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Delicious, vegan apple cobbler with soft warm apples with a biscuit-like topping is the ultimate fall dessert! This healthy apple cobbler recipe is super easy to make and also gluten free, oil free and refined sugar free. 

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Happy Friday, friends! It’s thanksgiving Weekend here in Canada and I know most people will be baking up pies but if you’re anything like me and want something easier, faster and just as delicious you’re in the right place. 

Enter: Vegan Apple Cobbler. And not just any cobbler, but one that is vegan, gluten free, oil free, refined sugar free and just so happens to be healthier. 

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Ingredients & Substitutions

  • Apples: The best type of apples to use for cobblers is something tart like granny smith, honey crisp or golden delicious paired with a sweet variety like gala or fuji. My go-to combination is granny smith with gala.
  • Maple sugar: I love the flavour of maple and apples together but coconut sugar is also a great option for a beautiful caramel-like flavour.
  • Corn starch: Thickens the juices released by fruit so nice and syrup-y.
  • Lemon juice: For a bit of tartness to balance out the sweet.
  • Gluten free flours: For the biscuits, I went with my favourite combo of oat flour, almond flour and potato starch that I also used for these apple cinnamon scones. You can sub the oat flour and potato starch for a pre-made gluten free blend.
  • Full fat coconut milk: Since these biscuits don’t contain any oil or butter, the coconut milk adds some fat to keep the biscuits still moist.
  • Spices: Cinnamon and vanilla is a must! You can also use apple pie spice. Fresh ginger and cardamom I highly recommend but can be omitted.


  • To make it nut free: Swap almond flour for fine sunflower seed flour.
  • To make it grain free: Sub all the oat flour with more almond flour and start with just 1/4 cup of coconut milk until a thick batter forms.
  • To make pie-crust topping instead of biscuits: Add additional coconut milk to thin out the batter so that it is similar to pancake batter and pour that over the apples. Bake for the same amount of time.
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The Directions

Apple cobbler is probably one of the easiest desserts to make. This lightened up version is even easier because we’re not dealing with cold butter and is pretty much a no-fail recipe.

  1. For the apples: Peel, core and slice the apples. I find 1/4 of an inch to be the perfect thickness so they keep their shape but still get soft. Then coat with sugar, lemon juice, corn starch and spices.
  2. For the biscuit: Mix all the ingredients together in a bowl until a thick batter forms. Start with 6 tbsp of coconut milk and then add 1-2 more if needed. The consistency should be scoop-able and and almost airy.
  3. Top the apples: Use a cookie scoop or spoon and drop the ‘biscuit’ batter over the apples. Then bake for 35-45 minutes until biscuits are golden and apples are bubbly.
soft baked apples with biscuit topping in a rose fold tray

Serving & Storing Tips

Like with most crisps and cobblers, you want to let the cobbler cool for 15-20 minutes to allow the syrup to thicken. Honestly, this cobbler is delicious as is but topped with dairy free vanilla ice cream or coconut whip cream… makes is x100 better.

To store: Once cooled, transfer the cobbler in an air tight container and keep refrigerated for 1-2 days.

close up shot of apple cobbler in a bowl half eaten with ice cream

More delicious cozy apple recipes:

If you’re looking for more ways to use up all the apples this season, here are some of my favourites! They’re all vegan and mostly gluten free:


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apple cobbler with biscuit topping in a white bowl with non dairy ice cream on the side

Vegan Apple Cobbler

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Vegan Apple Cobbler with a biscuit-like topping made with wholesome ingredients for the easiest, coziest fall treat. Wonderfully sweet, spiced & so yummy!




  • 34 medium baking apples (500g after peeled and sliced)
  • 1/4 cup maple sugar (48g // or coconut sugar)
  • 1 tbsp corn starch
  • 1 tbsp lemon juice
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1 1/2 tsp fresh ginger, micro grated (optional)
  • 1/8 tsp cardamom, optional
  • 1/8 tsp salt

Biscuit topping


  1. Preheat oven to 350F (180C). Lightly grease a 9×6 inch (or anything similar) baking tin. 
  2. Wash, peel, core and slice the apples 1/4 of an inch thick. Then toss the apples with the maple sugar, corn starch, lemon juice, cinnamon, ginger, cardamom and salt until everything is well coated. Set aside.
  3. In another mixing bowl, add the almond flour, oat flour, potato starch, baking powder, maple sugar, cinnamon and salt to a bowl and whisk to combine. Add 6 tbsp of full fat coconut milk and the vanilla and stir to form a thick batter. Add additional coconut milk as needed (refer to batter consistency above). Using a cookie scoop, drop the batter (about 5-6 scoops) onto the apples. Optionally, brush with more coconut milk and sprinkle with sugar.
  4. Bake for 40-45 minutes or until tops are golden brown and apples are bubbly. If using a glass pan, bake 5-10 minutes longer. At any point if you find the biscuit browning quickly cover with foil and continue to bake. 
  5. Allow cobbler to cool for 15-20 minutes before serving. Enjoy with dairy free vanilla ice cream, coco whip or caramel sauce.


  • Helpful Equipment: 9×6 or 8×8 inch baking pan, spatulamixing bowlswhisk
  • Nutritional Information Disclaimer: Nutrition information is a rough estimate calculated on an online tool (Cronometer). 
  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Cook Time: 45 minutes
  • Category: dessert
  • Method: baking
  • Cuisine: vegan, gluten free, north american


  • Serving Size: 1 serving
  • Calories: 382
  • Sugar: 38.9g
  • Sodium: 260
  • Fat: 15.1g
  • Saturated Fat: 5.3g
  • Unsaturated Fat: 8.7g
  • Trans Fat: 0
  • Carbohydrates: 61.7g
  • Fiber: 6.7g
  • Protein: 5.9g
  • Cholesterol: 0

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About Lisa

I'm Lisa, a home cook, recipe developer and founder of Okonomi Kitchen. Here, you'll find a mix of classic and modernized Japanese recipes, and creative, plant-forward meal inspiration using seasonal ingredients. I hope to share more about Japanese cuisine and culture through food and recipes.

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