10/05/2011 03:42 EDT | Updated 12/04/2011 05:12 EST

Thanksgiving Day Dessert: No-Bake Apple Nut Tart Recipe


If you like easy, tasty and healthy dishes then you'll love this one. The crust of this tart is raw and the apples inside are slightly cooked. This recipe is also great because it only takes 15 minutes to prepare. So in the spirit of Canadian Thanksgiving, why not whip this delicious dish up for your family and family?



2.5 cups of almonds, pecans or walnuts

1.5 cups of medjool dates

1 tsp vanilla extract


3 apples sliced

Fresh juice from one lemon

2 cups water

¼ tsp cinnamon

1/2 tsp allspice

2 tbsp raw honey

½ cup apple juice

¼ cup raisins or dried cranberries


Combine nuts and dates in food processor. Make sure you remove the pits from the dates and cut off the stem end. Process until well mixed and ground, but not smooth. It should be a coarse texture when done. Press evenly into a 9-inch tart pan. Set in refrigerator while making the filling.

Slice apples by cutting into quarters. Cut out core and slice crosswise in ¼ inch thick slices. Put into lemon water while you finish cutting apples (so they don't turn brown). Drain well in colander when done. Place apples in a large skillet with rest of the ingredients and cook for about 10 minutes, stirring frequently on medium heat.

Remove apples with a slotted spoon from hot pan to a bowl and cool completely. Reduce liquid to about half the volume and then cool. Spread apples evenly over crust. Brush apple-juice syrup over apples. The tart can be served right away or it will keep in refrigerator until needed.

Top with a little vanilla yogurt if desired. Serves eight.

Joy McCarthy, Registered Holistic Nutritionist and Health Coach of Joyous Health, loves to inspire others to eat well and live well. Co-creator of Eat Well Feel Well a 6-week nutrition & yoga course in Toronto. Joy welcomes your questions or comments.

Please note: All of these recipes are created in her joyous kitchen with the healthiest ingredients. She's not a calorie counter or a professional chef -- She's a nutritionist who loves to cook and bake, and she's delighted to share her creations with you.