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Aunt Betty’s Vegan Apple Pie

{Vegan} Apple Pie is the quintessential all American comfort food. It's hard to beat a buttery, flakey crust, soft cinnamon flavored apples, and a big scoop of vanilla ice cream!
Prep Time25 mins
Cook Time50 mins
Total Time1 hr 15 mins
Course: Pie
Cuisine: American
Servings: 8 -12 slices
Author: Sarah De la Cruz



  • 2 1/4 cups flour I use all purpose
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 2 Tablespoons granulated sugar
  • 3/4 cup + 2 Tablespoons shortening I use Earth Balance, cut into small cubes
  • 1/3 cup cold water


  • 6 cups peeled and diced cooking apples I like Fuji or Gala
  • 1/4 cup flour I use all purpose
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 Tablespoon of lemon juice apple cider vinegar works too

French Crumb Topping

  • 1 cup flour I use all purpose
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/2 cup vegan butter cubed (I use Earth Balance)


For the crust:

  • In the food processor, fitted with the pastry blade, mix flour, salt, and sugar in a bowl (alternately, this can be done by hand).
  • Add the shortening. Pulse until in becomes crumbly.
  • Add the water and pulse until it becomes a cohesive dough (you want to do this as quickly as you can, with minimal processing).
  • Cover with plastic and put in the fridge while you work on the filling.

For the filling:

  • Preheat oven to 450°.
  • Combine the apples, flour, sugar, cinnamon, and lemon juice.
  • Roll out the now chilled dough. I use a baking mat with flour to prevent it from sticking. Roll out the dough to be about the size of your pie plate, with about 1" overlap.
  • Carefully lift the rolled out crust into the pie plate.
  • Fold over the excess dough and pinch around the outside of the dough to make a crimped decorative crust.
  • Fill the crust with the apple filling

For the crumb topping:

  • Combine flour, sugars, and salt into a bowl.
  • Add the cubed butter and mix with your fingers until it resembles coarse crumbs.
  • Sprinkle over the apples. There will be plenty of crumb topping—use your hands to lightly pack it down.
  • Bake in the pre-heated oven for 10 minutes
  • Reduce the temperature to 400°.
  • Bake for 40 minutes more.
  • Remove from oven and allow to cool and let the juices from the apples set before cutting.
  • Serve with vanilla ice cream!