When the time of year rolls around to bring fresh-from-the-oven pies to every occasion, I break out this SUUUPER buttery and flaky almond flour pie crust, and everyone (seriously, everyone…) asks for the recipe.
It’s unimaginably sad to have to pass on dessert because of food restrictions, so let’s all be thankful for healthy recipes like this low carb pie crust, that taste JUST as delicious as the traditional kind.
I love gluten-free and low carb recipes like this one – they make it so easy to celebrate!! This crust works great for sweet (pies, tarts, cheesecakes) and savory (quiches, pot pies).
Let’s dig in!
This almond flour pie crust is a true holiday wish come true:
- 5 inexpensive ingredients!
- Satisfies that craving for a buttery, flaky pie crust!
- Super forgiving – anyone can make this!
Here are a few tips and tricks to make following this almond flour pie crust recipe easy as pie, (ha, I couldn’t resist!)
Almond Flour – Almond flour is made from, you guessed it, ground almonds! This flour is super good for you, full of healthy fats and fiber. It can come in a variety of textures. For this recipe, you’re going to want it ground very fine, so that you can get the smoothest possible dough.
Xantham Gum – This is an inexpensive and immensely helpful ingredient that helps bind together and add volume when baking with gluten-free flours, like almond flour!
Egg whites – You’ll need one additional egg white in this recipe.
To easily separate whites from yolks, crack an egg into your clean hand over a small bowl. Catch the yolk, but let the white run through your fingers into the bowl, then add it to the dough. (Doing this step over a separate bowl allows for you to start over if your egg yolk accidentally spills into your whites!)
Tools To Make
- Food Processor – While you could always use a pastry blender to mix up this almond flour pie crust, a food processor helps get the dough to the right consistency without overworking it, which will make the crust too crumbly.
- Pie pan – you can use either a glass or metal 9” pie pan. Glass heats a bit differently, so lower the oven temperature by 25 degrees when baking.
Store this baked almond flour pie crust in the fridge wrapped in foil and placed in an airtight container.
Can You Freeze This?
You can freeze this almond flour pie crust both before and after it is baked. Just wrap it well in plastic wrap or an airtight container. For unbaked crusts, thaw in the fridge before baking. For baked crusts, thaw in the fridge or on the counter.
Meal Prepping Tips
If you wanted to make mini crusts, you can always take this dough and separate it into 6 small balls. Press gently into a large muffin tin, and you have mini pies ready to go!
You can bake them and fill them, or freeze them individually to be ready to fill when you want a small treat! Note, you will need to bake them for less time, and the nutrition count will be off.
Looking to shake things up? Here are a few do’s and don’ts:
Can I Swap Almond Flour For Coconut Flour?
Coconut flour is a LOT drier than almond flour, so working with it requires some adaptations, and almond and coconut flour pie crust require totally different recipes. Check out this delicious coconut flour pie crust for a tried and true recipe.
Can I Make This Without The Eggs?
So, eggs add some body to the dough which keeps it pliable. You could try swapping it out with a commercial alternative or try flaxseed.
To replace 1 egg, use 1 tablespoon ground flax seed mixed with 3 tablespoons warm water; let stand 1 minute before using. I’d use 1.5x this mix for this almond flour pie crust recipe. Use melted butter in place of egg as a wash on the outside of the dough.
Does this Recipe Work As a Cream Cheese Pie Crust?
Yes, and no. If you’re looking for a cream cheese pie crust, I suggest checking out my recipe for that instead — Yes, because it uses this recipe as a base, and no because using cream cheese instead of butter for pie crusts, calls for a few different ingredients.
Can This Be Turned Into a Graham Cracker Crust?
Looking for a sweet graham cracker crust to use with your cheesecake recipes?
Graham cracker crusts often ditch the egg and rely on butter to create their crumble-like texture (I like to add some erythritol and cinnamon to mine as well). To whip one up, I suggest checking out my low carb graham cracker crust recipe instead of trying to modify this recipe to work!
Is This Gluten-Free?
Yes! This amazingly decadent and mouth-watering almond flour pie crust is magically both low carb AND gluten free! It’s a holiday miracle, friends!
Almond Flour Pie Crust
- Cut butter into 1/4" cubes and toss in the freezer while you prep your ingredients.
- Place all dry ingredients in a food processor, and process a few times to combine.
- Add butter, egg and egg white. Pulse only until the dough becomes crumbly (about 8-10 pulses using 1 second intervals).*
- Form the dough into a ball and flatten it into a disc.
- Wrap the dough in cling wrap and place in the fridge for at least 1 hour, or up to 3 days.
- Meanwhile, butter a 9" pie pan.
- Using a rolling pin, roll dough between two sheets of parchment until it forms a 13" circle.
- Remove the top layer of parchment, and lay the dough over the pie pan. Then carefully peel back the bottom piece of parchment.
- Fold the edges over and decorate as desired.
- Place the pie pan in the freezer for 30 minutes.
- Preheat oven to 425.**
- Optional Egg Wash: whisk the remaining egg, and use a small brush to put a thin layer of the egg on the edges of the crust.
- To prebake crust, bake for 12-14 minutes, or until the edges are a nice golden brown.
Have you been gearing up all year for pie season? Here are some amazing recipes to keep you busy!
- Low Carb Apple Pie – There may not be apples in this recipe, but you’d never know!
- Low Carb Shepherd’s Pie – Perfect hearty dinner to cuddle up with.
- Low Carb Pumpkin Pie – Even better than the classic.
- Low Carb Pecan Pie – My personal favorite Thanksgiving dessert!
- Low Carb Key Lime Pie – A pie you can eat in the summer, yahooo!
This incredible almond flour pie crust is sure to become a treasured family favorite. Comment below with your favorite pie mix to put in!