Apple Almond Tart | The Vanilla Bean Blog
You might have noticed I’ve had a slew of cookbook giveaways here lately. This summer my inbox was filled with announcements for new cookbooks, and offers to send me a copy or two. I could hardly say no; they were all books I had on my wishlist. Also, getting books in the mail might just be the best thing ever.

It also happened to work out well for my personal life – we were in the middle of a move when the emails rolled in, and here was a string of books with beautiful recipes I could pick from and post about. After our move we settled in to our home only to have major troubles: I was allergic to the musty air in a basement crawl space, and having asthma-like attacks because of it. The last two months have been terribly stressful; so many visits to the doctor, dozens of people in and out of our house trying to give us advice and sell us something that may or may not work, side effects and allergic reactions to medication, and burning anxiety that has kept me up at night, many nights. I’ve spent most my life not thinking about breathing, and after having the feeling of not catching a breath for days, it was all I could think about. That, and of course, what happens if that next breath just isn’t there? Analyzing your thoughts on the afterlife at 2 in the morning night after night only triggers panic, I’ve come to discover.

Ah the breath of life is simple. It’s in and out and in again.* There were kind arms to turn over into, someone to catch me those late nights when I thought I might just roll out of my bed and off of this earth.  So we’re here, trying to remember how to breathe. Luckily this week has brought some calm, some real help. A doctor’s visit with answers, and ten whole days with no medication. Some words to hold tight to. In the midst of it all is the simple fact that things don’t always work out just the way you think they should. Those days may be frustrating as hell, but I’m thankful I’m here to spend those minutes just the same.
Apple Almond Tart | The Vanilla Bean Blog
“This business of being a human being is infinitely more fraught than I was led to believe. When my son Sam figured out at 7 years old that he and I were not going to die at the exact same moment, he said, ‘If I had known that, I wouldn’t have agreed to be born.’ That says it for me. It’s hard here, and weird. The greatness of love and laughter, the pain of loss, the bearing of one another’s burdens, are all mixed up, like the crazy catch-all drawer in the kitchen.” – Anne Lamott

(To enter the giveaway for the At Home in the Whole Foods Kitchen Cookbook: leave a comment on this post with your name and email. I’ll pick a winner next week!)

*In 9th grade I had the coolest English teacher ever (Mr. C), who was in a band called Cool Hand Luke (not the one you are thinking of). On good days we could convince him to pull out his guitar in class and sing us songs his band was working on, and that line is from one of his songs. After all these years those lyrics have stuck with me; that tune showing up at the funniest times and helping me remember to slow down and just take a breath.

Apple Almond Tart | The Vanilla Bean Blog


Apple Almond Tart
from At Home In The Whole Food Kitchen by Amy Chaplin

Also: about this book! It’s amazing. “A sophisticated vegetarian cookbook with all the tools you need to be at home in your kitchen, cooking in the most nourishing and delicious ways—from the foundations of stocking a pantry and understanding your ingredients, to preparing elaborate seasonal feasts” is the description on Amazon, and I have to agree. It’s a book to curl up with in the afternoons. The photographs are beautiful, and there is so much information and helpful tip on it’s pages. It’s a book that makes you want to eat better; live better.

This tart is tasty, with almond flour, ground oats, and natural sweeteners. The tart in the photograph I baked in a long rectangular pan, and cut the recipe in half. It makes a lovely healthy breakfast or afternoon snack.

1 tablespoon melted extra virgin coconut oil
1 1/4 pounds Gala, Pink Lady, or other red-skinned apples (about 4 small apples), sliced into 1/2-inch pieces
2/3 cup plus 1 tablespoon maple syrup, divided
4 teaspoons vanilla extract, divided
1 1/2 cups regular rolled oats
2 1/2 cups almond meal
1/2 cup barley flour
1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 cup extra virgin olive oil
1/2 teaspoon almond extract
2 tablespoons apricot jam

Preheat the oven to 350. Grease a 9 x 9-inch square pan and line it with parchment paper, covering the bottom of the pan and an inch up the sides.

Warm the coconut oil over medium heat. Add the apples and saute them for 5 minutes, or until golden brown in spots. Stir in 1 tablespoon of the maple syrup, and 2 teaspoons vanilla. Continue to cook the apples for 6-8 minutes (lower the heat if they begin to brown), cooking until the apples are soft, but not falling apart. Remove from the heat and set aside.

