Easy Gluten-Free Apple Tart Recipe & Almond Caramel

How to make an easy Gluten-Free Apple Tart Recipe in the shape of gorgeous roses! Naturally sweetened with maple syrup and a quick almond caramel sauce. They have delicious flavor from oat and almond flour, cinnamon, and vanilla. They’re baked in a muffin pan without any dough rolling.

how to make my gluten-free apple tart recipe with almond flour, oat flour, almond butter, maple syrup, and cinnamon.

Traditional apple tarts can be intimidating and time-consuming. You will love my Gluten-Free Apple Tart Recipe because it’s easy to make and has a short cooking time. The delicious earthy crust is gluten-free with oat and almond flour and naturally sweetened with maple syrup and coconut sugar. It’s simply blended together and then pressed down inside muffin cups. There’s no rolling or chilling pastry dough required.

The juicy apples are thinly sliced by hand or with a mandoline and then quickly softened in the microwave or stove. Then they’re simply rolled into delicate rose petals and nestled inside a dollop of my quick almond butter caramel sauce. After brushing them with maple syrup and a light dusting of cinnamon, they are baked to golden perfection in less than 20 minutes.

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Ingredients & Substitutions

If you need to make substitutions for the ingredients in the gluten-free apple tart recipe, here are some options to consider:

Apples: You can use any variety of apple you like. Red delicious apples will you give you the strongest red color on the edges of your rose petals.

Almond Flour: You can substitute almond flour with hazelnut flour or another nut flour of your choice.*

Oat Flour: Replace oat flour with rice flour, quinoa flour, or sorghum flour for a gluten-free option.*

Almond Butter: Cashew butter, peanut butter, or tahini can be used in place of almond butter.*.

Coconut Oil: Swap coconut oil with vegan butter or margarine for a different texture and flavor.*

Maple Syrup: Honey or agave nectar can be used as alternatives to maple syrup.

Coconut Sugar: You can substitute with any granular sugar.*

Lemon Juice: Lime juice or apple cider vinegar can replace lemon juice.

Remember that substitutions may alter the taste, texture, and overall outcome of the recipe. It’s a good idea to experiment with small batches before making larger adjustments.

*I have not tested this substitution.

How to Make My Apple Cinnamon Tart Recipe

Step 1. Slice the apples

Remove the cores of your apples and then thinly slice them with a knife or my favorite mandoline slicer. Leaving on the skin will give a beautiful edge to your rose petals.

Drop the sliced apples in a bowl of water combined with lemon juice. Microwave the bowl of apples in 1-minute increments until the apples are soft and can be rolled without breaking. You can also boil a pot of water and drop in the apple slices for 1-2 minutes or until tender.

Drain the apples and spread on paper towels to remove additional moisture.

Adding wet ingredients to muffin batter.
Mixing cranberries into muffin batter.

Step 2. Make the crust

Combine the oat flour, almond flour, coconut sugar, salt, coconut oil, maple syrup, apple cider vinegar, vanilla extract, cinnamon, and nutmeg in a bowl or food processor. Mix until it starts to form a large ball. Check the moisture level by breaking off a small amount of dough. If you can roll it into a ball in your hands without it sticking too much, then it’s perfect. If it’s too wet, add more oat flour, 1 tablespoon at a time, until it’s less sticky.

Adding wet ingredients to muffin batter.
Mixing cranberries into muffin batter.

Step 3. Make the almond caramel sauce

Combine the almond butter, maple syrup, coconut oil, vanilla extract, and salt in a small bowl and whisk with a fork until smooth.

Adding wet ingredients to muffin batter.
Mixing cranberries into muffin batter.

Step 4. Fill the muffin pan

Lightly spray your muffin pan with non-stick. Scoop the dough with a spoon or medium-sized cookie scoop and drop it inside each muffin cup. Press the dough into the bottom of the cup and about 1/4″ up on all sides of the cup.

Drop a spoonful of almond caramel sauce into each muffin cup.

Adding wet ingredients to muffin batter.
Mixing cranberries into muffin batter.

Step 5. Roll the roses

Spread out 8-10 apple slices starting from the left side. Layer them half-way over the previous apple slice. Place larger slices to the right because that will be the outside of the rose.

Begin rolling the slices from the left into a single rose. Gently push the bottom of the rolled rose into the caramel sauce in the muffin cup.

Adding wet ingredients to muffin batter.
Mixing cranberries into muffin batter.

Pour several tablespoons of maple syrup into a small measuring cup and lightly brush it onto the tops of the roses using a pastry brush or small spoon.

Gently sprinkle a dusting of cinnamon on top of all the roses.

Bake at 350°F for 18-20 minutes or until the crust appears firm and lightly browned.

Remove from the oven and allow to cool for 10-15 minutes before removing and serving.

As an optional garnish, you can press single mint leaves into the sides of the crust to enhance the flower affec

Adding wet ingredients to muffin batter.
Mixing cranberries into muffin batter.

