Apple Pie Empanadas are a Convenient, Healthier, and Fun Dessert


I find it a little odd that National Apple Pie Day falls on May 13th, but I guess Memorial Day and 4th of July trump Thanksgiving in this case. In honor of this not-so-sacred event, we’ve got some fun and delicious apple pie empanadas. This fun dessert is sweetened solely with maple syrup and is the perfect treat to serve to kids and adults at potlucks, barbecues, and other gatherings. The recipe is dairy-free, but please see my notes below on the dough.

Apple Pie EmpanadasThis apple pie empanadas recipe with photo was shared with us by Produce for Kids. They’re currently offering a free e-book download with meal-planning ideas at It isn’t completely dairy-free, but the recipes are easy to adapt.

Special Diet Notes: Apple Pie Empanadas

By ingredients, this recipe is dairy-free / non-dairy, optionally egg-free, nut-free, peanut-free, soy-free, optionally vegan, and vegetarian.

Dairy-Free Apple Pie Empanadas
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These single-serve desserts are a fun hand-held treat for kids and adults!
Recipe type: Dessert
Cuisine: Mexican
Serves: 12 empanadas
  • 4 cups peeled, sliced Gala apples
  • ¼ cup maple syrup
  • 1 tablespoon non-GMO cornstarch (can sub arrowroot starch)
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 12 frozen dairy-free empanada shells (see Dough Note below), thawed
  • 1 large egg white, beaten (see Vegan Option below)
  1. Heat a skillet over low heat. Add the apples, maple, starch, and cinnamon. Cook for 10 minutes, stirring frequently, or until the apples are tender.
  2. Line the center of each empanada shell with apples. Fold the shell over top of the apples and use a fork to press the edges together and seal. Brush the tops of the empanadas with the beaten egg white.
  3. Preheat your oven to 375°F and line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
  4. Place the sealed empanadas on your prepared baking sheet. Bake for 25 to 30 minutes, or until golden brown.
Dough Note: Some brands of empanada dough contain dairy. You can substitute another pastry dough or fillo dough.

Vegan Option: You can substitute the egg wash with dairy-free milk beverage, dairy-free milk beverage whisked with maple syrup (2 tablespoons to 1 teaspoon), or melted dairy-free buttery spread.

Air Fryer Option: Preheat your air fryer to 375°F. Grease the air fryer basket. Add the sealed empanadas to the basket and cook for 8 minutes, or until golden brown.

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About Author

Alisa is the founder of, Food Editor for Allergic Living magazine, and author of the best-selling dairy-free book, Go Dairy Free: The Guide and Cookbook for Milk Allergies, Lactose Intolerance, and Casein-Free Living, and the new cookbook, Eat Dairy Free: Your Essential Cookbook for Everyday Meals, Snacks, and Sweets. Alisa is also a professional recipe creator and product ambassador for the natural food industry.

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