Process the oats in a food processor until the are finely ground, about 30 seconds. Transfer the oats to a bowl and mix in the almond meal, barley flour, and baking powder. In a separate bowl, whisk together the remaining 2/3 cup maple syrup, remaining 2 teaspoons vanilla, olive oil, and almond extract. Pour the liquid into the oat mixture and stir gently to combine. Lightly press the batter into the prepared pan and bake for 15 minutes. Remove the pan from the oven and arrange the apples in 4 rows over the surface, leaving a 1/2-inch border around the edge. Lightly press the apples into the tart and return to the oven for another 20-25 minutes (or until the edges are golden brown). Remove from the oven and allow the tart to cool completely in the pan. Invert the cake onto a flat plate or cutting board, peel off the parchment, and reinvert onto a serving plate.

To make the glaze, place the jam in a small pot over medium heat and stir until melted, about 1 minute. Remove from the heat and use a pastry brush to lightly brush the glaze over the apples. Cut into 8-16 squares, and serve at room temperature.

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110 Responses to apple almond tart + a giveaway

  1. Jackie says:

    I just found your blog! ???? I wish you all the best!!! ????

  2. Jackie says:

    I don’t know why those question marks appeared … I sent you a hand waving and a bouquet of flowers …

  3. I’m loving all the cookbook recipes! No worries there. Plus, moving is such a drag and takes a while to settle in. Thanks for the recipe! This tart is gorgeous.

  4. This almond and apple tart just looks so beautiful… and I bet it tasted even better. Definitely need to get my hands on At Home in the Whole Food Kitchen, it sounds like a cookbook filled with delicious and nourishing recipes.

  5. Jacqui Schmidt Stivers says:

    I have learned about Amy Chaplins work through My Darling Lemon Thyme and I am soooo intrigued. This tart look amazingly tasty!

  6. Meghan says:

    I’ve dealt with my own bouts of both health issues & (new) house issues in the past few months, so I know, perhaps, something of what you might be feeling. I truly do hope that as the days wind down and the cold sets in, you’re able to settle in, as well. A new house deserves to relished, and, even more so, you deserve to relish in it.

    This tart & book look perfect to do just that (at least the former). I love the cool presentation you chose for this. It somehow feels more definite than the traditional circle. Just a thought. Wishing you the best. xo

  7. You poor thing Sarah – so sorry to hear about your troubles but pleased that things are looking more positive. The first house I lived in after university had horrendous damp problems – luckily I was ok (apart from the horrible smell it gave everyone’s clothes!) but my husband is asthmatic and we had to spend all our time at his house as the damp in mine set me off. A slice of this tart and a good book sounds like the perfect way to escape for a moment, take a breath and be thankful for everything good in the world x

  8. Wow, Sarah – it sounds like you’ve been having a tough time! What you’ve been going through sounds like a real nightmare; I’m glad to hear that things are improving for you. Your post is gorgeous, as usual, and this book sounds like a delight as well. xoxo

  9. Katherine says:

    This is such a nice looking snack!

    I’m glad to hear the doctors visits may finally be paying off. It is so stressful and challenging to not know what is wrong.

  10. Emily says:

    this looks and sounds AMAZING!

  11. Britney Loren says:

    It’s beautiful and looks delicious! The book looks lovely as well. Cheers to autumn apples!

  12. Tiffany says:

    I can’t wait to try this tart myself.

  13. Rachel says:

    Your photos are exquisite!

  14. I agree… one of the benefits of having a blog is getting all these great books. This one looks amazing and one I know I’d enjoy. Also, how cool that your English teacher was also in a band and played songs for you. Sounds like a neat guy!

  15. Hooray for 10 days without medication and hopefully an end in site. Crossing my fingers for you. Absolutely gorgeous tart. I am loving the cookbook recipes, because you’ve introduced me to some new ones. Always a good thing!

  16. I’m sorry you’ve been going through some hard times Sarah! But, I have to say, the reminder to breathe is one that we all need sometimes. I’ll take a few moments to breathe and make this tart : )

  17. Lauren says:

    Yummy! I really love fall and all the great uses for apples.

  18. Birdiebee says:

    Looks like a wonderful cookbook.

    Name: Terry
    Email: birdiebee52(at)gmail(dot)com

  19. Naomi says:

    This tart, the book — it’s all amazing.

  20. Nikki S says:

    Glad you’re on the mend, and thanks for sharing such a delicious, relatively healthy taste of fall.

  21. Lark says:

    “Sophisticated vegetarian cookbook.” I’m already intrigued! This tart recipe definitely fits the part. Thanks for sharing. Your blog is lovely, I’ve only recently discovered it.