Homemade Apple Tart Recipe Notes

Apple Selection: Opt for apples with a mix of sweet and tart flavors, like Honeycrisp or Pink Lady. Their skin adds a nice touch to the visual appeal of the roses. The lemon juice helps prevent browning and adds a subtle zing to the apples.

Almond Butter Caramel: This almond butter caramel is a delightful, nutty alternative to traditional caramel. It’s a healthier option and pairs well with the apples.

Maple Syrup Glaze: Brushing the roses with maple syrup before baking adds a beautiful sheen and enhances their natural sweetness. The dusting of cinnamon adds warmth and aroma.

Optional Garnish: The mint leaves pressed into the sides of the crust not only add a pop of color but also enhance the presentation with a subtle touch of freshness.

Serving: These gluten-free apple tart roses are best enjoyed fresh.

To maintain the freshness and quality of your gluten-free apple tart, follow these storage tips:

Room Temperature: Allow the tart to cool completely at room temperature before storing. This helps prevent condensation and sogginess.

Airtight Container: Store any leftover portions of the tart in an airtight container. This prevents moisture and odors from affecting the tart’s flavor and texture.

Refrigeration: For longer storage, it’s recommended to store the gluten-free apple tart in the refrigerator. Refrigeration helps prevent the filling from spoiling.

Parchment Paper: Place a piece of parchment paper between slices of tart if you stack them in the container. This prevents the slices from sticking together.

Plastic Wrap: Another option is to wrap individual slices in plastic wrap before placing them in an airtight container. This provides an additional layer of protection against moisture.

Reheating: When reheating individual slices, use a microwave or a low-temperature oven (around 300°F / 150°C) to prevent the crust from becoming overly crispy.

Freeze: If you want to extend the shelf life, you can freeze the gluten-free apple tart. Wrap the entire tart or individual slices tightly in plastic wrap and then place them in an airtight container or freezer-safe bag.

Labeling: If you’re freezing the tart, be sure to label the container or bag with the date to keep track of freshness.

Consume Within: If refrigerated, consume the tart within 3-4 days for the best quality and taste. Frozen slices can be kept for 2-3 months. Thaw them in the refrigerator before reheating.

Avoid Moisture: Moisture can affect the tart’s crust, making it soggy. Ensure the tart is well-protected from any sources of moisture when storing.

Note About Toppings: If your tart has any whipped cream or other toppings, it’s best to add those just before serving to prevent them from becoming watery during storage.
By following these storage tips, you can enjoy the deliciousness of your gluten-free apple tart for an extended period while maintaining its flavor and texture.

What is the purpose of the apple cider vinegar in the crust?

Apple cider vinegar adds a subtle tang and helps activate the leavening agents in the crust, contributing to its texture and flavor.

Can I prepare the apple roses in advance and bake them later?

While you can prepare the apple slices in advance, it’s best to assemble and bake the roses right before serving. The apples can release moisture, which may affect the crust if left for too long.

Can I freeze these tart roses?

Freezing is not recommended, as the texture of the apples and crust may change upon thawing. These are best enjoyed fresh.

Can I use a different sweetener in place of maple syrup?

Yes, you can use honey or agave syrup as a substitute for maple syrup, but it may slightly alter the flavor.

Can I make a larger version of this tart instead of individual roses?

Absolutely, you can create a larger tart by using a pie dish or tart pan instead of a muffin pan. Adjust the baking time as needed.

Can I skip the salt in the crust or caramel for a lower-sodium option?

While you can reduce the salt, a small amount enhances the overall flavor. If you have specific dietary restrictions, feel free to adjust to your preferences.

Are these tart roses vegan? – Yes, this recipe is vegan as long as you use a plant-based substitute for the maple syrup (e.g., agave syrup) and ensure that your ingredients, including the crust and caramel, are dairy-free.

Serving Suggestions

Elevate your gluten-free apple tart experience with these delightful serving suggestions that complement its flavors and create a memorable dessert presentation:

Whipped Cream: Serve slices of the apple tart with a dollop of freshly whipped cream on top. Choose traditional dairy whipped cream or opt for a dairy-free alternative.

Vanilla Ice Cream: A scoop of vanilla ice cream alongside warm slices of apple tart creates a wonderful contrast of textures and temperatures.

Caramel Drizzle: Drizzle warm caramel sauce over the tart slices before serving. The sweetness and richness of caramel beautifully complement the tart’s apple filling.

Nut Toppings: Sprinkle chopped nuts, such as toasted walnuts, pecans, or almonds, over the tart for added crunch and nutty flavor.

Dusting of Cinnamon: A light dusting of ground cinnamon on top of the tart adds warmth and enhances the apple flavor.

Fresh Berries: Garnish the plate with a handful of fresh berries, such as raspberries or blueberries, for a burst of color and freshness.

Citrus Zest: Grate a bit of lemon or orange zest over the tart slices to infuse a zesty and aromatic twist.

