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(The Flakiest!) Keto Pie Crust 🥧 gluten free

Suuuper flaky, buttery and tasty, this keto pie crust is ideal for anything from pies (think pumpkin and ‘apple’!) to empanadas and quiches.

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Gluten Free & Keto Pie Crust

Suuuper Flaky!

Whip it up easily, roll it out, and go make some pie. Or empanadas, sweet hand pies, pop tarts (!!!), roll-ups… pfff! Endless possibilities await.

And did I mention just 2g net carb per serving?!

A slice of keto pumpkin pie with whipped cream
The Best Gluten Free & Keto Pumpkin Pie (with our flaky pie crust!)

The Flours

We like a mixture of super fine almond flour and coconut flour best. Add a touch of xanthan gum, and we’re golden.

In terms of brands, for the almond either Anthony’s or WellBees work great. Both are super fine grinds. And for the coconut, I always favor Anthony’s (best taste and texture by a mile!). 

And don’t be afraid of the seemingly long list of ingredients, as you’re likely to have most in your cupboard/fridge already.

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Just One Rule

You must chill your pastry for 1 hour (at least) before using it. Similar to your good-old wheat flour, the almond and coconut (in particular) need the time to soak up the moisture evenly.

So chill for one hour, and up to 3 days.

On the subject of temperature, make sure that your filling of choice is completely chilled before filling up empanadas (or whatever it is you’re cooking up!). Otherwise you will (quite literally) see the pastry melt before your very eyes.

And remember that, like with any pastry dough, you need to work quickly and over a cool surface. Though do note that if the dough becomes too hard to manage, you can always pop it back in the fridge/freezer for 15 minutes before carrying on!

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The Deets

When rolling out you may want to use parchment or wax paper. Given the lack of gluten, the crust is more fragile and it will break easily if not handled with care. So I suggest rolling it out between two sheets of parchment paper (see video).

And talking about lack of gluten, this is the reason why the dough will crack slightly when baked. I’ve noticed that the cracking can be lessened by allowing the dough to rest overnight (probably because moisture is distributed more evenly), though note that taste and texture will be the same.

I also noted that by increasing the xanthan gum you can get a silky smooth crust, but at the cost of losing a bit of flakiness. So I did sacrifice some aesthetics for the sake of taste and texture. 

One last thing (promise!). Like with any pastry dough, make sure not to over-process the dough. The mixture ought to resemble coarse breadcrumbs rather than cookie dough. It will make the pastry much more flaky and (perhaps surprisingly) easier to handle.

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A slice of keto apple pie with a scoop of vanilla ice cream and caramel sauce
Keto Apple Pie (with our super flaky pie crust!)

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(The Flakiest!) Keto Pie Crust

Course: Entree
Cuisine: American, European, Keto
Keyword: gluten free pie crust, keto pie crust
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Chilling Time: 1 hour
Total Time: 50 minutes
Servings: 8 servings
Calories: 189 kcal

Suuuper flaky, buttery and tasty, this keto pie crust is ideal for anything from pies (both sweet and savory!) to empanadas and quiches.

Oh, and if baking with cups rather than grams is your thing, just click on US Cups for an instant conversion.

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Ingredients

Instructions

  1. Please see recipe video for guidance!

  2. Add almond flour, coconut flour, xanthan gum, salt and zest (optional) to food processor and pulse until evenly combined.

  3. Add butter and cream cheese and pulse for just a few seconds until crumbly. Add in egg and vinegar and pulse until the dough just begins to come together (but stop before it forms into a ball). Like with any pastry dough, make sure not to over-process the dough. The mixture ought to resemble coarse breadcrumbs rather than cookie dough. 

  4. Turn out the dough onto cling film (i.e. saran wrap) and pat into a round. 

  5. Refrigerate for at least one hour, or up to 3 days. You can, alternatively, freeze the pie crust at this point and thaw out as needed (just as regular pie crust!).

  6. Roll out the crust between parchment paper. It's more fragile than regular pie crust, so you need to work quickly and in cold conditions. You can patch up any cracks that occur by pinching the dough together. And if at any point the crust becomes unmanageable, simply pop it in the freezer for 5-10 minutes before carrying on.  

