Apple pie is my very favorite pie and I’m telling you now, this gluten free apple pie recipe is the BEST! It’s full of sweet syrupy cinnamon apples all wrapped up in a flaky golden crust. The apples are cooked to perfection – soft and sweet but never mushy – and the sauce is perfectly spiced and sweet but never runny. Top it all off with some dairy-free vanilla cream or piles of coconut whipped cream.
This apple pie is simple to make. It’s a great beginner pie if you have never made a pie before. It doesn’t need any pre-cooking like some pies do! Even if you are an advanced pie baker, this recipe is for you. Classic American apple pie is always a crowd pleaser.
As with all of my recipes, this pie recipe is free from wheat, gluten, eggs, and dairy, and is top 8 allergen free. This apple pie is a great choice for anyone with food allergies or intolerances or that needs a great vegan pie recipe.
This Gluten Free Apple Pie Recipe Is Perfect For:
- A 4th of July BBQ
- A cozy November Thanksgiving dinner
- A Christmas Eve party
- Birthdays and family gatherings
- Any pie craving you ever have. For real.
The Best Apple Pie Starts Off With a Great Crust
Pie has always been my favorite special dessert (Chocolate Chip Cookies are my favorite every day dessert). My mom taught be to bake pie when I was probably somewhere around 9 or 10. In fact, I think apple pie is probably the first pie we ever made together.
My mom taught me to make homemade pie crust, how to roll it out, and make delicious pie fillings anywhere from apple, cherry, and rhubarb, to pumpkin and pecan. We were a pie family, not so much a cake family. Although now I can appreciate a good cake too, like German Chocolate Cake.
This gluten free apple pie recipe starts out the right way – with a delicious homemade pie crust, using this recipe. It’s flaky and buttery and has great flavor, unlike some gluten free pie crusts! I think the greatest pies always start off with a homemade crust. However, if you are short on time you can buy a gluten-free pie crust at the store.
As for the apples, my mom taught me that using a variety of apples gives the best flavor! And she was totally right. After all my years of baking apple pies, I can say using a few different kinds of apples in the pie always yields the best results. Using a variety of apples gives a greater depth of flavor. You can find my apple suggestions below.
What You Need for This Gluten Free Apple Pie Recipe
- Pie plate: You can use a regular pie plate or a deep dish pie plate. I typically prefer a deep dish for apple pie and a regular for pies like Coconut Banana Cream.
- Rolling pin: To roll out your pie crust.
- Peeler: A good quality peeler makes all the difference!
- Sharp knife: Alternatively you can use an apple slicer. You will still need to slice them smaller but you can get away with a smaller knife this way.
- Large mixing bowl
Ingredients Needed for Gluten Free Apple Pie Recipe
For the Crust
- Gluten free flour: Your favorite all purpose cup-for-cup blend.
- Plant butter: I like the avocado oil kind but use whatever you prefer!
- Cold water: You want ice cold water! It’s essential to a perfectly flaky gluten free crust.
Alternatively you can use store bought gluten free crusts. You’ll need two unbaked 9-inch crusts.
For the Apple Filling
- 8 cups peeled and sliced apples: This usually works out to be around 10 apples. See below for apple suggestions.
- Gluten-free flour: Again, just your favorite all purpose blend.
- Spices: You’ll need cinnamon, nutmeg, and a dash of allspice.
What Is the Best Kind of Apple for Apple Pie?
I love using a variety of apples in my apple pie. I will usually pick 3 different kinds of apples to use all in one pie. Using a few different kinds of apples in the pie gives it amazing flavor.
These are my favorite kinds of apples to use in apple pie:
- Honey Crisp: These apples are my favorite apples for pie – and for snacking! They are sweet and firm so they provide a great flavor without getting mushy! However, they din’t give off much juice when baked and I like my pie a little syrupy so I always pair them with another apple as well. Feel free to use all Honey Crisp apples if you don’t want as much syrup in your filling.
- Pink Lady: These are another great option! Pink Lady apples are the perfect combination of sweet and tart. They make an excellent choice for a perfectly tasty pie.
- Jazz: The Jazz variety is another great choice for great flavor. They aren’t too sweet and they aren’t too tart.
- Jonagold: These apples are a little more tart than some of the other apples but they are still sweet enough for pie! I think Jonagold apples pair really well with some of the sweet apples on this list.
- Braeburn: Another delicious flavored apple that is a good blend between sweet and tart. Like Honey Crisp apples, they don’t give off much juice during baking.
- Gala: While Gala apples aren’t my favorite apple for snacking they are one of my favorites for baking! Gala apples almost always make their way into my apple pies. They are are on the sweeter side and they bake very well. They give off a little more juice than Honey Crisp and Braeburn so they make a great syrup but without being runny.
All these apples are great choices for pie! I try to go for a variety of flavors – some sweet, some a tad tart, and some in-between. I also try to choose some apples that create more juice while baking without being mushy (like Gala) and some that don’t so the pie doesn’t end up mushy or runny.
Many people like Granny Smith apples in pie as well, and occasionally I will use them, but I prefer sweeter apples in pie. They hold up great in pies though so if you don’t mind a little tartness in your pie feel free to use Granny Smith apples!
How to Make Apple Pie
- Make your crusts and roll the out. Place one of the crusts inside the pie plate. The other one will be the top crust – save it for the end.
- Wash and peel your apples. Slice them into thin slices.
- Mix together the gluten-free flour, sugar, and spices in a large mixing bowl. Add the apple slices to the bowl and stir until the apples are completely and evenly coated.
- Pour the apple slices into the bottom crust. Spread them out evenly. Place the top crust on top and seal the edges, trimming off any excess dough. Cut a few vents in the center of the top crust. Alternatively you can do a lattice pie crust as in the pictures.
- To prevent the pie from browning, cut pieces of foil and wrap them around the outer edges of the pie.
- Bake for about an hour to an hour and 15 minutes or until the crust is golden brown in color and juice is bubbling through the top crust vents or lattice.
More Tips of Success
- Cover the edges of the crust with foil from the beginning. The edges of the crust can brown very quickly. Cover the whole pie if the top center part of the crust is starting to brown too much as well.
- Let the pie cool completely before cutting into it. This is key if you don’t want a runny pie! Letting the pie cool completely to room temperature gives the juices time to thicken up.
The Best Gluten Free Apple Pie Recipe
- Prep Time: 30 minutes
- Cook Time: 60-75 minutes
- Total Time: 51 minute
- Yield: 8 1x
- Category: Dessert
- Cuisine: American
- Diet: Gluten Free
- 2 unbaked gluten-free pie crusts
- 8 cups peeled and sliced apples, about 10 apples
- 1/2 cup brown sugar
- 1/2 cup white sugar
- 1/3 cup gluten-free all purpose flour blend
- 1 tsp cinnamon
- 3/4 tsp nutmeg
- 1/4 tsp allspice
- Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
- Roll our your pie crusts. Place one pie crust in the bottom of a deep dish pie plate. Reserve the other crust for the top.
- Mix together the sugars, flour, and spices. Stir in the apples. Mix until the apples are completely coated in the sugar mixture.
- Turn the apples into the pastry-lined pie plate. Cover the apples with the top crust. Seal the edges and cover with foil to prevent browning.
- Cut slits in the center of the top crust. Bake until the crust is golden brown and juice bubbles through the slits in the crust, about 60-75 minutes.
- Serving Size: 1/8th of recipe
- Calories: 438 calories
- Sugar: 40 grams
- Fat: 15 grams
- Carbohydrates: 76 grams
- Protein: 2.5 grams
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