Caramelized Apple Maple Cream Tartlet

This Caramelized Apple Maple Cream Tartlet is a healthy holiday dessert that comes together in just 10 minutes. 

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Healthy Holiday Dessert Caramelized Apple Cream Tartlet

I don’t know about you but this time of year is crazy busy. If you need a quick and healthy dessert for a holiday event or something to eat while decorating, this recipe is the answer.

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This month, the Recipe Redux crew is sharing healthy holiday desserts. I don’t have a big sweet tooth. However, when I want dessert, I go all in. I want pound cake with real butter and pie with all the crust. I do stick to a small slice – most of the time. Accordingly, serving smaller portions is one way to create healthier desserts. Another is using seasonal produce. Including fruits and vegetables like apples, pears, sweet potatoes and winter squash is an easy way to boost flavor and possible use less sugar.

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At just 125 calories for two, these Caramelized Apple Maple Cream Tartlets are a sweet and healthy bite for the holidays.

Minus the mini phyllo cups, you probably already have most of these ingredients on hand. Thanks to my friends at Cabot Creamery, I had a ton of whole milk Greek yogurt in the fridge and a bunch of apples in the crisper just begging to be used up. I used Pink Lady apples for a sweet, tart flavor that works well with the maple syrup but you can use any apple that will hold up to a quick saute.

Caramelized Apple Maple Cream Tartlet

Cheers to a happy and healthy holiday season!


Caramelized Apple Maple Cream Tartlets

Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Servings: 8
Calories: 125kcal
Author: Marisa Moore, RDN


  • 16 mini phyllo cups

Caramelized Apples

  • 1 Pink Lady apple diced small
  • 1 tbsp butter
  • 2 tbsp apple cider
  • 2 tbsp maple syrup
  • ½ tsp ground cinnamon
  • pinch coarse salt
  • pecans, crushed (optional garnish)

Maple Cream

  • 1 cup plain whole milk Greek yogurt
  • 1 tbsp maple syrup
  • ½ tsp vanilla extract


  • Bake the phyllo cups 10 minutes or according to package directions. Let cool. 
  • Heat the butter in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Sauté apples in butter - about 5 minutes. Add the maple syrup, cider, cinnamon, and salt. Stir until syrupy.
  • Make the maple cream: mix the yogurt, maple syrup, and vanilla extract.
  • Assemble the tarts. Add a tablespoon of maple cream to each cup. Top with apples. Garnish with crushed pecans and a drizzle of maple syrup if desired. 


Calories: 125kcal

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11 Comments on Caramelized Apple Maple Cream Tartlet

  1. Sara
    November 21, 2016 at 8:32 PM (3 years ago)
    These are adorable! And I love the simplicity of them. Lovely Marisa! Reply
    • Marisa
      November 22, 2016 at 8:35 AM (3 years ago)
      Thank you, Sara! Reply
  2. Lindsey Pine
    November 22, 2016 at 10:39 AM (3 years ago)
    These tartlets are so cute! And they sound absolutely delicious! Reply
  3. Ann @ MyMenuPal
    November 22, 2016 at 12:43 PM (3 years ago)
    Yum - you had me at caramelized apples!! Love how quick and easy this is too. Reply
    • Marisa
      November 22, 2016 at 12:51 PM (3 years ago)
      Thanks, Ann. They really are the easiest thing to make. Perfect in a pinch :) Happy Thanksgiving to you and your beautiful family! Reply
  4. Elizabeth Shaw
    November 23, 2016 at 9:26 AM (3 years ago)
    Um HELLO gorgeous cute little mini tartlets!! I think I'd need like three of these :) Happy turkey day my friend! Reply
    • Marisa
      November 23, 2016 at 4:17 PM (3 years ago)
      Thanks, Liz. :) Happy Thanksgiving, Liz! Reply
  5. Colleen Gerg
    November 26, 2016 at 9:23 AM (3 years ago)
    During the Fall and winter, An apple warmed with cinnamon is part of my breakfast almost every day - love that flavor so these sound delicious! Will definitely have to make these. :) Reply
    • Marisa
      November 26, 2016 at 9:45 AM (3 years ago)
      Literally just had caramelized apple and pecan oats for breakfast. I love having a stash on hand to eat whenever. Even as a dinner side. Reply

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