This simple vegan Apple Pie is the perfect dessert with the best Apple pie flavor! The recipe is very easy and can be made gluten-free and sugar-free. A delicious treat for Christmas, Thanksgiving, and just everyday!
After posting so many delicious Apple Pie desserts on Instagram, it’s definitely time to share my favorite recipe for a classic American Apple Pie on my blog. This recipe is actually the basic recipe that I have also used for all other treats, such as mini apple pie muffins, apple pie hand pies, and hot apple pie pockets.
If I had to decide which cake I like best, it would be most likely an apple cake or apple pie. Not only because this simple pie is so easy to make, but also because it’s so incredibly delicious. The cinnamon apple filling makes it perfect for fall, but also reminds of Christmas and Thanksgiving. Once your house starts smelling so heavenly, thanks to the baked cinnamon apples, you‘ll notice what I mean and get into a cozy and relaxed Christmas mood.
Homemade Pie Crust is easy to make
Traditional Pie crust is usually made of flour, butter, a bit of sugar, water and a pinch of salt. To make this Pie crust dairy-free, I use vegan butter. I assure you, the result will be the same and as delicious as using regular butter. You will not notice the difference. I prefer making the pastry myself, but you can also use store-bought pastry dough to make this recipe.
How to make a simple vegan Apple Pie
First, cut the prepared pastry dough in half and roll out both halves. One half is for the bottom, and the other half is to cover the Pie. You can either put the second rolled out dough as a whole on top, or cut into strips using a pizza cutter or knife to make a lattice design, as I did.
Apple Cinnamon Filling
To make the filling, peel and core the apples, then slice thinly. Combine sliced apples with sugar, cornstarch, cinnamon and lemon juice in a large bowl. Toss until the apples are well-coated and set aside. Transfer the rolled out pastry dough for the bottom to a greased 10,5-inch (27-cm) pie dish or springform tin and gently press against the bottom and sides. Prick the bottom of the pie crust all over with a fork and then fill with the apples.
Cover the Apple Pie with a lattice design
As mentioned before, you can either cover the Apple pie filling with the whole pastry dough or cutting into strips to make a lattice design. After laying the pastry strips on top of the apple pie filling, trim the overhanging dough around the edges and carefully, crimp the top and bottom of the pastry a bit together. I love using any leftover pastry to make decorations for the pie because it’s so pretty. Just shape the remaining dough into a ball, roll out again and cut out designs of choice using a cookie cutter (I used a flower design). Place them on top of the crust and brush the top with a little plant-based milk/ cream or melted coconut oil. Then sprinkle with a bit of brown sugar and bake until golden brown. That’s it!
I hope you’ll enjoy this simple Vegan Apple Pie. It is:
- Can be made gluten-free and refined sugar-free
- Easy to make
- Crisp & flaky
- Moist & juicy
- So delicious
- The perfect dessert for fall, winter and any occasion!
A versatile Apple Pie recipe
This recipe is super versatile. You can cut out circles, quarters or rectangles to make hand pies or hot pockets. You could also lay out the pastry into muffin tins to make mini apple pies. If you decide to do so, just cut the apples slightly smaller and always make sure to seal the sides of the pastry so the filling will not leak out. Also, have a look at your pastry during baking because smaller sized pies are done faster. Just feel free to be creative and try out different Apple Pie varieties! Maybe you would also like to try my vegan cherry pie. Have fun baking!
Vegan Apple Pie (easy recipe)Author:
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- 2 ½ cups (375 g) flour plus more for dusting, *see notes
- 3 tbsp sugar *see notes
- ½ tsp salt
- 1 cup (225 g) vegan butter diced and chilled
- 4 tbsp cold water
Cinnamon Apple Filling:
- 2 lbs (1 kg) apples
- ½ cup (100 g) sugar *see notes
- 2 tbsp cornstarch
- 1-2 tsp cinnamon
- ¼ tsp nutmeg optional
- ½ lemon juiced
- a bit of plant milk / dairy-free cream or melted coconut oil
- 1 tbsp brown sugar
*Note: I recommend watching the recipe video for visual instruction!
- In a large bowl, combine the flour, sugar, and salt. Add the vegan butter pieces and work it into the flour mixture with your hands. Gradually, add the cold water, a tablespoon at a time, and knead just until the dough comes together. (Optionally, you could also put all ingredients to a food processor and pulse until a dough forms.)
- Divide the dough in half and shape into a ball or disc. Wrap in cling film and refrigerate for at least ½ hour.
- Preheat the oven to 350 °F (180 °C).
- Peel and core the apples, then thinly slice.
- Transfer to a large bowl and add sugar, cornstarch, cinnamon, and lemon juice. Toss until the apples are well-coated. Set aside.
- On a lightly floured surface, roll out one half of the dough. Transfer to a greased pie dish* and gently press against the bottom and sides. Prick the bottom of the pie crust all over with a fork and then fill with the apples.
- Now roll out the other half of the dough and cut into strips. Lay them on top of the pie to make a lattice design (or cover with the whole rolled out dough*). Trim the overhanging dough and crimp around the edges.
- Optionally, use any leftover pastry to make decorations for the pie. Form the remaining dough into a ball, roll it out again, and cut out designs of choice using a cookie cutter. Then place them on top of the pie crust. (Watch the recipe video for more inspiration).
- Brush the top of the pie with a little plant milk or cream or melted coconut oil and sprinkle with a bit of brown sugar.
- Bake the pie for about 50-60 minutes until golden brown. Cover the sides or top with tin foil if it gets too dark during baking.
- Let your Apple Pie cool before serving.
- Serve with a dollop of vegan ice cream and extra syrup, if you like!
- I used a 10.5-inch (27-cm) pie dish but you could also use a tart or springform pan. A smaller size should work too.
- To make this cake gluten-free, you can use a gluten-free flour blend 1:1.
- To make this Apple Pie sugar-free, you can use Erythritol. You could also use coconut sugar, or regular white sugar, if you like.
- If you prefer to cover the pie with the whole rolled out crust (without cutting into strips to create a lattice design), then make sure to cut a hole in the center of the top crust (or prick a few times with a fork) to allow steam out.
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