    As a former military spouse (ll moves in 22 years), I’d like to share a few bits about transition: Moving is more stressful than the death of a spouse. Take care of yourself first then all else follows. Set clear boundaries (say no to people). Ask for help when you need it. Seek out beauty in nature or art (beauty gives us hope for the future). If you don’t meditate, now is a great time to learn, which can help you with breath and anxiety ( Exercise (yoga releases body stress, and so does a walk). Time usually takes care of the hardest parts, sweeps away what isn’t important, sweetens what is (like your profound-thinking son!). I hope you are feeling better soon.

  22. Sage says:

    I’m a first-time commenter, but this is not my first time reading. Thanks for all the you put out into the world, Sarah.

  23. Maneesha Pradhan says:

    I am a cookbook addict. Vanilla is my favorite spice/flavoring.

  24. Jen Sander says:

    I hope the 10 days sans medication continues, Sarah. Sending love to you and your family!

  25. Nancy Jones says:

    Great apple tart recipe! Stay healthy and keep posting wonderful recipes.

  26. Madeline says:

    That tart looks gorgeous and delicious! Thanks for the giveaway 🙂

  27. Dana says:

    This sounds like the perfect Fall dessert, and the cookbook looks great.

  28. jaime says:

    i love that anne lammott quote you shared. sending clean air and happy lungs vibes your way!

  29. Val says:

    This Apple Almond tart looks & sounds delish!

  30. Isabelle says:

    Sarah, I am so sorry to hear about your health troubles. And panic attacks in the middle of the night – boy, aren’t they just truly terrifying. I’m glad you’ve got some good help now and have been able to cope without medication. Have the problems in your house been solved?

    That cookbook looks absolutely wonderful, by the way xxx

  31. Christina says:

    This cookbook looks lovely and I would love to add it to my growing collection. Thanks for all the giveaways; it’s great to get the scoop on what’s new.

  32. Sarah says:

    The apple tart looks very good! I like your photographs.

  33. Tara Warkentin says:

    This looks beautiful. I hope your feeling better!

  34. Hi Sarah, so sorry to hear it’s been rough 🙁 Glad things are looking up though 🙂
    As a yoga teacher I can’t agree more with Lori. Yoga is pretty powerful stuff for mind and body. Watcha think?

    For me as a new food blogger, getting a free cookbook is a sign of ‘having made it’, ‘the goal post’, ‘the icing on the cake’. So feeling rather jealous you got that stunning book through the post 😉
    Thanks for sharing this recipe.

  35. Andrea says:

    I hope you continue to find some relief from your symptoms! Thanks for the giveaway.

  36. oh sweet Sarah! I’d love to win this book, but that’s not why I’m commenting today. I’m SO sorry you’ve had such a hard time, esp after the move, which is a whole other ball of stress. And I’m so relieved that you’re doing a bit better. Let me share with you again how much I value your words, your blog, your photography, and your willingness to be a kind and supportive person in the blogging world. Big xo to you!

  37. Linda L. says:

    About a week after we moved to our current house 13 years ago, my daughter and I stopped having asthma attacks. Our three previous homes had been within a few blocks of each other and we were puffer queens while we lived there as were several neighbours. We now know that it was something used in the building of the houses in the area that was affecting all of us. It can be a very expensive process both for medication and home remediation plus it’s hard on your body.
    I hope that you find a lasting solution.

  38. Danni says:

    Aaaah perfect, I’ve been craving an almond flavoured tart for a while, this will be perfect, you must have known! Good luck in your new home, as an asthma sufferer myself I understand your worries. The best advice I can offer is relax (sometimes easier said than done!) and enjoy the fresh fall air & you’ll feel better in no time! X

  39. Anna Wilen says:

    love the anne lamott quote

  40. Elisa Wolff says:

    This sounds amazing! My parents go up to Keremeos each fall to pick up boxes and boxes of apples. They store them through the winter, using them as needed (or desired, what with pies and strudels being staple desserts in their house!). I cannot wait to pop over there and pick some up and get baking!

  41. Thanks for the recipe, Sarah. Yet, more importantly thank you for this relatable post. You are right: it is vital to take a breath, be in the moment, and not worry about tomorrow. (Not always easy to do…but worth continual effort) Wishing you a restful weekend.

  42. Liz C. says:

    I would love this book 🙂

  43. Oh my dear you have been under a huge hammer—-whoa I am glad to hear you are feeling better. Well what can I say about this tart except it is flat out gorgeous
    to look at. If this tart is any evidence, it must be a most lovely cookbook. Stay in the getting better zone! And you are right, it’s all about breath isn’t it.

