This deep dish Vegan Apple Pie recipe combines the best flaky pie crust with generous layers of sweet, tender baked apples. It’s a classic vegan pie with a saucy, homemade apple pie filling. See my tips for making easy apple slices and lattice tips.
It’s a tradition in our family to have apple pie at our family dinners, especially Thanksgiving. So, one day I realized I could be the one making that pie. And, of course, I would be making my apple pie vegan. It’s just what I do!
Easy Vegan Apple Pie
Is it possible to make vegan apple pies? Well, actually, yes it is. And this one is more than that, it’s a beautiful, latticed-topped deep-dish apple pie. The apple pie is the motherland of desserts and I feel so satisfied with this one.
For me, the higher the layers, the better. I like biting into a slice with a nice, flaky crust, and lots of apples.
Why This Recipe is a Winner
- Using a variety of apples blends together different textures and both sweet and tart flavors
- Arranging apple slices in layers avoids large gaps in the filling, allowing it to cook more evenly
- Lemon juice added to the filling brightens the flavor and cuts the sweetness, while tenderizing the fruit and encouraging it to release its juices.
What You Need
You can find the full printable recipe, including ingredient quantities, below. But first, here are some explanations of ingredients and steps to help you make this recipe perfect every time.
Here are the ingredients you’ll need for this recipe:
- Pie Crust — I use my vegan pie crust recipe which makes a double crust. You’ll use both for this recipe.
- Apple slices — Here’s a guide on the best apples for apple pie, along with a visual guide on how to prepare them.
- Flour — I recommend all-purpose flour
- Lemon — You’ll need one lemon, and we’ll be using both the zest and the juice from it.
- Ground cinnamon
- Pumpkin pie spice — I love this combination of spices. If you don’t have any on hand, make your own pumpkin pie spice
- Vegan creamer — I prefer to use a soy-based creamer for my vegan egg wash.
- Agave nectar — Most syrup sweeteners will do here, whether it’s agave, maple syrup, or even corn syrup.
Many store-bought pie crusts are made with lard. That’s another reason I recommend my homemade vegan pie crust recipe — besides the fact that it creates the ultimate flaky pie crust.
How to Make Vegan Apple Pie From Scratch
Here are the steps you’ll follow to make the best vegan apple pie ever:
- Roll Bottom Crust. Roll out the bottom pie crust to about 12″ in diameter. Place it in your pie pan and tuck in the dough so it fills the pan. Refrigerate while you make the filling.
- Prepare the Apples. Peel, core, and slice the apples until they measure 11 cups. Stir in the lemon juice and lemon zest.
- Make the filling by combining the rest of the filling ingredients. Add this to the apples, and gently toss to coat.
- Arrange Filling in the Pie Crust. Lay the apple slices flat along the bottom of the pie crust, filling in any gaps. Add another layer, followed by another, etc. It may seem like there are too many apples, but keep adding layers, filling up blank spaces wherever you can.
- Pie Topping. See my tips below for creating a lattice topping for your pie. Or, you can lay the top layer flat on the pie and use a knife to cut some slits to make vents.
- Crimp the Pie Edges. Roll the edges of the bottom crust up and over the strips, incorporating them into one thick edge. Then use your fingers to flute the edges of the pie.
- Brush with Vegan Egg Wash. Make the vegan egg wash and use a pastry brush to brush it along the top and edges of the pie.
- Bake the pie at a high temperature for about 20 minutes to get the crust set. Then add a pie shield (to prevent the edges from burning), lower the heat, and bake for another 30 minutes.
For a vegan gluten-free apple pie, use a gluten-free pie crust and use gluten-free flour for the filling.
Resting the Pie
Although it’s tempting to dive right in, there is residual baking that happens after an apple pie is removed from the oven and you don’t want to disturb this process.
I like to allow the pie to rest for 2 to 3 hours. This accommodates the residual baking and allows the filling to set. You can either serve the pie after this time or store it for serving later.
How Do You Prepare Apples for Pie?
Follow these steps to prepare your apples for apple pie:
- Cut off Stems — Cut a thin slice off the stem end, creating a flat edge.
- Peel the Apple — That flat edge helps your peeler grab hold, so use a peeler and peel down, away from the cut flat edge.
- Remove the Core — Cut the apple in half and use a melon baller to cut a little circle to remove the core and any stem parts at the top.
- Slice Apples — Slice the remaining apple vertically in thin slices, about 1/4″ each.
- Drizzle — Immediately drizzle cut apples with lemon juice to keep them from turning brown as you cut the remaining apples.
Want a deep dive about preparing apples for apple pie? Here’s everything you need to create the best apples for apple pie along with a tutorial for preparing and slicing apples.
