Make the best Almond Flour Pie Crust recipe for sweet or savory gluten free and grain free pies. Simply mix together a handful of ingredients and press into a dish for a dairy free, low carb crust in minutes!
4tablespoonunsalted butter, melted (replace with ghee or coconut oil for dairy free)
Preheat oven to 350°F. Combine almond flour, sugar, and salt in a bowl. Add melted butter and lightly beaten egg.Stir until all the ingredients are moistened and dough sticks together.
Pour crust into a pie plate and press down your fingers on the bottom and up the sides. Then take a small measuring cup, pressing down firmly on the bottom and smoothing evenly. If making a fluted edge, press the crust up the sides until it goes over the top of the pie plate.
Use your thumb and forefinger to flute the edges in a decorative design. Prick the bottom of the crust several times to prevent the crust from bubbling up while baking.
If pouring in a filing to bake, first par bake the crust for 10-12 minutes before filling. For a fully baked crust, bake for 25-27 minutes, or until golden brown. Almond flour pie crust edges brown quickly, so use a pie shield or cover edges with foil. TIP: If edges are becoming too brown before the bottom crust finishes baking, move the pie to the lower rack and cover edges with another layer of foil.
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Best Tips for Making a Almond Crust
If you'd rather use whole almonds, place 2 cups unsalted almonds in a food processor or Vitamix until finely ground. Be careful to not overprocess or the oils will separate and you will end up with almond butter instead. Add remaining ingredients and pulse to combine.
The key to making sure the crust doesn't crumble apart while cutting is pressing the dough solidly into the pie plate. First use your fingers, then use the bottom of a measuring cup to press smoothly and firmly.
Unblanched almonds, without the skins, will yield a lighter colored crust. Using almond meal also works, but the crust will have a speckled, "rustic" look.
Replace the sugar with 2 tablespoons pure maple syrup for unrefined sugar version.
Vegan Almond Flour Crust
Replace the egg with a flax egg, which is 1 tablespoon ground flaxseed combined with 2 1/2 tablespoons water.Mix the flax egg with the remaining ingredients. For a vegan version, also replace the butter with coconut oil. Please note, replacing the butter and egg will still yield a great tasting pie crust, but the texture will be slightly more crumbly during slicing.
Low Carb / Keto Almond Flour Crust
If you are looking for a low carb or keto almond flour pie crust recipe, simply omit the sugar or replace it with a low carb sweetener. Replace the sugar with sweeteners such as monk fruit, erythritol, splenda, or coconut sugar for a paleo crust. Make sure the sugar substitute is granulated rather than liquid so the dough doesn't become too wet.