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Gluten Free Apple Pie (Dairy Free / Vegan) With Crumb Topping

Looking for gluten free apple pie recipes? This is a gluten free apple pie that has a healthy vegan gluten free pie crust, layers of flavorful baked apples, and a sweet and crunchy crumble / streusel topping. It’s basically a gluten free Dutch apple pie but without dairy, eggs and processes stuff.

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Vegan Gluten Free Apple Crumb Pie Recipe

I tested this dairy free gluten free apple pie recipe last week and I was surprised how good a vegan gluten free apple pie can actually taste.

Even though it’s not the type of pie I was used to when I was a child, now this gluten free apple pie is one of my favorite pies. I was looking for a while to make a gluten free pie crust that was more like eating the real deal.

A Gluten Free Apple Pie Recipe With A Healthy Twist

A Dutch Apple Pie, an apple crumb pie, or streusel pie, they are all the same recipe.

This gluten free apple pie recipe is based on the principle that it has three parts: the pie crust (bottom) + filled with sweet cinnamon scented apples  +  the crumbly topping, which all give the pie layers of flavor and texture.

I didn’t want a gluten free apple crumb pie made with store-bought gluten free flour blends because they are all filled with nutrition-less starches and gums. So once more I had to come up with my own blend, and the outcome is delightful! I use whole grain sorghum and oat flour plus cassava flour for it’s finer texture to help bind everything.

Reasons to Make This Vegan Gluten Free Apple Pie

  • Wholesome clean ingredients, vegan, gluten free and dairy free and it tastes just as delicious as your classic apple crumb pie;
  • The filling is perfectly sweet without processed sugar, not too juicy or dry and no soggy bottom.
  • The streusel topping adds the prefect crunchiness and sweetness to this gluten free apple pie;
  • It can be made ahead and frozen;
  • This gluten free vegan apple pie is pretty enough to be served as dessert to your holiday / Thanksgiving table.

How Is This Vegan Gluten Free Apple Crumb Pie Made

To make this gluten free vegan Dutch apple pie, you need 3 things: a crust, an apple filling and a nice crumbly topping. And I’ll talk about how to layers all these into a flavorful.

I was tempted to use an egg because the crust being gluten free + vegan, the risk of getting a crumbly mess was high.

But I decided to use the traditional vegan egg made from ground flax seeds and water.

And I have to say that the look and the flavor of this gluten free pie crust was almost exactly the same as the traditional one, except it’s healthier.

Vegan Gluten Free Pie Crust

The apple pie crust is made from a careful crafted combination of gluten free flours: oat flour, cassava flour, sorghum flour and flax seed flour (ground flax seeds).

To give the pie a crust the flakiness it needs, I used baking soda + apple cider vinegar and vegan butter.

I know I said in the past that I don’t like the ingredients of vegan butters (Smart/ Earth Balance for example) but this new on the market vegan butter from Miyoko’s, seems to have pretty decent ingredients (no hydrogenated oils, artificial additives or coloring).

You can find it at Whole Foods or Trader Joe’s. And by the way this is not a sponsored post.

When you have all the ingredients, you’ll easily make the dough in the food processor and roll it on a piece of parchment paper.

Then carefully transfer it to the baking dish and pre-bake for 13-15 minutes.

This gluten free and Vegan Apple Crumble Pie is made with an easy vegan gluten free pie crust filled with juicy spiced apples and a sweet crunchy crumble topping. A delicious and healthy apple crumble pie perfect for the holiday season and a fun anytime healthier dessert!

Dairy Free Apple Pie Filling

For making this gluten free dairy free apple pie filling I used fuji apples, and some lemon juice to give them a nice sourness and preserve the light color.

To keep this apple pie filling gluten free, I used a little bit of cassava flour which helped to thicken the juices.

I also used some maple sugar (is it the same maple syrup, evaporated into a beautiful sugar form and all of the nutritious qualities are preserved) some cinnamon and nutmeg.

Gluten Free Apple Pie – Crumble Topping

The thing with Dutch Apple Pie that sets it apart is the crumb / streusel topping. There are tons of variations on this recipe out there, but today I’m sharing my method.

Start working on your crumble topping after you placed your crust in the oven.

