Vegan apple crumble pie with a crunchy golden oat crumble. Easy to assemble, no weird ingredients and perfect for a cozy day!
This vegan apple crumble pie is:
- easier to make than your normal vegan apple pie
- perfect as an Autumn or Fall dessert
- like a warm hug from your insides!
Normally, the hardest thing about making a pie is the pastry. However, with this recipe we're covering all the pastry with apples then topping it with a delicious crumble! If it's messy, it doesn't matter. The effort to reward ratio is in your favour :).
Key ingredients for the vegan apple pie
You'll need pretty basic ingredients including:
- Vegan butter or margarine
- Regular, brown and/or coconut sugar.
- Green or red apples or both
- Cinnamon and other spices if desired
- Corn flour/starch
If you're in a rush, use store-bought shortcrust pastry which is vegan-friendly. Most supermarket shortcrust pastry are accidentally vegan as they use vegetable shortening rather than butter.
And that's it! It really is 'easy as apple pie'.
How to make the pastry and apple filling
To make the pastry, simply add all ingredients to a food processor and pulse until combined. If you used vegan margarine spread like me, you may need to add a little more flour. If your pastry is very soft, chill it in the fridge until it's firm enough to be rolled out.
Some of the pastry is reserved for the crumble topping which makes this pie effortless :).
For the apple filling, simply add all ingredients to a bowl and toss until combined. It doesn't need to be pre-cooked!
How to make the EASY crumble
The easiest way to make the crumble is just to use (and crumble) the leftover pastry made in the previous step.
However, to make your crumble to the next level, you can add oats, chopped pecans or almonds! I also added a little more sugar to help further caramelise the crumble :).
Assembling the vegan apple pie
Liberally grease your pie dish or tart tin. I used the little parchment paper that came with my vegan butter to grease my pie dish.
On a floured surface, roll out your pastry so it's a little bigger than your pie dish. The easiest way to transfer your pastry to your pie dish is to gently collect or roll it around your rolling pin. Place the rolling pin on top of your pie dish then unroll the pastry! The pictures below show how I did it.
Trim off your excess pastry using a knife or scissors. Don't throw away the excess as we'll be using it for the crumble! You can leave your pie edge as is or crimp it. This Youtube video is a good guide on how to crimp the edges!
Then prick the bottom with a fork. This allows any excess air to escape when we bake it!
The pie crust does NOT need to be blind-baked. It stays crisp even with the apple filling :).
I PILED my pie with apples. They will shrink from baking so I wanted to make sure my vegan apple pie was completely full. Then sprinkle your crumble on top :).
Serving your vegan apple pie
I served my pie with thick dollop cream, ice cream and maple syrup. The pie is best served warm or hot!
If you don't eat the pie all in one go, leftovers keep very well in the fridge. Simply reheat it in the oven at a lower temperature until the filling is hot!
See my other vegan Autumn/Fall dessert recipes:
- Vegan Pumpkin Cheesecake (baked)
- Vegan Pumpkin Coffee Cake
- Pumpkin Chai Donuts
- Sweet Potato and Cinnamon Bundt Cake
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Easy Apple Crumble Pie
- ~4 (720g) cored apples, sliced thinly*
- 3 tbsp (20g) corn flour
- 1 lemon juice and zest
- ½ cup (95g) brown sugar
- 1 tbsp cinnamon
- 1 tsp nutmeg
- Pinch of salt
- ½ cup (60g) rolled oats, (optional) and/or
- ½ cup (50g) pecans or flaked almonds, (optional)
- 2 tbsp (20g) brown sugar
- Preheat oven to 180°C (350°F). Grease a 23 cm (9 inch) pie dish.
- Mix all the pastry ingredients in a medium size bowl or food processor. If the mixture is too crumbly, add some extra water and mix until it becomes a pliable dough. If the mixture is too wet, add a little more flour and mix again. Set aside ⅓ of the dough.
- On a floured surface, roll out the pastry into a thin circle about 5 mm (¼ inch) thick. Transfer the pastry to your pie dish and press it against the base and sides to form a crust.
- Trim off the excess pastry and crimp the edges if desired. Prick the bottom with a fork to let hot air escape when baking.
- Toss all ingredients in a bowl until combined. Scoop the mixture into the pie dish and set aside.
- Add the oats (and nuts if using) and additional sugar to the reserved pastry. Rub with your fingers to create a crumble. Sprinkle the mixture on top of your apples.
- Bake the pie in the oven for 40-50 minutes or until the apples are tender and pastry is golden brown.
- Serve with a few dollops of cream or ice cream. Enjoy!
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