Gluten-Free Vegan Noodle Kugel Dessert

5 from 2 reviews

A gluten-free vegan version of the traditional holiday dish. Corn noodles with cashew based "cream cheese" and apples. No dairy, refined sugar-free recipe.


Cream Cheese Ingredients:

  • 1 cup raw cashews, pre-soaked and strained {place in a glass bowl, cover with boiling water and let soak for 15 mins, then strain}
  • 3 tbsp non-dairy milk {or water}
  • ¼ cup maple syrup
  • 1 tbsp lemon juice
  • 2 tsp pure vanilla extract
  • dash of salt

Remaining Ingredients:

  • 8.8 oz gluten-free wide-ribbon noodles {like fettuccine, etc.} {I recommend the corn ones as explained in notes above}
  • 7 tbsp non-dairy butter
  • 6 tbsp maple syrup
  • 1 tbsp cinnamon

Fold in Ingredients:

  • 1 apple, cored and chopped finely
  • 1 cup raisins
  • ½ cup raw cashews, chopped {these do not need to be pre-soaked}


  • Additional cinnamon for sprinkling + optional: a bit of sliced almonds or more chopped nuts


  1. Preheat oven to 350F. Butter or oil a 9" x 13" baking dish {or any oven safe dish of a similar size}.
  2. Place all cream cheese ingredients in a high speed blender {I used my Vitamix for that} and blend into a smooth consistency. Set aside.
  3. Cook noodles al dente as per instructions on package.
  4. Once noodles are cooked, strain the water and place the noodles back in the pot. Add non-dairy butter, maple syrup, and cinnamon and mix everything to combine until the butter is fully melted. Add the cashew cream cheese mixture and toss everything to combine. Fold in the chopped apples and raisins.
  5. Transfer everything into the prepared baking dish. Flatten and smooth the mixture in the dish. Sprinkle with extra cinnamon and nuts on top.
  6. Bake in a preheated oven for 50 mins until the noodles look nice and golden. Remove from oven and let the dish cool for at least 10 minutes. Slice into squares and plate for serving. Enjoy!


Feel free to play around with the fold in ingredients: you can increase the amount of apples, and decrease the raisins for example. Or add more of both. Swap the raisins out for some dried cherries. Add in some walnuts, or pecans, etc.