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Apple Pie [Vegan, Gluten-Free]

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Delectable, with a nutty, buttery flavor and delicate texture. Don’t pass this by, thinking it will be brittle and difficult — despite being gluten-free, this crust does not crumble apart, is very easy to work with, and is very forgiving. My testers loved this crust, choosing it as their new go-to pastry recipe!

Apple Pie [Vegan, Gluten-Free]

This Recipe is :

Dairy Free Vegan


Double Crust

  • 1 1/2 cups almond meal (see note)
  • ¾ cup rice or sorghum flour
  • ½ cup tapioca flour
  • ¼ cup arrowroot flour
  • ¼ cup unrefined sugar
  • ½ tsp sea salt
  • 2 tsp xanthan gum
  • ¾ cup + 2 tbsp organic extra-virgin coconut oil (kept at room temperature, so it’s easy to measure, but not melted, see intro notes)
  • 7 1/2 – 8 tbsp icy-cold non-dairy milk (add ice cubes to milk)

Single Crust 

  • ¾ cup almond meal (see note)
  • ¼ cup + 2 tbsp rice or sorghum flour
  • ¼ cup tapioca flour
  • 2 tbsp arrowroot flour
  • 2 tbsp unrefined sugar
  • 1 tsp xanthan gum
  • ¼ tsp sea salt
  • 7 tbsp organic extra-virgin coconut oil (kept at room temperature, so it’s easy to measure, but not melted, see intro notes)
  • 3 ½ – 4 tbsp icy-cold non-dairy milk (add ice cubes to milk)

“Apple-Of-My-Eye” Pie Filling

  • 2 tsp lemon juice
  • 3 tbsp pure maple syrup
  • 3 tbsp tapioca flour
  • 1/4 cup unrefined sugar
  • 1 1/4 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/8 – 1/4 tsp nutmeg
  • 1/8 tsp allspice
  • 1/8 tsp sea salt
  • 6 cups apples, peeled, cored, and sliced thinly (see note)
  • 1 double pie-crust recipe (ex: gluten-free pie crust)
  • Splash non-dairy milk to brush pastry
  • 1-2 tsp unrefined sugar for sprinkling


Pie Crust

  1. In a food processor, add the almond meal, rice flour, tapioca flour, arrowroot flour, sugar, salt, and xanthan gum. Process for a few seconds to incorporate these ingredients.
  2. Add coconut oil, and pulse through briefly to begin to break up and incorporate.
  3. Then, add milk, a few tablespoons at first (for double crust; one tbsp at a time for single), pulsing through, and then one tablespoon at a time after that, pulsing through until the dough has just come together and has started to form a ball (doesn’t have to be one unified ball, just until some of the dough has started to come together).
  4. Remove dough from processor and shape into a ball. For the double-crust, divide the dough in two (you can weigh each half if you like for precision, but it’s not necessary). If the dough has become warm, shape into a flattened disc, wrap in plastic wrap, and refrigerate for about 20-30 minutes. (You can also refrigerate this dough for a few days before using, and remove from fridge for an hour or two before rolling, long enough for the coconut oil to soften again in the dough).
  5. When ready to use, place flattened disc between two sheets of parchment (for easiest rolling). Roll the dough out to about 2- 2 1/2” larger than your pie plate (see note).
  6. Place bottom crust in greased (see note) pie plate. Place crust in freezer for 15-20 minutes while preparing filling, or prebake crust (see note) if you will be using a no-bake filling in the pie. For a double-crust, roll out the second-half of dough, place over top of filling, and crimp edges (don’t trim edges, the baked crust is too tasty, and even if thicker in spots, is still fabulous, so keep things rustic). Follow directions for specific pie filling, and if using double crust, it’s a nice idea to brush the top with a little non-dairy milk and sprinkle a little sugar over top.

“Apple-Of-My-Eye” Pie Filling

  1. Preheat the oven to 400°F.
  2. In bowl large enough to hold the sliced apples, combine the lemon juice with the maple syrup and tapioca starch flour, stirring well to incorporate fully.
  3. Stir in the sugar, cinnamon, nutmeg, allspice, and salt. Add the apple slices to the mix- ture, and toss to coat.
  4. Transfer the filling to the bottom piecrust (you can prebake this crust for 10 to 15 minutes, if you like, but this is not necessary).
  5. Moisten the edge of the crust with water (you can skip this step if using the Gluten-Free Piecrust, as it easily holds to bottom crust), and place the top crust over the filling.
  6. Cut a few slits in the top crust to allow steam to exit while baking (alternatively, you can use cutout pastry shapes to form the top crust, or a lattice-top crust).
  7. Brush the top crust with the milk and sprinkle a teaspoon or two of sugar over the top. Place the pie in the oven (with a baking sheet on the rack underneath to catch any drippings) and bake for 20 minutes.
  8. Then lower heat to 350°F and bake for another 30 to 35 minutes, until the top is lightly browned and the juices are thickened and bubbling, watching that the outer edges aren’t browning too fast.
  9. To check for doneness, pierce through the pie (where open or vented) with a skewer or sharp knife. If the apples are not tender when pierced, allow to cook for another 5 minutes.
  10. Remove from the oven, transfer to a cooling rack, and let cool for an hour or more before serving. This pie is delicious served with vanilla nondairy ice cream, or Lemon-Scented Whipped Cream.


I use an almond meal that has been processed from natural, unblanched almonds (skins still intact). As a result, the crust has flecks of a nutty brown color, which is quite pretty in the finished pie. So, if you can buy this almond meal (or make it yourself), go for it!





Dreena Burton has been vegan for 20 years, in that time writing four bestselling cookbooks charting her journey as a plant-powered cook and at-home mother of three. Dreena has appeared on television and radio and is a contributor for sites including KrisCarr, Forks Over Knives, Engine 2 Diet, and PCRM.  She has written for Yoga Journal, VegNews, alive magazine. Dreena has won several blog awards including VegNews, VegBloggy, and Vancouver’s Ultimate Mom Blog. Join Dreena’s community, at Plant Powered Kitchen.



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23 comments on “Apple Pie [Vegan, Gluten-Free]”

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7 Months Ago

For the apples, it says to peeled and thinly sliced then says to see notes. in the notes section, there\'s no notes on the apples. what are the best apples to use, and how thin do you slice them?

Ashley Sample Grass
3 Years Ago

Laura Grass Fisher, here's a gluten free vegan dessert that looks yummy!

Laura Grass Fisher
09 Dec 2014

That does look yummy! I would have to stock up on all the different flours first.

Dee Ripley
3 Years Ago

Regina Ripley we need this

Kappy Hay
3 Years Ago

Sophie Cole

Jasmine Nordstrom
3 Years Ago

Shawna Himelright you should try??

Sydney Kersteman
3 Years Ago

Haha no i told her she needs to bake me a vegan gluten free organic pumpkin pie for xmas lol Emily Vera Dempsey

Emily Vera Dempsey
3 Years Ago

lol yeah... I think you're confused Sydney Kersteman if she said she was going to make pumpkin then what she probably meant was go to the store and buy it! haha

Sandra Kersteman
3 Years Ago

Hey, Sydney thinks I'm your mom or something Emily Vera Dempsey

Sydney Kersteman
3 Years Ago

Sandra Kersteman can u make this instead of pumpkin??

Rosita Dagtay
3 Years Ago

Soo tasty.


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