With a fool proof “press in” crust, a thin layer of tart apples, and a sweet cinnamon caramel glaze on top, this rustic easy keto apple tart is going to be your new favorite low carb apple pie (-ish) recipe! Low carb vanilla ice cream optional, but definitely recommended!!!
This keto apple tart is easier to make than a pie, (though I would call it pie “adjacent” 😂) and has the perfect apple to crust ratio for keeping it low carb. If you love keto apple desserts, then this is one that you can enjoy any time of year, even when apples aren’t at their peak.
Growing up in New England, apples in the fall were a big deal. I’ve ranted here about how apples don’t get a fair shake on blogs, mostly because people get excited about pumpkin season far too early in my opinion.
Pumpkin flavored everything works for me too – but there’s still plenty of time for that in the next two months! So this week I’m focused on apples and ways to make keto friendly apple desserts.
Note: The company that makes my videos didn’t use the sides of the springform pan, but you should – it protects the edges of the crust from over-browning.
The low carb cinnamon apple crumb cake I recently posted was great, but if you’re not a cake fan then this easy keto apple tart may be more your style.
Mr. Hungry has always been more of a pie guy, and his comment yesterday when I had him try this was “you’ve really outdone yourself, this might be one of your best desserts yet!” That’s high praise from him, since he’s a lover of sugar in all the things and therefore hard to impress with keto dessert recipes!
Even Hungry Jr. asked for a piece of this keto apple tart for breakfast this morning – and for a kid who prefers savory over sweet, that’s a pretty big deal.
So it’s unanimous in the Hungry household – this easy low carb apple tart is AWESOME. And mind you, I made this with refrigerated apples shipped to Belize! If you have access to fresh apples where you are then this keto apple tart will be even better.
I’m excited for you!
Ingredients you will need to make this keto apple tart
- fresh apples (I prefer Granny Smith because they have a lower sugar/carb content)
- lemon juice
- almond flour (blanched and superfinely ground always for best results)
- sweetener (I prefer erythritol or a monk fruit/erythritol blend like Lakanto)
- ground cinnamon
Equipment you will need to make this recipe
I made this keto apple tart in a 10″ springform pan, which made it super easy to pop out and serve. the sides of the pan also protect the edges of the crust from over-browning, so be sure to leave them on during baking.
You can also press this dough into an 8 inch pie plate and it should go most of the way up the sides. Then layer in your apples and top with crumbled dough from a second batch of dough and you have yourself a keto dutch apple pie.
Because you press in the crust, there is no tedious rolling out of dough – which btw is the number one reason that I don’t have more pie recipes on IBIH. I HATE rolling out pie crust. Like LOATHE it. For real.
So, no rolling pin is needed for this keto apple tart recipe.
How to make this Keto Apple Tart
Make the crust dough.
Press it into the bottom of the pan.
Par-bake for a few minutes.
Slice your apples and stir them with the other ingredients.
Spread out on the crust.
Sprinkle with cinnamon/sweetener.
This is a very easy and forgiving recipe, but I would say for best results you should take the time to slice the apples thin so that they will lay nice and flat. If you’re making this low carb apple tart for company you can spread them in a pretty pattern if you wish.
I started to… and then lost patience about 30 seconds in and just threw on the rest.
I wasn’t planning on the sweetener/cinnamon sprinkled on top when I started out – but it made the photos look pretty, and once I tasted it I was glad I did. The slight crunch in texture and the punch of extra sweetness and cinnamon gave this keto apple tart a toasty snickerdoodle vibe that we all loved.
It also camouflages the fact that I got lazy and threw the last of the apples on, so there’s that ha ha! #protips
Whether you take the extra time to make it pretty or not, nobody will care once they taste it!
How to store this low carb apple tart
For best results I recommend storing this keto apple tart in an airtight container (or tightly wrapped in foil) in the refrigerator for up to 5 days.
It will keep well in the freezer for 3 months or more. If freezing I suggest that you slice it into servings first. Then you can just take one or two pieces out as needed, rather than trying to slice it while frozen, or thawing the entire thing to slice it when you just want one piece.
This low carb apple tart can be served warm or cold.
I highly recommend enjoying this keto apple tart with a scoop of low carb vanilla ice cream if you can find some where you are! If not, a chilled whipped cream would work, or just eat it plain and revel in its apple-y goodness.
Variations and substitutions for this recipe
If you have a nut allergy but are fine with coconut, I recommend replacing this crust altogether rather than trying to modify it. This nut free keto pie crust from Keto Diet Blog is well rated and should work perfectly in this keto apple tart recipe.
You can replace the apples with pears, or thinly sliced peaches for a summer pie – but reduce the baking time by 12 minutes, since peaches are a softer fruit and won’t need as much time.
If you want to substitute a different sweetener you can use the same amounts if it measures the same as sugar like the erythritol does. I don’t recommend using concentrated drops or powders because it will alter the texture.Print
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