This Gluten Free Vegan Pie Crust is made with just 6 ingredients (including coconut oil) and works with ANY pie! All natural, easy ingredients and bakes perfectly into a light flaky crust!
WATCH THE VIDEO TO SEE HOW IT’S MADE:
(pictured above: Vegan Gluten Free Pumpkin Pie)
Now that Halloween’s over, it’s officially all things Thanksgiving and Christmas season! Yeah, that mashup season is my current reality right now. To celebrate, I did something a bit different today: a pie crust. Not just any pie crust though, we’re learning how to make a gluten free vegan pie crust! This is the answer to all your pie crust dreams since this works perfectly for everyone.
BONUS: it only looks intimidating; it’s actually pretty easy to make!
Step one to making a gluten free vegan pie crust: prepare to eat all the pie because the crust just tastes that amazing. Okay, truly, step one: ensure all your ingredients are very cold. Measure out your butter, cube it, then freeze it for a bit. Since vegan butter isn’t as solid as regular butter, this step is crucial. If you can buy the ones that come in the sticks, even better. Once it’s pretty solid, it’s ready.
Next, do the same for your coconut oil. Whether you’re starting out with liquid or slightly solid coconut oil, you want it as hard as possible. The great thing here is that coconut oil has a pretty high melting point, very similar to shortening. That means you get a super delicious flaky crust! You’ll also want your water to be almost frozen.
Next, mix everything together. There is no gluten, so you don’t have to worry about over mixing. However, you still don’t want to blend it out because solid bits of coconut oil and vegan butter is a GOOD thing. This means an even “fattier” crust and more flakiness, that’s still sturdy.
We want flakiness.
Form into a disk, wrap with saran wrap, and set in your fridge for two hours or more. I do overnight sometimes. I love that you can make this gluten free vegan pie crust (just cementing that in your minds, inception style) ahead of time because, who has 4 hours to make a pie?!
Roll it out (no pictures for this step, but it’s all in the video). P.S. see those bits of solid coconut oil above? PERFECT. I like to roll my dough out to 12 inches so you get that hang over the pie container. Speaking of which, I use a standard 9 inch pie dish. Apparently it is deep dish (according to the description), and you can pick it up on Amazon.
I roll mine out on parchment paper so I can just flip it onto the pie dish. Even after 3 years of owning a baking company, this part is still tricky, but this crust is FORGIVING. If it doesn’t fall perfectly, just form it out with your hands. Seriously, no one will know. Except us, of course.
If your recipe requires pre-baking, add some pie weights if you own them, or dry beans. I always have dry beans, so this seems perfect here. For my pumpkin pie recipe, I bake these for 10 minutes (coming tomorrow). Since it’s such a wet crust, that helps prevent soggy crust.
You’re done! Add your delicious filling and reveal beautiful yummy pie below! That wasn’t so bad right?! P.S. 2 LOOK at that flakiness!! Goodness this crust was delicious. I had way too much, but that’s okay because I shared it so the calories don’t count 😉 .
YOUR QUESTIONS ANSWERED
Q: Can I freeze this gluten free vegan pie crust?
A: YES! You can freeze this pie crust for up to 3 months. When ready to use, thaw overnight and use as normal.
Q: Why is my pie crust crumbly?
A: You may need a bit more water in your pie crust. Ensure that you actually weigh out your flour to prevent adding too much!
Q: Why is my pie crust too soggy?
A: You probably added too much liquid. Again, weighing out ingredients will help to prevent this!
P.S. Here are some of the items I used to make this recipe if you’d like to use them too:
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Gluten Free Vegan Pie Crust
- 1 1/4 cup (6.5 oz/185g) all purpose GF flour
- 1/2 teaspoon sea salt
- 5 tablespoons vegan butter
- 3 tablespoons (1.3 oz/37g) solid, semi frozen coconut oil (measure then freeze)
- 4-6 tablespoons ice cold water
- Ensure all your ingredients are very cold. You want almost frozen butter that is hard, almost rock hard coconut oil and almost frozen water. The coconut oil melts pretty quickly, so don't take out your ingredients until you're ready to use them.
- Add all the ingredients (you can mix the salt with the flour first) to a large bowl and using a pastry cutter, blend it all together. You could also use a fork or even your hands. You want everything blended together to form a coarse dough, where you can still see bits of butter and solid coconut oil. Don't overwork.
- Add the water slowly. Start at 4 tablespoons and mix with a wooden spoon. If the dough is too dry, add a tablespoon at a time until it's a bit more pliable. The dough should come together and not be sticky.
- Shape the dough into a disk. Pay attention to see if it needs a bit more flour (a sprinkling) or water and add accordingly. I do not recommend adding more water than above.
- Wrap with saran wrap, and place in the fridge for two hours up to two days.
- When ready to use, set on the counter for about 5 to 10 minutes before rolling out.
- Set down some parchment paper, dust it lightly with GF flour, and begin to roll out crust. Since the parchment paper moves a lot, it may help to add some weight to the edges. Roll out into a 12 inch circle.
- Lightly flour your pie dish. Move the parchment paper with pie dough over the pie dish and begin to invert it into the dish. If it doesn't fall perfectly, just reform with your fingers. Smooth out the bottom and edges. Ensure the pie is covering all of the pie dish, especially the bottom.
- Prick the bottom with a fork lightly, then add pie weights into a parchment paper onto pie crust. IF pre-baking, bake according to recipe's instructions. Enjoy!
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