Apple Rhubarb Turnovers for Quick Dairy-Free Breakfast Pastries


I love spring fruits and vegetables, especially rhubarb. So when I found this recipe for quick apple rhubarb turnovers in our archives, I knew I had to try it. The combination of apples and rhubarb is perfect for this time of year, when not many other fruits are ripe yet. The recipe is also wonderfully quick to throw together for a special Mother’s Day or brunch treat, and it’s easy enough to enlist little helpers.

Apple Rhubarb Turnovers Recipe - Easy, Quick, Dairy-Free, Nut-Free and Vegan Optional

The original recipe was for just one large turnover, but I found the filling to be enough for two large turnovers that can be sliced into individual servings.

These turnovers are very lightly sweetened, making them a perfect breakfast pastry. My kids wanted a sweeter flavor, so I added a glaze for them. I’ve included that option in the recipe. If using the glaze, drizzle it on immediately before serving. If you glaze the turnovers ahead of time, the puff pastry crust will become soggy.

Even without the glaze, these apple rhubarb turnovers are best served immediately. Nonetheless, I did make them at night to serve for breakfast, and they did hold up nicely!

Apple Rhubarb Turnovers Recipe - Easy, Quick, Dairy-Free, Nut-Free and Vegan Optional

Special Diet Notes: Apple Rhubarb Turnovers

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

For egg-free and vegan apple rhubarb turnovers, replace the egg yolk and water with dairy-free milk beverage or a mixture of dairy-free milk and agave nectar.

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This recipe was originally shared with Go Dairy Free by Melody Wren of The Cook’s Kitchen. She adapted it from the May 2005 issue of Canadian Living magazine. We have adapted it yet again with a few fixes and an optional glaze!
Serves: 2 large turnovers, 12 servings
Apple Rhubarb Turnovers
  • 2 apples, peeled, cored, and thinly sliced
  • 1 cup chopped rhubarb
  • ¼ cup + 2 teaspoons sugar, divided
  • 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon lemon juice
  • ¼ teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 (17-ounce) package dairy-free puff pastry sheets, thawed for 40 minutes (can use filo/phyllo sheets)
  • 1 egg yolk
  • 1 teaspoon water
Optional Sugar Glaze
  • 1 cup powdered sugar
  • 1 to 2 tablespoons dairy-free milk beverage
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
Apple Rhubarb Turnovers
  1. Preheat your oven to 375ºF and line two rimmed baking sheets with parchment paper.
  2. In a large bowl, toss together the apples, rhubarb, ¼ cup sugar, flour, lemon juice, and cinnamon.
  3. Unroll one sheet of pastry onto each prepared pan.
  4. Spoon half of the apple mixture lengthwise along half of one pastry, leaving ½ inch border uncovered. Repeat with the remaining filling and the second pastry.
  5. In a small bowl, whisk together the egg yolk and water. Brush a little over the border of each pastry.
  6. Using the parchment paper to lift, fold the uncovered pastry over the filling of one turnover. Use a fork to press the edges to seal. Repeat with the second turnover.
  7. Brush the tops with the remaining egg wash.
  8. Cut 4 evenly spaced 2-inch slashes in the top of each turnover.
  9. Sprinkle the tops with the remaining 2 teaspoons sugar.
  10. Bake in center of your oven until the pastry is golden and the filling is tender, about 40 to 45 minutes.
  11. Remove the turnovers to a cooling rack to cool before serving or glazing.
Optional Sugar Glaze
  1. In a medium bowl, whisk together the powdered sugar, 1 tablespoon milk beverage, and vanilla until smooth.
  2. Whisk in up to 1 tablespoon of addition milk beverage if needed to reach your desired consistency.
  3. Drizzle the glaze on the cooled turnovers immediately before cutting and serving.

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About Author

Sarah is the Associate Editor for Go Dairy Free. Her previous experience includes work as a copy editor at Thoroughbred Times magazine, a content writer at, and an intern at Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood. Sarah was a 'mom blogger' for many years but now mostly hangs out on Go Dairy Free and Instagram.


  1. Puff pastry is one of the things I’ve missed the most since going gluten-free. I’m so glad it is more readily available now. And I’m happy to have such a delicious sounding recipe for turnovers!

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