Get ready to drool because this creamy gluten free apple tart with caramel and vanilla custard is that good. Tart fresh apple flavor combined with a creamy custard and a gluten free almond tart crust to make an awesome gluten free dessert.

Drizzling caramel over a slice of apple tart.

Regarding caramel and apples, this gluten free apple custard tart dessert recipe is pretty awesome! It has fresh tart apples that match the creamy vanilla custard flavors.

This tart is perfect for anyone who loves caramel apple flavors. If you love sweet and savory apple recipes, check out my best gluten free apple recipes on the blog.

Why we love this tart:

  1. The creamy vanilla custard, sweet-tart apples, and gooey caramel sauce make this dessert hard to resist.
  2. It is really easy to make, with simple, easy-to-find ingredients. If you don’t own a tart pan, you can also make it in a pie pan.
  3. The vanilla custard is creamy and adds delicious flavor. It is light in flavor but holds up well to the moistness of this tart.
  4. This tart makes a beautiful dessert for any family or friends get-together. It is also very decorative for Thanksgiving and fall harvest parties.

Allergen Information:

This recipe is gluten-free and soy-free. See the Crust Options section for a nut-free crust option.

Photos of the apple tart ingredients.

Ingredient Notes:

For the full list of ingredients and amounts, please go to the recipe card below.

  • Almond Flour – I highly suggest using almond flour and not an almond meal. Almond meal is more coarse and will make your tart crust grainy.
  • Tart Apples – I love the sweet tartness of Granny Smith, Pink Lady, and Fuji apple varieties with the vanilla custard.
  • Shredded Coconut – Use unsweetened, or the tart will turn out too sweet.
  • Tapioca Starch
  • Sugar – Use cane sugar.
  • Eggs – Use size large.
  • Vanilla Extract – Use pure vanilla extract.
  • Milk – I have only tested this recipe with whole milk.


  • You can use butter or plant-based butter in place of the coconut oil.
  • You can use arrowroot or cornstarch in place of tapioca starch if needed.

Crust Options:

If you do not want nuts or coconut in the crust, I have some tasty gluten free crust options you can use instead.

  1. This gluten free graham cracker crust would add a fun flavor to the caramel and apples.
  2. You can even use this flaky gluten free pie crust recipe for this tart!
A bag full of gravenstein apples.

Tips For Sucess:

  • Be sure to store almond flour or almond meal in the refrigerator so it doesn’t get rancid. If your almond flour has been in the pantry, it is probably best to use a new bag if it has been in the pantry for a while. Rancid almonds can ruin a tart.
  • Use your fingers or a spoon to compress the tart crust into the mold. It will help hold together much better if the tart crust mixture is pressed firmly.
  • You can also use this gluten free tart crust recipe with other fruits like pears or berries.

Step-By-Step Photos and Directions:

A bowl of the dry tart crust ingredients.

Step 1: To make the gluten free almond flour crust, add the crust ingredients to a large mixing bowl and mix well. I like to use a whisk to blend the dry ingredients.

Step 2: Melt the coconut oil in a microwave-safe dish for 20-25 seconds (depending on whether the coconut oil is hard or soft in the jar.) Add the coconut oil to the crust mixture. Mix well.

If you use butter instead of coconut oil, you will want to melt it.

The tart crust in the rectangular tart pan.

Step 3: Spray the tart pan with coconut oil and press the tart crust down into the pan. Note you can use a rectangular or circular tart pan. It is entirely up to you. I highly recommend using a tart pan with a removable bottom. A removable bottom makes it so much easier to serve this tart.

Press the crust into that pan if you use a pie tin.

A bowl with the vanilla custard ingredients.

Step 4: Place a pot on the stove and add the wet custard ingredients. Cook over low heat until it thickens, using a wire whisk to stir the mixture frequently.

Use a spoon to remove about three tablespoons of the hot liquid. Put it into a small dish. Mix the tapioca starch into the hot liquid, then pour it back into the pot and whisk to blend. This will help prevent lumps.

Now, it is time to assemble and bake the tart! On a cutting board, wash and thinly slice your apple. Many ask if you remove the apple peel. That is a personal preference, so peel the apples if you want. I left the peels on my apples.

Step 5: Pour the custard mixture into the crust and lay thinly sliced apples on top of the custard.

Place the tart pan in a larger pan like a cookie sheet. This is just in case there are leaks from the bottom of the tart pan.

Step 6: Bake the tart at 350º F for 30-35 minutes. The actual baking time will vary depending on the size and depth of the tart pan you use. Remove the tart from the oven to a cooling rack, and allow the apple tart to cool.

Drizzling hot caramel sauce over the apple tart.

Because we have so many apples, I also plan to make this Gluten Free Caramel Apple Cake, and maybe these Gluten Free Apple Crisp Overnight Oats.

