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Vegan Cinnamon Apple Babka

  • Author: Heart of a Baker
  • Prep Time: 2 hours 30 minutes
  • Cook Time: 30 minutes
  • Total Time: 3 hours
  • Yield: 8 1x
  • Category: Breads
  • Method: Baking
  • Cuisine: American


Vegan apple cinnamon babka that is so fluffy, sweet, and filled with the BEST caramel apple filling! Dairy-free and vegan.


For the dough:
For the filling:
  • 1 1/2 cups finely chopped apples
  • 1 tablespoon cornstarch
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1/3 cup brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup solid coconut oil


  1. Slightly warm the almond milk by heating over the stove in a saucepan for a minute or microwaving for 30 seconds to 1 minute. Almond milk should be the temperature of bathwater (not too hot and not too cold)
  2. Combine the warmed almond milk, Sourdough Instant Starter, and sugar in the the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the dough hook attachment. Allow mixture to sit for 5 minutes in order to let the yeast activate.
  3. After yeast has activated, add the salt, flour, cinnamon, nutmeg, and olive oil. Mix the dough on medium-low for 2-3 minutes, or until dough starts to come together and form a ball. If dough becomes too soft or isn’t coming together, add an additional 1/4 cup of flour and continue to knead. Continue adding flour just until dough comes together.
  4. After dough has come together, transfer to a clean bowl and drizzle very lightly with olive oil (using only 1/2 teaspoon or so of oil) and turn dough to coat the bowl and dough. This will prevent it from sticking while it rises.
  5. Cover bowl with a paper towel or kitchen towel and allow to rise in a warm place for an hour.
  6. While dough rises, make theĀ apple filling by combining all of the ingredients together in a small bowl, except for the coconut oil. Set aside.
  7. Lightly grease a loaf pan and set aside, so it’s ready when you prepare the babka.
  8. After dough has risen, transfer to a flour dusted surface or countertop. Roll dough out into a rectangle that is 14 inches wide by 24 inches long.
  9. Spread the apple filling evenly out over the rolled out dough, leaving an inch or so around the edges.
  10. Take the coconut oil and break into small pieces, scattering them over the filling on the rolled out dough.
  11. Roll the dough up lengthwise, rolling the long part up away from you (you will be making a big, long length of dough).
  12. Cut the rolled up dough down the middle with a sharp knife, so you’re exposing a few layers of that apple cinnamon babka goodness.
  13. Braid the two halves together, with the cut side facing out. Cut the whole braid in half across the middle, so you have two big sections of dough.
  14. Place the two sections next to each other in the loaf pan. Cover with a kitchen towel and allow to rise in a warm place for an hour.
  15. After dough has risen, preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
  16. Bake babka for 25 minutes, cover with foil and then bake for an additional 10 minutes.
  17. Allow to cool before slicing and serving.

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