Gluten-Free Apple Tart – Salted Plains

This vegan gluten-free apple tart is an easy dessert made with almond and oat flour, a layer of date caramel, and topped with cinnamon apples. Prepare the crust and date caramel ahead of time for quicker assembly. 

An apple tart drizzled with caramel sitting on a wood surface.

There can never be too many apple desserts. Baked apple slices, homemade apple pie, and apple crumble all do very well with a big scoop of vanilla ice cream. Well, let me add one more.

In the midst of pie season, there is always room for a gluten-free tart recipe. With three main elements—an oatmeal cookie crust, a layer of date caramel, and a cinnamon apple filling—you can prepare the tart crust and the date caramel a day ahead.

Then all you need to do is cook up the filling on the stovetop and assemble the apple tart.

Why You’ll Love This Recipe

  • The easy recipe elements can be made ahead of time
  • Simple ingredients that are plant-based
  • The crust and caramel are both effortless to make.
  • Vegan and gluten-free means everyone can enjoy a single dessert.

Ingredients and Substitutions

Here are a few quick notes about the ingredients in this recipe. You can see a complete list of ingredients and instructions in the recipe card below.

Ingredients for an apple tart laid out on a wooden surface.

Oats – These are the perfect crust ingredient and help give that wheat flour taste. Make sure to purchase certified gluten-free oats if needed. I like bob’s red mill brand.

Almond Flour – This adds texture to the oats and a wonderful warm flavor to the oat almond flour crust.

Coconut Oil – The glue that holds things together!

Maple Syrup – Instead of brown sugar, this naturally unrefined sweetener adds depth and just enough sweetness.

Date Caramel – Dates, coconut cream, and maple syrup blend right up into a creamy delight.

Apples – Select a mix of tart and sweet apples if you’d like. Stick to firm juicy apples that hold up well to cooking for perfect presentation such as Granny Smith apples, Honeycrisp, or Jonagold.

Step-by-Step Instructions

Before you start: Preheat the oven temperature to 350 degrees Fahrenheit and grease a tart pan with a removable bottom.

Step 1: Add the dry ingredients; oats, flour, salt, and cinnamon to a food processor and pulse until chunky.

Step 2: Continue to pulse as you slowly pour in the maple syrup and melted coconut oil. You may not need all of the oil.

Step 3: Press the crust mixture into the bottom and halfway up the sides of the pan.

Step 4: Bake until the edges of the crust is lightly golden; then cool on a wire rack.

Step 5: Add all date caramel ingredients to the jar of a high-powered blender and process until smooth.

Step 6: Add all apple filling ingredients to a saucepan and heat over medium while gently stirring. Cook until the apples start to become tender.

Step 7: Spread most of the caramel on the bottom crust, leaving just enough to drizzle over the top of the tart.

Step 8: Arrange the apples in a pleasing design over the caramel. Drizzle any remaining caramel overtop and give a quick sprinkle of sea salt.


  • The date caramel can be made ahead and stored in the fridge. It’s a good idea to let it warm up at room temperature before assembly so you can spread it in the base of the crust.
  • Make the pie crust the day before to save time. Cover tightly with plastic wrap and leave at room temperature.
  • The apple filling comes together so quickly, that you can easily make it just before serving to enjoy a warm dessert. For best results, the tart should be eaten the day it is made.
  • Select firm apples, such as a mix of Granny Smith and Honeycrisp or a variety of baking apples.

Serving Suggestions

  • Add a scoop of ice cream to individual portions
  • Place a dollop of coconut whipped cream on top of each slice (or regular whipped cream if not dairy-free)
A slice of apple tart and a scoop of ice cream on a small rustic plate.


Do I need to use a tart pan?

You can absolutely use a pie plate if that’s what you have! There’s no need to purchase a specialty pan if you won’t get a lot of use from it.

Can I make this ahead of time?

Both the crust and caramel may be made a day in advance. This is the perfect way to save time when your guests are in the house. I do recommend making the apple filling and assembling the tart just before serving.

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An apple tart drizzled with caramel sit on a wooden surface with a blue cloth.

Gluten-Free Apple Tart

This Gluten-Free Apple Tart is an easy dessert recipe made with an oatmeal crust, a layer of date caramel, and topped with cinnamon apples. Prepare the crust and date caramel ahead of time for a quicker assembly.