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Simple homemade apple pie recipe (gluten-free, vegan, Paleo & AIP-friendly)


Simple homemade Apple Pie Recipe (gluten-free, vegan, paleo & AIP-friendly)Riding on the success of the pumpkin pie recipe, it seemed natural to branch out and expand the pie repertoire with a simple homemade apple pie recipe that is suitable for people who have multiple food allergies, sensitivities or intolerances. This apple pie recipe is gluten-free, grain-free, paleo and autoimmune-paleo (AIP) friendly, and includes vegan options as well. The best part is, you can even get away with serving this to people who don’t have multiple food issues and they likely won’t notice that it’s missing things like eggs, dairy or nuts, since it still tastes like an apple pie should!

One note though, because the dough for the crust lacks eggs and regular flour, it isn’t as easy to work with as a regular dough, so I went with making mini-pies to avoid the frustration of having the dough rip. The dough holds well enough for mini pie plates, but you may find that you’ll need to patch it if you do the same recipe for a regular sized pie. I do love these non-stick mini pie plates though, since the pies come out so easily. For the test recipe, I’ve made the top crust using a small, scalloped cookie cutter, but you could roll out a simple top crust that covers the entire pie. Just make sure to slit some vent holes to allow the steam to escape.

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Gluten-free Apple Pie (egg-free, dairy-free, nut-free, vegan and paleo)

Rating: 51

Prep Time: 30 minutes

Cook Time: 25 minutes

Total Time: 55 minutes

Yield: 3 mini pies

Serving Size: 1 mini pie

Gluten-free Apple Pie (egg-free, dairy-free, nut-free, vegan and paleo)


    For the grain-free, gluten-free, nut-free crust
  • 3/4 cup tapioca flour
  • 3/4 cup coconut flour
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 1/4 tsp sea salt
  • 6 tbsp coconut oil
  • 6 tbs maple syrup
  • 1-1/4 cup chopped apples in 3/8" cubes (about 1.5 apples worth)
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract
  • For the apple pie filling
  • 3 cups chopped apples in 3/8" cubes (about 2.5 apples worth)
  • 3/4 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp allspice (optional)
  • 3 tbsp maple syrup


    For the crust:
  1. Preheat the oven to 350 F.
  2. In a medium bowl, mix the dry ingredients (tapioca flour, coconut flour and sea salt).
  3. Microwave (or heat in a small pot) the 1-1/4 cup of apples until softened. (This should be about a minute in the microwave, or a few minutes on the stove top).
  4. In a small bowl, mix the softened apples, water, melted coconut oil, maple syrup, and blend together with an immersion blender.
  5. Add the contents of the small bowl into the medium bowl containing the dry ingredients, and mix together until you form a workable dough. (If the dough is too dry you can add 1tbsp of water at a time until it is workable.)
  6. Divide the dough in sixths and roll it between two sheets of parchment paper until it is about 1/4" thick. Press this flattened dough into a mini pie pan (trim excess) and repeat for the bottom crusts in the other pie pans.
  7. For the apple pie filling:
  8. In a small saucepan, heat the 3 cups of chopped apples, cinnamon, allspice and maple syrup on low heat for about five minutes, until the apples are softened.
  9. Add the filling to your bottom crusts.
  10. Roll out your pie crust between two sheets of parchment paper for your top crust. You can cut your crust with small decorative cookie cutters (as shown), or roll out a flat top crust. Slit several steam vents in the top crust, if you choose to do the latter.
  11. Bake the pies for 22-25 minutes.
  12. Allow pies to cool before removing from pie pans. Enjoy!

simple homemade apple pie recipe

Vivian is the founder of the Real Food Guide and a Registered Holistic Nutritionist (RHN) who believes that each individual needs to go on their own Real Food Journey to find what works. While she herself eats a diet of real food (aka a paleo diet), some people may find that they can flourish on a vegetarian diet instead. However, universal to optimal health and well-being is good quality, nutrient-dense, Real Food.

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December 30 |

25 thoughts on “Simple homemade apple pie recipe (gluten-free, vegan, Paleo & AIP-friendly)

  1. Erin says:

    Such a sweet little pie! I wonder if it’d work well in a mini cast iron cocotte? Definitely something to try :) Thanks for the recipe!

  2. Another winner, Vivian! It was a reader favorite at the AIP Recipe Roundtable, so I’m featuring it this week. Thanks so much for linking up!

  3. Karen says:

    This looks so good! Could I do a single regular-sized pie? I don’t have any mini plates. Conversely, do you think this could work in a muffin tray (ignoring the extra effort that would be needed). Thanks!

