Thanksgiving Dessert: Apple Pie Tartlets

The other day, this douche on instagram said that he likes my food (along with other blogger’s food) but he doesn’t like how we toot our own horn about how good the food tastes. So I’m going to try the opposite. Here goes nothing: ‘Hey guys! This recipe isn’t really that good. It just tastes like pretty good apple pie. Wait, I’m going a little too crazy here. It’s just ok. That’s why I’m sharing these recipes on my blog. Because they aren’t that good. Just ok.’ Did that make you excited about the recipe? Did that make your mouth water and make you super pumped about trying the recipe? Eff no it didn’t. What an idiot. This recipe was awesome. Tooting my own horn or not, it’s a delicious recipe that makes you feel like you’re eating a mini apple pie.

Toot toot.

It hasn’t even hit Thanksgiving and I’m already freaking out about Christmas. I am the worst, THE WORST Christmas shopper. I don’t know if I’m just not thoughtful, but I truly never know what to get my friends and family. I feel like when you’re an adult who works hard to earn your own money, you don’t really need many things. If you want something, you buy it. Which makes things much tougher for purchasing gifts. What makes things worse is that I have incredibly thoughtful friends. Who remember little things I say. I think I’m just a bad listener.

Speaking of my thoughtful friends: #137 why I love being home – Girls night. When I’m home, I get to have Monday watchingthevoiceandjudgingchristinasoutfits night. It’s just wonderful. When women say they aren’t really friends with girls, it means girls don’t really like them. Because all girls need girlfriends. I’m a much happier and way more sane human being when I have my girlfriends to hang out with.  If you only hang out with dudes, then you probably need to pay for a shrink because girls listen to all your annoying issues that guys won’t even tough. Girls night is therapy night. Just facts of life. Oh, and chocolate night. Obviously.


Apple Pie Tartlets

  • Yield: 7-14* 1x



For the crust

For the toppings

  • 2 tablespoons butter (or coconut oil, if you prefer)
  • 3 cups apples, cored and cubed (330 grams)
  • 1 tablespoon apple cider (no sugar added)
  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • 1 teaspoon lemon juice
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon

For the whipped cream

  • 1 (14 ounce) can full fat coconut milk, refrigerated overnight (if you can find canned Coconut Cream at the store – get that)
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 teaspoon honey


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Place pecans in a food processor and pulse until they have broken down into a flour consistency.
  3. Add almond flour, coconut oil, egg, honey, vanilla extract, baking powder, cinnamon and salt and puree until is combines completely together (it will form a ball in the food processor).
  4. Using a mini muffin tin, use a cookie scoop to scoop out a ball of the crust mixture and place into 14 muffin tin holes.
  5. Using your thumbs and fingers, press the crust mixture down in the tin and up around the edges, creating a crevice for the apples to go in. Be sure not to break through the crust on the bottom. Repeat with all 14 muffins.
  6. Place a large pan over medium heat. Add butter (or coconut oil). Once butter has melted, add cubed apples and 1 tablespoon of apple cider. Let apples cook down for 8-10 minutes, until soft.
  7. Then add honey, lemon juice, vanilla extract and cinnamon. Mix to combine then remove from heat.
  8. Place a tablespoons or so of the apple mixture into each cup. Repeat with all 14 mini muffins.
  9. Place in oven and bake for 25 minutes.
  10. Let cool before removing from tin.
  11. In a bowl, add the coconut cream that sits on top of the coconut water and whip together vanilla extract and honey, using a fork until well combined. (leave behind the coconut water for shakes or whatever else)
  12. Place a tablespoon of coconut whipped cream on top. Serve immediately.


*Yields 14 tartlets

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113 thoughts on “Thanksgiving Dessert: Apple Pie Tartlets”

      1. Juli, I love your straightforward-ness. Is that a word? You make me SOL (snort out loud) at work! And these look delish. Can’t wait to try them.

      2. Not having a calorie count on your blog is my favorite thing about your blog…I have to just rely on portion control *GASP!*

        Also, I can attest that your recipes are “toot” worthy! I have made over twenty of your recipes and made repeats!! No other paleo blog makes me do the things you do! Thank you!!!

