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September 24, 2015  |  

Apple Cranberry Tarts

Looking for another apple-icious dessert to snack on that’s healthy, hearty and good for your hair? Well, these mini tarts should do the trick. Loaded with cranberries and pecans (or walnuts), these tasty morsels can bolster your tresses by giving you a dose of vitamin A and vitamin E, as well as other nutrients that are good for the heart and skin. Enjoy in moderation.

Prep Time:
20 mins.

Total Time:
About 60 mins.

1/3 cup sugar
1/4 cup unsalted butter
2 tablespoons canola oil
1 tablespoon unsweetened almond milk
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 cup whole wheat pastry or whole wheat-white flour + 1 tablespoon, divided
1/3 cup toasted, chopped pecans (or walnuts)

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

Aerated whipped cream
Chopped pecans or walnuts

Preparation: 24 servings

Preheat oven to 350 degrees then start working on your crust. Spray a mini muffin tin with oil spray and lightly sprinkle 1 tablespoon of flour among the 24 tins to make it easier to pop the crust out later.

In a medium bowl, mix the sugar, butter, canola oil, milk, vanilla extract and salt with a hand mixer. Once well combined, add flour and pecans. Mix again thoroughly, but be careful not to over-work it.

Divide dough evenly among 24 muffin cups and press down and up the sides of each tin to form a cup-like shape then bake for 15 minutes.

Remove tin from oven, and immediately use the back end of a spatula to press each crust down as they tend to puff up while baking and this helps deepen the hole so filling can go in. Allow crust to cool 5 minutes before carefully popping it out of the muffin tin.

Now you can move on to the filling. Start by chopping the cranberries in a food processor and then set it aside.

Melt butter in a skillet on medium heat before adding apple, orange juice, 2 tablespoons sugar and cinnamon to the pan and mixing well. Cook 5 minutes, then place apple mixture in a bowl and set aside.

Pour any juice in apple mixture back into the pan and add cranberries plus 1 teaspoon of sugar. Mix well and cook an additional 5 minutes. Combine apple mixture and cranberries. Now it’s time to put your masterpiece together.

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

Nutrition Facts:
Serving Size: 1 muffin
Calories: 85
Protein: 1g
Total Fat: 5g
Cholesterol: 5mg
Total Carbohydrates: 11g
Dietary Fiber: 2g
Total Sugar: 5g
Sodium: 20mg


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