This is the absolute best vegan peach cobbler recipe you will ever have! This completely from scratch dairy free peach cobbler needs just 11 ingredients and is super easy to throw together.
Peach cobbler is a classic Southern dessert in the United States. If you have ever visited, you have likely had some or had someone offer it to you. May until September is classic peach season, but we’ll explain how to make fresh or canned vegan peach cobbler so you can 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 peach 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 spring or summer get together, holiday or party!
This peach cobbler is:
- dairy free
- egg free
- can be top 8 allergen friendly
What is a peach cobbler?
A peach cobbler has just a few essential needs – fruit in the form of peaches for this vegan peach cobbler, a sweet dough and butter. It’s a classic 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 peaches 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.
What ingredients are in a vegan peach cobbler?
This is a completely from scratch vegan peach cobbler recipe. You need just 11 ingredients to make this the perfect Southern vegan dessert.
Full amounts are listed in the printable recipe card below.
The ingredients that you need are:
- fresh peaches – The best vegan peach cobbler comes from in season peaches! If you can get them from a local farmer and not a big store, then the taste will be even better
- vegan sugar – we are using vegan cane sugar here. If you want to learn more about why your sugar may not be vegan, you can learn more by clicking on the link.
- salt – this helps enhance the flavor and while you may be tempted to reduce or omit, we encourage you not too
- dairy free butter – peach cobbler is rich and flavorful and the richness from vegan butter is unmatched
- flour – All-purpose flour because we wanted this recipe to be as accessible as possible for everyone.
- brown sugar – Brown sugar is what we are using for moisture and sweetness.
- maple syrup – yes, this is the 3rd type of sugar being used in this recipe, but remember it’s a mix of a pie and cake, so it’s supposed to be sweet. This helps with moisture as well
- baking powder – added for leavening purposes
- vanilla plant based milk – The additional vanilla in the dairy free milk and
- vanilla extract – we are keeping it simple with extract for this recipe since it’s an ingredient that most people already have in their pantry
- cinnamon – a warming spice brings the sweetness and juiciness together so well and you’ll be surprised how far it goes in bringing the dish up a few notches
Substitutions and Variations:
fresh peaches – canned peaches also works
dairy free butter – we do NOT recommend swapping this for oil
flour – Gluten Free 1:1 blend can be used in place of the flour.
cane sugar/brown sugar – Granulated date or coconut sugar could be used. We don’t have replacement quantities for using a sugar alternative like Stevia at this time.
maple syrup – agave or date syrup could be used as a replacement here
vanilla extract – if you want even more vanilla flavor, try vanilla bean or vanilla powder
We do not recommend making any other changes. Please note that while these alternatives will work, nothing is as good as the original recipe as written.
Frequently Asked Questions
The two ingredients that make this vegan peach cobbler recipe as written not Top 8 Allergy Friendly are the flour and almond milk.
Feel free to easily swap the almond milk with any dairy free safe milk that you are able to have – oat, flax or hemp would be easy to swap and find.
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.
No. This dish will not be as flavorful and sweet and it will not be something you are happy to have made. Instead, leave the peaches for a day or two if you can.
You could also put them in a brown paper bag with a banana and the ethylene gas that is omitted will ripen them faster.
While we highly recommend in season fresh peaches for this dairy free peach cobbler, 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 peaches this recipe calls for with 2 16-ounce cans of peaches. If using canned peaches for this vegan peach cobbler, you will omit the cooking of the peaches and just pour the canned peaches and the juice from the can directly over the batter. Drain them completely.
Yes, you can. Similarly to the canned, it won’t be as great, but it’s still possible. You will want to thaw and drain them before using. Proceed with cooking them as directed with the fresh peaches.
This peach cobbler recipe can be served warm or cold.
Personally, I prefer it warm whether right out of the microwave or warmed up in the microwave, but it can absolutely be eaten cold.
Technically the answer is no. If you are zero waste or just like peach 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.
If your peaches are too ripe then the result could be a soupy mess and no one wants that.
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.
Once the vegan peach 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.
Vegan peach cobbler is best eaten right away or within an hour or two. So you can prep it in advance if you plan to eat it within that time from. While it can be stored and eaten a few days later, for get togethers and parties, it’s best to eat it within the time frame.
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):
- Vegan Carrot Cake Cupcakes (pictured above)
- 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 Peach Cobbler
For the Peach Cobbler
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
- Peel the skin off peaches. Cut them in half and remove the seed and any seed remnants. Slice the peaches into equal size slices.
- Inside of a large skillet, add the sliced peaches, ⅔ cup vegan sugar and ¼ teaspoon salt over medium heat. Stir and cook for about 5 minutes. The peaches will get really juicy as the sugar dissolves into them. Remove and set aside.
- In a large bowl, add the flour, brown sugar, baking powder, and salt. Whisk together.
- Pour in the maple syrup, vanilla extract, and dairy free milk. Stir together with a spatula. Do not over mix.
- Pour the melted butter in the bottom of a 9×13 casserole dish and spread out to make an even layer.
- Pour the batter into the casserole dish over the butter.
- Spread out into an even layer as much as possible. Some of the butter will come up over it and that is fine, but do not stir them together.
- Pour the peaches and juice over top of the mixture in the casserole dish.
- Sprinkle with ground cinnamon on top. *You can do as little as ¼ 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 15-20 minutes.
This post was originally published on 4/13/2019, and updated 7/9/2020 and 4/13/2022.