Raw Apple Strudel Recipe: A Delicious Vegan Treat!

In a world full of processed foods and difficult dietary restrictions, it can be hard to find a tasty treat that meets all your needs. That’s why I’m excited to share with you this delicious recipe for Raw Apple Strudel – Grain & Gluten Free!

By using organic ingredients like pink lady apples, dried figs and coconut flakes, we can create an indulgent dessert that is both healthy and satisfying. But let’s face it, healthy options don’t always taste great. That’s why we’ve taken great care in crafting this recipe to not sacrifice on flavor whilst prioritizing your dietary requirements.

As a nutritionist and food blogger, I understand the challenges of finding recipes that fit your nutritional goals without sacrificing flavor. This raw apple strudel recipe is a perfect way to indulge your sweet tooth without compromising your journey towards better health. Plus, this recipe is super quick and easy (no need to wait for pastry dough to rise) – so let’s get started!

Why You’ll Love This Recipe

Raw Apple Strudel – Grain & Gluten Free
Raw Apple Strudel – Grain & Gluten Free

Let me tell you why you’re going to absolutely love this raw apple strudel recipe.

First of all, it’s entirely grain and gluten-free, perfect for those who adhere to a gluten-free or grain-free diet. But don’t be fooled by its healthy nature, because the flavors in this recipe are going to knock your socks off.

The combination of sweet juicy apples, dried figs, and raisins with warm cinnamon and nutmeg make for a heavenly aroma and taste that is both comforting and satisfying. The addition of chopped walnuts adds an earthy crunch that contrasts well with the softness of the apples.

But the best part? This strudel is entirely raw, so it’s bursting with nutrients that may otherwise be lost in cooking. And if that wasn’t enough, it’s also dairy-free, making it a fantastic option for vegans or those who are lactose intolerant.

Whether you’re looking for a healthy dessert after dinner or a quick snack on the go, this raw apple strudel recipe has you covered. Trust me when I say, after one bite, you’ll be hooked!

Ingredient List

 A slice of heaven for gluten-free foodies
A slice of heaven for gluten-free foodies

Recipe Ingredients:

  • 3 pieces organic pink lady apples, peeled and sliced horizontally into thin rounds
  • 3 tablespoons organic dried figs, minced
  • 3 tablespoons organic raisins
  • 3/4 cup walnut halves
  • 1/4 cup coconut flakes, unsweetened
  • 1 lemon, juiced
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon, ground
  • 1/8 teaspoon nutmeg, freshly grated
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract

Note: All ingredients should be organic or non-GMO verified, if possible. Also keep in mind that you will need a food processor or a high-speed blender for this recipe.

The apple strudel recipe calls for classic apple pie filling ingredients, including fresh organic pink lady apples that are peeled and sliced horizontally into thin rounds. For a change of texture and flavor, this recipe also includes mincing dried figs and adding them to the filling mixture along with organic raisins, giving the strudel a sweet and chewy crunch.

In addition to the filling, use walnut halves and unsweetened coconut flakes to provide additional flavors and textures naturally. Squeezing fresh lemon juice into the mix brings out the flavors of all the ingredients while also adding juiciness with every bite.

Spices including ground cinnamon and freshly grated nutmeg are mixed in as well, giving the apple strudel a warm and spicy aroma. Finally, add pure vanilla extract to create a smooth, sweet taste that complements all the ingredients together.

The Recipe How-To

 An all-natural twist to a classic pastry
An all-natural twist to a classic pastry

Raw Apple Strudel – Grain & Gluten Free Recipe

– 3 organic pink lady apples
– 3 organic dried figs
– 3 tablespoons organic raisins
– 3 tablespoons coconut flakes
– 1 teaspoon cinnamon
– ½ teaspoon nutmeg
– 1 tablespoon lemon juice
– 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
– A pinch of salt


Step 1: Make the Strudel Dough
1. In a food processor, blend together 1 cup almond flour, ¼ cup coconut flour, and a pinch of salt.
2. Add 2 tablespoons of melted coconut oil and 3 tablespoons of cold water.
3. Blend until a dough forms.

