RecipeApple Cranberry Tarts

Nutrition Facts
Amount per Serving
  • Calories: 85
  • Protein: 1g
  • Total Fat: 5 g
  • Cholesterol: 5 mg
  • Total Carbohydrate: 11 g
  • Dietary Fiber: 1.5 g
  • Total Sugar: 5 g
  • Sodium: 20 mg

These scrumptious, bite-size tarts are the perfect way to get your apple pie fix—without all the extra calories. Feel free to garnish with whipped cream and chopped nuts to make this an ultra decadent dessert.

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This recipe makes 24 servings


  • 1 cup whole wheat pastry or whole wheat-white flour plus 1 tablespoon, divided
  • ⅓ cup sugar
  • ¼ cup unsalted butter
  • 2 tablespoons canola oil
  • 1 tablespoon unsweetened almond milk
  • ½ teaspoon vanilla extract
  • ⅓ cup toasted, chopped pecans (or walnuts)


  • 1 cup cranberries (fresh or frozen)
  • ½ tablespoon butter
  • 2 Granny Smith apples, diced small
  • 1 tablespoon orange juice
  • 2 tablespoons plus 1 teaspoon sugar, divided
  • ½ teaspoon cinnamon


  • Aerated whipped cream
  • Chopped pecans or walnuts


Preheat oven to 350˚.

Spray a mini muffin tin well with oil spray, and lightly sprinkle 1 tablespoon flour among the 24 tins (this will make it easier to pop crust out later).

In a medium bowl, mix sugar, butter, oil, milk and vanilla extract with a hand mixer. Once well combined (after about 1 minute), add flour and pecans. Mix again thoroughly (but do not over-work).

Divide dough evenly among 24 muffin cups and press down and up the sides of each tin to form a cup-like shape.

Bake for 15 minutes.

Remove tin from oven, and immediately use the back end of a spatula to press each crust down (they puff up a little while baking–this deepens the hole so filling can go in).

Allow crust to cool 5 minutes before carefully popping it out of the muffin tin.



Chop cranberries in a food processor and set aside.

Add butter to skillet on medium heat. Add apple, orange juice, 2 tablespoons sugar, and cinnamon to skillet and mix well. Cook 5 minutes, then place apple mixture in a bowl and set aside.

Pour any juice from the apple mixture back into pan, and add cranberries plus 1 teaspoon of sugar. Mix well and cook 5 minutes.

Combine apple mixture and cranberries.



Distribute apple-cranberry mixture evenly into cups. Top with optional whipped cream and nuts before serving.