20 Oct 2015

Healthy Toffee Apple Tart

There is nothing better than something healthy that really tastes like it shouldn't be.  This is exactly the case with this scrumptious toffee apple tart, made using crisp, fresh apples, a sticky date sauce and a deliciously nutty almond base.  A perfect pudding for a chilly autumn day.

As the apples are raw, they give a lovely crunchy texture against the softness of the sauce and the chewiness of the base, but also retain all of their natural goodness.

I was so lucky to have received these beautiful red apples with pink stained middles from Kyle's mum who picked them from a friend's garden.  The flavour is quite possibly the most delicious combination of sweet and tart, and they are now my favourite type of apple...if only I knew what they were called!
Ingredients

200g ground almonds
110g butter at room temperature, plus extra for greasing
1/4 tsp bicarbonate of soda
1/2 tsp vanilla
2 tbsp maple syrup
100g medjool dates, pitted and roughly chopped
300 ml water
2 or 3 red apples
1 lemon

Method

1.  Preheat the oven to 180 C and grease a loose-bottomed tart tin with butter.

2.  Mix the almonds, 60g of the butter, bicarb, vanilla and maple syrup in a food processor until a dough forms.

3.  If too soft to use, chill for 10 minutes, then spread over the base and sides of the pan using the flat of your hand and fingers.  Chill in the fridge for 20 minutes.

4.  Boil the water and pour into a bowl.  Soak the dates in the water for 10 minutes.  Strain and reserve the water.

5.  Cook the tart in the centre of the oven for 10-12 minutes, until browned.  If the sides start browning faster than the base, cover them with tin foil.  Remove from oven and leave to cool fully.

6.  Blitz the dates and the rest of the butter (50g) in a food processor, gradually adding very small amounts of the water saved from soaking the dates, until a thick sauce forms.  You won't need all of the water.

7.  Remove the tart from the pan and spread the sauce evenly over the base.

8.  Thinly slice and core the apples, then squeeze a small amount of lemon juice over them to stop them from browning.  Then arrange on top of the sauce, starting from the outside and working your way in.
This recipe is based on a mixture of a few recipes from Hemsley + Hemsley's The Art of Eating Well, which is my go-to book for healthy pudding alternatives and I highly recommend you check it out!

Again, as with any recipe or DIY on my blog, I'd love to know if you give it a try, so please tweet me if you do.


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12 comments

  1. This sounds insanely good. I want to try and make more healthy sweet treats. Might give this one a go!

    Mimmi xx
    Muted Mornings

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    1. Thanks :) Let me know if you do x

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  2. This looks delicious. I love adding dates to deserts to make them taste oh-so decadent!
    Hemsley + Hemsley are perfect for feel good / healthy puds aren't they!
    Abel x

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    1. Thank you! The recipes are so good, I was honestly so surprised that they tasted as good as they do and yet are healthy. x

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  3. This looks incredible! I love making tarts and pies, so I reckon I might just have to try this out...

    Sara | herelectricocean.blogspot.co.uk

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    1. Thank you! I hope you like it if you give it a go x

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  4. This looks absolutely delicious. Think I'll be having a go at this over the weekend :)

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  5. This looks so good! I'm trying to stop with the refined sugar so this would make an ideal dessert for me at the moment! x

    Jasmin Charlotte

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    1. Thanks! I'm always on the lookout for refined sugar-free puds, so was very relieved when this turned out well ;) x

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  6. beautiful picture and that pie look delicious ! i am always for the look out on healthy stuff so this tick all the boxes. :)
    http://allornothing-blog.blogspot.co.uk/

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