  7. Once shaped (pie, empanadas, etc), pop it in the freezer for 10-15 minutes prior to baking (as it will help to keep its shape better and come out flakier). Brush with egg wash for a glossy finish (optional, but highly suggested). 

  8. Bake at 390°F/200°C for 10-12 minutes if making something small such as crackers. And up to 30 minutes for empanadas and such. Just keep an eye out for it, as grain free flours have a tendency to brown suddenly rather than gradually. 

Recipe Video

Recipe Notes

One batch is enough for a pie base (or galette!). So if doing a latticed pie, you'll want to double the recipe. 

Nutrition Facts
(The Flakiest!) Keto Pie Crust
Amount Per Serving
Calories 189 Calories from Fat 153
% Daily Value*
Fat 17g26%
Saturated Fat 8g40%
Cholesterol 54mg18%
Sodium 206mg9%
Potassium 17mg0%
Carbohydrates 4g1%
Fiber 2g8%
Protein 3g6%
Vitamin A 435IU9%
Calcium 31mg3%
Iron 0.6mg3%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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438 comments

  1. Amber Farquhar says:

    This is LEGIT just like the store light flakey pie crusts. I was so skeptical to try it out because it was tedious and I don’t normally like making things that require steps that involve waiting a certain amount of time (I like instant gratification) but it really wasn’t as bad as I had imagined when all is said and done. And in the end, it was BEYOND worth it!!! I made a double batch the second time and have it waiting for me in the fridge for making pumpkin pie and Brie cheese this Thanksgiving. Paola is always a genius!

    • I’m so happy to hear it worked out so great Amber, and I agree its definitely not hard to make at all (and with practice it becomes even easier)!!

      p.s. I’m also making a brie wheel this week, def a personal favorite 🙂 happy holidays!

  2. Erin says:

    I live with someone that has a coconut allergy. Would it be fine to sub almond flour for the portion of coconut flour? Or is there another type of flour that would sub in better?

  3. Aaeysha says:

    Hi Paola, I love this dough! I made it quite a few times with great success. The best was the brie cheese combo. I want to make an apple pie with it next. However, I’m torn on whether to use this recipe or your all butter recipe from your book. Which one would you recommend?

  4. Anu says:

    I’m sure you don’t need another review of this recipe, but oh my goodness, I can’t help myself! Yes, this dough is fiddly, yes, you really need to follow the instructions carefully (including the 10-15 minute freezing before baking… soo important!), yes for the egg wash at the end, and yes, you might cry and swear a little while making it, but the results are SO worth it! In a strange way, despite being a bit difficult to get the hang of, this recipe is incredibly satisfying to make, and the results are delicious! I used this to make a dough for empanadas and it was fantastic – a bit flaky, a bit crumbly (and okay, it will never be “exactly” like a gluten-ey crust, but it’s so close!), yet somehow just right. I can’t wait to try variants of this for other types of dishes – pies, pasties, perhaps.. maybe… possibly croissants?! Thank you so much for sharing this recipe, it’s genius 🙂

  5. Cynthia Myhre says:

    Wow this is great. A little tricky until you get the hang of the delicacy of the dough but as you said, when it gets difficult, pop it in the freezer for 5 minutes. I made meat empanadas, like my grandparents used to make for me but with this dough. It was like pull out a nice 2″ ball and flatten it oval wise between the parchment paper and keep lifting the paper on each side after each roll, then fill it in the middle and use the paper to turn over the dough to cover the filling so I can use a fork lightly to seal the edges. Came out so good, I have to hide them from the family so I have some left for me. lol. Thank you!!! *Only change was I used an egg yolk with ½ tspn monkfruit sweetener mixed together for the coating and it also helped seal any breaks in the dough. If you had a picture upload I would show you. 😀

  6. David says:

    What are you putting on the parchment paper and dough before rolling out? It looks like flour, but I’m sure it’s something else.

  7. Jayne says:

    Hi! I looked through the comments and didn’t see an answer, so thought I would ask what you could sub for xanthium gum? My husband is potato intolerant and it is a potato based additive. Thanks so much!

  8. Ida says:

    I made this today! Didn’t even use a food processor. I just used a fork to do the mixing, to avoid over working the dough. Turned out absolutely fabulous ❤️❤️❤️ Thank you for sharing the recipe

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