THE ABSOLUTE BEST VEGAN APPLE COBBLER RECIPE YOU WILL EVER HAVE! COMPLETELY FROM SCRATCH AND IS SUPER EASY TO THROW TOGETHER.
Vegan apple cobbler is like the fall cousin of the classic Southern dessert, peach cobbler.
If you have ever visited the South, you have likely had some or had someone offer it to you.
May until September is classic peach season, but once that peach season is over, it’s all about the apples. However, you can honestly enjoy this dish year round
Just because you have food preferences or allergies doesn’t mean you shouldn’t be able to enjoy this delicious dessert. We’ve made this a completely vegan apple cobbler.
This recipe comes together in just about 45 minutes, making a fun a perfect dessert to throw into the oven just as you are sitting down for a fall get together, holiday or party!
This apple cobbler is:
- dairy free
- egg free
- can be top 8 allergen friendly
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Frequently Asked Questions
What is apple cobbler?
An apple cobbler has just a few essential needs – fruit in the form of apples for this dairy free apple cobbler, a sweet dough and butter. It’s a spin off of the classic peach cobbler dessert recipe that is thought to originate as people started to settle in the US.
Settlers had classic pie recipes, but they weren’t great for “road life”, so they took a similar concept and cooked this dessert over an open fire instead. The result is a delicious dessert of butter and cooked apples with a sweet dough coming through.
It’s similar to a pie, but not. And it’s usually served with ice cream or whipped topping.
Can you make this Top 8 Allergen Friendly Apple Cobbler?
The two ingredients that make this vegan apple cobbler recipe as written not Top 8 Allergy Friendly are the flour and vegan butter.
You can try to swap out the flour for King Arthur’s Measure for Measure Gluten Free flour.
Full disclosure, we have not personally try this for this recipe, but we had had success with this flour over others.
For the butter, just use a soy free vegan butter option.
Should dairy free apple cobbler be served hot or cold?
This apple cobbler recipe can be served warm or cold.
Personally, most people prefer it warm whether right out of the oven or warmed up in the microwave, but it can absolutely be eaten cold.
Do I have to peel the apples?
Technically the answer is no. If you are zero waste or just like apple skins, then you do not have to peel them. It is purely a preference to do so.
The skins will soften during the cooking process and be completely soft and edible still if left one. However, the apples will not be as soft as they could be if the skins were removed. For that reason, we recommend removing them.
Can I use canned apple pie filling for this vegan apple cobbler?
We highly recommend in season fresh apples for this dairy free apple cobbler; however, we also realize the need to make this recipe year round. We would never want to limit your ability to only make during a few months.
That being said, you can replace the amount of apples this recipe calls for with 2 16-ounce cans of apples or apple pie filling.
If using canned apples for this vegan apple cobbler, you will omit the cooking of the apples and just pour the canned apples and the juice from the can directly over the batter.
We will still emphasis that fresh apples are best.
Why is my apple cobbler runny?
If your apples are too juicy then the result could extra liquid in the dish while cooking.
You can add a tablespoon or two of arrowroot powder or cornstarch while the mixture is cooking on the stove if you think it needs to thicken up a bit.
How do you store vegan apple cobbler?
Once the vegan apple cobbler is cooled completely, you can cover the casserole dish (or move the leftovers to a smaller air tight container and store in the refrigerator. Eat within 2-3 days.
What are other vegan dessert ideas that I should try?
Whether you are having a dessert bar of deliciousness at your next get together, or you just want to have even more amazing dairy free desserts at the ready, we recommend you trying out some of these delicious non-dairy desserts (all are vegan):
First, if you love cobbler, then we highly encourage you to first, look at our vegan peach cobbler recipe.
- Vegan Carrot Cake Cupcakes
- Vegan Rice Krispie Treats
- Dairy Free Brownies
- The Best Dairy Free Lemon Pound Cake
- Triple Chocolate Dairy Free Cookies
- Dairy Free Chocolate Cake
- Perfect Dairy Free Apple Pie
- Dairy Free Cinnamon Rolls (could be breakfast or dessert)
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Vegan Apple Cobbler
For the Apples
- 6 granny smith apples, peeled, cored, and thinly sliced(about 4 cups sliced)
- 1 cup apple cider or apple juice (can use water in a pinch)
- 1/3 cup brown sugar
- 2 tbsp maple syrup
- 1 tbsp arrowroot powder (or sub for cornstarch)
- 1/2 tsp lemon zest (or sub with 1 tbsp lemon juice)
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- 2 tsp cinnamon
- 1/2 tsp nutmeg
- 1/16 tsp cardamom
- 1/4 tsp salt
For the Cobbler Batter
- 1 cup flour (swap for GF if needed)
- 1 cup vegan cane sugar
- 2 tsp baking powder
- 1/4 tsp salt
- 3/4 cup dairy free milk (we prefer oat)
- 5 tbsp dairy free butter, melted
- ground cinnamon
- vegan vanilla ice cream
- vegan whipped topping (click for recipe)
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Grease a 9×13 casserole dish or skip and use a 10.25" cast iron skillet.
- Peel the skin off apples. Core them and slice the apples into equal size slices.
- Inside of a large skillet (use the cast iron if going straight to oven), over medium heat, add the apple cider, brown sugar, maple syrup, arrowroot powder, lemon zest, vanilla, cinnamon, nutmeg, salt, and cardamom. Stir together until well combined.
- Add the sliced apples and stir together carefully.
- Cook for 5-7 minutes, stirring often.
- Pour apple mixture into 9×13 dish or set aside if using cast iron pan.
- In a large bowl, add the flour, cane sugar, baking powder, and salt. Whisk together.
- Pour in the dairy free milk and melted butter. Stir together with a spatula just until combined. Do not over mix.
- Pour the batter over the apple mixture.
- Spread out into an even layer as much as possible.
- Sprinkle with ground cinnamon on top. *You can do as little as 1/4 teaspoon or as much as a whole teaspoon. We like doing the whole teaspoon.
- Place in pre-heated oven for 35-45 minutes.
- Check for doneness of the sweet dough mixture. A toothpick inserted into just the crust should come out clean.
- Remove from oven and let sit for 10-20 minutes to cool before serving.
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