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6 Crispy and Delicious Gluten-Free Pie Crusts for Every Occasion

Tehrene Firman

Photo: Getty Images/Jamel Toppin

If you’re avoiding gluten, there’s no need to steer clear the dessert table this year. It’s easy to make a flaky, decadent, and delicious gluten-free pie crust.

Most gluten-free pie crust recipes call for coconut flour, almond flour, oat flour, or some combination. But no matter which gluten-free ingredient you’re using, pre-baking the curst ensures extra crispiness. It also helps hold everything together. “Bake it before you put the filling in, then once again after the filling is in,” says Jenny Dorsey, a professional chef. Another secret? Always make sure there’s adequate moisture in your gluten-free crust dough, like eggs or coconut oil, so your crust doesn’t get too dry and fall apart.

Gluten-free baking can take some trial and error, so feel free to test as many gluten-free ingredients as possible before the holidays to figure out which you like best. These gluten-free pie crust recipes won’t disappoint.

The best gluten-free pie crust recipes

1. Coconut and hazelnut flour crust

This pie crust is still just as delicious without white flour. Instead, you get the same flaky crust with the help of just a handful of simple ingredients.

Yield: 2 crusts

Ingredients
1 ½ cups coconut flour
1 cup hazelnut flour
½ cup tapioca starch
½ tsp kosher salt
⅔ cup coconut sugar
1 cup solid coconut oil
2 large eggs

1. Put all ingredients in food processor, and pulse until coarse crumbles appear. Add egg and continue to pulse until mixture begins to come together as a ball. Place mixture into bowl and shape by hand into ball.
2. Split ball into pieces and carefully press into pie mold by hand, making sure bottoms and sides are even and the bottom edge is tucked in. Poke a few holes at the bottom of the crust with a fork. Bake at 375 degrees for 15 minutes until golden brown. Let cool completely.
3. For pie top: Place dough on parchment paper and carefully roll into even, flat layer. Use bottom imprint of final pie dish to create a circle at center, then trim all excess dough. Reshape the edges, smoothing until aesthetically pleasing. (Optional: punch out cute shapes at center of dough!)
4. Bake at 375 degrees for 10 minutes. Let cool completely.

2. Almond flour and nut crust

When you combine these simple ingredients in a food processor, you get the perfect blend for a tasty pie crust.

Ingredients
1 cup almond flour
½ cup cashews
½ cup pecans
4 medjool dates
1 tablespoon coconut oil

1. Process all ingredients for 1 to 2 minutes, or until everything is combined with small crunchy bits remaining.
2. Press evenly into a pre-greased 9-inch tart pan with removable bottom.
3. Set aside while making filling—there’s no need to bake alone. It can also be made a ahead of time and stored in the fridge.

3. Oat flour crust

If you’re a fan of oat flour, this pie crust recipe is for you. And that ooey-gooey cheery filling? Not too shabby either.

4. Brown rice flour crust

This pumpkin pie is as delicious as it gets. The crust is also easy to make—especially if you have the store-bought brown rice flour blend ($23) that Monique Kilgore of Divas Can Cook recommends.

5. Gluten-free bread crust

This is the ultimate gluten-free pie crust hack. Instead of using flour, you simply use gluten-free bread (yes, you read that correctly… bread!), butter, and an egg.

6. Almond flour

You can make a flaky gluten-free crust with ease by using almond flour, butter, and an egg. Load it with a mouth-watering sweet potato filling and you have yourself the perfect pie.

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