Step 2: Prepare the Apple Filling
1. Slice 3 pink lady apples into thin strips and place them in a mixing bowl.
2. Add 3 chopped dried figs, 3 tablespoons of raisins, 3 tablespoons of coconut flakes, and mix well.
3. Add in 1 teaspoon cinnamon, ½ teaspoon nutmeg, 1 tablespoon lemon juice, and a pinch of salt, then mix well.

Step 3: Assemble the Strudel
1. Roll out the dough between two pieces of parchment paper until it is approximately ¼ inch thick.
2. Place the apple mixture down the middle, leaving about an inch on each end.
3. Use the parchment paper to fold one side over the filling, then use it to fold the other side over as well.
4. Fold each end under to seal.

Step 4: Serve or Store
1. Serve chilled to enjoy this raw strudel recipe, or bake in oven at low heat for no more than 15 minutes for a softer version!
2. If storing, store in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 3 days.
3. For long-term storage, you can freeze the strudel (wrap in cling wrap) and thaw in the fridge when ready to eat.

Enjoy this tasty and healthy recipe that is grain & gluten-free, vegan friendly, and absolutely delicious!

Substitutions and Variations

 Sweet, crunchy, and guilt-free
Sweet, crunchy, and guilt-free

When it comes to this Raw Apple Strudel, there are a few substitutions and variations that can be made to cater to your personal preferences or dietary needs. Here are some ideas to try out:

– Instead of using walnuts, try using pecans or almonds for a different nutty flavor.

– If you don’t have dried figs on hand, you can substitute them with dates or apricots.

– For a sweeter taste, add a tablespoon of honey or maple syrup to the filling mixture.

– If you want to make the recipe nut-free, replace the walnuts with pumpkin seeds or sunflower seeds.

– This recipe calls for apples like Pink Lady or Granny Smith, but you can use any type of firm apple that’ll hold up well during assembly and baking.

– Want a mini version? Use smaller apple slices and create bite-sized strudels.

– Opting for a vegan diet? Try making the pastry with almond flour and coconut flour instead of traditional wheat flour.

– To make it a paleo-friendly treat, skip the puff pastry and use an apple crumble topping instead.

– In place of the lemon juice, experiment with lime or orange juice to add a bit of tanginess.

By just mixing and matching some of these substitutions in this Raw Apple Strudel recipe, you’re sure to come up with something that suits your taste buds!

Serving and Pairing

 Raw and delicious, no baking required
Raw and delicious, no baking required

Once you’ve made this delicious raw apple strudel, it’s time to serve and enjoy it! This vegan and paleo-friendly dessert is perfect for any occasion, whether it’s a family gathering or a dinner party. Here are some suggestions to pair with this scrumptious dessert.

For a refreshing option, you can serve the raw apple strudel with coconut whipped cream or dairy-free vanilla ice cream. The creaminess of the whipped cream or ice cream balances perfectly with the crunchy texture of the strudel crust, creating a palatable contrast in each bite.

If you want to add a tangy flavor to your dessert, try pairing it with unsweetened Greek yogurt or plain coconut yogurt. These options provide a delightful thickness to enjoy the sweetness of the strudel.

For those who prefer a spiced taste, the raw apple strudel can be accompanied by a hot cup of chai tea or cinnamon coffee. The addition of warm drink enhances the cinnamon and nutmeg spices that occur naturally in this recipe.

Finally, if you are looking for a quick snack to enjoy on-the-go, try slicing into mini portions this upcoming holiday season. Mini apple strudels are perfect for these situations; they can be enjoyed between meals or served as an appetizer during family gatherings!

In conclusion, there is no right or wrong way to pair this grain and gluten-free apple strudel. The greatest pairing option is that which makes your heart sing! So take a bite out of life and get creative while enjoying each delightfully healthy bite!

