Pie crusts are the foundation of most of the TASTIEST comfort foods, and with these delectable low carb pie crust recipes, us low carb-ers don’t have to miss a tasty beat!
I know what you’re thinking. There’s no way these low carb recipes are as good as Grandma’s…
Well. Let me tell you, friends. These healthy recipes for pie crusts are family tested and approved, make your Mama proud, buttery, FLAKY! crumble-free, delicious, and they’re sure to spark a little joy at your next family gathering.
Whether you’re filling them up with your favorite low carb pie recipes, or a super cheesy quiche, you’re going to love ’em!
Let’s get baking!
You guys are going to flip when you taste these low carb pie crust recipes!
Each of the recipes below have a special place in my heart (and recipe index…), but, if I had to pick just ONE recipe to eat for the rest of my life, it’d be my almond flour pie crust. It’s just as flaky and buttery as my Grandma’s, and she admits it!
Here are the 3 best Low Carb Pie Crust recipes:
1. Almond Flour Pie Crust
Did I mention this almond flour pie crust is my absolute FAVORITE, go-to recipe!!
It’s the crust I rely on most heavily come Thanksgiving — I like to premake my dough and store it in the freezer. All my pies (low carb pecan pie or low carb pumpkin pie, etc.) are made using this crust.
It’s a great crust to form shapes with (lattice, etc.) and is the absolute flakiest.
2. Coconut Flour Pie Crust
Here’s the deal. Coconut flour is naturally suuuper dry, so getting it into a buttery state takes a lot more liquid (I use eggs and butter to amp up the creamy factor) when compared to almond or wheat flour.
But, this recipe is here to prove that not all coconut flour recipes are dry, and they can be delish!
This is a great recipe to use if you’re allergic to nuts, or want a bit of that coconut-y taste (yes, it tastes a bit like coconuts!). I recommend using this coconut flour pie crust for chocolate tarts and recipes of that nature, where coconut flavor will add delicious value to the dish.
Now, full transparency here. I prefer the almond flour recipe (above) to this low carb pie crust. I like the texture more, and it’s easier to work with, to form those pie shapes we all love.
3. Low Carb Graham Cracker Crust
Graham cracker crust is a MUST for cheesecakes, tarts, and all sorts of yummy desserts — and this low carb graham cracker crust ensures you don’t have to miss out!
It tastes just like regular graham cracker crusts, and is the easiest low carb pie crust recipe to throw together! Literally, it’s a melt, stir, and press kinda recipe, and I LOVE it!
Use this crust for your favorite recipes such as low carb cheesecake and low carb no bake cheesecake
The macronutrient breakdown will vary depending on which recipe you choose. That said, all of these low carb pie crust recipes use LOW carb /high-fat ingredients.
So, as a general rule of thumb, these recipes are pretty dal gone high in fat.
All of these low carb pie crust recipes are easy to throw together, BUT, you’ll need to follow the steps in each recipe exactly to achieve the perfect (flaky) dough you’re after. Check out the recipe you’ll be working with for specific instructions…
But, here are a few general things to point out (Most of these don’t apply to the graham cracker low carb pie crust):
- You want to keep you butter colddd!The goal is to keep your butter completely solid until you bake the crust. As you know, butter melts at a very low temperature (below body temperature), meaning there isn’t a ton of workable range. This is why we’re constantly placing the dough back in the fridge/freezer between steps.
- Food processors are the best way to combine dough ingredients. They quickly break up the ingredients without overworking them. This prevents the butter from warming up too much!
- Your dough should look like an ariel view of the earth. The fat will form little white wisps in the dough, which shouldn’t fully combine with the flour. (Thank you Cook’s Illustrated for that visual tip!)
- Butter your pie pan! Otherwise, all your low carb pie crust making work will break into pieces when you try to remove a slice.
- Bake these crusts on a rimmed baking sheet. These low carb pie crust recipes are loaded with butter! Which tends to drip while baking. Save yourself a huggge oven mess (even a few drips can lead to a smokey situation) and bake your crusts on a rimmed baking sheet to catch any drippings.
- Use an egg wash. Optional, but highly recommended! Egg washes add a gorgeous golden sheen to the edges of your crust that’ll make you look like a pastry chef every time.
- Use a foil collar. In my baking experience, high-fat recipes tend to burn more easily — and our low carb pie crust recipes are made of primarily fat (as opposed to traditional crusts made of a combo of fat and carbs).To prevent any burning, I use a foil collar around the edges of the crust. Then remove it for the last 10 minutes (this is when I apply the egg wash).
Again, this will vary from recipe to recipe, but I wanted to point out a few swaps you may be tempted to try:
Coconut Flour vs. Almond Flour – Sorry guys, these ingredients have such unique baking characteristics that they require completely different recipes. So, if you’ve got almond flour, follow the almond flour recipe… you get where I’m going here!
Butter vs. Other Fats – You can try these recipes with coconut oil (I haven’t done that!), but they won’t turn out as flaky as recipes with butter. (Due to their different melting points, and molecular structures of the fats).
Lard is a great substitute for butter (in fact, many bakers consider it to be the best fat for pie crusts!), I personally prefer the taste of butter, so I ALWAYS use it!
Once you taste a bite of these low carb pie crust recipes, you’ll be wondering how to stop yourself from eating them for every mealll! But, to give you a little inspiration:
Here are a few sweet ways to enjoy these low carb pie crust recipes:
- Pies such as pumpkin, pecan, or low carb apple pie
- Cream pies like low carb key lime pie
- Cheesecakes like low carb pumpkin cheesecake
And, here are some savory ideas:
- Savory pies like low carb chicken pot pie
- Low carb quiche recipes
Whether you’re gearing up for a big holiday feast, or you just miss the smell of freshly baked pies emanating through your cozy home, I know you’re going to find something you LOVE on this list!
Buttery, flaky, easy, and DELISH! With recipes like this, us low carb-er aren’t missing out on anything!
Leave me a comment below and let me know your favorite low carb pie crust from this list. Enjoy!