Tuesday, November 27, 2018

Vegan & Gluten-Free Recipe: Apple Cranberry Lavender Tart

Happy Holidays!

Apples and cranberries are a delightful combination and adding organic culinary lavender makes them even more wonderful. This is a treat that will add something special to any holiday gathering.  I recently discovered substituting vegan butter with olive oil makes this tart even more delicious. 

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3 Medium apples (any kinds of sweet-tangy-crispy apples to your liking) washed, peeled & cut into 1/2 inch cubes.   
1/2 Cup fresh cranberries
1/2 Tsp. Meyer lemon zest
1/4 Cup honey
1 /2 Tsp. organic culinary lavender flowers
1 Cup toasted slivered almonds
1 1/2 Cup instant oats 
1/3 Cup olive oil


1. Preheat oven to 375 F
2. Sauté apples with olive oil (1 1/2 Tbsp.) on medium heat for 5 minutes, add cranberries, honey and Meyer lemon zest. Stir gently and put the mixture aside.
3. Process half of the almond in a food processor until coarsely chopped, add oats, and process for few more minutes, transfer to a bowl, add the rest of olive oil and mix them with hands.
4. Brush sides and bottom of the tart pan (9 inches tart pan with removable bottom) with olive oil (so the crust doesn't stick once baked), then pour the mixture and press it down to firm.
5. Spread the apples and cranberry mixture over the tart dough, sprinkle the rest of the almonds and a few lavender flowers.
6. Bake for 30 minutes. Remove from oven and place on a wire rack, drizzle a touch of honey over it and let it cool for 30 minutes before serving.

Happy Baking!

Chef Ellie Lavender 
Vegan Mediterranean Personal Chef
Culinary & Wine Pairing Instructor
Lavender Design + Cuisine

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