Healthier Butter Tarts

I know, I know, you don’t believe me that there is such thing as HEALTHIER Butter Tarts, but please do know that I have found the solution!

And the best part is that it combines my Grandmother’s Traditional Butter Tart Recipe and makes it slightly healthier. Now, I want you to understand that I am not magical, these are definitely not HEALTHY Butter Tarts, but they can be considered a HEALTHIER Butter Tart, so read on to find out how I discovered this.

Healthier Butter Tarts

The goodness of a Butter Tart is all in the FILLING, would you not agree?
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That is why you’ll LOVE this version of a Healthier Butter Tart!

 

Ok then, so let’s take out some of the FAT by eliminating the pastry part and exchanging it for something else!

Sound good?

Great, then you’ve come to the right place.

On the weekend, I was inspired by the Red Cottage Chroincle’s Butter Tart photos. Hmmm….inspired may not be the right word, more like, an instant craving for Butter Tarts rushed over me when I saw her beautiful images. I knew I had a few tart shells (yes, the cheater method) in the freezer, but I also knew that my Butter Tart Recipe was going to need more than the 12 shells that I had.

What to do…..I considered many different options and decided to try something completely different and I am glad that I did! I cute circles out of large tortillas shells and gently folded them into a muffin tin. And voila! A healthier version of Butter Tarts was discovered. Yes, there is a lot of sugar in the filling, but the pastry is also filled with fat. The tortillas offer a lighter version of the traditional Butter Tart, with all of the ooey gooey goodness left in the filling.
Healthier Butter Tarts

Healthier Butter Tarts
Recipe Type: Dessert
Author: Multi-Testing Mommy
Prep time:
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A lighter, healthier version of the traditional Butter Tart, with all the same ooey, gooey goodness in the middle.
Ingredients
  • 1/4 cup butter, softened
  • 3/4 cup brown sugar
  • 1 egg, beaten
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1/2 cup raisins, rinsed in hot water, drain (raisins are optional)
  • 10-12 large tortilla shells
Instructions
  1. Cut 4 inch circles out of large tortillas.
  2. Gently fold into regular sized muffin cups.
  3. Cream together butter and brown sugar using an electric mixer. Add beaten egg, vanilla, a pinch of salt and raisins. Stir together.
  4. Fill tarts.
  5. Bake for 10 minutes at 400 degrees and 10 minutes at 350 degrees.

Thinking about Butter Tarts reminds me of when my parents first left me home alone for an extended period of time. I was in University and found a summer job that required me to stay home, something that I typically wasn’t used to as we always lived up at the cottage every summer. The first thing that I did, once they left, was got out my Mom’s recipes and chose something to BAKE! I baked my Grandmother’s Butter Tarts, as they are my favourite and would you believe that I ate the entire batch all by myself! GUILT FREE! Those were the days.

Do you like Butter Tarts as much as me?
Would there be a fight in your family for the last Butter Tart?

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16 Responses to Healthier Butter Tarts

  1. Laurie P says:

    well now…… this is brilliant!

  2. elizamatt says:

    What a super idea, I’ll have to try this and see how it works for me. 🙂

  3. Lynda Cook says:

    Thank you!! I am going to be making these up, but I am going to use my Truvia brown sugar!!

  4. kathy downey says:

    Thanks,going to try these on the weekend if i get a chance!

  5. Andrea Hunter says:

    Gorgeous photos!

  6. binabug says:

    for me the thing about the butter tarts is actually the crust my mom makes (From scratch of course) and she’s won bake offs with hers multiple times …

  7. binabug says:

    for me the thing about the butter tarts is actually the crust my mom makes (From scratch of course) and she’s won bake offs with hers multiple times …

  8. elizamatt says:

    This has absolutely nothing to do with butter tarts but I did want to mention that I love the photo of you on the right hand side at the top of the page. It’s a really good one and you look so happy. 🙂

  9. Cheryl says:

    What a different idea never thought of using a shell for a crust! Must try 🙂

  10. Cheryl says:

    What a different idea never thought of using a shell for a crust! Must try 🙂

  11. kathy downey says:

    I hope i get time to make these on the weekend,nice treat for hubby.

  12. kathy downey says:

    I hope i get time to make these on the weekend,nice treat for hubby.

  13. kathy downey says:

    I made these and honestly they are nowhere as good as Grandmas but if you cant eat Grandma,s because of restrictions then these are melt in your mouth delicious(says hubby )

  14. Laurie P says:

    tortilla shells…..brilliant!!! My guys are HUGE fans of butter tarts!

  15. Sarah K says:

    Guess what I’m making today ?

  16. kathy downey says:

    Made these on the weekend they are still Hubby favorite

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