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3-ingredient Apple Strudel (+Video)

A classic Apple Strudel – veganized! And the best part? You’ll only need three ingredients! Quick and easy to make and super delicious and soft. It’s a traditional Austrian dessert!

Apple Strudel

Only three ingredients? Now if you think this dessert tastes flat and bland – you’re wrong! It’s perfectly sweet from the apples and a bit savory from the pastry dough. It’s probably my favorite dessert ever!

It’s exactly how my mother made it for me when I was little (and she still does when I come visit) and now I’m carrying on this tradition. Its deliciousness comes from its simplicity. Some people may add raisins, additional sugar, almond slices… but I think this just distracts from the delicious taste of the apples.

Vegan Puff Pastry

Depending on where you live, vegan puff pastry might not be the easiest ingredient to get. Here in Austria, we are lucky that most of the puff pastries are accidentally vegan – some brands even embrace it and include the vegan label on the packaging, which makes it even easier to spot the vegan ones. In the US, Pepperidge Farm’s puff pastry dough should be vegan. I’d always recommend checking the ingredients though – just to be sure.


For the filling, I didn’t add any additional sweeteners – just the apples and cinnamon. So it’s essential that you use the right kind of apples, as they will make or break this recipe! I prefer to use red, sweet apples e.g. Pink Lady apples are my favorite, but Red Delicious or Royal Gala would work too!

Apple Strudel

Making Apple Strudel

The Apple Strudel is really easy to make.

  • Slice the apples,
  • mix with cinnamon,
  • put the apple-cinnamon-mix on the puff pastry dough,
  • fold and close the edges,
  • bake.

Easy as that!

Apple Strudel

3-Ingredient Apple Strudel

Elephantastic Vegan
Recipe for a vegan, quick and easy 3-Ingredient Apple Strudel. It's a traditional Austrian dessert!
4.69 from 16 votes
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Course Dessert
Cuisine Austrian, Vegan
Servings 1 strudel
Calories 1542 kcal


  • 1 package vegan puff pastry dough*
  • 2 red, sweet apples e.g. Pink Lady, Red Delicious or Royal Gala
  • 3/4 teaspoon cinnamon
  • powdered sugar for dusting the top (optional)


  • Pre-heat oven to 350°F/180°C.
  • Take the vegan pastry dough out of the fridge to thaw.
  • Peel two apples, get rid of the seeds preferably with an apple corer.
  • Slice the apples with a mandoline slicer or cut by hand in very thin slices.
  • Add the cinnamon on the apple slices and mix well by hand. Don't worry about the apple slices breaking.
  • Put the apple-cinnamon-mixture on the pastry dough and fold it in. Close the edges.
  • Put the apple strudel in the oven for about 15-20 minutes.
  • Let it cool off or eat it warm. Either way -> delicious.
  • You can dust it with confectioner's sugar.



*Dimensions of the puff pastry: 16x9 inches or 42x24 cm. Pepperidge Farm's puff pastry dough should be vegan (but check the ingredients to make sure!).


Calories: 1542kcalCarbohydrates: 161gProtein: 18gFat: 93gSaturated Fat: 23gSodium: 613mgPotassium: 538mgFiber: 13gSugar: 39gVitamin A: 195IUVitamin C: 16.7mgCalcium: 61mgIron: 6.7mg
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Recipe Rating


Sunday 21st of October 2018

I am Austrian too and can't wait to make this! I haven't lived in Austria in a minute (it's been yeeeears) and always love eating sweets! I'll be making this asap! I am currently in Bulgaria and have seen the type of though everywhere! I just hope I'll be able to figure out which one is vegan. I believe I read that you use the one from clever. There's a bills right around where I am at so ill just ask someone at the shop about it. I'll definitely post it on Instagram whenever I make it!!


Friday 2nd of November 2018

So glad you enjoyed the strudel, Nina! I saw it on IG :) I've tried making puff pastry from scratch once. NEVER AGAIN. Hahaha. This is something I will buy forever. But there are so many accidentally vegan-friendly puff pastry products, it's not problem :)

William Smith

Friday 20th of April 2018

Wow! Great Recipe. I will definitely try it and give you a feedback. Thanks for sharing it with us.


Monday 23rd of April 2018

Yeay! :)


Tuesday 11th of July 2017

What kind of apples do you use?


Tuesday 11th of July 2017

I've used Pink Lady apples. But Red Delicious or Royal Gala would be a good choice too. :)


Friday 2nd of October 2015

Hi Bianca do you use the whole of puff pastry on this recipe? Thanks a bunch?


Friday 2nd of October 2015

Hi Linda! Yes I used one whole store-bought puff pastry for this apple strudel. The measurements were approx. 15"x 9.5" (40 x 24 cm). I hope this helps!

Nancy Nurse

Monday 20th of April 2015

Hi Jette,

I made these today and they were fabulous! But, are you sure about the temperature and the length of time for baking? Because it took 30 minutes for mine.

Thanks, Jette



Friday 24th of April 2015

Hi Nancy! Me again! I just made the Apple Strudel again and it look me only 14 minutes in the oven. However my oven was perfectly pre-heated because I was making another dessert before! So maybe that was it. Also I used the "Air Circulation"-Setting on my oven - maybe this makes baking a bit faster :)


Tuesday 21st of April 2015

Hi Nancy, thank you so much for your feedback! I really appreciate it. I'll pay extra attention to the baking time & temperature next time (I've been meaning to make it again soon anyways) and will update the recipe then. Thank you again <3