In the same food processor you used for the pie crust combine all topping ingredients and pulse a few times until the mixture is well combined and looks crumbly. 

And you’re done! Place the container in the freezer until is ready to use.

Tips For Making This Gluten Free Apple Pie Recipe:

  1. The pie crust and the crumble topping calls for cold butter. Make sure your butter is very cold and firm right out of the fridge when you are ready to use it.  
  2. Make the apple filling before you start with everything else. They will release some juice. To prevent a soggy bottom I like to cook the apple filling for 5 minutes and let it cool down until I make the rest. The cooking will gelatinize the juices.  
  3. Pre-baking the gluten free pie crust provides a shield against the moisture of the filling. If you use raw filling and don’t pre-bake the crust then it may absorb too much moisture from the filling while it is baking and end up a mushy mess. 
  4. To prevent the streusel from burning you can cover the apple pie with aluminum foil or use a deeper baking dish.

How To Store This Vegan Gluten Free Apple Pie

I usually store it covered on the counter. If I think it might take a week, I’ll keep it covered in the fridge (this never happens). 

Can you freeze this vegan gluten free Dutch apple pie? Yes, up to 3 months! Thaw it overnight in the fridge then bake it for 15-20 minutes to reheat.

While a fully baked apple pie is freezer friendly, it’s best to freeze an unbaked pie. First freeze the pie crust then you can pour the apple filling and the crumble topping, wrap it well and freeze it up to four months.

When you’re ready, preheat the oven at 425 degrees F, then reduce 375°F and bake for about an hour. Fresh warm gluten free vegan Dutch apple pie without effort!

Healthy Crumble Apple Pie (Vegan / Gluten Free / Dairy Free / Egg Free) Recipe: thin slices of flavorful apples in a delicious cinnamon filling placed on a gluten free vegan pie crust and topped off with a crunchy cinnamon maple sugar crumb topping - creates the best Vegan Gluten Free Dutch Apple Pie for your Holiday table. Easy, simple and delicious!

How To Enjoy This Gluten Free Apple Pie 

It can be eaten warm or cold, sometimes with a dash of whipped cream or vanilla ice cream (dairy free of course). Drizzle some dairy free caramel sauce over if you like.

If that’s too rich and too sweet for your blood, I get it. Serve it as it is with a cup of warm herbal tea!

Gluten Free Dairy Free Apple Pie Substitutions

  • Alternatively to vegan butter you can use coconut oil, but I find its flavor too strong to my liking;
  • If you can have eggs you can replace the flax–egg with a real egg;
  • Other apples you can use: Honeycrisp, Empire, McIntosh, Cortland or Granny Smith (or a combination of 2);
  • To make this Dutch apple pie Paleo: replace the oat flour and the sorghum flour with almond flour. For the crumble replace rolled oats with almond flour as well.

Gluten Free Apple Pie Recipe (Dairy Free / Vegan) With Crumb Topping:

Enjoy this vegan gluten free apple crumb pie recipe and leave me a comment if you make it, I would love to hear your thoughts! Your feedback is super helpful for me and readers. Thank you!

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Gluten Free Apple Pie (Dairy Free / Vegan) With Crumb Topping

A gluten free apple pie that has a healthy vegan gluten free pie crust, layers of flavorful baked apples, and a sweet and crunchy crumble / streusel topping. It’s basically a gluten free dutch apple pie but without dairy, eggs and processes stuff.
Prep Time25 mins
Cook Time45 mins
Total Time1 hr 10 mins
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American, Clean Eating, Dairy Free, Gluten Free, Vegan
Servings: 8 people
Calories: 335.6kcal
Author: HealthyTasteOfLife
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Ingredients
 

Vegan Gluten Free Apple Pie Crust

  • 1/2 cup oat flour - gluten free certified (or use rice flour)
  • 1/2 cup cassava flour
  • 1/3 cup sorghum flour
  • 1.5 tbsp flax seeds - ground, + 3 tbps of water to form a flax “egg”
  • 6 tbsp miyoko’s butter - vegan, plant based butter (alternatively use coconut oil)
  • 2 tbsp maple sugar - skip if you want a savory pie crust
  • 3 tbsp filtered water - cold
  • 1/3 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp apple cider vinegar - or lemon juice

Apple Pie Filling

  • 6 medium apples
  • 1.5 tbsp lemon juice
  • 1/2 cup maple sugar - you can increase or decrease the amount to your liking
  • 3 tbsp cassava flour - or arrowroot powder – to absorb the juice
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/3 tsp nutmeg

Vegan Gluten Free Crumble Topping

Instructions
 

First Make the Apple Pie Filling

  • Peel and cut the apples. I used a mandoline slicer for that, it makes the job really quick. 
  • Add all ingredients into a pan and cook for 5 minutes with a splash of water until the juice is gelatinized. Set aside to cool.