    • Other people have tried the pumpkin pie recipe as full-sized pies, so I don’t see why this wouldn’t work as a regular-sized pie. (The only caveat is that this dough is finicky, and falls apart easily, so you may need to patch areas, but it should work). I don’t see why the muffin tins wouldn’t work, as long as you don’t mind the higher crust to filling ratio. Let me know what you try and how it works out.

  4. Wini says:

    Love this and can’t wait to try it. Unable to have tapioca as I’m on the Gaps diet but going to substitute it with almond flour.

    • Let me know how the almond flour works for you, as there may be others who can do almond flour but not tapioca.

    • Kirsten says:

      A better substitute is Arrowroot flour. It’s pretty much interchangeable with tapioca flour. I’m sensitive to tapioca as well, which is sad because I love tapioca pudding, lol

      Anyway, this pie looks awesome, and I just picked a whole box of honeycrisp apples that I need to do something with!

  5. Lisa says:

    The recipe for the crust mentions water but in the ingredient list there is no water. Of course I am in the middle of making this and just discovering that! :) How much water do we add? Thanks!

  6. Lisa says:

    Thanks! I winged it and it was wonderful!!!

  7. Laura says:

    I just wanted to thank you for this awesome recipe. My daughter is allergic to eggs and nuts. I was so excited to see this recipe. She specifically requested apple pie for Thanksgiving and we did a test run tonight. It was amazing. Thank you again.

  8. Julie says:

    Uh, not technically nut free. Sad. I got really excited when I found the recipe. Looks awesome! AIP w/o coconut is a pain in the ass!

    • Coconut is not a nut, but a drupe – that is, a hard stony covert enclosing the seed. It’s usually safe for those with tree nut allergies because cross reactivity with tree nuts is rare (source). Coconut is also allowed on AIP (source). So yes, I stand by classifying this recipe as nut-free, however much it may not be safe for you. Sorry.

    • Cecilia says:

      You are not alone!:(

  9. Michelle says:

    I made these last night and substituted the tapioca with arrowroot. They turned out great! thanks!

  10. Karen says:

    This looks absolutely wonderful. I am not egg-free so I am going to add an egg to the recipe because I am going to make one big pie and I think it may hold together better. I will let you know how it turns out in case there are others out there that haven’t given up eggs (paleo). Thanks for this recipe!!

    • Karen says:

      OMG! This turned out a lot better than I thought it would. I made a double batch because you don’t really state in your recipe if one batch will make a whole pie (not sure the equivalent of three small pies). I added 2 eggs in with the wet ingredients but then found I had to add more coconut flour because the dough was way too moist to even think about rolling out. I don’t know if I ended up with the same consistency as you do, Vivian (it would be nice to see a pic or video of this), but I used my best judgement. As for getting the dough in the pie plate, I just plopped the dough into my slightly buttered pie pan and used my fingers and the heel of my palm to push it into place. I pre-cooked the dough in the pie plate for 10 minutes at 350* because it still seemed too moist. The apple mixture that went into the filling seemed too moist, also, so I added coconut flour to that until the maple syrup mixture was gooey. I baked the whole thing with the pie crust topping for 20 minutes at 350* but it didn’t seem done so I kicked the temp up to 375* and cooked for about another 15 minutes. Because of all the variation to your recipe, I wasn’t holding out much hope for success. BUT! OMG! I had to have two pieces – I couldn’t stop at one. Kudos for this recipe. I will use it over and over.

  11. Alison says:

    Is the maple syrup suppose to be teaspoons? I made the recipe and the dough was not solid enough to roll. I added some more of the 2 flours and it tasted fine, we will see how they come out of the oven!

  12. Kieren says:

    Thank you!! This is my tenth day on strict AIP and this is the first/only successful thing I’ve been able to bake. It was great! (I subbed arrowroot for tapioca.)

  13. Sandra McGrandle says:

    Hi, I have a few questions about making this as a whole pie without eggs. I saw that Karen commented about adding eggs and more coconut flour and making a whole pie with no problem. However, our daughter has to be egg free so this isn’t an option for us. I wondered if adding flax or chia goo would help the consistency (chia goo is our usual egg sub for baking). I also wondered if cassava flour might be a good addition. I’m not an experienced pie maker at all (usually do cakes) but hubby has requested apple pie for Thanksgiving so I wanted to find a recipe that would work for our family.

  14. amy says:

    omg thank you so much. i have so many food sensitivities and intolerences that finding a pie crust recipe seemed impossible. i know all sorts of substitutions…but never know if it is going to turn out well. i will have to try my hand at this this Thanksgiving…and being that it is egg free if my nephew wants some he can eat it too! (always exciting for me)

  15. maria says:

    Hi is it possible to substitute the coconut oil with olive oil? (1:1 substitution?)
    Coconut oil makes me break out. Thanks!

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