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The Flakiest Pie Crust 🥧 gluten free & keto

Flaky is an adjective you only want attached to your pie crust… and that’s exactly what this recipe will yield: a flaky, buttery, and super tasty gluten free and keto pie crust!

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Cream Cheese Gluten Free & Keto Pie Crust

Suuuper flaky 💁🏿

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

Oh and did I mention 2g net carb per serving?!

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, we always favor Anthony’s.

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 we suggest rolling it out between two sheets of parchment paper (see video). Easy peasy.

And talking about lack of gluten, this is the reason why the dough will crack slightly when baked. We’ve noticed that the cracking can be lessened by allowing the dough to rest overnight (rather than for an hour), though note that taste and texture will be the same. We also noted that by increasing the xanthan gum you can get a silky smooth crust, but at the cost of losing quite a bit of flakiness. So we most definitely sacrificed 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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Flakey Gluten Free, Low Carb & Keto Pie Crust #keto #glutenfree #lowcarb #piecrust #healthyrecipes #grainfree

Flakey Gluten Free, Low Carb & Keto Pie Crust #keto #glutenfree #lowcarb #piecrust #healthyrecipes #grainfree

Gluten Free, Low Carb & Keto Pie Crust

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

Flaky is an adjective you only want attached to your pie crust... and that's exactly what this recipe will yield: a flaky, buttery, and super tasty gluten free and keto pie crust!

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. 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 dough 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
Gluten Free, Low Carb & Keto Pie Crust
Amount Per Serving
Calories 189 Calories from Fat 153
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 17g 26%
Saturated Fat 8g 40%
Cholesterol 54mg 18%
Sodium 206mg 9%
Potassium 17mg 0%
Total Carbohydrates 4g 1%
Dietary Fiber 2g 8%
Protein 3g 6%
Vitamin A 8.7%
Calcium 3.1%
Iron 3.1%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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230 comments

  1. Linda says:

    Where the heck is the recipe video? I’ve looked all over this page and cannot find it. I only find copy that says “Recipe Video” without a link. I made the crust and am not crazy about it so I think that I did something wrong.

    Thanks!

  2. Romi says:

    I used a Victoria Tortilla maker and it was amazing! I made empanadas – the lemon zest adds a terrific touch. 10/10 Would recommend!

  3. Kimberly Grant says:

    I am struggling with getting the rolled dough off of the parchment. I’ve sprinkled with coconut flour, used a cold wine bottle as a rolling pin and still can’t get it to unstuck. Help!?

  4. Jennifer L Burl says:

    I love your recipes! I made this today, and when I put it into the refrigerator it still had a lot of large visible cream cheese chunks. Is that OK? Normal?

    • Paola van der Hulst says:

      Yup normal! I mean they should be huge, but it’s good that you can see them (thing pea to quarter size and your good!) xo!

  5. Sandra Chiavaroli says:

    Hi Paola,
    I made lamb pot pie today with this pie crust recipe. Celebrating St. Patrick’s Day.
    The crust came out perfect! It was tender and flakey.
    My only concern is that I taste the coconut flour. Is there anything I can use instead?
    Thanks for all your recipes!

    • Paola van der Hulst says:

      What brand are you using Sandra? Imo Anthony’s barely leaves a trace but Bobs has a very intense aftertaste. Otherwise oat fiber could be a sub (but I hate the taste myself!) 🤷‍♀️

      • Sandra Chiavaroli says:

        I’m currently using the brand my grocery store makes. I will try to find the one you’re suggesting.
        Thanks again!

  6. Brooke says:

    I’m so grateful I found your site! This recipe is a lifesaver for those on Keto. I’ve made quiche, pies, crackers, and pizza crust with this. The original flavor of the finished dough has a slight tang to it that I don’t care for, but it’s easily fixed. For a savory dough I add a Tbls of nutritional yeast and a dash of whatever spices complement my dish. For a sweet dough I add a Tbls of swerve brown sugar. When making the dough, chop your butter and cream cheese into small chunks and chill in the freezer for a few minutes (temp should be really cold but not frozen). I make multiple batches at once, blind bake the crust, and keep in the freezer until I’m ready to use them.

    • Paola van der Hulst says:

      You can use coconut or arrowroot (slightly higher carbs so not worth it unless you’re paleo)… but parchment paper and a well chilled dough will do the trick xo!

  7. bea sharp says:

    I love your recipes and want to try some of the baking ones. However, I have an allergy to nuts including Almonds. What flour would you suggest that I sub the Almond flour for>

  8. Katherine Abad says:

    Okay so this was amazing! I actually made some substitutions as I can’t do dairy. I used the Daiya vegan cream cheese and regular butter, yes I can do regular butter. It turned out great. I forgot the ACV and then added some after it was in a ball so it will probably be even better if I add that in the food processor. While I couldn’t roll it out like normal dough, I was able to make several pieces and pat them down and then put them on a chicken pot pie. I LOVE IT great recipe. I made a Paleo Chicken Pot pie and I am so thrilled that I can eat this. It really does taste amazing and my kids loved it too.

  9. Carmen Jackson says:

    Hi! Im sorry if you have already answered this or if it’s a dumb question but,

    I dont have a food processor, can I use a blender?

  10. Teresa Fantz says:

    I made quiche with this pie crust, it worked great. If you are like me and don’t have the talent to roll this out, you can just press it into the pie tin, worked great. One question for the savory dishes I would rather not use much coconut flour, could I do more almond flour and less coconut and would I need to change the ratio?

  11. Basil says:

    So I gave this a try for mini-fudge tarts. This required me to roll out the dough and cut it into 2.5 inch squares, add a teaspoon of filling and fold the corners up. I quite nervous about how the dough would hold together.

    When I first took it out of the fridge and flattened it, I found large chunks of butter, so I worked the dough with my hands quite a bit to get the chunks down. I put it back in the fridge as it softened and then did this once more. Satisfied the butter was better mixed, I rolled it out, pretty thin, enabling me to cut 28 2.5″ squares. I then put it outside as its below freezing where I’m at right now. After fifteen minutes I brought it back in and started adding the filling.

    First, the dough was clinging hard to the parchment paper, so I used a butter knife to separate it. As I worked 28 cookies, the dough softened and it presented a bit of challenge, but not too bad. I had a little extra ball of dough that I used to fill in any gaps or large tears. I did notice that the thicker dough was much better than the thin, naturally. I got all of them folded up and set it in a 350 degree F oven for 15 minutes. Perfection! The crust worked beautifully!

    Thank you very much for this recipe! These were my favorite cookies before Keto and now I can enjoy 2 of them and only have 2 net carbs per cookie with 10g of healthy fat. What a treat!

  12. Lisa says:

    I read through the comments but didn’t see this question answered. Can the dough be made and then frozen for future use, or fitted into an aluminum pie pan and frozen? It looks lovely, can’t wait to try this. Thank you

  13. Catherine says:

    Hi!! Thanks for the recipe, it’s totally what i am looking for!
    I want to make individual meat pie for this Christmas; do you know if i can make them and freeze it?
    Thank you!

  14. Basil Buchko says:

    I want to make fudge tarts that are assembled using 2.5 inch square pieces of dough that you then fold the corners together over a “fudge” filling. Will this work for that? I don’t see anything about blind baking it, so I’m hopeful it will work.

    • Tara says:

      I’ve read when using guar gun instead of xanthan gum you would double it. So it would be 1 tsp guar gum instead of half tsp xanthan gum. I also have guar and read its not as stable when used in heating sauces so to add towards the end. I will be using it in this recipe to make a coconut custard pie.

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