Form Apple Pie Crust

  • Make the flax egg first (1/5 tbsp golden flax seeds (ground) + 3 tbsp cold water) let it gelatinize for 5 minutes. Meanwhile in the bowl of a food processor add the dry ingredients + vegan butter, “pulse” several times until the butter has disappeared into the flour. The mixture should look like a crumbly flour. Then add the apple cider vinegar, the flax egg, and the water, with a few more pulses the dough starts to come together. Form a ball with your hands.
  • Lay a large sheet of parchment paper on your counter and place the ball of dough on it. Press down with your hands to start to flatten out the ball. Then use a rolling pin to make a thin pie crust.
  • Once the crust is rolled out, carefully place the baking dish on top and flip it over. Gently lower the crust into your pie pan and remove the parchment paper. I’m using a 9″ diameter glass dish with high walls
  • Adjust the crust with your fingers until it looks good. Prick the bottom of the crust all over with a fork.
  • Bake the crust at 390 F for 13-15 minutes. Meanwhile make the crumble topping.

Make The Crumble Topping

  • Combine the cassava flour, oats, walnuts, maple sugar, cinnamon, nutmeg, vegan butter and a pinch of salt  – in the same bowl we made the gluten free pie crust. Pulse a few times until crumbs are formed. 
  • Place the bowl in the refrigerator to keep cool.

Assemble And Bake The Apple Pie

  • Retrieve the pie crust from the oven. Pour the baked apples on top, arrange them a bit so they fit, then sprinkle the apples with the crumble topping.
  • Place in the oven to bake at 375°F for 35 min. If it looks like the top of the pie is getting too browned, cover with an aluminum foil.

Serve

  • Let the gluten free apple pie cool. Then slice and serve!

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Notes

 

Tips For The Gluten Free Apple Pie Recipe

  1. The pie crust and the crumble topping calls for cold butter. Make sure your butter is very cold and firm right out of the fridge when you are ready to use it. 
  2. Make the apple filling before you start with everything else. The apples will release some juice. To prevent a soggy bottom I like to cook the apple filling for 5 minutes and let it cool down until I make the rest. The cooking will gelatinize the juices.
  3. Pre-baking the gluten free pie crust provides a shield against the moisture of the filling. If you use raw filling and don’t pre-bake the crust then it may absorb too much moisture from the filling while it is baking and end up a mushy mess.
  4. To prevent the streusel from burning you can cover the apple pie with aluminum foil or use a deeper baking dish.
Tried this recipe?Mention @HealthyTasteOfLife or tag #healthytasteoflife!

Nutrition

Serving: 1slice | Calories: 335.6kcal | Carbohydrates: 55.2g | Protein: 4.4g | Fat: 18.4g | Saturated Fat: 12.8g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 2.5g | Monounsaturated Fat: 0.4g | Sodium: 147.4mg | Potassium: 232.5mg | Fiber: 5.7g | Sugar: 28.2g | Vitamin C: 1.3mg | Calcium: 29mg | Iron: 1.3mg

The information shown is an estimate provided by an online nutrition calculator.

Recipe Rating




Vanessa

Tuesday 26th of November 2019

Thanks for sharing! How far ahead of time can I make it?

HealthyTasteOfLife

Tuesday 26th of November 2019

If you make it the day before is totally fine, it's still good! Just warm it up in the oven for 15 min at 300F before serving.

Suzanne

Tuesday 26th of November 2019

This looks so good! Do you use this pie crust recipe for any other types of pies?

HealthyTasteOfLife

Tuesday 26th of November 2019

I didn't try it for any other pie yet, but I don't see why it shouldn't work.