Frequently Asked Questions:

What kind of apples are best in this tart recipe?

My favorite apples are tart. Think Granny Smith, Pink Lady, Honey Crisp, and Braeburn, to list a few.

How do you store an apple tart?

Store this tart in an airtight container. It will keep fresh for up to 4 days.

Can you freeze an apple tart?

You can freeze this tart whole or as slices. I prefer to freeze this as slices. Cut the tart and place in a small pan. Flash-freeze the tart slices for 1-2 hours. Place the frozen slices into a freezer bag and squeeze out the extra air. 4 months in the freezer.

This easy almond flour tart crust recipe can be filled with so many fun fillings!

A baked apple tart in the tart pan.

More Gluten Free Apple Recipes:

I absolutely love apples. If you want to try more of my easy gluten free apple recipes, here are some of my favorites:

Love This Recipe?

If you made and enjoyed this recipe, I would be incredibly grateful if you could leave a comment below. Please include which flour blend you used. This will help others know this recipe is delicious. Thank you!

Drizzling caramel over a slice of apple tart.

Gluten Free Vanilla Custard Caramel Apple Tart

Sandi Gaertner
You are going to love how easy this gluten free vanilla custard caramel apple tart recipe is to make. Topped with a creamy caramel.
4.93 from 13 votes
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Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 50 minutes
Course Gluten Free Dessert Recipes
Cuisine American
Servings 8 slices
Calories 247 kcal


Crust Mixture

  • 1 cup almond flour * see note
  • 1 tablespoon cane sugar
  • cup shredded coconut unsweetened


  • 1 ½ cups whole milk
  • 4 egg yolks
  • ¼ cup cane sugar
  • 2 tablespoons tapioca starch
  • dash salt
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 2 tablespoons coconut oil melted


  • 2 granny smith apples sliced thinly, peeling optional


  • Preheat the oven to 350º F. Ensure your oven rack is set in the middle of the oven.
  • In a medium-sized bowl, add the first 3 ingredients. Mix well.
  • Be sure your coconut oil is melted, and pour it into the crust mixture. Mix well. Note you can also use butter if you prefer.
  • Spray coconut oil in a tart pan. (I highly recommend using a tart pan with a removable bottom! Pour the crust mix in the tart pan and spread it out. Press down the crust mixture to flatten all along the bottom and sides of the tart pan.
  • In a saucepan, add milk, vanilla, and egg yolks. Cook on medium-low heat for 8 minutes, stirring with a whisk frequently. Use a spoon to remove 3-4 tablespoons of the hot liquid and put it in a small bowl. Add tapioca starch and whisk to blend. Pour this back into the custard mixture and whisk to blend.
  • Pour the custard into the tart pan. Add sliced apples onto the top the tart. (See photo above.)
  • Bake the tart for 30-35 minutes. The actual baking time will vary depending on the size and depth of your tart pan.
  • Remove from the oven and place on a cooling rack. Drizzle caramel on top.


  1. I love to use Anthony’s or Honeyville Almond Flour brands. I highly suggest using almond flour and not an almond meal. Almond meal is more coarse and will make your tart crust grainy.
  2. I like to use granny smith apples because they are tart, and the flavor balances really well with the vanilla custard.
  3. I only tested this recipe with whole milk, so I do not know if dairy-free milk would work. You can substitute butter or dairy-free butter for the coconut oil.
  4. This tart will keep up to 4 days in an airtight container or up to 4 months in the freezer.


Please know that every gluten free flour blend has a different starch to grain ratio. If you use a blend I didn’t test, you may need to adjust your moisture levels in your baked goods.


Serving: 1gCalories: 247kcalCarbohydrates: 23gProtein: 6gFat: 16gSaturated Fat: 6gCholesterol: 102mgSodium: 34mgPotassium: 133mgFiber: 3gSugar: 17gVitamin A: 228IUVitamin C: 2mgCalcium: 96mgIron: 1mg
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Nutrition Disclaimer

Nutritional information is an estimate provided to you as a courtesy. You should calculate the actual nutritional information with the products and brands you are using with your preferred nutritional calculator.

This post was updated from an older July 2018 post with more details and directions.


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      1. 4 stars
        Can you please post pictures and how the crust should look, what the consistency of the custard should be and how to make the Carmel

      2. Hi Jewel, I made that recipe for the blog back in 2018. I don’t have the specific shots you are asking for. The crust can be as thick or thin as you like. Mine is about 1/4 inch thick. The custard is a thick liquid and bakes soft but not runny. I hope that helps.

  1. 5 stars
    Caramel, apple, coconut and custard?! Yep, you’ve pretty much forever got my heart. I have to try this out when I have some time to bake over the holidays!

  2. Wow that looks absolutely delicious!! And my husband loves any kind of apple dessert so I know this one would be a winner in our house!