Gluten-Free Almond Pie Crust

almond meal pie crust

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Total Time: 15 min
Prep Time: 5 min
Cook Time: 10 min
Servings: 8

Nutrition Highlights (per serving)

180 calories
15g fat
8g carbs
5g protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: 8
Amount per serving  
Calories 180
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 15g 19%
Saturated Fat 4g 20%
Cholesterol 23mg 8%
Sodium 49mg 2%
Total Carbohydrate 8g 3%
Dietary Fiber 3g 11%
Total Sugars 4g  
Includes 3g Added Sugars 6%
Protein 5g  
Vitamin D 0mcg 0%
Calcium 68mg 5%
Iron 1mg 6%
Potassium 182mg 4%
*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calorie a day is used for general nutrition advice.

If you're looking for a great alternative pie crust, this almond flour pie crust not only tastes great, but it also very easy to make. The crust is gluten-free because it swaps out the traditional flour base in a crust. And the pure maple syrup even provides antioxidants which are associated with health benefits such as a reduced risk of cancer and better blood glucose management.

The maple syrup and vanilla extract make this a crust that works better with sweet pies but the recipe can be adapted for savory pies as well.

Ingredients

  • 2 tbsps maple syrup
  • 1 1/2 cups almond flour
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1/4 tsp baking soda
  • 2 tbsps coconut oil
  • 1 large egg
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract

Preparation

  1. Heat oven to 350F.

  2. In a medium sized bowl, combine dry ingredients.

  3. In a small bowl, combine wet ingredients making sure to melt the coconut oil before mixing it into the batter.

  4. Stir wet ingredients into dry.

  5. Pat the crust into the bottom and up the sides of a pie pan in an even layer with your fingertips. If necessary, dampen your hands slightly to keep the crust from sticking to your fingers.

  6. Bake for about 10 minutes until the crust is beginning to brown. After 8 minutes, check every minute or so, because once it starts to brown, it goes quickly.

  7. Remove from oven and cool.

  8. Fill with your favorite pie filling or cheesecake ingredients.

Variations and Substitutions

This recipe calls for almond flour but you can also use almond meal or grind your own meal or flour from blanched, whole almonds. In general, meals are ground to a flour consistency but are coarser than wheat flour which is ground to a fine powder.

If you'd like to make a crust for a savory pie, omit the maple syrup and vanilla extract and add a tablespoon of water.  Use the crust for a shepherd's pie, meat pie, or a chicken pot pie. Or use the crust to make a savory egg, cheese, and spinach tart.

Cooking and Serving Tips

  • To save time and make clean-up easier, mix the ingredients right in the pie pan.
  • Melt coconut oil by placing it in the microwave for about 20 seconds
  • Since this crust is baked before filling, it works best with fillings that require no additional cooking. Try it with a fresh berry filling or in this no-bake cheesecake. If you use the crust recipe for a pie that needs additional baking, cover the crust with tin foil to prevent burning.
  • This crust works best in a 9-inch pie pan. If all you have is an 8-inch one, the crust will be a little thicker if you use all of it or you can pat most of it in the pan and save the rest to use as a yummy topping for everything from ice cream to hot cereal.

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