This Gluten-Free Apple Pie is so delicious. It’s hard to say which is the star of the show: the gluten-free apple pie filling perfectly smothered in a sweet layer of cinnamon and nutmeg, or the buttery-like gluten-free pie crust. It’s a match made in heaven!
Pie… it’s one of the best three letter words ever (especially when it’s homemade, slightly warm, and served with your favorite dairy-free vanilla ice cream and a cup of coffee!). My mom’s homemade apple pie is the best, which is why her recipe inspired me to create my own gluten-free version.
Gluten-Free Apple Pie: not just for holidays
This Gluten Free Apple Pie would be a wonderful addition to your holiday dessert line up (hello Thanksgiving!), but please don’t limit this deliciousness to just a holiday recipe. Gluten-free pie should be served year-round – for birthdays, holidays, celebrations, or simply just because.
If you’re not up to baking a pie, try this No Bake Apple Pie from Nicole of Allergylicious, gluten-free apple crisp, or even these gluten-free pumpkin bars. Looking for a paleo variation? Try this Paleo Apple Tart.
How To Make Gluten-Free Apple Pie:
Prepare the gluten-free pie crust: This includes mixing the crust, rolling out half of it, and fitting it into a 9-inch pie plate.
Bake: Place the pie on a baking sheet and bake per recipe instructions (below).
What Are the Best Apples To Use
I love using Granny Smith apples in my vegan apple pie. They are tart, but pair incredibly well with coconut sugar and spices. They are juicy, firm apples, and tend to hold their shape while baking instead of becoming mushy.
Other apple varieties to use in your gluten-free apple dessert:
- Honeycrisp – big and juicy apples that are tart, but still have a little bit of sweetness that shines through when they are cooked
- Pink Lady – tart and crunchy apples, with a sweet finish
- Sweetango – these apples remind me a lot of Honeycrisps in taste and texture
Can I Make it in Advance?
This gluten-free pie crust recipe is not just tender and flakey, but it’s a workhouse pastry. It will not become soggy if you make your apple pie the day before you want to serve it, so go for it!
Can I Use a Store Bought Gluten-Free Pie Crust
For the absolute best gluten-free pie, I recommend using my homemade gluten-free pastry recipe (especially if you’re making your pie the day before serving).
Tips for Making the Best Gluten-Free Apple Pie:
- Make sure you give yourself enough time to make the apple pie and allow it to cool prior to serving. Cooling takes several hours, at least 3-5, so plan accordingly.
- Slice the apples at the same thickness, to ensure even baking. I like to use a food processor to cut my apples, but you absolutely can slice them by hand.
- Use a deep-dish pie plate to accommodate all of the apple slices. The apples will cook down during baking, so don’t be afraid to pile them high.
- Place your pie on a baking sheet prior to baking. This ensures any run-off from the pie juices won’t end up at the bottom of your oven, but on the baking sheet instead.
- When the pie is done baking, it will be golden brown on top, and the apples will be soft. As the pie cools, the apples will continue to steam.
- Serve with dairy-free vanilla ice cream.
What Temperature To Serve Apple Pie
It can be served cold, at room temperature, or warm, it just depends on what your personal preference is. I enjoy my apple pie at room temperature or warm – with a scoop of dairy-free vanilla ice cream!
How To Store Apple Pie
This vegan apple pie contains no dairy in either crust or filling. It will be okay sitting at room temperature for a few hours, but overall, it’s best stored in the refrigerator. Simply cover your pie with plastic wrap and refrigerate until you’re ready to serve.
I hope you enjoy this gf apple pie as much as my family does!
Gluten-Free Apple Pie Recipe:
- 2 Gluten-Free Pie Crust Recipes
- 6 large Granny Smith apples, peeled, cored, and sliced ¼" thick
- 1 tablespoon lemon juice
- ¾ cup coconut sugar
- 2 tablespoons sorghum flour
- 2 tablespoons arrowroot starch
- 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- ½ teaspoon ground nutmeg
- 1 teaspoon almond milk (or your favorite dairy free milk)
- 1 teaspoon organic cane sugar, optional
- Follow the directions for the Gluten-Free Pie Crust Recipe (make sure to double the recipe), and roll out one of the crusts and fit it into a 9-inch pie plate. Do not trim down the excess dough from the edges of the pie crust.
- In a large mixing bowl, combine the apples and lemon juice.
- In a small mixing bowl, whisk together the palm sugar, sorghum flour, arrowroot starch, cinnamon, and ground nutmeg. Sprinkle the mixture over the apples and toss to coat.
- Place the apple mixture in the pie shell, including any of the juices that may have accumulated.
- Roll out the second pie crust and gently place it on top.
- Trim the overhanging pie crust dough edge about 1 inch from the rim of the pie plate. Fold and roll the top pie crust under the lower pie crust and flute as desired.
- Use a sharp knife to carefully cut a series of slits, at least 4-8, in the top of the pie crust so the steam can escape.
- Brush the crust with almond milk (you may not need to use the entire teaspoon), and sprinkle it with the cane sugar.
- Place the pie on a baking sheet (to catch drips), and baking in a preheated 425 degree (F) oven for 15 minutes. Reduce the heat to 350 degrees (F) and continue baking for another 45-50 minutes. The pie will be done when the crust is golden brown and the apples are soft (carefully insert a knife in one of the steam slits to test the softness).
- Cool for at least 2 hours before serving.
I use organic cane sugar on the outside of the crust because it caramelizes beautifully. If you don't want to use organic cane sugar, I recommend omitting it altogether. I do not recommend substituting palm sugar because it could burn instead of caramelize.
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