Maple Pecan Fruit Tarts

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We dare you to eat just one!

These tarts are great for your holiday get together or dinner party spread.

Beautiful, tasty, and healthy, our maple pecan fruit tarts are the perfect dessert for fall (or winter)! These cute little tarts combine a crisp granola base, delicious apples, chopped pecans, and a touch of maple syrup. When you take a bite of this sweet treat, you get a mouth full of fall bliss! And since this yummy recipe uses healthier ingredients, it allows you to indulge in your favorite flavors in a lower calorie way!

The Perfect Sweet Treat

Sweet maple and tart apple create a wonderful combination of flavors.

These maple pecan fruit tarts make for the best little treat for a number of occasions! Add them to a holiday platter, make them as a sweet appetizer, or keep them on hand as a snack–or even breakfast as a special treat! Bite-sized and super easy to make (and even easier to eat), delicious fall flavors like crisp apple, sweet cinnamon, and maple syrup make for the perfect autumnal delight.

Related: 7 Low-Calorie Holiday Desserts 

Powerful Pecans

Not only does this dessert look and taste incredible, but it's also made with cleaner ingredients than other dessert options.

Pecans originate from Europe in the 16th century and translate to “wrinkle nut” due to their deep ridges. They are packed full of healthy nutrients like omega-3’s and monounsaturated fats, and contain lots of beneficial minerals like calcium, magnesium, and potassium. Pecans have been shown to aid in heart health, digestive issues, and even brain function. Not only are they healthy, but they have amazing texture and a sweet, rich flavor as well!

Crispy Granola Tart

The kids will enjoy our yummy tarts and so will you!

We went with a homemade granola tart here to boost the whole grains and add some complex flavors to this dessert. Sweet spices like cinnamon and nutmeg, whole grain oats, and healthy cashew butter are combined for this tart’s base. It’s super easy to make, too! All you need to do is combine the ingredients and press them into your muffin tin. We suggest using a 12 cup muffin tin for the best size. Simply use a spoon to press the dough up on the sides of the cups. 

How to Make this Fruity Fall Dessert

Take a big, guilt-free bite out of these delicious treats!

These fruit tarts are really very easy to make. Start by combining all of the filling ingredients in a bowl. Let them chill while you prepare your tart base. For the granola base, stir together the cashew butter, maple syrup, and vanilla extract and mix until smooth. Add the crushed pecans, puffed rice, oat flour, and old-fashioned rolled oats and gently stir until combined. Let the mixture stand for 5 to 10 minutes so it can absorb the liquid and soften the oats. Once moist, press the dough into the muffin tins, forming a little cup by pressing into the middle and keeping it higher on the sides. Then, spoon some of the filling into each tart. Let them chill, and then gently remove the tarts from the muffin tin. Top each one with a dollop of whipped cream and a sprinkle of toasted pecans.

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Maple Pecan Fruit Tarts

Fall flavors collide in this scrumptious, irresistible treat!
Prep Time 30 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Yield 12 people
Serving Size 1 tart
Course Dessert
Cuisine Universal

Ingredients

Granola Tart Base

  • 1/2 cup cashew butter
  • 1/4 cup maple syrup
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 tablespoon pecans crushed
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon nutmeg
  • 1/8 teaspoon sea salt
  • 1/2 cup puffed brown rice
  • 1/4 cup oat flour
  • 1/2 cup whole oats

Maple Fruit Filling

  • 3 apples cored and thinly sliced
  • 1 tablespoon brown sugar
  • 2 tablespoons maple syrup
  • 2 teaspoons lemon juice fresh
  • 1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon

Topping

  • 1/4 cup pecans chopped
  • light whipped cream

Instructions

  • Gently combine the filling ingredients in a bowl and let chill.
  • For the tart, mix together the cashew butter, maple syrup, and vanilla extract in a medium bowl.
  • Add the pecans, cinnamon, nutmeg, salt, puffed rice, oats, and oat flour and mix well. Set aside for 5-10 minutes.
  • Press the dough into muffin tins, forming a little cup by pressing into the middle and keeping it higher on the sides.
  • Spoon the apple filling onto each tart.
  • Let chill, then gently remove from the muffin tin.
  • Top with a dollop of whipped cream and a sprinkle of toasted pecans.

Notes

Note: for a vegan option, omit the whipped topping. 

Nutrition Information

Serving: 1tart | Calories: 167kcal | Carbohydrates: 23g | Protein: 3g | Fat: 8g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 34mg | Potassium: 168mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 12g | Vitamin A: 104IU | Vitamin C: 3mg | Calcium: 26mg | Iron: 1mg |
SmartPoints (Freestyle): 6
Keywords Gluten-Free, Thanksgiving

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Kelsey Butler, MS, RDN

Kelsey Butler is a Registered Dietitian and recipe developer. From a young age, Kelsey found a love for creating delicious recipes. Now, with a Master's in Nutritional Sciences, Kelsey uses her culinary skills to create healthy and unique recipes for many different diets. She is passionate about creating a healthy relationship with all foods and recipes that everyone can enjoy. Kelsey has a passion for cooking, but she also enjoys the outdoors, staying active, and traveling. She is currently living with her partner in New Zealand.

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