It’s January 3rd and I have already gotten rid of 5 boxes of stuff from the house. Stuff we never use but sits around or travels from room to room making a mess. Over the next week, I am hoping to organize my house more and more. With two small children, things can get crazy – fast. After that, it can be hard to recover the cleanliness! But since I am off work for the next month and a half, I am taking full advantage of my time to try and minimize and organize. With hope – when I go back to my day job (I work for a farm, in case anyone has missed that tidbit – nothing to do on a farm (at least for me) in January!) Anyways, when I go back to my day job – hopefully I can manage to maintain some level of non-catastrophe so it doesn’t look like a toddler bomb went off in my house all the time.
Speaking of time off, I meant to get you this recipe before the holidays because I think it makes a pretty delicious dessert to share with friends and family. But with work, and the holidays, and family and blogging and managing the facebook page, things were pretty crazy over here. We can always think of a reason to get together and feed friends and family, right? So even though I’m getting this out later than I’d hoped, it’s still a good one!
So here’s to a new year! Let’s find some reasons to celebrate!
Paleo Apple Tart
For the crust
- 1 cup walnuts
- 1 cup almonds
- 3 tbsp coconut oil
- 3 tbsp honey
For the filling
- 3 medium sized apples cored and cubed/chopped – peeled if you want, I didn’t.
- 1/4-1/2 cup honey
- 2-3 tbsp cinnamon
- 1/2 cup chopped walnuts
Prepare the crust first
Preheat your oven to 375*.
In a blender or food processor, blend almonds and walnuts until they are powder-like. Think: chunky flour. 😉 You do not want to make nut butter so be careful not to blend them too long! It is ok to have small pieces of nuts left, at least it is to me! Mix these in a small bowl. Set aside.
In a small saucepan, heat coconut oil and honey until melted together. Once melted, pour mix into the blended almonds and walnuts. Mix together. Line a pie or tart pan with parchment paper (which is NOT the same as wax paper… learn from my mistake… yeah yeah, wax melts. I get it. … now.) Pour this mix into the pie or tart pan and pat down so that it covers the entire bottom and up the sides a bit. It might not go all the way up the sides – that’s ok. This goes into the oven at 375* for about 15 minutes. It will start to brown and it’s done! Watch it! Because nuts tend to go from done to burnt pretty quickly!
While the tart crust is cooking, place your cored and chopped apples in a medium saucepan over medium/high heat. Add in the honey and sprinkle in the cinnamon. Stir well while the honey melts. Cook while stirring for about 10-15 minutes. You want the apples a little soft and caramelized by the honey.
Hopefully you’ve been watching your crust! When it is done, take it out of the oven and set aside. When your apple mixture is caramelized and looking delicious, pour the apple mix into your crust. Just spread it around. Sprinkle the apples with 1/2 cup chopped walnuts and eat! You might want to let it cool just a bit first… or you can save it in the fridge for when your friends and family arrive. I have kept this in the fridge for 48 hours and it still tasted amazing. It didn’t last longer than that so I can’t tell you if it would still be good after 48 hours. And just a note… if you eat this hot – the crust can tend to fall apart a bit. But once you let it cool, it stays together very nicely!
I hope you like this one as much as we did!