There are a lot of people who are trying to restrict their consumption of carbohydrates, usually for health reasons. This doesn’t mean that they need to stop enjoying delicious pies, though. It honestly isn’t hard to make a pie crust using almond flour and the resulting crust is low in carbohydrates and is gluten-free.
Diabetics, people who are trying to lose weight, those who are on keto diets, and even those who are trying to do a better job of balancing their diet benefit from finding ways to cut the consumption of carbohydrates. Some studies indicate that the average American eats twice as many carbs as they should and only half as much protein that they need, for a balanced diet.
In the case of pie crust, the answer is to make the crust by using almond flour instead of wheat flour. This makes it gluten-free as well, so it is also the answer for those who are gluten intolerant. The great news is that it isn’t difficult to do. In fact, the only downside is that almond flour is more expensive than wheat flour.
Almond flour pie crust ingredients (for one crust):
2 cups blanched almond flour
2 tablespoons real butter
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon baking soda
Almond flour pie crust instructions:
1. Mix the almond flour, baking soda, and salt.
2. Add the egg and butter. Mix well, continuing to mix until the dough forms a ball.
3. Press the dough into a greased pie pan.
For no-bake pies like banana creme pie or chocolate creme pie, the pie crust should be baked. Simply bake it at 350 F for 8-12 minutes.
For pies that are going to be baked anyway, including pumpkin, apple, peach, strawberry, blackberry, huckleberry, or cherry, the crust doesn’t need to be pre-baked. However, for most of these pies, you will want to double the recipe so half of the dough can be rolled out to place on top of the pie, enclosing the filling. Crimp the edges of the two crusts together and cut small slits in the top crust prior to baking to allow steam to escape.
If you want to have a sweeter pie crust, add a spoonful of Stevia in the Raw or similar product in the first step.
This pie crust is suitable for diabetics, for people wanting to lose weight, for people who avoid gluten, for those wanting to cut the amount of carbohydrates they are consuming, and for those who are trying to avoid processed sugar.
Almond flour nutrition information: 1 cup of almond flour contains approximately 2 g of carbohydrates, 7 g protein, 15 g fat, 2 g fiber, no sugar, and it has a glycemic load index of 0.