This Gluten-Free Vegan Apple Pie Sundae is the perfect quick and easy dessert for autumn!
Although the title of this post may suggest otherwise, the flavours of this Apple Pie Sundae were actually inspired by the apple, date and cinnamon muffins that I recently baked:
But I decided to name the post Apple Pie Sundae because I realised these little bits of heaven are just perfect for those times you’re craving something warm, cosy and comforting like apple pie but can’t be bothered to roll, cut and then arrange all of that pastry and wait for the oven to heat up. These sundaes, which come together in less than 15 minutes, really come to the rescue at times like these!
First of all, the apples are cooked gently on the stove-top (in a pot or pan), along with some spices and gooey Medjool dates.
The most exciting part is that I got to use these apples that I have growing in my own garden!
Because the dates (and the apples, too) are so naturally sweet, I didn’t find any need to add any extra sugar.
And obviously you can’t have a sundae without something creamy! If you’d like to use ice cream, you can use ice cream (my vegan vanilla ice creams of choice are this one from Booja-Booja and this one from The Coconut Collaborative), but I personally think the creaminess of coconut yogurt lends itself better to this sundae. I like to serve this with lashings of vanilla Coyo coconut yogurt (if you don’t need this to be dairy-free, you could substitute with thick Greek yogurt or maybe some crème fraîche?).
I wanted to add something crunchy or crispy for contrasting texture, and spent ages trying to find something that was both healthy, free from added sugar and a little different from roasted nuts! I eventually decided upon this Rude Health Puffed Brown Rice – these lovely little puffs are gluten-free, and made with 100% brown rice, so there’s no added sugar either. They’re beautifully crispy and add the perfect something extra that I felt these sundaes were missing the first time I made them.
If you can’t find these, then I’d suggest nuts (roasted pecan nuts or flaked almonds would work well, or even a mixture of caramelised nuts), or maybe granola, or how about some cornflakes? The possibilities are endless.
I just absolutely love the combination of the meltingly tender, subtly spiced apples paired with the fudgy Medjool dates, layered with rich and creamy coconut yogurt, topped with crispy rice puffs.
What’s more, unlike regular apple pie, these sundaes are really healthy and much more inclusive for those following a special diet! In fact, they are just so delicious you won’t even notice they’re vegan, gluten-free and entirely naturally sweetened – this is truly healthy comfort food at its best!
If you try out this recipe or anything else from my blog, I’d love for you to take a photo and tag it #rhiansrecipes on Instagram! It would really make my day to see what you come up with!
- 1 teaspoon coconut oil (or sub butter if not dairy-free)
- 1/4 teaspoon ground ginger
- 1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- 2 apples, cored, peeled and diced
- 2 (Medjool) dates, pitted and roughly chopped
- 4 tablespoons (vanilla) coconut yogurt*
- 2 tablespoons puffed (brown) rice** (ensure gluten-free if necessary)
- Heat up the coconut oil in a frying pan or pot, and add the spices
- Add the apple and a tiny splash of water and cook for around 10 minutes, stirring regularly, until the apples have softened but are still retaining their shape
- Add the dates a couple of minutes before taking the apples off the heat (don't add the dates at the start, otherwise they will get mushy)
- Once the apples are cooked, arrange in your sundae glasses of choice, layered with the coconut yogurt
- Top with the puffed rice and enjoy immediately!
- *Substitute thick Greek yogurt or crème fraîche if not dairy-free, or your favourite (dairy-free) vanilla ice cream
- **Subsitute rice krispies, cornflakes, granola, or roasted nuts