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The BEST Vegan and Gluten Free Pie Crust Recipe!

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5 from 1 vote

Making the perfect vegan and gluten free pie crust has never been easier or tastier! Honestly, you’d never know this flaky and delicious crust is vegan or gluten free, which makes it the perfect pie crust for big group celebrations.

An unclose view of the pie crust when used in a pumpkin pie

I can’t wait for you to try this insanely delicious pie crust! It’s my FAVORITE pie crust recipe of all time and I’m confident I’ll be using it until the end of my days.  After all, if you find a pie crust that’s easy, flaky, delicious in flavor AND extremely versatile, why would you ever choose another?  Please try it and let me know what you think in the comments below.

Why this Recipe Works:

  • The combination of almond flour and gluten free all purpose flour makes this crust flaky yet sturdy, while the vegetable shortening, salt and brown sugar gives it a buttery and subtly sweet and salty flavor – pie crust perfection!

What kind of pie can I make with this crust?

  • ANY pie! That’s the best part about this crust – it’s flavor pairs well with any pie creation you can think of. It goes especially well with my Deep Dish Vegan Pumpkin Pie!

Does it work well as top crust as well as a bottom crust?

  • Absolutely.  Simply double the recipe below if you need both a top crust and a bottom one for your pie.

If you’re looking for pie recipes to try out, look no further! You’ll love my Deep Dish Vegan Pumpkin Pie, my Cherry Blueberry Pie (which was featured in People Magazine), and my Chocolate Cream Pie with Pretzel Crust. Want pie for breakfast? Then you also have to try my Peach Raspberry Breakfast Pies.

How to Make the BEST Vegan and Gluten Free Pie Crust:

1. Preheat your oven to 350º.  Then, add the flours, brown sugar and salt to a food processor and blend until well combined.  No food processor? No problem!  Combine these ingredients in a mixing bowl, instead.

2. Next, add the 8 tablespoons of vegetable shortening (one at a time) and blend until the dough becomes crumbly and mostly forms into a ball.  Be careful not to over mix! Scrape the bottom and sides to ensure all flour is incorporated. If using a mixing bowl, use a handheld pastry cutter/pastry blender or fork to mix the shortening in.

All of the pie crust ingredients mixed together in a food processor until all flour is incorporated.

3. Empty the contents onto a sheet of parchment paper and form the dough into a five to six inch disc.

Raw pie crust dough formed into a 5 - 6 inch disk.

From there, use the palms of your hands to flatten the dough and create a circle 10-12 inches in diameter and about 1/4 – 1/8 of an inch thick.  Alternatively, you can do this with a rolling pin covered with flour, which is the route you’ll definitely want to take if you’re making a top crust as well as a bottom crust. 

Raw pie crust dough rolled out to a 10 - 12 inch circle, about 1/4 of an inch thick.

This one I created just by pressing with my palms and finger tips – no rolling pin!

4. Place your pie pan upside down on top of the dough circle.

A pie pan upside down laying on top of the 12 inch rolled out raw pie crust dough. Ready to be filled over.

Then, place one hand on top of pie pan and the other under the parchment paper, perfectly centered under the dough and pie pan – and – quickly flip the pie pan over! Set it down and carefully peal away the parchment paper so that you’re left with a pie pan lined with pie crust dough. You may need to do a little mending! NOTE: If the dough is too sticky to work with, simply place it in the fridge for 10 minutes to firm up.

5. Press the dough onto the bottom and sides of the pan and shape the edges as desired.  No fancy designs necessary!

Pie crust dough flattened against the bottom and sides of the pan with the edges crimped.

6.  Place your pie pan on a baking sheet for easier handling. Then, blind bake the crust in your preheated oven for 12 minutes. After removing from the oven, your pie crust is ready to be filled with whatever pie filling you like!

