Delicious Gluten-Free Pie Crust for Perfect Pies

Dear Foodies,

Welcome to my kitchen! As a nutritionist and food blogger, I’ve always been passionate about healthy and delicious recipes that are safe for everyone to enjoy. Today, I’ll be sharing with you one of my favorite recipes that’s perfect for anyone who loves pie but wants a healthier version with no gluten, dairy, or any substitutes that don’t taste amazing.

Yes, you heard it right! I’ll be showing you how to make the best gluten-free pie crust that’s light, flaky, and easy to make using simple ingredients found in your cupboard with a little magic touch. The recipe ingredients include rice flour, potato starch, almond flour, and xanthan gum that will knock your socks off once you take a bite.

This easy gluten-free pie crust recipe is not only incredibly versatile but also perfect for both sweet and savory pies. Let your imagination run wild as you fill the pie crust with your favorite wholesome fruits/veggies or even meat toppings.

So, make sure to prepare cold water and butter to start off your baking magic as we dive into making the most scrumptious gluten-free pie crust you’ve ever tasted!

Stay tuned for the rest of the article where we will dive deep into why this recipe is so loved by many and useful tips and tricks for perfect results every time.

Grab a pen and paper because you won’t want to miss a single step of this easy-to-follow recipe! Let’s get ready for some baking fun!

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Why You’ll Love This Recipe

Gluten Free Pie Crust
Gluten Free Pie Crust

Do you love indulging in sweet, delicious pies but have been avoiding them because of the harmful side effects of gluten or dairy? Well, with this gluten-free, dairy-free pie crust recipe, you can relish in your favorite desserts without any guilt!

What makes this recipe so unique is that it is not only free from gluten or dairy but also incredibly easy to make. The main ingredient, gluten-free flour blend, requires only a few simple ingredients that are readily available in your kitchen pantry. The addition of xanthan gum prevents the dough from falling apart and aids in the formation of gluten for an extra flaky crust.

But wait! If you think that gluten-free products are always hard and dry, think again. Our recipe incorporates unsalted butter and honey to provide the buttery and slightly sweet taste we all love in pie crusts. Plus, with the option of vegan substitutes like almond flour for those who prefer plant-based diets, everyone can enjoy a slice of homemade pie.

This recipe is versatile and can easily be adjusted to your liking. Switch up the flour blend or add herbs and spices to create an exciting variation every time. Additionally, the crust is incredibly forgiving; you don’t have to struggle too much to get it right!

So why should you love this recipe? It’s simple – it’s easy to make, versatile, flavorful, healthy and free from harmful ingredients. So no more denying yourself that perfect slice of pie!

Ingredient List

 A crispy, gluten-free crust that is perfect for any pie
A crispy, gluten-free crust that is perfect for any pie

Ingredient List

For this gluten-free pie crust recipe, you’ll need:

  • Gluten-free flour blend: 2 cups. I recommend using Bob’s Red Mill Gluten-Free 1-to-1 Baking Flour or King Arthur Gluten-Free Measure for Measure Flour.
  • Tapioca flour: ¾ cup
  • Potato starch: ⅓ cup
  • White rice flour: ⅓ cup
  • Brown rice flour: 2 ounces (about ½ cup)
  • Almond flour: 2 ounces (about ½ cup)
  • Xanthan gum: 1 teaspoon
  • Sea salt: ½ teaspoon
  • Unsalted butter (cold): 1 large egg (vegan substitute: use a flaxegg instead), cut into small cubes
  • Honey: ¼ cup (vegan substitute: use maple syrup instead)
  • Cold water: 4 to 6 tablespoons

Note: Make sure all the ingredients are labeled “gluten-free”.

The Recipe How-To

 Make your homemade pie look like it came from a bakery with this crust
Make your homemade pie look like it came from a bakery with this crust

Now it’s time to dive into the most crucial part of this article- How to make a gluten-free pie crust that is flaky and easy to work with. Follow these step-by-step instructions to achieve the perfect pie crust.


  • 2 cups of gluten-free flour blend (Bob’s Red Mill 1:1 or King Arthur All-Purpose Gluten-Free Flour)
  • ½ tsp of sea salt
  • 2 tsp of xanthan gum
  • 1 Tbs of honey
  • 1 large egg
  • 2/3 cup potato starch
  • 1/3 cup white rice flour
  • 1/2 cup tapioca flour
  • 2 ounces almond flour
  • 1 cup unsalted butter, cubed and chilled
  • ¼ cup cold water


  1. In a large mixing bowl, whisk together GF flour blend, salt, xanthan gum, potato starch, white rice flour, tapioca flour, and almond flour until well combined.