    1. Kat, you can plug the ingredients into any food program, fitbit, spark people, etc. to come up with a calorie count if you need that info…

  1. Hey Juli – I have all this leftover almond sludge from making almond milk every few days for my coffee. I just freeze it. It is infested with majool date shrapnel. Do you think I could use it in the crust for this?

    1. Just a suggestion: You could try spreading out the almond pulp on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper and bake it in the oven. When completely dried grind it up and try it in place of the almond flour. This may or may not work, and you might need more than just 1.5 cups….

      Report back on whatever you end up trying! 🙂

    2. Absolutely! Spread your almond pulp on a cookie sheet lined with parchment paper as thin as you can and bake at about 200* for 2 hours or so. Let it cool then pulse in a ninja or processor. Ta da! We make our own almond milk every week and bake all of the pulp. We actually have too much almond meal and give it to friends when our container is full.

      On a side note — making this recipe tonight 😉 Looks fantastic.

  2. Omg, these look incredible. I’m definitely spending 3/4 of my Christmas holidays baking things from your site and stuffing my face. ’tis the season- no?

    1. Just made these and they are delicious! Glad I did a trial run before thanksgiving because next time I will grease the pan first. Mine got stuck and came apart when tying to get them out the pan. Thanks for the yumminess!

  3. These look great! I think I’m making them to go with Thanksgiving! My father-in-law is bringing 2 regular pies, but I won’t eat those. I bet these will taste way better anyway! Thanks for the wonderful recipe, I can’t wait.

  4. These look amazing! Will have to make them soon!

    BTW, most of my friends are homosexual men – just as fun as having girlfriends! 🙂

  5. These look AMAZING! Definitely making them for Thanksgiving.

    I don’t have a mini muffin tin, not to mention I’m dying to try out the silicone liners I just bought for my regular sized one, so do you think this would work with a regular muffin tin?! If not, I’ll totally buy the mini 🙂

  6. Hey! This looks great! I’m hoping to try out this recipe for some vegan family members… Any thoughts on a substitute for egg in this recipe specifically? I know of a lot of substitutes, but it depends on what end result you’re trying to achieve. Thanks

  7. I’m a terrible Christmas shopper too, but I receive great gifts. Guess I’m just a bad person who doesn’t listen – what can you do

  8. Hey lady, these look amazing!!! do you think they’d work in regular muffin tins?? my family gets annoyed when they have to eat lots of little things lol!

  9. People who don’t like themselves are generally the ones bi***ing about how others “toot.” He’s probably an just insecure little dude…. poor guy. You, on the other hand, should toot loud and proud… (so to speak) your recipes are flippin’ fantastic, and you are awesome.

  10. Overkill on awesome recipes? Never. Telling it like it is, whether it’s about recipes or about anything else in life? Of course. Watching The Voice and wondering what Xtina and CeeLo are both wearing? Hell yes! Although, I do wonder why CeeLo doesn’t have a pet with him this year…

    Douchey McButterpants should make some of your recipes, and then he’ll see the error of his ways.

  11. I’m excited to make these! My favorite pie was always raspberry. Any ideas what to use instead of the apple cider for a raspberry filling? Or it could be apple raspberry with it! Didn’t know if anyone had any ideas!

    1. apple raspberry would be awesome but since raspberry render a bunch of liquid when they heat up, you wouldn’t need much liquid so it would be fine removing it

  12. Hi Juli!

    Just want to say that I’m a supermega fan of your recipes. I’m going to make these tomorrow!

    xx from a Swedish reader

  13. Oh yeah, that description of how these are just ok totally makes me want to spend my time making them….like I can’t even wait another minute to make food that is not really that good. What a tool. You made him look like a jackass and made me lol….and made me wanna make these quick fast and in a hurry. Nice job Juli.

  14. Ha……man….love your blog and all, but I’d almost not blog as the retarded comments from people would send me over the Effin edge. good Lord people. Get a frackn grip.

  15. Hello there. I tried this recipe out this afternoon and had a problem with the crust. It didn’t mix at all. It did not turn into a ball. I added some water It worked okay but when I baked it it came out looking just like it did when it went in. What did I do wrong?

