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This almond flour pie crust recipe has been my favorite for a couple of years now. It’s buttery and flaky, and works well in many kinds of low carb recipes – sweet and savory. So, I was a little surprised myself when I realized I don’t have it on the blog yet! At least not on its own. It’s about time to change that…
I have used variations of this almond flour pie crust in several of my favorite recipes, including low carb cheesecake, easy strawberry tart, Nutella bars, and Greek spinach pie. Each of those was a slightly different version, but somehow I’ve never shared the original low carb pie crust recipe that I use most often. Well, here it is!
There are several options for this almond flour pie crust recipe. The flour, sweetener, salt, add-ins, fat, and even egg are all customizable, up to a point. This is pretty convenient, so you can often make it with what you have on hand!
The first question people often ask is whether they have to use almond flour, or if almond meal would be okay. The answer is, it depends. Blanched almond flour is ideal, but it’s not an absolute must. Almond meal, which is more coarse, will still work. You won’t get as fine a texture, though. In a nutshell, I recommend almond flour if you can get it, but if almond meal is what you have, you can still make this low carb pie crust with it.
You can make almond flour pie crust with or without the sweetener, so it works for low carb dessert recipes as well as for savory pies. Adjust the amount of salt accordingly.
For a savory low carb pie crust, you can throw some spices in there. (If you do, stir them with the dry ingredients first.) Garlic powder or Italian seasoning are common ones that work well. It all depends on what you are filling it with.
Speaking of sweeteners, any kind you like will work, but it has to be granulated. (Liquid sweeteners will likely alter the ratio between wet and dry ingredients too much, unless you use just a little.) Erythritol is my absolute favorite. For those that prefer to avoid it for a stricter paleo pie crust, coconut sugar is just fine instead. If you have some other sweetener, just check out my natural low carb sweetener conversion chart to help you figure out how much to use.
Even for sweet recipes, I’ve varied the amount of sweetener in this crust, depending on how sweet the filling is. If your filling is super-sweet, then 1/4 cup of sweetener in the crust might be enough. On the other hand, if it’s more tart, you may want to use as much as 1/2 cup of sweetener. It will vary depending on your sweet tooth, too. Most often, 1/3 cup will be a good middle-ground amount, so that is what I put in the recipe.
For those that are allergic to eggs, you can make this almond flour pie crust recipe without the egg. Just increase the amount of ghee by two more tablespoons. Doing it that way creates a crust that’s a little more crumbly, but it still tastes great. I’ve heard of people using flax eggs as a substitute, but haven’t tried it in pie crust yet.
Ghee is my favorite form of fat to use in this almond flour pie crust. It provides a rich, buttery flavor, but is still dairy-free. If that doesn’t matter, you can simply use butter, too. Another option that I use a lot is coconut oil, but you may taste the flavor, so just keep that in mind.
The instructions on the recipe card say to stir the ingredients together, but mention a food processor as an option. It’s completely up to you.
Using the food processor is a little more cleanup, but it’s easier to incorporate the ingredients well. And, it’s just slightly more fuss-free because you basically dump everything in the food processor and spin it together. If you do it by hand, you have to make sure the dry ingredients are mixed well first, then keep pressing and stirring the dough after adding the wet ingredients.
So, are you ready to make my favorite gluten-free low carb pie crust? Try it – it’s easy as pie! (I know, I know… I couldn’t resist. ;)) If you make it, I’d love to know what you filled it with. Tell me in the comments!
Almond Flour Pie Crust Recipe – 5 Ingredients (Paleo, Low Carb, Gluten-free):
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