Top Tips for Making the BEST Vegan and Gluten Free Pie Crust:

  • If at any point the crust gets too sticky to work with, place in the fridge for 10 minutes to firm it up.
  • Be careful not to over mix the dough or it may get sticky and hard to work with.
  • There’s no need for perfection when it comes to forming the edges of your pie crust, just make sure that it’s evenly spread out on the bottom and the sides of the pie pan.
  • Bake your crust on a baking sheet for easier handling. After all, the last thing you want to do is knock the edge of your crust with a potholder!
  • When it’s ready to eat, try serving your pie with my 2-Ingredient Vegan Whipped Cream.

Did you try this recipe? Give it a star rating and let me know what you think in the comments below. Your feedback is very helpful!

An unclose view of the pie crust when used in a pumpkin pie

The BEST Vegan and Gluten Free Pie Crust

This vegan, dairy free and gluten free pie crust is so flaky and delicious! You'd never guess it's vegan and gluten free.
5 from 1 vote
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Course: Dessert
Cuisine: gluten-free, plant based, vegan
Keyword: Gluten Free Pie Crust, Vegan Desserts, Vegan Thanksgiving
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 12 minutes
Total Time: 22 minutes
Servings: 1 pie crust

Ingredients

Instructions

  • Preheat your oven to 350º.  Then, add the flours, brown sugar and salt to a food processor and blend until well combined.  No food processor? Combine these ingredients in a mixing bowl, instead.
  • Next, add the 8 tablespoons of vegetable shortening and blend until the dough becomes crumbly and mostly forms into a ball.  Scrape the bottom and sides to ensure all flour is incorporated. If using a mixing bowl, use a handheld pastry cutter/pastry blender or fork to mix the shortening in.
  • Empty the contents onto a sheet of parchment paper and form the dough into a 5-6 inch disc.  From there, use the palms of your hands to flatten the dough and create a circle 10-12 inches in diameter and about 1/4 - 1/8 of an inch thick.  Alternatively, you can do this with a rolling pin covered with flour, which is what you'll want to use if ever making a top crust for a pie.
  • Place your pie pan upside down on top of the dough circle.
    Then, place one hand on top of pie pan and the other under the parchment paper and centered under the pan - and - quickly flip the pie pan over! Set it down and carefully peel away the parchment paper so that you're left with a pie pan lined with pie crust dough.  You may need to do some mending!
  • Press the dough onto the bottom and sides of the pan and shape the edges as desired.  
  • Place your pie pan on a baking sheet for easier handling. Then, blind bake the crust in your preheated oven for 12 minutes. After removing from the oven, your pie crust is ready to be filled with whatever pie filling you like!

Notes

  • There's no need for perfection when it comes to forming your pie crust, just make sure that it's evenly spread out on the bottom and the sides of the pie pan.
  • When it's ready to eat, try serving your pie with my 2-Ingredient Vegan Whipped Cream.
  • If you need a top crust as well as a bottom one, be sure to double this recipe.
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Comments

Vanessa

I’d like to use this pie crust recipe for a pecan pie. The pie recipe I have says to use an unbaked crust – but that is for a regular flour/non vegan crust. Can I make the pie with this crust unbaked, or do you think I should bake it first? Thank you so much!

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Audrey Dunham

I always like to partially bake this crust for 12 minutes before adding the filling and baking again. Whats nice is that it doesn’t burn easily; even if in the oven for an additional 60 minutes! Partially baking this crust for those 12 minutes ensures that it’s the perfect texture all the way around and not under baked or gummy in some areas, which can happen with crusts including almond flour. Hope this helps!

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Carolyn

Do I still blind bake this crust if making a pumpkin pie? Thanks!

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Audrey Dunham

Yes! Just bake those 12 minutes.

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Jennifer

5 stars
This pumpkin pie is AMAZING! Made it for thanksgiving and Xmas… it was a huge hit and no one knew it was vegan till my hubby let the cat out of the bag lol. Even my sister who HATES pumpkin pie ended up loving it and went back for seconds on this one! Thank you for such a fabulous recipe. It’s one I will be making for years to come 🥰

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Audrey Dunham

So glad you liked the pumpkin pie recipe, Jennifer! Thank you very much for the kind words; it means a lot. (For those reading, the full pumpkin pie recipe can be found HERE.

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