You're going to love this healthier version of vegan gluten-free apple pie! It's made with whole food ingredients and tastes as amazing as the original!
This apple pie recipe is absolutely delicious. From the homemade crust, that tastes buttery and rich but still vegan and gluten-free, to the amazing apple filling. You're going to want seconds!
This post was originally published on September 3, 2020.
If there's one thing every kitchen needs, it's a recipe for a good 'ole fashioned apple pie! I wanted to make a healthier, gluten-free, eggless, and vegan version of the classic dessert that my whole family would enjoy. Mission accomplished; the only challenge was not eating the entire finished product in one sitting!
Is Apple Pie Healthy?
Traditional apple pie contains refined sugar and butter or lard. Not to mention the filling and crust generally contain gluten filled flour, which can be troublesome for those who need to avoid gluten. These ingredients contribute to high sugar, fat, and calorie content which isn't exactly healthy.
It's possible to adjust a few ingredients to make your apple pie healthy, or healthier at least! By using plant based whole food ingredients you can reduce the calories, as well as lower the saturated fat. The sugar content is slightly less, but it comes from natural sources which helps to create a healthier apple pie.
Part of the beauty of this pie is the utter simplicity! You just need a handful of healthful, whole food ingredients to keep this apple pie recipe vegan:
- Vegan Gluten Free Pie Crust
- Maple Syrup
- Cashew Butter
- Vanilla extract
- Sea salt
What are the best apples to use in apple pie?
Choosing the type of apple to use is a personal preference. Traditionally Granny Smith apples are used, they're firm so they hold up well while still being juicy and flavorful.
If you want a sweeter pie, try using Honeycrisp, Golden Delicious, or Pink lady. You can also use a blend of multiple varieties!
How To Make Gluten Free Apple Pie
When making any pie from scratch there are a number of steps to take, but I promise each step is easy when you break it down:
- Peel the apples.
- Slice the apples.
- Whisk together the rest of the filling ingredients.
- Mix in the sliced apples.
- Place raw pie crust and filling in pie plate.
- Slice the second half of pie dough into strips.
- Cover pie with half of the strips in one direction.
- Then weave the other half.
- If you chose, brush with water/maple liquid.
- Bake until golden, cool, and serve!
This gluten-free apple pie recipe is fabulous on its own, but you can dress it up by topping a slice with Vegan Whipped Cream or Pumpkin Caramel Sauce. Or, make it a la mode with a scoop of ice cream!
In order to create the best vegan apple pie ever, make sure to follow these suggestions:
- To get the softest apples, make sure to slice them thin, I recommend ⅛ inch.
- In order to easily place the raw dough in the pie plate, gently roll the dough onto the rolling pin and slowly transfer it to the dish.
- A standard 9" pie plate is best to use for this pie. You won't need to grease the pan. If you plan on removing the pie whole for serving, line the bottom with parchment paper to make it easier to transfer to your serving dish.
Storage and Reheating Tips
- Once your pie has cooled, it can be covered and stored at room temperature for up to two days, or refrigerated for 4 days.
- If you'd like to freeze this apple pie, it can be done before or after baking! Tightly wrap the pie in plastic wrap or foil making sure all edges are sealed, then place in an airtight freezer safe container. Freeze for 4 months.
- To bake a frozen raw pie, do NOT thaw first or you'll get a soggy crust. Unwrap the pie and place on a cookie sheet, bake at 450° F/ 230° C for 25 minutes, then reduce to 375° F/ 190° C for an additional 30-40 minutes or until the crust is brown.
- For a pre-baked frozen apple pie, place the unwrapped pie on a cookie sheet and bake at 350 F/175 C for 30 minutes or until warm.
Most pie crusts are not vegan as they contain lard or butter. Some vegan store bought crusts are available, but I've had great results with my Gluten Free Vegan Pie Crust recipe which uses whole food ingredients.
Many pies can be made vegan, as long as you use a vegan pie crust. Fruit pies, like this vegan apple pie, are the easiest as the fillings are generally vegan to begin with. Pumpkin Pie is another pie that's easily made vegan with a few adjustments.
Fortunately I have not had issues with this recipe and soggy crust. However, if you prefer you can slightly pre-bake the crust. You can also brush on aquafaba as a vegan substitute for the traditional egg white wash, but I don’t feel it’s necessary.
You can, but it's not necessary. I like my pie with more of an al dente bite, but if you want it super soft, pre cook the apples over medium heat in a non-stick skillet for 10-15 minutes.
Because I LOVE apple pie but don’t have a million years or patience for steps (not to mention 3 kids), I don’t pre-cook and it still turns out great. This recipe in particular doesn't get watery because the combo of maple syrup and cashew butter thicken the moisture from the apples like caramel.
More Apple Recipes
After you're done devouring this gluten-free vegan apple pie you're going to want to make more apple creations! Here are some more fabulous plant based recipes that feature apples as the star:
- Apple Pie Smoothie
- Healthy Vegan Apple Crisp
- Apple Cobbler
- Caramel Apple Nachos
- Vegan Gluten Free Apple Cinnamon Scones
- Healthy Vegan Apple Muffins
- Healthy Baked Apples
- Cinnamon Apple Pumpkin Pie French Toast
Healthier Vegan Gluten-Free Apple Pie
- 1 vegan gluten-free pie crust recipe , if making a top like lattice make sure it’s a double pie recipe like mine is
- Extra ¼ cup water plus 1 tablespoon maple syrup , to brush top
- Top with ice cream
- Preheat oven to 350 F/ 175 C.
- Peel and slice apples. The thinner you slice them, the more they will soften. I slice thin, about ⅛ inch thick. Peeling is also optional, you can leave the peel on if you prefer.
- Mix the rest of the filling ingredients in a bowl, whisking until smooth.
- Add the sliced apples and mix to coat.
- If haven’t already, put raw pie crust into pie dish by rolling over the rolling pin and slowly transferring to pie dish. See pie crust post for photos.
- Put apple filling into raw pie crust.
- If using a top pie crust, you can either top it full by rolling it over the rolling pin as you did the bottom one, or you can cut strips of crust and create a lattice topper. Cover top with half of the strips in one direction. Then take each strip one at a time and carefully weave them over and under the strips you already put down. See post for photos.
- If you chose, brush with water/maple liquid.
- Bake for 40-45 minutes until nice and golden. If the crust begins to burn, cover with foil and continue baking.
- Allow to cool and serve! Top with ice cream if preferred.
- The type of apples you use will contribute to the end result. Some varieties are sweeter and juicier than others, and different ones also yield to different textures when baked. See post for more info.
- This makes one pie, nutrition facts include a top pie crust and account for the pie to be cut into 10 pieces.
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