Ah – fall season. There is nothing better than these warm, golden days. The leaves turning all kinds of bright orange, yellow, and red. And apples 😍. Apples are so delicious – crunchy, sweet or slightly sour, juicy, and they go with all kinds of baking and recipes. They are one my favorite fruit to use this kind of the year and so, I felt the compelling need to bring you a new recipe: Gluten-free Apple Pie.
This gluten-free apple pie recipe is a great recipe to make for your Sunday baking or when you are having friends or family coming over. It is delicious, rather rustic (as you can see from the pics) has a slight crunch and is made with the most juiciest, delicious apple filling (of course!!). What kinds of flour do I use for this apple pie gluten-free crust? It is a mix of almond flour (because almonds and apples pair super well), corn flour (adds a bit of crunch which we want in this kind of crust), sorghum flour, and tapioca starch. It all is brought together by a little bit of sweetness in the form of coconut sugar, cinnamon, butter, an egg and some cold water.
Why do we need an egg in the mix? Because gluten-free apple pie crust (or really any gluten-free dish) does not contain “gluten”. This may be fairly obvious, but the absence of gluten means that it does not bind naturally, but rather needs an ingredient which binds it together. In this instance, this is the egg. By the way – if you are interested, I have an entire gluten-free guide where I go into more details about this and other tips of baking for free when you sign up to my newsletter here. Be sure to check your inbox (or potentially spam), because in Germany you need to opt in twice into the newsletter due to GDPR regulations.
Why is this Gluten-free Apple Pie good for you?
Sincerely, I rave about apples often (there are loads of recipes on the blog), but it bears repeating. They say an apple a day keeps the doctor away and there is something true in that. Apples are in season really from mid-July until early November. Each variety tends to be ripe at a slightly different stage. This makes September and October time perfect for apples! By now, you can also get the year-round though. They are high in Vitamin C, copper, and potassium. Apples are also high in an antioxidant called polyphenols (this is next to the vitamin C, which also acts as an antioxidant in the body).
The antioxidants found in apples, specifically, have been linked to a lower risk of heart disease by lowering your blood pressure, reducing your “bad” cholesterol levels, and reducing a potential build-up of plaque in your arteries. In addition, the fiber found in apples may also be beneficial for your heart health, as well as your overall health. This type of dietary fiber, called pectin, also acts as an prebiotic in the gut. This means that it largely reaches our gut undigested (because the body cannot digest it – this is a good thing!!). There, is provides an excellent feeding ground for good-gut bacteria. A positive gut microbiome also can have a direct correlation and positive effect on obesity, type 2 diabetes, and cancer (next to the heart health 🤪). By the way, most of the antioxidant and fiber benefits are found in or closely-related to the skin of the apple.
How can I adjust this Gluten-free Apple Pie recipe to my dietary requirements?
This recipe is vegetarian, and gluten-free. Due to the egg, butter, and almond flour used, this recipe is, sadly, not vegan, paleo, or nut-free.
Similar Recipes on the Blog
There are so many delicious apple recipes on the blog 🍏!! Be sure to also check out the following:
- Apple Spiced Pancakes
- Vegan Apple Pie Porridge
- Apple Pie Overnight Oats
- Baked Apples with Cinnamon Sauce
- My Mother-in-Law’s Apple Celery Salad
- If you rather fancy a gluten-free apple pie crumble – try this Apple Crumble Cake
And there you have it for this week 🤗. I hope you enjoy this rather rustic gluten-free apple pie recipe as much as we do over here. As always, do let me know what you think by either commenting below and/or rating the recipe. You know I love hearing from you!! Happy baking everyone 🍎.