Can I freeze this dessert after baking?
Although it's unlikely you'll have any leftovers of this delicious dessert, chances are you'll have a few slices left, especially if you aren't preparing this strudel for a big crowd.
But don't worry, you can freeze this apple strudel on the same day, and it will keep for up to two months.
Transfer the slices to a zip-lock bag or plastic container interleaving them with strips of baking paper to prevent the portions from sticking one to another.
Whenever you fancy a homemade treat, leave the strudel to thaw on the kitchen counter for a few hours or in the fridge overnight. Otherwise, just pop the frozen slices in the oven or microwave, and heat them until nicely warm.
What makes this gluten-free strudel healthy?
To make this vegan and flourless strudel, we could have used any store-bought gluten-free pastry sheet to replace the shortcrust, plus heavily processed margarine to replace butter.
However, we wanted to show you how to prepare this apple dessert from scratch with wholesome, plant-based, and healthy ingredients.
Ground oats and almond meal are excellent gluten-free flours that add both flavour and nutrition to any bake. Compared to plain wheat flour used to make the strudel shortcrust, oatmeal has more fibres while almonds are low in carbs.
Although vegan, margarine is far from being a healthy ingredient. Even if you buy the non-hydrogenated options, chances are they're still loaded with additives and emulsifiers. Instead, we opted for simple vegetable oil and applesauce to prepare the flourless strudel pastry, and flaxseeds for the no-butter apple filling.
Flaxseeds are a truly amazing ingredient as they substitute both butter and breadcrumbs in this strudel recipe. They give a nutty flavour to the stuffing and help keep apples and raisins together thanks to their binding properties.
But flaxseeds also add a real nutritional boost to this German dessert. They are rich proteins, omega-3, and fibres.
As this wasn't enough, we made this apple strudel also sugar-free, sweetened with just a drizzle of maple syrup. This antioxidant-rich natural sweetener has almost half the sugar content of refined white sugar.
The result is a healthy and delicious strudel with 350 calories per serving, 12% of your RDI for carbs, and 18% of your RDI for fibres. This means that each slice has eight times fewer saturated fats, half of the fats, and three times fewer sugars than the classic one.
Can I make this vegan apple dessert ahead?
Of course, you can. This flourless strudel is the perfect bake for when you have guests over. You can prepare the dough and the filling, and then keep them separate in the fridge for a few hours or overnight. Then, put them together following our recipe and bake when you're ready.
Alternatively, you can prepare and cook this eggless strudel the night before. Keep it wrapped up in cling film and then warm it before serving to bring back all its flavour.
As a final option, you can freeze the uncooked strudel to reserve it for when you'll need it.
What can I use instead of raisins?
The classic German strudel is filled with raisins, but you can surely opt for other dried fruits.
For example, dried cranberries, blueberries, dates, apricots and even mangoes are all excellent replacements. Swap them in the same amount, and you're good to go.
If instead, you aren't fond of dried fruits in general, then add chopped pears along with the apple and add other nuts like hazelnuts or pine nuts.
Which other spices can I add?
For this apple bake, we have used ground cinnamon to add sweetness and then the zest from lemon and orange for extra freshness.
Allspice, nutmeg, and ginger are other excellent spices that you can use for this vegan pastry dessert. Also, try adding a few ground or crushed cardamom seeds to the raisin filling for a unique twist.