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Best Vegan Apple Pie Recipe From Scratch
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Vegan Apple Pie

You are the apple of my pie! Flaky crust, sweet apple filling, and just the right amount of soothing warm spices to celebrate the beginning of autumn. With only a few simple ingredients, you can be savoring a heavenly, homemade apple pie in less than an hour. Delightful!
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Keyword dairy-free, vegan dessert, vegan pie, vegetarian
Prep Time 15 minutes
Servings 8 slices
Author Gina House | World of Vegan

Ingredients

Pie Filling:

  • 2 pieces of packaged vegan-friendly pie crust dough Wewalka or Wholly Wholesome are popular choices. You can also use your own homemade pie crust recipe.
  • 6 medium sized apples choose as many varieties as you can and most of them should be tart
  • ¼ cup of brown sugar
  • ¼ cup of cane sugar
  • 1 tablespoon of all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon of lemon juice
  • ½ teaspoon of ground cinnamon
  • ¼ teaspoon ground nutmeg optional
  • 1 teaspoon of grated lemon zest optional
  • Cooking oil spray or 1 teaspoon of vegetable oil or oil of your choice
  • 2 tablespoons thinly sliced of vegan butter (optional)
  • 2 tablespoons of water or plant milk optional

Topping (optional)

  • 1 tablespoon of cane sugar
  • Dash of cinnamon

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 425 degrees. Wash and peel the apples. Cut the apples into slices. Place in a large mixing bowl.
  • Add the sugar, juice, flour, and spices. Mix well.
  • Spray the bottom of your pie plate with a little bit of oil. Add in your uncooked pie crust sheet. Center the crust and press gently along the bottom, sides, and pie plate edge.
  • Add the apple pie mixture to the pie crust and arrange the apples evenly. Add thin slices of vegan butter to the surface of the apples, if desired.
  • Place the top crust onto your apple-filled pie plate. Press and crimp the edges all around to seal well to the bottom crust. (This helps to keep the filling from seeping out of the pie and onto the bottom of your stove.) For extra texture and security, use the tines of a fork to press around the entire circumference of the pie crust edge.
  • Using a sharp knife, make 4-8 very thin, short slices into the top center of the pie crust for ventilation. A simple star shape is the easiest, but feel free to make any lovely designs that you like.
  • Use a pastry brush to sweep a little bit of water (or plant milk) lightly over the top surface of the pie crust. Mix up the sugar and cinnamon to create a topping for the crust. Sprinkle the topping over the crust.
  • Place the pie into the oven and bake for 30 minutes. If the pie crust edges are getting too brown, cover loosely with some aluminum foil strips to prevent burning. Turn the pie and bake for another 10-15 minutes, depending on your oven. Keep a a close eye on the pie in the last 5 minutes or so.
  • Once the pie is golden brown and bubbly, take it out of the oven and let cool on a wire rack for at least 30 minutes before serving. Enjoy!

Notes

Gluten-Free Option - Besides using a gluten-free pie crust (either homemade or pre-packaged), you can also make your own crumb crust.  Choose almond flour, coconut flour, or even crushed up gluten-free cookie crumbs to create a bottom layer. Mix 1½ cups of fine crumbs with ¼ cup of cane sugar and 6 tablespoons of vegan butter. Press firmly into a pie plate and bake as usual with apple filling. Also, switch out the all-purpose flour (which thickens the apple pie mixtures) for half the amount of arrowroot or cornstarch instead.