Maple Pecan Crumb Apple Pie (Paleo, Gluten-free, Grain-free, Refined Sugar-free)

Paleo Maple Pecan Crumb Apple Pie via Food by Mars (paleo, gluten-free, refined sugar-free)

Classic Crumb Apple Pie just screams fall-winter dessert for me, I immediately crave it when I see bushels of apples everywhere! Anyone else? Last Thanksgiving, I was craving it so badly and knew I couldn’t buy it anywhere else, so of course, I got to work in the kitchen and made it. The results were fabulous and my guests loved it!! So I recreated it again this year and had to share. This version is a Paleo Maple Pecan Crumb Apple Pie and the topping takes it to the next level!

Paleo Maple Pecan Crumb Apple Pie via Food by Mars (paleo, gluten-free, refined sugar-free)

I’m very particular about apple pie. Firstly, the filling is so important! I love to slice the apples thin and to cook them well – I’m not into crispy apple pie. The ample amounts of cinnamon, cardamom, and ghee in here make for such a smooth and spiced delicious filling.

The crust is adapted from a favorite of mine from The Coconut Mama.

And the maple pecan crumble on top is a brain-child of mine that combines all my favorite fall flavors! In total, there is 2.5 Tbsp maple syrup as the only added sweetener and that’s all you’ll need to be a total crowd pleaser, promise!

Paleo Maple Pecan Crumb Apple Pie via Food by Mars

I love to serve this warm with dairy-free vanilla ice cream to make it àla mode.

Paleo Maple Pecan Crumb Apple Pie via Food by Mars

The result is a thick, gooey, soft, spiced and flavorful pie that’s a household favorite over here. And you can feel good about indulging in it. I hope you love this!

Paleo Maple Pecan Crumb Apple Pie via Food by Mars (paleo, gluten-free, refined sugar-free)

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Maple Pecan Crumble Apple Pie (Paleo)

Naturally sweet apples in a perfectly spiced sauce fill this simple coconut crust and are topped by a lightly sweetened maple-pecan crumble. (PALEO, GLUTEN-FREE, GRAIN-FREE, REFINED SUGAR-FREE)
Prep Time20 mins
Cook Time30 mins
Total Time50 mins
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American, French
Servings: 8 people



  • 6 large honey crisp apples sliced (skinless or leave on)
  • 1 tsp coconut oil or ghee
  • 2 tsp maple syrup
  • 2 Tbsp water or apple cider
  • 1/4 tsp nutmeg
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • pinch cardamom
  • 1 tsp arrowroot starch
  • pinch sea salt


Crumb Topping

  • 1.5 cup pecans lightly ground
  • 1.5 Tbsp coconut oil
  • 2 Tbsp maple syrup
  • 2.5 Tbsp arrowroot powder



  • Combine the first 7 ingredients over medium-low heat in a large sauté pan. Stir with a wooden spoon and add more spices as you like. Continue to cook apples until they're nice and soft after 7-8 minutes or so. 
  • Add the arrowroot starch and stir in very well until the powder is not showing anymore. The sauce should be nice and thick after a couple of minutes of this. 
  • Finish off with a little sprinkle of salt and set aside. *If making a day or more ahead of time, you can let it cool and store in a jar in the fridge*

Crust (using a standard 8 inch pie dish)

  • Add coconut flour and nutmeg to a large mixing bowl. Add melted coconut oil and mix in well by hand (large wooden spoon) or stand mixer. Next, add 1 egg at a time and make sure they're well mixed in.
  • Lastly, add the cold butter in and mix into a ball of dough.
  • Add the ball of dough to a piece of parchment paper and then lay another piece of parchment paper over top. Use a rolling pin to roll the dough out evenly.
  • Carefully transfer the dough to your pie dish (you may need to do some surgery to press in any pieces that break off - this dough is delicate but works!). Using a fork, prick the bottom of your crust in a few areas and set aside until you're ready to pour in the filling, packing it in so there are no open spaces.

Crumb Topping

  • Pulse all ingredients in a food processor until well combined and a crumble has formed.
  • Once your filling is all set inside your crust, place the crumb topping over top by hand and make sure there are few to no open spaces.
  • 375f degrees for 30-35 mins and serve warm! Optionally top with dairy-free ice cream or whipped coconut cream.