Make-Ahead, Storing and Reheating

 A fruity and healthy dessert bursting with flavor
A fruity and healthy dessert bursting with flavor

I know how important it is to prepare in advance when it comes to meal planning, which is why I’m excited to share with you how to make and store this raw apple strudel in advance.

To make-ahead, prepare the recipe as directed and store the strudel wrapped in plastic wrap in the refrigerator for up to 3 days or freeze for up to a month. The best part of this recipe is that it can be served chilled, so there’s no need to reheat if you’re not keen on warm desserts.

If you do wish to reheat the apple strudel, preheat your oven to 350°F (175°C) and bake on a lined baking sheet for 10-15 minutes until heated through. You can also use a microwave for a quicker option.

When it comes to storing, keep the raw apple strudel refrigerated for up to 3 days, or freeze uncooked for up to a month. When ready, thaw overnight in the refrigerator before baking the apple strudel as directed.

This gluten-free and dairy-free apple strudel recipe will last in the fridge for up to three days or in the freezer for up to one month. So go ahead and make it ahead of time if you’re planning a dinner party or have a busy week coming up, and you’ll still be able to enjoy this healthy dessert without having to rush through another recipe.

Tips for Perfect Results

 Apple strudel like you've never tasted before
Apple strudel like you’ve never tasted before

As a nutritionist and food blogger, I always strive to create recipes that not only taste great but also provide wholesome nourishment for the body. When it comes to making raw apple strudel, there are some tips that can help you achieve that perfect result every time. Here are my top tips:

1. Use Fresh Ingredients

To ensure that your raw apple strudel tastes its best, make sure you use fresh and high-quality ingredients. Choose organic pink lady apples that are firm to touch and have a sweet aroma. Also, look for plump dried figs and moist raisins.

2. Add Lemon Juice

Lemon juice is a vital ingredient in adding tanginess and acidity to the sweet apple filling. It also helps in preventing the apple slices from turning brown.

3. Make Your Strudel Dough Thin

Raw apple strudel typically uses a grain-free and gluten-free dough made from almond flour or coconut flour. To get the perfect thinness of the dough, use a rolling pin and check its thickness after every few rolls.

4. Let The Filling Settle

After mixing all the filling ingredients together, let them sit for at least ten minutes so that the flavors can blend, and it becomes easier to spread the filling evenly on the dough.

5. Don’t Overfill The Strudel

Overfilling your raw apple strudel can lead to an uneven bake, making it difficult to slice into neat pieces. Spread the filling gently and leave some space around the edges so that the dough can be easily folded over without tearing.

6. Use A Sharp Knife For Cutting

When cutting your raw apple strudel into pieces, make sure you use a sharp knife that will glide through the crispy crust without shredding it.

By following these simple tips, you can make a delicious and healthy raw apple strudel that everyone will enjoy!


As you get ready to bake this delicious raw apple strudel, I want to share some frequently asked questions and answers that might help you in your baking journey. So, here are some valuable insights into the queries that might pop-up as you create your gluten-free, grain-free, and dairy-free apple strudel.

What pastry is apple strudel made from?

The classic pastry used for preparing apple strudel is strudel dough, which is a soft and thin dough stretched by hand. However, for the sake of convenience and time-saving, refrigerated puff pastry dough is used in this recipe.

How long does raw apple strudel last?

If you’re wondering how long your Apple Strudel will stay fresh, it can be kept for up to three days as long as it’s stored properly in the fridge. As for the number of servings, the Apple Strudel should yield enough slices to serve between six to eight people.

What was the baked strudel sprinkled with?

Powdered sugar is often used to garnish apple strudel, which is typically served in individual slices.

What is strudel dough made of?

The recipe for Strudel dough calls for oil, flour, water, and egg.

Bottom Line

This Raw Apple Strudel recipe is the perfect gluten-free and dairy-free dessert option for those with dietary restrictions or who are health-conscious. It’s easy to make with simple ingredients like apples, dried fruit, and nuts. You can even experiment with substitutions and variations to make it your own.