  44. Amanda Paa says:

    so glad you got some answers and it was so nice to see you on sunday. i’ve had this cookbook on my wish list, i love her vegetarian style. and this tart sounds great. such pretty white tones in these photos!

  45. Oana says:

    This cookbook is the latest vegetarian hit it seems and I want it! Lovely photos and the recipe sounds delicious 🙂

  46. Abby says:

    gorgeous photos, as usual, Sarah! and your writing is just lovely…
    health issues can be so scary, i hope all is well for you at the moment. i’ll be keeping you and your family in my thoughts and prayers.

  47. Rebecca says:

    I love both the quotes–and glad you are starting to feel better. 🙂

  48. Laura Biscaro says:

    This tart looks TOO good, OMG! :Q almonds and apples are just a match made in food heaven..

  49. Sarah Nikolovska says:

    Although I can’t always follow your recipes exactly (gluten and dairy allergies), they are a never-ending source of inspiration. I am always looking for recipes that I can adapt and yours are just too tempting.

  50. Sherry says:

    Hi, Sarah,
    I found your blog recently and have really been enjoying the feeling of your posts. So sorry to hear things have been such a challenge lately! — but glad to know that the light seems to be appearing for you at last.
    This tart looks to be not only scrumptious, wholesome, and beautiful, but comforting in a warming way — apples and maple — such atmosphere. Thank you for the recipe inspiration! Take care.

  51. Deborah says:

    This tart looks amazing and I think any fall fruit might work….yum!

  52. Ashley says:

    This cookbook looks wonderful. I have been silently stalking the author for a little while. What a stunning book cover too.

  53. Mary says:

    Thank you for the quote by Anne Lammott .. It is special. 🙂

  54. cori says:

    Yum I just looked at my bloglovin feed…over 200 new ones and this looks REALLY good and stood out!

  55. I keep saying I’m going to leave baking up to the experts; then I read your post for this gorgeous tart and thought, maybe I’ll give it one more try. ????

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  57. Elisabeth says:

    This post is lovely and the tart looks wonderful as well. Thank you for sharing!

  58. Close your eyes.
    Pay attention to the part between your nose and lips.
    Breath in, breath out.
    You are aware.
    You are in the moment.

  59. Y H says:

    Beautiful photos – excited to try this recipe!

  60. Christina says:

    Thank you for this delicious tart recipe! It looks like a perfect treat to make for my apple fanatic brother’s upcoming birthday.

  61. Rosemary says:

    That tart looks amazing!

  62. Lauren G. says:

    Yay for new cookbooks!

  63. Sarah P. says:

    I hope you feel better soon! I’ve found that meditation works great for learning to breathe again and relaxation. Deepak Chopra’s meditations are wonderful. This tart is so beautiful! I’d love to win a copy of the book, it has also been on my wish list.

  64. Marie-Claude Natalie Rabeau says:

    Looks scrumptiously amazing… but I’m allergic to almonds / hazelnuts / pecans 🙁
    But hey, the pics were great to look at and worth it on it’s own 😉

  65. Hanh says:

    The tart looks delicious. Would love to win the book.

  66. Gorgeous, gorgeous, gorgeous. Plus, I love anything with frangipane. Love!

  67. ikkinlala says:

    I’m not sure if your giveaway is open to Canadians, but that tart recipe sure looks good!

    ikkinlala AT yahoo DOT ca

  68. Danielle says:

    This looks delicious! (And quite lovely, too.)

  69. Olivia says:

    Thanks for the recipe. It looks like a sweet little dessert for an Autumn afternoon. I hope it tastes as delicious as your photography makes it look!

  70. christiana says:

    Gosh, what an amazingly delish sounding and looking tart! I feel like popping on the oven now except my toddler just woke up from a nap, later!
    Thanks for sharing and don’t forget to breathe x

  71. Slow down and take a breathe. I try to remember how important that is too, sometimes it is hard to do so until life reminds you one way or another. Very glad you are feeling better, and hopefully it is just the beginning of a steady recovery. About the tart – I am more and more fond of oat flour in combination with almond flour – they results are deliciously nutty and sweet, and work well in cakes and tarts alike. Magic 🙂 The book looks stunning and on my wish list too, keeping my fingers crossed! x

  72. Florence Taylor says:

    I love this apple tart and would love this book.

  73. Sarah H says:

    This sounds like a perfect introduction to a couple new ingredients for me – almond meal & barley flour!

  74. Lauren says:

    I ove getting new cook books in the mail! This tart looks absolutely delicious!