Paleo Maple Pecan Crumb Apple Pie via Food by Mars


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  • Natalie | Feasting on FruitDecember 8, 2017 - 8:03 pm

    I know the word “ultimate” is way overused at this point, but…honeycrisp apples, coconut flour crust, all the spices, and that CRUMBLE! I think you know how I feel about this situation, especially the with ice cream option 🙂ReplyCancel

    • Alison MarrasDecember 8, 2017 - 10:25 pm

      Dayummmm that’s big coming from you, mama!! Thank you! I’m telling you, it’s a household fave – making it for Christmas too.ReplyCancel

  • JudyDecember 9, 2017 - 2:05 am

    Its soo good! Making it for Christmas again.ReplyCancel

    • Alison MarrasDecember 11, 2017 - 12:18 am

      Awesome, so happy you loved it, Judy!!ReplyCancel

  • ISABEL CHAIB MOREAUMarch 30, 2020 - 3:30 am

    Hey. I just felt like the coconut flavour overpowered the apple.ReplyCancel

    • Alison MarrasMarch 31, 2020 - 2:07 pm

      okay! you can definitely try something else next time 🙂ReplyCancel

  • JamieNovember 19, 2020 - 8:01 am

    This looks so incredible!! I love how it’s free from refined sugars as I’m trying to stay away from them. Definitely saving this to make for the weekend!ReplyCancel

  • KushigaluNovember 19, 2020 - 8:23 am

    Love the combination of flavors in this pie.  Totally amazing.  Will try this for holiday ReplyCancel

  • AnjaliNovember 19, 2020 - 8:44 am

    This pie turned out to be absolutely delicious! No one could tell it was gluten free! 🙂ReplyCancel

    • Alison MarrasNovember 21, 2020 - 11:45 pm

      That’s the STUFF! Thanks so much, I’m glad everyone enjoyed it.ReplyCancel

  • Jane SaundersNovember 19, 2020 - 9:13 am

    This feels like a pie and crumble all rolled into one dessert – absolutely beautiful. I love that it’s gluten free too.ReplyCancel

    • Alison MarrasNovember 21, 2020 - 11:46 pm

      You captured it exactly! Thanks, Jane.ReplyCancel

  • saifNovember 19, 2020 - 9:14 am

    I love apple pie. It is one of my favorite pies. The presentation looks beautiful too.ReplyCancel

    • Alison MarrasNovember 21, 2020 - 11:46 pm

      Why thank you!ReplyCancel

  • DanniiNovember 20, 2020 - 3:53 pm

    You can’t beat a classic apple pie, and I love the maple and pecan twist on this.ReplyCancel

  • BethNovember 20, 2020 - 3:53 pm

    This apple crumb is over the top. I love crumb pies but when I saw the list of deliciousness in this crumb I had to try it. It did NOT disappoint! Thanks!ReplyCancel

  • Priya LakshminarayanNovember 20, 2020 - 4:09 pm

    I was looking for an easy Pie recipe! Found it! Thank you.ReplyCancel

    • Alison MarrasNovember 21, 2020 - 11:45 pm

      Perfect, yes you did!ReplyCancel

  • Toni DashNovember 20, 2020 - 4:27 pm

    This is such a delicious dessert!! My kids loved it!! ReplyCancel

    • Alison MarrasNovember 21, 2020 - 11:44 pm

      YAY! So happy to hear.ReplyCancel

  • AngelaNovember 20, 2020 - 4:32 pm

    Apple pie with a crumble top is one of my favorite things.  Thanks for a great recipe!ReplyCancel

  • JenDecember 3, 2020 - 2:06 pm

    I bet this is not only delicious but makes the house smell amazing! Picking up apples today to try this. ReplyCancel

  • ErikaDecember 3, 2020 - 2:52 pm

    This pie looks amazing! It would be perfect with a scoop of vanilla ice cream. 🙂 ReplyCancel

  • BethDecember 3, 2020 - 2:59 pm

    So delicious and tasty! I can’t wait to make this again this year! My husband just loves this recipe!ReplyCancel

  • JuliaDecember 3, 2020 - 3:07 pm

    What a delicious recipe! My sister is GF but loves pies and cakes so sending her this one to try 🙂ReplyCancel

    • Alison MarrasDecember 4, 2020 - 6:19 pm

      YAY! I’m so glad, Julia! Hope she enjoys.ReplyCancel

  • veenaazmanovDecember 3, 2020 - 3:36 pm

    Perfect dessert with all the super delicious and flavorful combinations. I love all of it and your recipe is so yum. Awesome treat for my loved ones.ReplyCancel

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