Lower-Carb Almond Pie Crust Recipe

Almond flour and almonds on wooden spoons
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Total Time 15 min
Prep 5 min, Cook 10 min
Yield 8 servings (88 calories each)

If you're looking for a great alternative pie crust, this almond flour pie crust not only tastes great, it's very easy to make. You can even mix the three ingredients right in the pie pan.

Since this crust is baked before filling, it works best with fillings that require no additional cooking. Try it with a fresh berry filling or in this No-Bake Cheesecake.

This crust works best in a 9-inch pie pan. If all you have is an 8-inch one, the crust will be a little thicker if you use all of it, or you can pat most of it in the pan and save the rest to use as a yummy topping for everything from ice cream to hot cereal.

This crust is both gluten-free (because it swaps out the traditional flour base in a crust) and is lower in carbs for the same reason. The 2 tablespoons of agave might be surprising in a low-carb recipe, but remember that it's 2 teaspoons for the entire recipe (that's less than 2 grams of carbs per piece) and they go a long way in making the final product taste great.

Ingredients

Preparation

  1. Heat oven to 350 F.
  2. If the pie pan is microwave safe, melt the butter right in it and mix the almond meal / almond flour and agave syrup right in the pan, combining thoroughly. Otherwise, melt the butter and add it and the rest of the ingredients to a metal pan and combine thoroughly.
  3. Pat the crust into the bottom and up the sides of the pan in an even layer with your fingertips. If necessary, dampen your hands slightly to keep the crust from sticking to your fingers.
  1. Bake for about 10 minutes until the crust is beginning to brown. After 8 minutes, check every minute or so, because once it starts to brown, it goes quickly.
  2. Remove from oven and cool.
  3. Fill with your favorite pie filling or cheesecake ingredients.

What's the Difference Between Meal and Flour?

This recipe calls for almond flour which is also known as almond meal. In general, meals are ground to a flour consistency but are coarser than wheat flour which is ground to a fine powder. They can't always be used interchangeably. 

Best Applications for Almond Flour / Meal

  • Almond flour is not the best choice in all baked goods but it is ideal for quick bread, muffins, some cakes, pie crust (as in this case) and even pancakes, although the texture of the latter will not be as fluffy as those made with white flour.
  • Because nut meals have no gluten, it can fall short in yeasted bread recipes that depend on the development of gluten by kneading to give them structure. To get around this, recipes using nut meals / flour usually have more eggs to give them the rise they need.
  • It can be used instead of white flour to bread foods that are either pan fried or deep fried. But it must be an item that requires a quick fry because nut meals tend to burn easily.

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