    1. i wouldn’t add water. if anything, i would add a bit more coconut oil to bring the batter together. not sure why it didn’t bind together though

      1. I had the same problem with the crust and added more coconut oil to try to fix it. It got better, but still never became crust like. I baked them up anyway and it worked out OK, but not great. The crust is very crumbly and grainy. I feel like the proportion of nuts/flour to coconut oil was off somehow, but I’m not sure where I went wrong.

  16. I check this site everyday in my college dorm room and keep adding recipes to my “What to make when home” list. Aaaaand I’m pretty sure this one just took first place.Might even try them with peaches 🙂

  17. The food you make looks doable as well as beautiful.. Why don’t you give your gorgeous food as presents? I decided about 15 years ago to do that, after going through the same mental process you explained. All my friends and family, even my adult children, have everything they need and can get whatever they want. I give my grandchildren money, even the little ones, and they think I am the bomb. Somebody in every family has to come to a decision not to buy into the buying, and in mine it was me.

  18. I have never commented on any blog before but had to tell you that your blog and recipes are the best! I read your blog first thing in the morning and just love your brutal honesty and your humor. You seem like a very fun person! Thanks for all the time you put into your blog. 🙂 have a great Thanksgiving. 🙂

  19. These look amazing! I have all kinds of weird food allergies and your blog has saved me from a life of grilled chicken breasts! You rock!

  20. I need to make a bunch of goodies for an upcoming party,,,,do you think these would hold up in the freezer ok, minus the creme topping of course…..

  21. First, don’t stoop to his level by calling names. Second, ‘douche’? Really? Think about it. Call him a dick. Call him a prick. But a douche? He doesn’t come close. A woman’s vagina is nothing short of miraculous. Amazing really. Takes a pounding and keeps going. And honestly, it’s a lot cleaner than men’s genitals. Its self cleaning and self protecting so let’s just step away from demeaning it. It’s just another form of belittling women. So the guy was a class A jerk a dick and a prick and maybe even an asshat. No way though he was cool enough to be a douche. Just sayin’. As for your recipes, they are phenomenal. Apparently he likes them enough to follow you…. What a putz.

  22. Hi Juli

    I have a family recipe for bread that we would like to convert to gluten free as he has just been diagnosed with celiac. As a treat for Thanksgiving we would like to make it for him.

    If I send you the recipe would you please please please make suggestions for converting it…..

    Yes I know this has nothing to do with your amazing apple pie tartlets..

  23. I just made these to test them out as a thanksgiving dessert–they were fabulous!! I will definitely be adding them to my menu!

  24. Obviously what “douchebag” doesn’t understand is that when it comes to baking/cooking it isn’t tooting your own horn, it’s inspiring others to try the recipe. Like I want to waste my time with something that’s only “so-so.” Good for you for not letting the idiot’s comment slide. Oh, and the recipe – on my way into the kitchen now!

  25. Hi! I am new to the paleo diet and am looking for fun recipes to start to integrate it into my diet…love this idea for thanksgiving! Is this 100% paleo?

    Happy holidays everyone 🙂

  26. I accidentally made these in a 12 muffin tin. the crust didn’t rise up to the top like the picture but they taste amazing and like real apple pie. nobody would know they were healthy and paleo.if you are considering making these….make them!!

  27. Juli,
    You are tooo funny! Love your recipe ideas and stories. FYI, Trader Joes sells Coconut Cream in cans for $1.49. Awesome!

  28. Here-y on the girlfriend thing. I’ve moved around a lot and had a way easier time making friends with dudes…..sad cus girls are the BEST! But to take the time to befriend someone and let them see their awesomeness reflected back..well u gotta stay somewhere for a while and build that up ive learned. Girls dont like girls if they don’t like themselves.

  29. O.M.G. These are amazing!!!! Thank you so much for this recipe! Though I may gain 5lbs over the holidaysfrom these alone. Can’t. Stop. Eating. 🙂

  30. I made these last night & they were AMAZING!! I read the post yesterday at work & knew I wanted to make them when I got home. My boyfriend loved them so much he ate three 🙂

    They are super tasty & not too sweet! Thanks for sharing & tooting your own horn! It is well deserved. Love your blog 🙂

  31. These are fantastic! I wanted to try and make them before Thanksgiving just in case I messed up….I didn’t :-). These will be made for Thanksgiving, Christmas, New Year’s, and any other time I need a “fix”. Thank you so much for all the great recipes.

