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Healthy Apple Crumble Pie/Tart (Gluten Free Vegan)

This is a healthy easy vegan gluten free apple pie recipe that features an eggless gluten free pie crust, layers of juicy baked apples, and a sweet crunchy crumble (streusel like) topping with oats. It’s basically Dutch apple pie but without dairy, gluten, eggs and processed ingredients.

This gluten free apple crumble pie tart can be made in advance and is great served for any holiday table, especially during Thanksgiving and Christmas.

Vegan Gluten Free Apple Pie Recipe

A Dutch Apple Pie, an apple crumb pie, or streusel pie, they are all the same recipe. I tested this vegan gluten free apple pie with oatmeal crumb topping as an experiment. I was surprised how good a gluten free vegan apple pie can actually look and taste. I could technically call it an apple crumble tart as well.

Even though it’s not the type of pie I was used to when I was a child, now this easy gluten free apple crumble pie is one of my favorite pies.

Vegan Gluten Free Apple Pie With Crumble Topping (Dairy free).
Vegan Gluten Free Apple Pie With Crumble Topping (Dairy free).

What Makes This Vegan Gluten Free Apple Crumble Pie Special

  • 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 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.
  • You can make the pie crust and oat crumble in advance, freeze it and make the filling the day you decide to bake it.
  • The oat crumble topping also works well on other recipes like this Apple And Blueberry Crumble, this Blackberry And Apple Crumble, or this Apple And Plum Crumble, so feel free to make extra.

How To Make This Gluten Free Vegan Apple Pie/Tart

This gluten free apple pie recipe aims 3 parts: the pie crust (the bottom) + filled with sweet cinnamon scented apples (the middle) + the crumbly topping, which all give the pie layers of flavor and texture.

Vegan Gluten Free Dutch Apple Pie Recipe – a healthy traditional dessert for holidays made with a gluten free crust (oatmeal flour, cassava and sorghum flour), sweet apple filling and topped it with a delicious layer of crumb topping (the oats and the walnuts add extra texture). The best Healthy Gluten Free Dutch Apple Pie, that you can easily make yourself!

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Vegan Gluten Free Pie Crust Ingredients

  • Homemade gluten free flour blend (or use this gluten free pastry flour mix):
  • Flax seeds (ground)+ warm water to form a vegan “egg”.
  • Vegan butter (I used miyoko’s butter) plant based butter (alternatively use coconut oil);
  • Maple sugar – skip if you want a savory pie crust, or use your favorite granulated sugar;
  • Apple cider vinegar – or lemon juice.
  • Baking soda.

I didn’t want a gluten free apple 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.

I was tempted to use an egg because the crust being gluten free and 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.

Instructions

  • When you have all the ingredients, you’ll easily make the dough in the food processor.
  • First you make the flax “egg” and set aside, then combine all dry ingredients with butter until homogenized.
  • Add the wet ingredients (apple cider vinegar, flax “egg”, water) and pulse until you get a dough like mass.
Process shots showing how to make the vegan gluten free pie dough in a food processor.
Make the pie dough quick and easy in a food processor.
  • Then you’ll roll the dough on a piece of parchment paper, by using a rolling pin, until you get a thin pie crust.
  • Then carefully transfer it to the prepared baking dish and prick the bottom of the crust all over with a fork, it will help release the underneath steam while baking.
Process shots showing how to roll the vegan gluten free pie crust, how to arrange in the pie dish and prick with a fork for air release.
Steps to roll out the pie crust and arrange it in the round 9″ baking dish.
  • Bake the gluten free crust at 390F for 13-15 minutes. Meanwhile make the crumble topping and apple filling.

Crumble Topping

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. 

All pie crumble topping ingredients chopped in the food processor.
All crumble topping ingredients chopped in the food processor.

And you’re done! Place the container in the freezer until you’re ready to assemble the entire gluten free vegan apple pie.

Apple 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 their 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.

Instructions

  • Add all ingredients into a bowl, mix to coat everything.
Process shots showing how to make the dairy free gluten free apple pie filling.
Apple pie filling.
  • Then transfer the content in a pan and cook for 5 minutes with a splash of water until the juice is gelatinized.
  • Set aside to cool until you make the crumble topping.

How To Assemble The Apple Crumble Pie And Bake

  • Retrieve the pie crust from the oven. Pour the baked apple filling on top, arrange them a bit so they fit,
  • Then sprinkle with the vegan gluten free crumble topping.
  • Place in the oven to bake at 375°F for 35 min.
How to assemble the vegan gluten free apple pie with crumble topping.
How to assemble the apple crumble pie.

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Tips For This Gluten Free Dairy 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 vegan 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. But usually this is not necessary.
gluten free vegan apple pie recipe

How To Store The Apple Crumble Pie

I usually store it covered on the counter for about 2 days. If I think it might take a week, I’ll keep it covered in the fridge (this never happens). 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 3 months.

When you’re ready to bake the vegan gluten free apple pie, preheat the oven at 425 degrees F, then reduce 375°F and bake for about an hour.

How To Enjoy This Gluten Free Vegan 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!

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!

Suggestions for Ingredient 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.

More Vegan Gluten Free Dessert Recipes:

Enjoy this vegan gluten free apple pie recipe with crumb topping 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!

Healthy Apple Crumble Pie / Tart ( Gluten Free, Dairy Free Vegan) With Crumb Topping

Healthy vegan gluten free apple pie recipe that features an eggless gluten free pie crust, layers baked apples, and a crunchy crumble topping with oats. It’s basically a Dutch apple pie but without dairy, gluten, eggs and processed ingredients. This easy dairy free gluten free apple crumble pie/tart can be made in advance and is great served for any holiday table, especially during Thanksgiving and Christmas.
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 Perfect Gluten Free Apple Pie

  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.
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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

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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.