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No Bake Caramel Apple Tartlets (V+GF): a whole ingredient recipe for mini caramel pecan tarts bursting with sweet apple flavor. #Vegan #GlutenFree #DairyFree | | @BeamingBaker

No Bake Caramel Apple Tartlets (Vegan, Gluten Free, Dairy Free)

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No Bake Caramel Apple Tartlets (V+GF): a whole ingredient recipe for mini caramel pecan tarts bursting with sweet apple flavor. Vegan, Gluten Free, Dairy Free.




  • 3 Medjool dates, pitted
  • 1 ½ cup pecan halves, divided
  • 1 tablespoon water
  • ½ cup gluten free rolled oats
  • ¼ teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • ¼ teaspoon salt

Date Caramel Filling

  • 4 Medjool dates, pitted
  • ¼ cup unsalted, natural peanut butter or almond butter
  • 1 tablespoon water
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • ¼ teaspoon pure vanilla extract

Apple Topping

  • 3 large Granny Smith apples, cored and peeled (about 4 ½ cups chopped apples)
  • ¼ cup + 2 tablespoons coconut sugar
  • 2 tablespoons coconut oil
  • 1 tablespoon unsweetened almond milk
  • 1 ½ teaspoons pure vanilla extract
  • ¼ teaspoon salt

Optional Topping

  • coconut whip
  • ground cinnamon


  1. Set aside a standard, 12-cup muffin pan. Clear some space in the freezer for this pan.
  2. Make the crust: Add 3 dates and ½ cup pecans to a food processor. Blend until crumbly. Add in water and blend until sticky. Scrape down the sides of the processor as needed. Add in the remaining 1 cup of pecans, oats, cinnamon and salt. Blend until you get a sticky and crumbly dough-like mixture, resembling wet sand.
  3. Scoop about 1 ½ tablespoons of this crust mixture into each muffin cup. Using your hands, press and shape the dough into a cup with a deep center that fills half of the muffin cup. Repeat until all cups are done. Place the muffin pan into the freezer for 15 minutes or more while you prepare the caramel filling.
  4. Make the date caramel filling: Add 4 dates and nut butter to the food processor. Blend until dates turn into small pieces and the mixture is sticky. Add water, salt and vanilla. Blend until you get a crumbly, sticky mixture. There should not be any visible pieces of dates. Scrape down the sides of the processor as needed.
  5. Line a baking sheet with parchment or wax paper. Remove muffin pan from freezer. Using a spoon, nudge and lift the crust until it lifts out. Place the crust on the prepared baking sheet. If needed, reshape the crust to fix any dents that occurred while removing it from the pan. Repeat until all crusts are on the prepared baking sheet.
  6. Scoop about 1 ½ to 2 teaspoons of caramel filling into each cup. Using your hands, gently press and smooth into an even layer. Place the baking sheet back into the freezer while you prepare the apple topping.
  7. Make the apple topping: Chop apples into small cubes. Set a large saucepan over medium-low heat on the stovetop. Add coconut sugar, coconut oil, milk, vanilla and salt. Stir until hot and bubbly, about 3-5 minutes. Add apples and stir until fully coated. Increase heat to medium. Stir occasionally until very little liquid remains. Remove from heat.
  8. Take the baking sheet out of the freezer. Evenly distribute apple topping onto each cup. Save any extra apple topping for garnishing. Top with coconut whip, cinnamon, apple topping or your favorite toppings. Enjoy immediately. Or, see storing instructions below.


– Storage notes: Store in an airtight container in the freezer for 1-2 weeks. Allow to thaw at room temperature for 1 hour before serving.
– More cozy recipes: One Bowl Gluten Free Vegan Pumpkin Bread, Gluten Free Vegan Trail Mix Cookies, Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Oatmeal Breakfast Bars.

  • Category: No Bake, Dessert, Vegan, Gluten Free, Dairy Free