  32. Totally saw that fools comment and thought “This guy is an idiot!” These look incredible like everything else you make! Tootie toot!

  33. Wondering what kind of almond flour you used, some recipes state blanched or “not the trader joes” kind…. Just wanting to try but either bobs red mill or Tj’s is all I have at the moment!

  34. Hey! Do you think these would still be good made a day or two in advance? If so, what would be your storage suggestion? Thanks!

  35. Holy cow that looks divine! I’m really glad to know that you have a new cookbook coming out soon; I’ve made and enjoyed all of the recipes in the other one.

  36. As its nearly summer here in Australia, I replaced the apples with 1 mango and 2 nectarines, and it was magnificent. Can’t stop eating them….

  37. Omg, about the gift buying thing? SO TRUE! I never know what to get anyone and I really wanna buy myself some Reebok leggings now, but I have to wait so that I can actually have someone “gift” them to me (aka. I drag them to the store and they pay for them instead of me. haha)

    And the tartlets look totes delish!

  38. HI, dying to try these but have had some epic fails in the grain free world. I asked above, do you need blanched almond flour or will any kind work?

  39. I made these last night, loved them and so did my husband! I used a regular sized muffin tin and made 10. I did grease it and the tartlets came right out. I think slightly more topping the next time will make these perfect. I think I will have to make another batch for Thanksgiving!

  40. Fantastic recipe!

    If you were making these the day before serving, would you refrigerate them or leave them at room temp?


  41. Hey Juli!
    I’m really new to the whole Paleo diet and baking/cooking etc. I made the apple tartlets last week following your instructions. They came out REALLY tasty, but I had coconut oil ALL OVER the inside of my oven! Is the measurement correct for 1/4 C of coconut oil, melted?? I don’t understand what went wrong-please help! Thanks!

  42. These were so good!!! It was my first attempt at a real Paleo dessert and I loved it. Will be making more

  43. Made these for Thanksgiving, not only were they amazing but everyone who has been scoffing at our paleo-ness, begged for more!! I did a paleo pumpkin filling in half of them and both were FAB! Haters are gonna hate but Juli, you’re the bomb tom!

  44. Question: I had made these, but I think I over cooked them, is that possible? haha. I cooked them for the time stated in the recipe. The crust was a little weird, super crunchy. And, is the crust supposed to be sweet? They came out delicious, I am just curious. Thank!

  45. Hi Juli,

    I absolutely love your blog. Thanks for sharing all of your awesome recipes! These apple tartlets are seriously A-MAZING. I haven’t been able to stop eating them! I used walnuts instead of pecans just because I was too lazy to run to the grocery store. They have lasted about a total of two days since I have been devouring them any chance I get!

  46. OMG!! They are awesome. Our team of Ironman Triathletes are coming over tonight for Paleo dinner…this is dessert…that is if they make it that long. Also making your bacon onion meatballs, pineapple avocado recipe and Asian noodle bowls. Your website is my favorite and I have lost 27lbs on Paleo and getting stronger for more Half Ironman triathlons this year. % stars all around 🙂

  47. Juli,
    just wondering if there is a substitute for apple cider I wanted to make these but don’t have any cider

  48. Just made these. They turned out great! I sprayed my pan with avacado oil and lined the bottoms with parchment. I pressed a corner of parchment into bottom of one cup and traced it. Folded sheet 5 times one direction and 6 the other and cut out, I ended up with 30 circles. I used my smallest cookie scoop for dough and a tart tamper. Went really quick. I got 20 tarts. I ended up with 4 cups of Apple’s from what I peeled, so adjusted other ingredients. Worked out perfectly to fill 20. I took them out at 15 min, next time I think I would pull at 12 min. Will definitely make again!

  49. I made these for Thanksgiving and Christmas and they were the bomb! I added a bit more apples to fill the cups and only got 12 out of the crust but still oh so yummy!

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