Wholesome Apple Crumb Pie | Vegan & Gluten-Free

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This Vegan Apple Crumb Pie is warm, cozy, and perfectly spiced! A crisp, buttery crust with a gooey apple inside, and a homemade crumble topping. Gluten & Oil-Free.

Whether you’re celebrating a holiday, hosting a dinner, or simply want to enjoy some dang good dessert, this Apple Crumble Pie is going to be your new go-to. I promise you, just give it a try and then come tell me that it hasn’t changed your life…

It’s beautifully layered so that each element brings a different taste and texture. A buttery, flaky crust, topped with a warm and gooey spiced apple center, and finished with an oat and nut butter crumble that is to die for. I know, I know, and all of this, from start to finish, takes less than 45 minutes!

slice of vegan apple crumb pie topped with melty vanilla ice cream next to pie dish and fresh apples

INGREDIENTS FOR VEGAN APPLE CRUMB PIE

ingredients for apple crumble pie arranged in pie crust on marble background

This Vegan Apple Crumb Pie is made from 3 simple layers — the base, the filling, and the crumble on top. As intimidating as “3-layer” might sound, each element comes together in no time, using just a few pantry-friendly ingredients. 

  • THE BASE: I used my easy 3 ingredient pie crust, but you can use store-bought pie crust or make your own favorite recipe as well!
  • THE FILLING: Sliced apples get tossed in warming spices, lemon juice, and just a touch of maple syrup for a barely-sweetened, cozy center. Arrowroot powder also helps to thicken things up and ensure our pie comes out firm and not soggy. 
  • THE CRUMBLE: Nutty oats, buttery almond flour, and arrowroot powder come together with rich, creamy almond butter and a touch of maple syrup to create an irresistible, crunchy topping! 

HOW TO MAKE VEGAN APPLE CRUMB PIE

bowl of apples tossed in spice mix next to photo of apple crumble pie before baking

Those perfect layers we talked about? Turns out they’re really easy to assemble. Let’s break it down:  

  1.  Make the pie crust and place it into the pie dish, pressing it into the pan to hold its shape.
  2. Whisk the lemon juice, maple syrup, arrowroot powder, and all of your spices in a bowl until evenly combined. 
  3. Slice your apples. I recommend slicing the apples relatively thin using a mandoline – that way every piece will be uniform in thickness and cook evenly in the oven.
  4. Add the apples to the bowl and toss until they are coated in the liquid and spice mixture. Transfer the coated apples into the pie dish and use your hands to carefully spread them out over the pie crust, ensuring they are tightly-packed.
  5. In a bowl, whisk together the oats, almond flour, arrowroot powder, baking powder, cinnamon, and salt, then pour in the maple syrup and nut butter. Use a spatula to mix everything until a slightly sticky dough ball forms. 
  6. Crumble the ball into an even layer of small pieces over the pie. 
  7. Bake until the crumble turns golden brown. Serve fresh out of the oven, or let cool before enjoying! 

baked apple crumble pie next to rolling pin, fresh apples, and slice of pie on small plate topped with ice cream

Who doesn’t love pie?! I can’t think of one person. It’s one of those desserts that has the perfect assembly of textures and flavors that make it so dang delicious! The crisp, flaky crust cradling a warm, gooey center is simply perfect for any time of year, but there’s something especially cozy and festive about it during the colder months leading up to the holidays. 

I like to serve myself a slice of this pie when it’s fresh out of the oven, but it’s also delicious room-temp. I always top mine with a generous scoop of vanilla dairy-free ice-cream (????) but it’s also great alone, or with a warm cup of coffee or tea. Store any leftovers at room temperature for up to 5 days. 

side shot of slice of apple crumb pie topped with vanilla ice cream

If you’re looking for more cozy pie recipes for the holiday season, you’ll also love this Vegan Pecan Pie, this Pecan & Pumpkin Custard Pie, and this Chocolate Hazelnut Pudding Pie!

Finally, if you make this recipe and decide to share it on Facebook or Instagram, don’t forget to tag me @FromMyBowl + #FromMyBowl! I love seeing your delicious recreations 🙂

 

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Vegan Apple Crumb Pie

This Vegan Apple Crumb Pie is warm, cozy, and perfectly spiced! A crisp, buttery crust with a gooey apple filling, and a homemade crumble topping. Gluten & Oil-Free.

  • Author: Caitlin Shoemaker
  • Prep Time: 15 Minutes
  • Cook Time: 28 Minutes
  • Total Time: 43 minutes
  • Yield: Serves 6 to 8 1x
  • Category: Dessert
  • Method: Oven
  • Cuisine: American
  • Diet: Vegan

Ingredients

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For the Pie Crust*: 

  • 2 flax “eggs” (2 tbsp ground flax + 5 tbsp water)
  • 1 1/4 cup blanched almond flour
  • 1/3 cup arrowroot powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon sea salt

For the Filling:

  • Juice of 1 small lemon (2 to 3 tablespoons)
  • 2 tablespoons grade A maple syrup
  • 2 tablespoons arrowroot powder
  • 2 teaspoons cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cardamom
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1/4 teaspoon sea salt
  • 23 medium to large apples*, thinly sliced

For the Crumble:

  • 3/4 cup rolled oats
  • 1/3 cup blanched almond flour
  • 2 tablespoons arrowroot powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon sea salt
  • 1/4 cup runny nut or seed butter (I used almond)
  • 3 tablespoons grade A maple syrup

