Cranberry & pear tart with an oat, pecan and honey crust

This tart is a revelation. It is as easy as it is delicious and is packed with super nutritious ingredients so it’s the kind of pudding you can feel good about tucking into in the days after Christmas. It makes use of any cranberries not used in your Christmas dinner or that are being sold off at a bargain after the festive rush as well as using up stray nuts, pears or apples and citrus.

The topping is made using one of my favourite ingredients chia seeds, they are packed with nutrition and super high in protein as well as brilliant to use in baking as they have a natural binding ability when mixed with water. They are great stirred through your morning porridge, in your smoothies and can even be used to replace eggs in most baking (use 1tbsp mixed with 3tbsp of water for each egg).


140g rolled oats
60g pecans, walnuts or almonds, chopped
90g runny honey
60g coconut oil, melted
the seeds from 1 vanilla pod
a good pinch of sea salt
75 g wholemeal flour

2 pears, peeled and sliced thin
300g fresh cranberries
85g brown light brown sugar
2 tablespoons of chia seeds
100ml of apple juice or water
60g cup coconut oil, melted
the seeds friom a vanilla pod
1/2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon ground cardamom
zest of 1 clementine

Preheat oven to 180°C.

Put all of the crust ingredients in a food processor and pulse to mix. Grease a 20cm loose-bottomed tart tin with a little coconut oil and press crust evenly into the bottom of the tart tin, no need to push it up the sides. Place pear slices in a single layer on top of the crust.

For the filling, combine the chia seeds with 100ml of water or apple juice and set aside until they come together to from a gel.

Mix the cranberries with remaining ingredients and stir until well combined then fold in the chia mixture. Pour filling on top of crust and pear layer and spread evenly. Bake for 35-45 minutes.

Allow the tart to cool completely before removing from tart tin. Serve with dollop crème fraiche or coconut yoghurt or even vanilla ice cream.

Image: Issy Croker

Posted: 21.10.15 8 Comments


Posted by Isabel Noel at 2:32 on the 03.01.16

Hi Anna,
I’ve just made this pear and cranberry tart – delicious! I wondered if it would be ok to freeze it? I made the cranberry and nut roast for Christmas lunch – that was also delicious!

Posted by Anna at 2:45 on the 03.12.18

Hi Isabel, I think this would be best made fresh, but it would be ok to make the crust and freeze it. Then thaw it before you make the filling and bake it. Hope you enjoy

Posted by Catherine Parr at 5:17 on the 14.01.16

Hi Anna
A friend just bought me your book for my birthday and I love it. With the Cranberry and Pear tart, can I ask if you use the cranberries whole or are they blitzed before you put them in the filling? Many thanks.

Posted by Pippa Sutcliffe at 11:27 on the 20.01.16

If I wanted to make this with eggs rather than chia seeds (which I don’t have), how many should I use and would I need to reduce the juice?

Posted by Anna at 2:35 on the 03.12.18

Sorry for the delay in replying! But in case this answer is useful for anyone else too – I haven’t tested this recipe with eggs – you could definitely give it a go with one, and if you did, I’d leave out the juice/ water. Let me know how you get on

Posted by Alex at 4:29 on the 16.12.16

Hi Anna,
Will this be good baked the day before and served cold?

Posted by Anna at 2:39 on the 03.12.18

Sorry for the delay in replying! But in case this answer is useful for anyone else too – I would imagine it would be fine to eat it the day after, and delicious cold.

Posted by Therese Glover at 12:27 on the 18.12.19

Could I replace flour with gluten free option

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