Crisp, juicy apples coated in a luscious brown sugar sauce and wrapped in a homemade vegan pie crust are the stars of this delectable Easy Vegan Apple Pie. Flaky, buttery, cozy, and delicious, this classic dessert is perfect for the holidays.
As soon as fall rolls around, I find myself wanting to do all of the baking—specifically baking up some warm, cozy, fruit-based desserts. On any given fall afternoon, you can find me in my kitchen whipping up a batch of Blueberry Muffins, Lemon Loaf, Pumpkin Cupcakes, or this Easy Vegan Apple Pie!
This cozy pie is filled to the brim with tart cinnamon apples and a brown sugar butter sauce. Wrapped and baked in a flaky homemade vegan pie crust, every bite practically melts in your mouth. It’s a must-have when the chilly weather rolls in!
To make this vegan apple pie as nostalgic and comforting as possible, I based the recipe off of Allrecipes Grandma Ople Apple Pie and my mom’s famous apple pie recipe. By combining techniques from the two and swapping some ingredients for vegan-friendly substitutions, I believe that I’ve created the most buttery and juiciest vegan apple pie you’ll ever taste!
You’ve gotta make this dessert for the holidays! Not only is it delicious, but it’s also:
- Easy to make ahead of time and freezer-friendly.
- Flexible! Make a gluten free apple pie instead or play with the flavors.
- Perfect with a scoop of dairy-free vanilla ice cream!
What apples are best for apple pie?
The slight sourness from Granny Smith, Honeycrisp, Gala, or Pink Lady apples balances nicely against the brown sugar and cinnamon used in the pie filling. Additionally, the crispness of these particular apples means that they will soften, but not turn to mush in the oven.
Vegan apple pie ingredients
- Vegan pie crust - A double batch of my homemade vegan pie crust is best. Gluten free or store-bought vegan pie crust would also work.
- Apples - I used half a dozen peeled, cored, and thinly sliced Granny Smith apples for a nice tartness. You can also use any of the apples I listed above!
- Flour - All purpose flour or a 1:1 gluten free flour blend will do.
- Lemon - The zest and juice add brightness and acidity.
- Sugar - You need both white and brown sugar to create a caramel apple filling.
- Cinnamon - Because apples and cinnamon is an award-winning combination!
- Vegan butter - Make your own or use store-bought butter for the filling.
How to make the best vegan apple pie
This sweet and tangy apple pie is one of the best you will ever taste. Made by hand with simple ingredients, it’s a fall favorite you can make over and over again:
- Have the finished vegan pie dough chilling in the fridge while you prepare the filling.
- Toss the peeled and thinly sliced apples in a bowl with the lemon zest, juice, and cinnamon.
- In a saucepan over medium heat, melt the vegan butter and stir in the flour. Cook for 30 seconds before adding the water and sugars. Bring to a boil and cook for an additional minute before removing it from the heat and stirring in the vanilla.
- Pour the caramel sauce over the apple mixture and stir to combine.
- Roll out the pie dough and place it over a pie pan. Pour the apple caramel mixture into the pan with the dough and place the second rolled crust on top. Crimp the edges closed and cut a few slits on the top crust for ventilation.
- Brush the top of the pie with some plant milk and a sprinkle of sugar.
- Bake the pie at 425°F for 15 minutes, then reduce the heat to 350°F. Continue baking for about 50 minutes or until the apples are tender. Allow the pie to cool thoroughly before slicing, serving, and enjoying. For full ingredients and instructions see printable recipe card below
Tips for success
- The pie needs to cool for at least an hour and a half before serving. This gives the filling time to thicken and set (as opposed to it oozing everywhere).
- If you find that your pie crust is browning too quickly in the oven, place a ring of tin foil around the edge of the pie.
- Be sure to slice the apples very thinly and consistently so they can all soften and cook evenly.
- Serve each slice of apple pie with a scoop of dairy-free vanilla ice cream or coconut whipped cream.
Frequently asked questions
Easily! Simply swap out the homemade pie crust for a gluten free version and replace the all purpose flour in the filling with a 1:1 gluten free flour blend.
As long as you slice the apples very thinly, there’s no need to cook them first. They’ll soften nicely in the oven.
You’ll know the pie is ready when the juices start to bubble up through the ventilation slits in the top crust. The crust should be golden brown as well.
I’ve never had a problem with this pie being soggy. If you’re really concerned, you can blind bake the bottom pie crust in a 375°F oven for 15 minutes before adding the filling and top crust.
Absolutely! Prepare and bake your pie as normal before allowing it to cool completely. Wrap the top in foil and store it in the fridge for up to 4 days or in the freezer for up to 4 months. To reheat, pop the chilled pie in a 350°F oven and heat until warmed through.
Hungry for more vegan dessert recipes?
- Vegan Pumpkin Pie
- No Bake Chocolate Pie
- Pumpkin Cheesecake
- Easy Vegan Zucchini Bread
- Vegan Pumpkin Bread
Enjoy everyone! Happy Day! Please feel free to comment below and give this recipe a rating. Your feedback is greatly appreciated!Print