  75. Jayne says:

    The tart looks delicious! I would love to try the book! Best wishes with the recovery- allergies and asthma can be horrible, I know!

  76. Sifra says:

    I am following you for a while now, and you surprise me every time! Keep up the good work!

  77. Rebecca says:

    Even when it feels like nothing is going right, sitting down with a mug of tea and a slice of homemade goodness just out of the oven never ceases to comfort, holding the stress and anxiety at bay for a little while. 🙂

  78. Katie says:

    Apple and almonds, such a lovely autumnal pair.

  79. Rachel Q says:

    What a lovely, wholesome-looking cookbook and tart!

  80. Melissa says:

    Ah! What a lovely tart! Last weekend I bought a big old box of apples and pears from the wonderful Booth Canyon Orchard in Twisp. We eat most out of hand or chopped in green salads, but I’ve been thinking about making a tart. Perhaps I’ll make this one. I may even make it with pears. If I do, I’ll let you know how it goes.

  81. Bridget says:

    Absolutely love your blog. I can say I’ve successfully tried more than five of your recipes which my family and I absolutely enjoy. I hope to start out my own blog one day, aiming to be as professional and passionate as you.
    The giveaway would be a pleasure to earn,
    Bridget Kong

  82. Anna Stubbs says:

    Just found your blog and am excited to be a new devoted fan! This recipe looks absolutely scrumptious. I was looking for a dessert to impress the new boyfriend of my 50 year old friend and I think this will do just the trick.
    I also hope to get my hands on a copy of this cookbook someday; I hope it will help me eat healthier, but just as exquisite food.

  83. Kari says:

    Although I probably don’t need another cookbook, this looks like one I can’t live without! Thanks for sharing, love your blog! You always inspire deliciousness. Cheers!

  84. Alice says:

    Great tart…and no butter in it…I love it!
    I’ve been following you for some time but I never left a message before…
    Nice to meet you, I’m Alice!

  85. Hina says:

    Aren’t cookbooks simply the best kind of books?!! Beautiful blog 🙂

  86. Yoojin says:

    yumm, the cookbook sounds amazing 🙂

  87. Mariam says:

    I am sorry to hear you’ve been unwell. Your blog has been such a comfort and joy to read. I wish you the best. And thank you for the post; the recipe seems so wonderful that I’ll be making it in the next few days. 🙂

  88. Jaqui T says:

    OMG that crust looks to die for 🙂

  89. Vicki says:

    I have an abundance of apples from north Georgia that will be perfect for this!

  90. Sophie Albright says:

    Yum! I would love that cookbook!!

  91. Pat Scalione says:

    I will be making your beautiful tart tomorrow with Gold Rush apples from Oregon.

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  93. Julia says:

    This tart looks beautiful – apples and almonds are such a lovely combination. I’d love to see what else the book has in store!

  94. Bethany says:

    This apple tart looks so delectable, rustic, and nourishing at the same time! I might just use this recipe to add some homey goodness at our upcoming Thanksgiving gathering. Thank you, Sarah, for spreading the cookbook love by giving away Amy Chaplin’s brilliant book!

  95. Trying your tart for company this weekend. Love vanilla and have used it as a perfume.

  96. Michelle says:

    The apple almond tart reminds me of something my Dutch grandmother used to make. She doesn’t bake anymore but maybe I will make this for her!

  97. Evan M says:

    This tart is happening in my kitchen in about five hours. I’m so excited to get my hands on a copy of Amy’s book; I’ve been looking forward to its release! Thanks for posting about it. I always love to see my favorite bloggers’ takes on each other’s original work.

  98. I love almond tarts! I recently made one with dried strawberries, a recipe from La Cucina Italiana, italian edition. Spectacular. My husband says it may be his favorite dessert of all time. Looking forward to trying yours too!

  99. Shilpa says:

    Absolutely love your pictures and recipes. This tart looks so delicious! Would love to win a copy of Amy’s book!

  100. Cheryl says:

    Your blog is fun to read and an inspiration! Tried the almond tart recipe with success!

  101. Maara says:

    Beautiful Blog!

  102. Ellette says:

    What a wonderful blog full of great recipes. Thank you! All of us at one point or another come to the realization that each day is a great gift and blessing! Here’s to you feeling whole again.

  103. melody p says:

    I just found your blog. So lovely!

  104. I made three desserts for a dinner party and this was number one for everyone.

  105. I made this for christmas. It was fantastic!

  106. […] This apple almond tart looks delicious. (Also Sarah’s apple tartlets look so fancy with the melty whipped cream and […]

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