How to Make a Lattice Topping
To make the lattice topping, roll out the second disk of pie dough into a 12″ diameter circle. Use a pizza cutter to cut it into 12 slices, roughly 1″ each. A ruler can help keep the slices equal in size.
A Strips. Place 6 strips of the dough across the pie, equally spaced apart. We’ll call those the A strips.
B Strips. Let’s call the remaining strips of dough the B Strips. Pull back every other A Strip of dough and lay one of the B strips down. Pull the A strips back up, over the B strips. Now alternate and pull back the other A strips and add another B strip of dough. Pull those up over that strip. Continue with that process.
Here’s a great video showing how to lattice a pie.
Favorite Apple Pie Tips
- Use Apple Slices. Some vegan apple pie recipes call for chopped apples, but I prefer apple slices so they can be layered high.
- More is Better. You may wonder how you can get all the apple slices in the pie, but trust me, you can pack a lot of apples into this pie crust. You’ll be glad for this when you’re eating it!
- Add the Right Toppings: Top your vegan apple pie slices with some vegan ice cream or vegan whipped cream. I also recommend a drizzle of Vegan Caramel.
Sure, you can use a special deep-dish pie pan, but I just used a simple 9″ pyrex pie pan and it worked great!
Is Apple Pie Vegan?
It’s possible to find store-bought vegan apple pies these days. For example, the apple pie sold at Costco happens to be vegan. It all comes down to the crust. Because many store-bought pie crusts use lard, which is not vegan or vegetarian. So, read the ingredients and look for ingredients like lard, eggs, or dairy.
What Apples are Best for Apple Pie?
The secret to a perfect apple pie is to use a variety of apples. I like to use a combination of sweet and tart apples. Choose uniformly-sized apples that stay firm and crisp like tart Granny Smith, and combine it with a sweet Honey Crisp or Yellow Delicious that will get softer when baked.
More Vegan Pie Recipes
Sure, you love this deep-dish apple pie! So, of course, you will love these vegan pie recipes too:
Vegan Apple Pie
- 1 Foolproof Vegan Pie Crust
- 11 cups apple slices 6 – 7 apples are peeled, cored, and sliced into thin slices 1/4". See note
- ½ cup granulated sugar
- ¼ cup all-purpose flour
- 1 medium lemon, zested and juiced (should equal 2 tsp zest + 2 Tbsp juice)
- 1 ½ teaspoons ground cinnamon
- 1 ½ teaspoon pumpkin pie spice
- 2 tablespoons vegan creamer
- 1 teaspoon agave nectar
Vegan Pie Crust
- Follow the link above and prepare my vegan pie crust recipe through step 5.
Apple Pie Filling
- Add apple slices to a large bowl. Sprinkle with lemon zest and lemon juice. Toss to combine. (See post for peeling and coring tips)
- In a separate small bowl, combine the sugar, flour, and spices. Stir to combine. Sprinkle sugar mixture over apples and toss until all the apple slices are coated. Set aside for 5 to 10 minutes.
- Preheat oven to 400°F.
- While the apple filling sets, remove one of the chilled vegan pie dough disks from the fridge. Prepare to roll the dough by tearing off a long sheet of waxed paper and laying it on the counter, letting part of it hang over the edge of the counter. Place one of the pie dough discs on the waxed paper. Remove the plastic wrap. Top with another sheet of waxed paper. Lean up against the counter (so you're holding the bottom part of the waxed paper in place) and roll the dough. Turn it a quarter turn and roll again. Continue until the dough is roughly in the shape of a circle approximately 12" in diameter. Carefully transfer the rolled dough into a 9" pie pan. Position the dough carefully, smoothing it out so it fits snuggly against the pan (not pulling away in the bottoms). Use your fingers to position the apple slices across the bottom of the crust. Continue laying the slices flat in layers. Discard the juices at the bottom of the apple slices bowl.
- Remove the other chilled vegan pie dough disc from the fridge. Use the process above to roll the dough into a 12" circle. Use a pizza cutter or knife to cut it into 12 strips that are each 1" wide. Use these strips to create a lattice topping crust. (See post tips) Flute the pie crust edges to seal.
- Stir together the vegan creamer with agave nectar (or maple syrup). Lightly brush the top of the pie crust with the creamer wash.
- Place the pie on a baking sheet. Place this in the oven and bake for 20 minutes. Add a pie crust shield (to prevent the edges of the pie crust from getting too brown). Turn the oven temperature down to 375°F. Bake for an additional 35 minutes.
- Use oven mitts to remove the pie from the oven and set it aside to cool, for 2 to 3 hours. At this point, either cover and refrigerate or serve. To store, cover refrigerate for up to 5 days.
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