Instructions

  1. Prep: Preheat the oven to 350F and set a pie or tart tin aside.
  2. Make the Pie Crust: prepare the flax “eggs” and let sit for at least 5 minutes; In the meantime, whisk the almond flour, arrowroot powder, and salt together in a medium bowl until well combined. Add the thickened flax to the bowl and mix with a spatula, eventually switching to your hands to form a dough “ball.” Place the dough between two large sheets of parchment paper, and use a rolling pin to create a thin circle, wide enough to cover the base and sides of your pie tin. Remove one sheet of parchment paper and “flip” the crust into your pie dish; remove the top layer of parchment paper, then press the dough along the base and up the sides of the pie dish. Use a fork to create a few venting holes on the bottom and sides of the dish; Set aside.
  3. Apple Filling: Whisk the lemon juice, maple syrup, arrowroot powder, cinnamon, ginger, cardamom, nutmeg, and salt together in a large bowl until evenly combined. Thinly slice your apples using either a knife or mandoline (I recommend the latter) – I did not peel my apples, but you can if you’d like. Add the apples to the bowl with the spices and toss until the apples are coated. Transfer this mixture to the pie dish, then use your hands to spread the apples out evenly and make sure they are packed tightly.
  4. Top with Crumble: Whisk the oats, almond flour, arrowroot powder, baking powder, cinnamon, and salt together in a bowl, until evenly distributed. Pour in the maple syrup and nut butter, then use a spatula to mix until a slightly sticky dough ball forms. Use your hands to crumble this ball evenly over the pie, aiming for smaller pieces vs. large clumps.
  5. Bake: Place in the middle rack of the oven and bake for 28-30 minutes, until the crumble turns golden brown. Remove from the oven and serve warm, or let cool before serving. Serve as desired; leftovers will keep at room temperature for up to 5 days.

Notes

  • Pie Crust: if desired, you may use a store-bought pie crust or another pie crust recipe of your choosing.
  • Substitutions: I have not tested this recipe with any substitutions for almond flour. Arrowroot powder can be swapped with tapioca starch/flour. Maple syrup can be replaced with agave or another liquid sweetener. If you have a pre-mixed apple pie spice, use 1 tablespoon of that instead of all of the listed spices for the apple filling.
  • Apples: I used 1 granny smith and 2 small honeycrisp apples for this recipe; you can use whatever variety you’d like, but I recommend doing 1 sweet and 1 that has more of a “sour” flavor for a more balanced flavor. If you prefer your pie on the sweeter side, though, use 2 sweet apples.

Keywords: healthy apple pie, healthy apple crumble pie, gluten free apple crumb pie, vegan crumb pie, vegan apple pie, vegan apple tart

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Hey there, I’m Caitlin! I make easy-to-follow, wholesome, and budget-friendly vegan recipes that are mostly gluten-free and refined sugar-free. I’m also an avid yogi, love the great outdoors, am chocolate-obsessed, and enjoy eating almond butter straight off of the spoon.

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  1. I come from the “school of, if you don’t have it, what else DO you have!” I was out of arrowroot and tapioca, so I used cornstarch. Had no real maple syrup so used honey. Didn’t have nut butter except peanut which sounded like it would taste strange so I used plant based margarine. Guess what! The pie turned out terrific. I also added some white sugar to the crust and cut down on the honey in the crumble. So, I would say that this recipe is really fool-proof.
    There are other almond crusts that have oil, but I like the idea that this one is oil free.It rolled out so easily too.
    I’m anxious to try more of your recipe ideas.

    1. It’s great to know that the recipe worked out with all of the substitutions, I appreciate your inventiveness!

  2. I recently outgrew my almond allergy and one of the things I’ve been most excited to try is your 3-ingredient almond flour pie crust. It did not disappoint! I used tapioca starch because that’s what I had on hand. I can’t wait to try the other recipes you use the pie crust for. Thank you so much Caitlin!

    1. Happy you outgrew the allergy and are now able to enjoy recipes with Almond. Glad you liked this one. Thank you, Amanda! ♥

  3. Great crumble! I made mine without the crust, just apples and crumble topping, and baked for 45 minutes until bubbling at the edges. Very tasty fall treat.

  4. This tasted delicious! I added some brown sugar to the filling mixture for some more sweetness.

  5. Mine is currently in the oven and it smells sooo delicious ahh can’t way to try it!! Thank you for sharing the recipie!

    1. Hey there! We have not tested this recipe with any substitutions for almond flour. Oat flour may work but ratios may need to be adjusted as you go, check the consistency.

  6. Hi Caitlin,

    This recipe looks great! I’d like to try it for Thanksgiving, but I don’t have arrowroot powder. Is there a substitute you would recommend? Would cornstarch be okay since I’m not GF?

    Thanks!

    1. Not sure for cornstarch specifically but we do know that Arrowroot powder can be swapped with tapioca starch/flour.

      1. I made this today and it is incredible!!! I had to come and comment as soon as I finished enjoying this to let everyone know just how good it is. I cant believe how wholesome this recipie is and still tastes amazing. I substituted tapioca starch for arrowroot as that’s what I had. Next time I may cut the apples in half as we had a hard time cutting through the pie piece while eating it, or it may have just been that we were trying to devour it too fast.

        Well done, Caitlin! I’ve tried many of your recipies and think they are so talented. You always deliver on super healthy, easy and delicious recipies. Thank you!