Thanksgiving Recipe: No-Sugar-Added Mini Apple Pies

These delectable single-serving tarts are gluten-free and sweetened with dates instead of refined added sugars. Top with a little unsweetened whipped cream to take this special–yet healthy–dessert to the next level.

Active: 1 hr

Total: 1 hr 30 mins

Servings: 12

Ingredient Checklist

  • 1 cup chopped pitted dates
  • 1 cup boiling water
  • 1 ½ cups pecans, toasted and finely ground
  • 1 ½ cups oat flour (see Tip)
  • ⅓ cup melted butter
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup apple cider
  • 3 medium apples, peeled and chopped
  • ½ teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 tablespoon cornstarch

Directions

  • Step 1: Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Coat a muffin pan with cooking spray.
  • Step 2: Place dates in a medium bowl and cover with boiling water. Let soak for 20 minutes. Drain the dates, reserving 1/4 cup soaking liquid. Place half the dates in a food processor (reserve the rest for the filling). Add pecans, oat flour, butter, salt and the reserved soaking liquid; pulse until combined. Firmly press 2 generous tablespoons of the mixture into the bottoms and up the sides of each muffin cup. Bake until set, but not browned, 10 to 12 minutes. Let cool in the pan on a wire rack for 15 minutes.
  • Step 3: Meanwhile, place cider and the reserved dates in a blender or food processor; blend until mostly smooth. Transfer to a medium saucepan; add apples and cinnamon. Bring to a simmer over medium-high heat; reduce heat to maintain a simmer and cook, stirring often, until the apples are mostly tender, 12 to 15 minutes. Remove from heat; stir in vanilla and cornstarch.
  • Step 4: Using about 2 tablespoons filling for each tart, divide the filling among the crusts. Bake until the crust is browned on the edges and the filling is hot, 12 to 15 minutes. Cool the tarts in the pan on a wire rack for at least 20 minutes. Run a sharp knife around the edges and remove the tarts from the pan.

Tips

To make ahead: Store tarts in a covered container at room temperature for up to 1 day.

Nutrition Facts

Serving Size: 1 tart Per Serving: 228 calories; protein 3g; carbohydrates 23.4g; dietary fiber 3.3g; sugars 12g; fat 15.1g