Apple pie is such a classic. Let's make this pie in a healthier and allergy-friendly version. This gluten-free vegan cinnamon apple pie is so good! The combination of apples, cinnamon, and buttery crust is delicious.
Cinnamon and apples are flavors of the fall. I can't imagine more fall dessert than this delicious pie.
Also, homemade apple pie crust is so easy to make. It is flaky, soft, and buttery. So so good!
Learn how to make an apple pie from scratch in this recipe.
WHY YOU WILL LOVE THIS CINNAMON APPLE PIE
- Vegan – This pie is perfect for your vegan friends or family members! But this gluten-free apple pie is suitable for everyone, not only for vegans/vegetarians.
- Gluten-free – This pie is naturally gluten-free.
- Easy to make – The full recipe is so easy and simple.
- Apples – It is called apple pie for a reason, right? I used sweet red apples that make this pie so delicious.
- Cinnamon – This spice makes everything better. Also, the combination of apples and cinnamon will never die. It is classic but so good.
Gluten-free pie crust
- corn flour
- tapioca flour
- buckwheat flour
- baking powder
- a pinch of salt
- brown sugar
- xanthan gum
- vegan margarine or butter
- soy milk
Apple pie filling
- medium apples
- water + cornstarch
- brown sugar
- lemon juice
POSSIBLE INGREDIENT SUBSTITUTIONS
This recipe is easily customizable. Here are some ideas:
- You can replace brown sugar with any powdered sweetener of your choice.
- Soy milk can be replaced with any plant-based milk.
Making gluten-free pie dough
Step 1: In a large bowl combine all of the dry ingredients for the dough. Then melt the butter and add it to the dry ingredients. Lastly, add a few tablespoons of soy milk to make even better a smoother texture.
Step 2: Divide the dough into a 1:2 ratio. Set aside the smaller part.
Put the larger part into the pie pan and use your fingers to push the dough into the sides and bottom of the pan.
We will make a pattern from the other part of the dough later.
Making apple pie filling
Step 3: Peel and chop apples into small pieces. Put them into a medium pot and add water, sugar, and cinnamon. Cook until the apples are soft.
Next, combine water and cornstarch and pour the mixture into the apples. The apples will get thicker and creamier in seconds.
Remove them from the heat and add vanilla and lemon juice to the taste.
Step 4: Carefully pour the apple filling into the pie crust.
Step 5: Now, it's time to roll the rest of the dough thinly, so we can cut out stripes and create a pattern on top of the pie.
Since the dough is gluten-free be careful when cutting the stripes and putting them onto a pie. The dough is very delicate and it might tear apart.
You can help yourself with a long knife. But be careful anyways.
Step 5: This is the very last step. When the pie is decorated, brush it with soy milk and bake for about 30 minutes or until golden. Enjoy!
Serve this gluten-free vegan cinnamon apple pie with soy whipping cream. You can also serve it with vegan vanilla ice cream or dusted with powdered sugar.
Store this gluten-free apple pie in the fridge for up to 4 days, but it is best eaten fresh right away.
I don’t recommend freezing it because the consistency might change.
How many medium apples should I use for a pie?
In this recipe, I used 7 medium-sized apples to make this pie. But it all depends on your preferences. If you like more apples in the filling you can add 1 or 2 more. But 7 is the ideal amount.
What's better brown or white sugar in apple pie?
Brown sugar for sure.
Brown sugar has its specific caramel taste so it is great with a combination of apples and cinnamon.
Can I use chunky apple sauce as an apple pie filling?
Yes, you can, but make sure you will add cinnamon, vanilla, lemon juice, and water + cornstarch mixture because the consistency needs to be creamy, not watery.
Should you cook apples before putting them in a pie?
Yes! By cooking the apples, you are making your apple pie way better.
No one likes hard apples in a cake or pie. Peel, chop, and cook the apples until tender. This is the best thing you can do.
MORE APPLE RECIPES:
Gluten-free vegan cinnamon apple pie
Gluten-free pie crust
- 3/4 cup corn flour
- 3/4 cup tapioca flour
- 3/4 cup buckwheat flour
- 2 tsp baking powder
- A pinch of salt
- 1/2 cup brown sugar
- 1/2 tsp xanthan gum
- 1 cup vegan margarine or butter
- 4 tbsp soy milk
Apple pie filling
- 7 medium apples
- 1/2 cup water
- 1/2 cup water + 1 tbsp cornstarch
- 4 tbsp brown sugar
- 1 tsp cinnamon
- 1 tsp vanilla
- 2 tbsp lemon juice
- First, let's make a gluten-free pie crust. In a large bowl combine corn flour, tapioca flour, buckwheat flour, baking powder, salt, sugar, and xanthan gum.
- Next, melt margarine add it to the flour mixture and combine. At this moment add soy milk depending on the consistency. The dough should be thick but easy to work with.
- Divide the dough into a 1:2 ratio. Use the bigger part of the dough for the crust. Transfer the dough to a pie pan and gently press with fingers to the sides and bottom. The dough should be 0.2 inches thick.
- Set the smaller part of the dough aside and prepare an apple filling.
- Peel and chop apples into small pieces. Transfer them to a medium-sized pot along with water, sugar, and cinnamon. Cook until the apples are soft or the water evaporates. It should take around 5 minutes.
- In a cup mix together 1/2 cup of water with cornstarch and pour it into the mixture. When the apples are starting to thicken remove them from the heat. Lastly, add lemon juice and vanilla.
- Carefully pour the apple mixture into the crust and now we can cover them with the leftover dough.
- Roll the dough and cut stripes. But be careful, gluten-free dough can be tricky. You need to be very careful when cutting these stripes. I used a knife to help me transfer the stripes from the wood board onto the pie.
- Lay them on top of the pie and brush the top of the pie with soy milk.
- Bake at 400F (200°C) for about 30 minutes or until golden. Enjoy!