How To Make Apple Pie Filling Without Cornstarch?

Apple Pie filling is the perfect way to use and cool your apples. Usually, apple pie filling is made up of apples, and cornstarch along with sugar, water, and cinnamon. Today I am going to share one of the easiest recipes of apple pie filling without corn starch. You can try my easy recipes even if you are running out of cornstarch.

We use cornstarch to thicken the mix. There are some easily available thickening agents that you can use instead of cornstarch for apple pie filling. All-purpose flour, 00 flour, and arrowroot powder are some amazing thickening agent the can easily replace cornstarch.

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How To Make Apple Pie Filling Without Cornstarch?

To make apple pie filling without cornstarch You can use arrowroot powder or flour. We can use any thickening agent in place of cornstarch without changing the texture, consistency, or taste.

It is true that the ready-made canned apple pie filling is available easily in the market. And you can buy it anytime you want to. But the truth is that You cannot get the same fresh taste as homemade fresh apple pie.  Here are some substitutes for cornstarch.

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Arrowroot powder

Arrowroot powder is one of the best alternatives to cornstarch. It is a light and the very fine white powder that feels exactly the same as cornstarch. Arrowroot powder is widely used as a thickening agent for different dishes.

Differentiating between corn starch and arrowroot powder is not that easy. Both powders look exactly the same and have the same texture also. Even arrowroot gives the same result as that of cornstarch. That’s why arrowroot can be a good alternative.

You just have to mix it with apple, sugar, and other ingredients as you do with cornstarch. Arrowroot powder will give you a nice creamy texture with a thick consistency. It doesn’t contain any flavor or fragrance, hence is perfect for making apple pie filling without cornstarch.

All-purpose flour

All-purpose flour is also a good thickening agent. I have made white sauce for my pasta many times. And I always use all-purpose flour with butter. It gives a nice smooth thick texture without changing the flavor or smell. The best thing about all-purpose flour is that it is available very easily.

You can also use 00 flour if that’s available. 00 flour or any fine flour can be used in apple pie filling. Add flour to the pilled and cut apple pieces or add them to the pan. I recommend following the same process you used to do with cornstarch for apple pie filling.

Wheat Flour

Normal wheat flour is a bit darker in color and generally not used in thickening. It can make your apple pie filling look dark. But normal wheat flour works wonder and it doesn’t change the flavor also. Just add a bit of normal wheat flour to the apples or add it to the pan.
Texture and color of the filling may change due to the color and texture of the flour. I recommend using fine flour to get a smooth texture and perfect consistency.

wheat for apple pie filling without cornstarch

Potato Starch

Potato starch is available in the powdered form. And is much similar to cornstarch or arrowroot powder. You can use potato starch to make apple pie filling without cornstarch. It doesn’t make the filling too thick but gives cheesy thick consistency.

I love using potato starch in soup and sauce it enhances the flavor and gives your smooth texture. Apple and potato starch is an amazing combination. I recommend mixing it with a little water before adding it to the pan.

Gram Flour

This flour is easily available and is very easy to use too. Gram is roasted and ground into a fine powder. This flour is used in many curries and you can make sauce also. It has an amazing aroma and I like it. Do not forget to taste it before the final try.

Gram flour will give a nice yellow color to your apple filling. It might get sticky when cooked. I usually roast the flour in an empty pan. Roasting will remove the raw taste and will reduce the stickiness. Do not over roast or burn it you have to roast the flour in low to medium flame.

Rice Flour

Rice flour has a coarse texture it is not as fine as all-purpose flour but it thickens the filling very well. You need to use less quantity of rice flour as compared to a fine flour. Rice flour soak water very quickly and turn thick. If you will use lots of rice flour apple pie filling will get stiff.

Rice water is recommended to use with hot or warm water. I generally, mix it with the apple pieces and add warm water when needed.


The root of the cassava plant is used to make tapioca. The starch of the plant is extracted from the storage root of the plant. It is widely spread in South America and is very easily available there. Cassa is native to north and central-west for Brazil.

The color is white and has a very fine texture similar to cornstarch. I found no difference using tapioca and cornstarch. If it is available, you can use it in making apple pie filling without cornstarch.

easy apple pie filling without cornstarch

Do you need cornstarch for apple pie?

Yes! you need cornstarch for applied pie filling. The filling of the apple pie must be of perfect consistency in order to make a perfect apple pie. Cornstarch is used to thicken the apple filling and bind the mixture together by gives it a smooth texture.

Cornstarch is needed for the filling but it is not necessary to use only cornstarch. You can use anything similar to it also. Use arrowroot powder, tapioca, flour, or any of the ingredients mentioned above. I recommend using flavorless starch or flour to keep the original flavor of apple in it.

What can I use if I don’t have cornstarch?

You can simply use Arrowroot powder, Potato starch, Cassava root starch, all-purpose flour. Also, you can use wheat flour, rice flour, or even gram flour to the dish. Cornstarch basically makes the mixture thicker. Use any of the above-mentioned ingredients to give it the exact same texture and consistency.

How To Make Apple Pie Filling Without Cornstarch?

You can make apple pie filling with arrowroot powder easily. Follow all the steps of making an apple pie as you use to do. Just add arrowroot powder instead of cornstarch. Here I am sharing my apple pie recipe without cornstarch.


  • Granny Smith Apples
  • Arrowroot powder
  • Cinamon powder
  • Maple syrup
  • Lemon juice
  • Nutmeg Powder
  • brown sugar


  • Finely chop and peel granny smith apples.
  • Add lemon juice to the slices.
  • Sprinkle nutmeg powder and cinnamon powder to it.
  • Add arrowroot powder
  • Pour maple syrup to it
  • Mix all the ingredients together
  • Heat a pan add water to it
  • Add brown sugar or granulated sugar or you can add both
  • Cook it for a minute and give it a nice boil
  • Then add the apple mixture to the water and stir it well
  • Cook it for at least 10 minutes until apple has softened
  • Switch off the pan and let it cool for 10-15 minutes before freezing

make apple pie without corn starch


Add arrowroot powder, potato starch, or any of the mentioned thickening agent. You can add it to the water and make a thick sauce before adding the apple. I like more soft and mushy apply that’s why I add it to the boiled water. There are many ways of making an apple pie filling.

Adding Fine Nutmeg powder adds extra flavor to the filling. You can skip it if it is not available. Add cinnamon and nutmeg at the end for a more intense aroma. You can add more or less according to your taste.

There are many ways to make the apple pie filling. I generally mix all dry ingredients with the apples and only sugar with water. You can add dry ingredients to the water and make a thick sauce before adding apples to it.

This is all about apple pie filling and I hope you liked it. Go ahead and try these ingredients and make your yummy apple pie filling without cornstarch. And do not forget to share your experiences with me.

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