Applesauce tart with oats and almond cookie crust


applesauce tart in cooking pan with piece of the cut tart on a pottery plate

I've been processing apples like crazy lately. And I finally did it. No more apples! Instead I have vats of frozen applesauce that I can use throughout the next 5 years winter. No wonder apples have been in all my baking lately: breads, muffins and now this tart. Eating this tart actually renewed my love of applesauce -which is pretty amazing considering how much of it I've eaten lately. Oat flour and almond meal make the cookie base with maple syrup for sweetness. 

Prepare apples:
  • slice 2 small apples for the top (using a mandoline nearly cost me the top of my finger...slicing a little thicker with a paring knife works just fine). My apples were of some  unknown variety from my tree. But if I didn't have these, I would use any baking apple. 
quick oats in coffee grinder and then after when they have been ground into oat flour
Cookie base
1 cup oat flour (for 1 cup of flour, use 1 cup + 2 Tbsp quick oats and grind in a coffee grinder)
1/2 cup almonds (plain, raw)
1/4 cup sesame seeds (plain, raw)
1/2 tsp salt
1 tsp cinnamon

Place ingredients into a food processor. Blend until it gets medium-fine. Add 1/3 cup maple syrup and blend. It will clump together like dough. You might have to scrape the sides down once or twice. When well mixed, remove and press firmly into a buttered baking dish (8' X 8') using damp fingers. 
dry baking ingredients in the food processor and then after processing the base has been pressed into the square baking pan



applesauce being spread on the pre-cooked cookie base with a spatula, then apple slices arranged neatly on top of the applesauce
Bake for 5 mins at 350. Remove from oven. Let cool 5 mins.

While it cools, melt 1tsp coconut oil and 1 tsp honey in a saucepan on low heat. Spread 3/4 cup of applesauce on the cookie base. Arrange the sliced apples on top. Spoon the melted mixture of coconut oil and honey over the apples.
Bake for 20 mins, then turn to broil until the apples edges start to brown. My broiler took 5 minutes. Remove from oven and revel in the loveliness of your tart. 

Applesauce tart in the square baking tray after being cooked. Apples are browned on edges.

Decadent and satisfying. And not bad for you as far as desserts go. Indulge!
applesauce tart on small pottery plate with a fork in the foreground with a piece of the tart on it

My homemade applesauce is a little thicker than commercial but I think it would work just fine. If you try it out, let me know how it goes.

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