Paleo Apple Tart

Cold weather means apple pie (or some version thereof) in my house.  Our favorite is this cinnamon-spiked apple tart encased in a pecan crust. Since my boys go gaga for anything involving baked apples, this gluten free apple tart with a high protein, grain free crust doesn’t last long around here.

I love that the boys (and their friends) gobble down a treat high in fiber and other nutrients, with a minute amount of added sweetener –this entire dessert has a mere one tablespoon of honey. While super kid-friendly, this not-too-sweet tart also makes a gluten free, dairy free dessert that is rich enough to satisfy discerning palates, hence the place it will take on on our Thanksgiving table next month.

Cinnamon Apple Tart with Pecan Crust

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Servings 6



  • In a large bowl, toss apple slices, lemon juice, arrowroot, honey and cinnamon
  • Fan apples out on top of uncooked crust, forming a circle
  • Layer more apples over circle and in its center
  • Cover tart with tin foil, and bake at 350°F for 45-70 minutes, or until juices are bubbling
  • Remove foil and cook uncovered for 5-10 more minutes
  • Serve with Vegan Coconut Whip (page 94 Gluten-Free Cupcakes)
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 50 mins
Total Time 1 hr
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Here are some of my other fall friendly apple recipes:

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73 responses to “Paleo Apple Tart”

  1. Hi Elana, I am a great fan of yours and have been making your recipes for years.They always work our perfectly.Thanks!
    One question. I can’t buy a ready made pecan crust Do you have a recipe for that?
    Thanks Renee

    • Renee, if you click the highlighted words in the ingredients portion of the recipe that say “1 Pecan Tart Crust” you will be taken to that recipe :-)

  2. Net carbs per slice?

    Thanks, love. WONDERFUL recipe .I am cooking for my husband and my brother on Christmas Day and my brother is a diabetic. He says absolutely no honey or Maple syrup, but one tablespoon seem so little. Advice?

    • Dorothy, thanks for your comment. I provide nutrition info for the recipes in my 3 cookbooks. In terms of dietary restrictions, I always listen to the requests of my guests, without exception, especially when it is a medical issue :-)

  3. Yesterday being mother’s day and since my daughter lives in LA and I live in Canada she came up with the idea that we would both make the same dessert,have tea and FaceTime.
    My daughter picked this Apple Tart to make since I have Celiac gluten free is my go to.
    I have to say it was scrumptious!!
    I love your recipes they are simple and tasty.
    Thanks for making my Mother’s Day memorable.

    • Rhona, what a wonderful thing to do for Mother’s Day, a tart with tea on FaceTime! So glad that I was part of your celebration via this dessert :-)

  4. Can I make the filling and freeze it to make the tart later? I have lots of apples to process. I was thinking about making applie pie filling and freezing them for use later. Now that I follow a paleo lifestyle, I’m unsure how the ingredients will hold up or if they will be too soggy after I thaw. Any input would be greatly appreciated.

    • Faith, I haven’t tried freezing this so not sure how that would work. If you do experiment please let us know how it goes :-)

  5. Two Q’s – would this work with Pears? and is there an alternative for the arrowroot powder? (What about coconut flour in its place?) I will use the honey and everything else, but thinking about omitting the arrowroot powder. From the comments sounds like it may get a little soggy possibly – even if I keep the honey?

    • Kris, I think this might work nicely with pears. I’m not so sure about replacing the arrowroot powder. If you do experiment please let us know how it goes :-)

  6. I made this last Friday. The crust wasn’t soggy at all. The test came when I presented a slice to my husband with some whipped coconut cream (with a little vanilla extract in). He said it was honestly one of the best apple tarts he’d ever had. I had to use Cortlands as I couldn’t get Jonagolds, but everything came out wonderfully! In fact, I’m blogging about this pie right now, giving people the links to your recipes! Thanks so much, once again. (He also loves the chile lime mustard chicken)

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