By utilizing grain-free flour substitutes like almond flour and coconut flour, you can also avoid processed grains that could potentially harm your health. Plus, this recipe allows you to enjoy the classic taste of apple strudel without sacrificing taste or texture!

In conclusion, whether you’re looking for a healthier dessert option or just want to try something new, give this Raw Apple Strudel a try. With its delicious combination of flavors and textures, it’s sure to become a go-to recipe in your repertoire.

Raw Apple Strudel – Grain & Gluten Free

Raw Apple Strudel – Grain & Gluten Free Recipe

One night my husband and I were browsing around an organic supermarket in southern California. The fresh food display was filled with all sorts of handmade treats: raw grain free pizza, hummus wraps, gluten free coconut macaroons and an amazing looking raw apple strudel. We sample it: delicious. The crust almost melts in your mouth and the apple filling really testes like the real thing. As my husband is about to order a piece to take home, I pull his sleeve and whisper: “Wait, I can make this at home. Let’s go prepare one together”! I personally love creating my own dishes much more than eating out or buying them already made. You get to express your creativity, make sure you only use the best ingredients, and feel safe from gluten contamination and potential allergens that in big, industrial kitchens are always hard to keep under control After I gave a quick look at the ingredients, I came up with my own idea for a home made raw apple strudel recipe that was also free from gluten and grains. I shopped around the isles, buying all that I needed and headed back home to enjoy a fun cooking night with my husband. This is really how this recipe was born, and this raw apple strudel is so easy and quick to make that I recommend you try it too, maybe on a night you just want to relax with a friend or the person you love, having fun in the kitchen without getting too serious. This recipe is pretty much suitable for everybody since it’s raw, grain, gluten and dairy free… and, if you can’t tolerate nuts, I put a seed replacement in there so can you have an allergy free alternative.So what do you think? Isn’t this a great quick and easy recipe to use those time you want to have sun fun in the kitchen? No oven not major cooking skills required, just a simple food processor and the desire to make something good that’s also good for you, without gluten, grains and refined sugar! Enjoy your Raw Apple Strudel and I will catch you next time with some more tips on allergy free living! Ambra PS: For more dessert recipes that are all gluten, dairy and sugar free, check out my “Healthy Italian Desserts Made Simple“, where I collected all of my best recreations of Italian classics (and some other international sweets) made the healthy way!
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Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 0 mins
Calories 560.6 kcal


  • 3 apples (organic )
  • 3 dried figs (organic)
  • 3 tablespoons raisins (organic)
  • 3 tablespoons coconut flakes
  • 2 tablespoons coconut sugar crystals (optional0)
  • 1/2 piece lemon (fresh squeezed)
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon nutmeg
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup walnuts (for a nut-free version use 1/2 Pumpkin Seeds and 1/2 Sunflower Seeds instead)
  • 3 dried figs
  • 3 tablespoons mulberries (soaked)
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1 pinch salt (Himalayan)
  • 6 walnut halves
  • 1 dried fig
  • 1 tablespoon coconut flakes


  • Peel, core and cut the apples in half. Place them in a food processor together with all the other ingredients and and pulse a few times until coarsely grated.
  • Set the filling aside and start preparing the crust.
  • Mix all the ingredients in a food processor and and process until you get to a dough kind of consistency.
  • Cover 2 small flat bottom bowls with Saran wrap; spread a layer of walnut dough on the bottom and press it down well with a spoon creating a crust.
  • Top the crust with some apple strudel filling, create one more middle layer of walnut crust and top it with the remaining apple filling. Press well with a spoon.
  • Decorate each raw apple strudel with the remaining walnuts, coconut flakes and thin slices of dried fig like you see in the photos.
  • Cover and refrigerate your Raw Apple Strudels overnight before serving.

Add Your Own Notes


Serving: 381gCalories: 560.6kcalCarbohydrates: 82.6gProtein: 8.2gFat: 27.1gSaturated Fat: 5.3gSodium: 117.9mgFiber: 15.1gSugar: 57.6g
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