Cooking and Meal Prep Recipes Gluten-Free Pecan Nut Pie Crust Recipe By Team Verywell Fit Team Verywell Fit Our team is passionate about being a resource for credible and up-to-date information on all nutrition and exercise topics. Learn about our editorial process Updated on January 31, 2022 Medically reviewed Verywell Fit articles are reviewed by board-certified physicians and nutrition and exercise healthcare professionals. Medical Reviewers confirm the content is thorough and accurate, reflecting the latest evidence-based research. Content is reviewed before publication and upon substantial updates. Learn more. by Kristy Del Coro, MS, RDN, LDN Medically reviewed by Kristy Del Coro, MS, RDN, LDN LinkedIn Twitter Kristy is a licensed registered dietitian nutritionist and trained culinary professional. She has worked in a variety of settings, including MSKCC and Rouge Tomate. Learn about our Medical Review Board Print Kirk Mastin / Getty Images (99 ratings) Total Time: 18 min Prep Time: 8 min Cook Time: 10 min Servings: 8 Nutrition Highlights (per serving) 154 calories 15g fat 7g carbs 2g protein Show Nutrition Label Hide Nutrition Label Nutrition Facts Servings: 8 Amount per serving Calories 154 % Daily Value* Total Fat 15g 19% Saturated Fat 3g 15% Cholesterol 9mg 3% Sodium 26mg 1% Total Carbohydrate 7g 3% Dietary Fiber 2g 7% Total Sugars 4g Includes 0g Added Sugars 0% Protein 2g Vitamin D 0mcg 0% Calcium 14mg 1% Iron 0mg 0% Potassium 104mg 2% *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. Nut-based pie crusts are becoming more popular as people with diet restrictions and health conditions look to substitute sugar and gluten while maintaining the great taste and texture of their favorite desserts. This pecan nut pie crust is the perfect foundation for the Thanksgiving staple, pumpkin pie. A high intake of tree nuts, including pecans, is associated with a reduced risk of cardiovascular disease, insulin resistance, and all-cause mortality. This is due to their poly and mono-unsaturated fatty acids, micronutrients, fiber, and phytochemicals. This recipe can be used as a substitute for any traditional flour-based pie crust, with other custard or pudding fillings like sweet potato pie, key lime pie, or lemon buttermilk pie. Although it uses a few dates for sweetness, this crust is still lower in carbs than the traditional flour-based crusts. Ingredients 1 cup pecan pieces 2 tbsp butter (salted, melted) 6 dates (softened and finely chopped) Preparation Place pecans pieces into a food processor (you can use a blender, but be careful not to blend them down too small). Pulse the processor until the largest pieces are as big as lentils or split peas. Add the melted butter and dates and blend until mixed evenly. Transfer the mixture to a 9-inch pie pan, and press the mixture with your fingers to cover the bottom and sides of the pan. The consistency should allow for you to mold the crust to the pie pan evenly. Pour in your favorite pie filling and bake according to the pie recipe instructions. Alternatively, if you need a pre-baked bottom crust, heat the oven to 350 F and bake for 10 minutes until the crust begins to brown. After 8 minutes, check every minute or so, to ensure the crust doesn't overcook. Variations and Substitutions Add spices to this nut-based pie crust that complements the pie's filling to add a layer of flavor your friends and family may not expect. Only use a small amount—1/2 to 1 teaspoon is sufficient and should be added first to the liquid ingredient in the pie crust (in this case, the melted butter) before it's mixed with the remaining ingredients. Simple spices to consider adding to custard pies include 1/2 teaspoon pumpkin spice and 1/2 teaspoon orange blossom water. An apple pie would be delightful with 1 teaspoon of vanilla extract and 1/4 teaspoon of anise. 1 teaspoon of dried thyme leaves would bring out the citrusy taste in a lemon meringue pie and give off an inviting aroma as well. Cooking and Serving Tips Nuts will stay freshest and last longer when stored in the freezer. Make sure they are in an airtight container. You can place frozen pecan nuts directly into the food processor. Rate this Recipe You've already rated this recipe. Thanks for your rating! 1 Source Verywell Fit uses only high-quality sources, including peer-reviewed studies, to support the facts within our articles. Read our editorial process to learn more about how we fact-check and keep our content accurate, reliable, and trustworthy. McKay DL, Eliasziw M, Chen CYO, Blumberg JB. A Pecan-Rich Diet Improves Cardiometabolic Risk Factors in Overweight and Obese Adults: A Randomized Controlled Trial. Nutrients. 2018;10(3):339. Published 2018 Mar 11. doi:10.3390/nu10030339 By Team Verywell Fit At Verywell Fit, we are dedicated to empowering you with the best answers to your most pressing questions, from healthy eating to exercise and everything in between. See Our Editorial Process Meet Our Review Board Share Feedback Was this page helpful? Thanks for your feedback! What is your feedback? Other Helpful Report an Error Submit Advertiser Disclosure × The offers that appear in this table are from companies that partner with and compensate Verywell Fit for displaying their offer. These partnerships do not impact our editorial choices or otherwise influence our editorial content.