Grain-Free Almond Flour Pie Crust

Vegan Grain-Free Almond Flour Pie Crust

After six attempts to make the perfect grain-free almond flour pie crust, I’m happy to report we have a winner!

This pie crust is grain-free, vegan and is a lot less finicky than your traditional pie crust. You don’t have to worry about ice cold ingredients or over mixing as you do with a white flour and butter crust. You can use it as the base for any single layer pie or tart. I recommend using it as the crust for my healthy pumpkin pie (coming soon!)

This pie crust is made from six simple ingredients - almond flour, arrowroot, coconut oil, ground flax, maple syrup and salt. I tried so many combinations of oat and almond flour and just almond flour, but finally settled on the almond and arrowroot combination because it was simply the best. The addition of arrowroot helps make the crust a little lighter and less dense than a full almond flour crust. I haven’t tried this but you could substitute tapioca start, organic corn starch, or even a gluten-free all-purpose blend (most are made mostly from a starch) since there is only 1/2 cup in this recipe.

Vegan Grain-Free Almond Flour Pie Crust Ingredients
Vegan Grain-Free Almond Flour Pie Crust Ingredients
Vegan Grain-Free Almond Flour Pie Crust
Vegan Grain-Free Almond Flour Pie Crust

Nourished by Nutrition facts:

Almond flour - this grain-free flour is nutrient dense and provides a delicious nutty, slightly-buttery taste to baked goods. Technically almond flour is finely ground blanched almonds (*this differs from almond meal which comes from un-blanched almonds and has a more coarse texture) so it contains all the nutrients and health benefits of whole almonds. It's packed with healthy fats, minerals such as calcium, magnesium, and iron and vitamin E for healthy skin and nails.

Healthy fats - fat is so important to healthy skin, hair and nails, hormone regulation and so much more. This grain-free crust is full of healthy monounsaturated fats from the almond flour. The crust is held together with just a few tablespoons of coconut oil. While coconut oil is a saturated fit, it is made up of most medium-chain triglycerides which are absorbed differently than other saturated fats and used as energy rather than being stored. It’s still important not to over due coconut oil but it’s definitely not necessary to fear it.

Protein - you might nut look at this recipe and think there is a protein-source. But almonds are actually a good source of plant-based protein! If you were to cut this 9 inch crust into nine slices, there is about 6g of protein per slice. That’s pretty awesome coming from just almonds.

Vegan Grain-Free Almond Flour Pie Crust with Pumpkin Pie

Recipe Notes:

After so many combinations of almond flour and oat flour just not working out well (to crumbly), I’ve finally found an almond flour crust that holds up well and taste delicious! There is a 1/2 cup of arrowroot. Without it the crust isn’t as light and crisp. You can use a gluten-free 1:1 blend that is made up of mostly arrowroot if you have that on hand.

If baking longer than 30 minutes, I recommend using a pie crust shield or placing foil around the crust for the first 30 of baking to prevent getting to brown.


Grain-Free Almond Flour Pie Crust

Vegan, grain-free almond flour pie crust that is sturdy and has a delicious buttery-almond taste. Just keep in mind it is not a light and flakey like a traditional white flour and butter crust.

Makes one 9” crust

Ingredients

2 cups almond flour
1/2 cup arrowroot starch
3 tablespoons melted coconut oil
2 tablespoons ground flax
4 tablespoons warm water
1 tablespoon maple syrup
1/2 teaspoon salt

Instructions:

Preheat the oven to 350F. Mix the ground flax and warm water in a small bowl and let sit for 10 minutes. Once a gel forms, combine all the ingredients in a large bowl. Using a wood spoon mix (like you mean it!). The dough will look like crumbs, then pebbles, then will bring to come together into a ball. You can start to use your hands to form a ball here. Place in the fridge for 10-15 minutes.

Place the dough between two sheets of parchment paper and roll out to 1/8 in thick. Place a 9 in pie pan on top and careful fill it over. Gently press the dough into the pan and remove the edges. It’s okay if it cracks or the crust isn’t fully covering the edge of the pie pan. Take some of the extra dough and mend any cracks, spaces, or thin areas.

Scoot the dough off the lip of the pan toward the center. Make the edge rounded and pinch together and flatten any cracks. Then flute the edges (optional) by pressing your knuckle into the edge and pinching it with your opposite thumb and forefinger. Pat down the raised edge and smooth any cracks. Prick the bottom with a fork.

If par-baking, place in the oven for 6-8 minutes. Once par-baked. Let cool on the stove top before filling with the pie filling of your choice. You can also flash-freeze it to cool it off quicker. Just put it in the freezer for about 5 minutes.

To cook fully, place in the oven for 30-45 minutes. The crust should be sturdy and golden brown.

If baking longer than 30 minutes, I recommend using a pie crust shield or placing foil around the crust for the first 30 of baking to prevent getting to brown.


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