Yogurt or Whipped Topping: Serve with a spoonful of Greek yogurt or a dairy-free whipped topping for a tangy and creamy contrast.

Edible Flowers: For an elegant touch, adorn the plate with edible flowers, such as pansies or nasturtiums, to add visual appeal.

Warm Spiced Beverages: Pair the gluten-free apple tart with a warm cup of spiced tea, mulled cider, or hot cocoa for a cozy and satisfying dessert experience.

Cheese Accompaniment: Consider pairing the tart with a slice of mild cheese, such as cheddar or brie, to balance the sweetness of the apples.

Fresh Mint: Garnish with a sprig of fresh mint for a burst of color and a refreshing herbal note.

Fruit Coulis: Create a berry or fruit coulis (thick sauce) to drizzle over the tart for an added burst of fruitiness.

Nondairy Yogurt: Serve with your favorite nondairy yogurt, such as coconut or almond yogurt, for a creamy and tangy element.

Nut Butters: Offer a dollop of almond butter, peanut butter, or another nut butter alongside the tart slices for a satisfying nutty flavor.

By combining these serving suggestions with your gluten-free apple tart, you’ll create a versatile and delightful dessert experience that caters to various tastes and preferences.

how to make my gluten-free apple tart recipe with almond flour, oat flour, almond butter, maple syrup, and cinnamon.

Gluten Free Apple Tart Recipe as Roses

Gluten-Free diet-friendly recipe
How to make an easy Gluten-Free Apple Tart Recipe in the shape of gorgeous roses! Naturally sweetened with maple syrup and a quick almond caramel sauce. They have delicious flavor from oat and almond flour, cinnamon, and vanilla. They’re baked in a muffin pan without any dough rolling.
5 from 2 votes
Servings 12
Prep Time 45 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes

Ingredients
  

Gluten-Free Crust:

  • 1-1/2 cups oat flour
  • 1/2 cup almond flour
  • 1/4 cup coconut sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 cup coconut oil (melted)
  • 1/4 cup maple syrup
  • 1 teaspoon apple cider vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon nutmeg

Apple Roses:

  • 5 apples (4 large or 5 small)
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 1/4 cup maple syrup
  • dash cinnamon

Almond Butter Caramel:

  • 1/4 cup almond butter
  • 3 tablespoons maple syrup
  • 2 tablespoons coconut oil
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt

Instructions
 

  • Preheat the oven to 350°F.
  • Remove the cores of your apples and then thinly slice them with a knife or my favorite mandoline slicer. Leaving on the skin will give a beautiful edge to your rose petals.
    Drop the sliced apples in a bowl of water combined with lemon juice. Microwave the bowl of apples in 1-minute increments until the apples are soft and can be rolled without breaking. You can also boil a pot of water and drop in the apple slices for 1-2 minutes or until tender.
    Drain the apples and spread on paper towels to remove additional moisture.
  • Combine the oat flour, almond flour, coconut sugar, salt, coconut oil, maple syrup, apple cider vinegar, vanilla extract, cinnamon, and nutmeg in a bowl or food processor. Mix until it starts to form a large ball. Check the moisture level by breaking off a small amount of dough. If you can roll it into a ball in your hands without it sticking too much, then it's perfect. If it's too wet, add more oat flour, 1 tablespoon at a time, until it's less sticky.
  • Combine the almond butter, maple syrup, coconut oil, vanilla extract, and salt in a small bowl and whisk with a fork until smooth.
  • Lightly spray your muffin pan with non-stick. Scoop the dough with a spoon or medium-sized cookie scoop and drop it inside each muffin cup. Press the dough into the bottom of the cup and about 1/4" up on all sides of the cup.
    Drop a spoonful of almond caramel sauce into each muffin cup.
  • Spread out 8-10 apple slices starting from the left side. Layer them half-way over the previous apple slice. Place larger slices to the right because that will be the outside of the rose.
    Begin rolling the slices from the left into a single rose. Gently push the bottom of the rolled rose into the caramel sauce in the muffin cup.
  • Pour several tablespoons of maple syrup into a small measuring cup and lightly brush it onto the tops of the roses using a pastry brush or small spoon. 
    Gently sprinkle a dusting of cinnamon on top of all the roses.
    Bake at 350°F for 18-20 minutes or until the crust appears firm and lightly browned.
    Remove from the oven and allow to cool for 10-15 minutes before removing and serving. 
    As an optional garnish, you can press single mint leaves into the sides of the crust to enhance the flower affect.

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Nutrition

Calories: 251kcalCarbohydrates: 29gProtein: 4gFat: 15gSaturated Fat: 6gPolyunsaturated Fat: 0.3gMonounsaturated Fat: 1gSodium: 155mgPotassium: 130mgFiber: 4gSugar: 18gVitamin A: 42IUVitamin C: 4mgCalcium: 58mgIron: 1mg
Keyword almond butter, almond flour, apple, cinnamon, coconut sugar, gluten free, maple syrup, roses, salted caramel, tart
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