lemon over the apple slices to prevent browning.
- Pour 1 cup of apple juice and agar powder into a pan, whisk well. Bring it to a simmer and continue to cook for 5 minutes, covered.
- In a small bowl mix the arrowroot powder and the remaining 2 teaspoons of apple juice. Stir well to eliminate any chunks. Pour it into the cooking agar mixture, and whisk for a few minutes until it begins to thicken. It will not thicken too much, and will still be liquidy. Then remove it from the heat.
- To the apple slices add nutmeg, cinnamon, maple syrup,and vanilla. Use your hands to toss them.
- Configure the apples into the center of the baked pie crust, then pour the agar mixture evenly over the apples.
- To avoid burnt edges, cover the edges in aluminum foil.
- Bake for 40-45 minutes, until the apples are tender.
- Let it cool a bit before serving warm or room temperature. Garnish with orange zest before serving.
Kim DiRaffaele / November 18, 2022 at 3:06 pm /
the ingredients call for 1 1/2 cups + 2 tsp of apple juice but the instructions only use 1 cup + 2tsp. I used 1 1/2 + 2 tsp, but when it came out of the oven the filling did not solidify. I made this for an early thanksgiving celebration tomorrow. Is there anything I can do to fix it? what is the correct amount of apple juice?
Joy / November 25, 2021 at 9:08 pm /
Soooo good! Thank you for the recipe
Loriana / November 17, 2021 at 4:43 pm /
I’d like to make this for Thanksgiving. Can I replace the wheat flour with gluten free 1:1 measure for measure flour?
Jessica Cebuhar Atwell / December 4, 2017 at 9:29 am /
We enjoyed this for Thanksgiving this year. I did add a date caramel drizzle for serving. Beautiful dish though. I want to make a pumpkin pie with this crust recipe!
Jenné @ Sweet Potato Soul / December 18, 2017 at 12:00 am /
Fantastic! I LOVE LOVE LOVE that you added a date caramel drizzle. Yum!
Megs / November 24, 2017 at 11:42 am /
I want to make this recipe soon, it sounds amazing! 🙂
But don’t you mean “agar” powder? The ingredients reads “ajar”.
Jenné @ Sweet Potato Soul / November 25, 2017 at 4:30 pm /
Thanks. Yes, agar 🙂