  2. Add the cubed unsalted butter to the mixture and use a pastry blender or your hands to cut it into the flour until pea-sized crumbs form.

  3. In a small bowl, mix the egg and honey together until fully combined.

  4. Gradually pour this egg mixture over the crust ingredients and stir until it forms clumps.

  5. Add cold water to mixture, one tablespoon at a time until pastry comes together in a ball.

  6. Split the dough in half and put each half on a piece of plastic wrap. Flatten each piece of dough and create two disks about an inch thick.

  7. Cover with plastic wrap and chill for at least two hours or overnight.

  8. Once chilled, roll each disc between two sheets of wax paper or plastic wrap into a circle about an inch larger than your pie dish.

  9. Remove one sheet of the wax paper, place the pie dish upside down on the crust, and carefully flip the whole thing over so that the crust is now in the pie dish.

  10. Gently adjust the dough to fit the pie dish, and trim any excess around the edges.

  11. Now your crust is ready for filling! Preheat oven to 350 degrees and proceed to bake your favorite gluten-free dessert.

Congratulations, you have made a perfect gluten-free pie crust that everyone will adore.

Substitutions and Variations

 Impress your family and guests with a gluten-free pie crust that tastes amazing
Impress your family and guests with a gluten-free pie crust that tastes amazing

I declare, my dear readers, that the beauty of cooking is that there is always room for exploration and innovation. If you wish to turn this gluten-free pie crust recipe into a vegan dessert, replace the unsalted butter with coconut oil or another vegan butter substitute.

Should you require an even extra flaky gluten-free pie crust, try adding another half cup of almond flour or rice flour to your flour blend. Don’t forget to adjust the amount of cold water accordingly for the crust formation.

For those who wish to reduce their sugar intake, swap out the honey for a natural alternative like agave nectar or maple syrup. Remember to adjust the quantity based on sweetness preference.

You may also experiment with different types of gluten-free flour blends from Brown Rice Flour to Tapioca Flour and Almond Flour, in place of Bob’s Red Mill Gluten-Free All-Purpose Flour. King Arthur Night Blend can be used as well, but I suggest adjusting the xanthan gum amount since each flour blend has their own formulation.

If you fancy a savory pie instead of a sweet one, consider adding dried herbs like rosemary or thyme, or even black pepper or red pepper flakes to your dough recipe. It will give just a little oomph on your crust!

In conclusion, feel free to make changes to fit your preferences and be creative with substitutions and variations. After all, cooking is an art – make it your own masterpiece!

Serving and Pairing

 Who needs gluten when you have a pie crust this good?
Who needs gluten when you have a pie crust this good?

Now that you’ve mastered the perfect gluten-free pie crust recipe, it’s time to think about the filling. Since this crust is neutral in flavor, it goes well with a variety of different fillings. My personal favorites are fruit pies, custard pies, and cream pies.

If you’re feeling adventurous, try making a mixed berry pie with fresh raspberries, blueberries, and strawberries. The sweetness of the fruit pairs perfectly with the buttery richness of the pie crust. A classic apple pie is also a great choice. The flaky texture of the crust contrasts beautifully with the soft apple filling.

For a more decadent dessert, try making a chocolate cream pie or a coconut cream pie. The smooth and creamy filling complements the crispness of the crust. You could even try making a savory quiche with ham, cheese, and spinach.

When it comes to serving, I like to cut my pies into generous slices and serve them warm with a scoop of vanilla ice cream or a dollop of whipped cream. It’s a simple yet classic dessert that is always sure to impress.

While this gluten-free pie crust recipe may seem daunting at first, it’s actually pretty easy to make once you get the hang of it. And trust me, your efforts will be well worth it once you sink your teeth into that buttery and flaky slice of gluten-free pie!

Make-Ahead, Storing and Reheating

 It's pie o'clock! Get ready to make the perfect gluten-free crust for your favorite filling
It’s pie o’clock! Get ready to make the perfect gluten-free crust for your favorite filling

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Now that you have made your delicious gluten-free pie crust, you may want to know how to prepare it in advance, how to keep it fresh, and how to reheat it when you need it. Luckily, this pie crust recipe is very customizable and versatile in terms of timing and storage.

– Make-ahead: If you plan to bake a pie later using this crust, you can make the dough ahead of time and store it in the fridge or freezer until ready to use. To store the dough in the fridge for up to 2-3 days, wrap it tightly with plastic wrap or reusable beeswax wrap and place it in a ziplock bag or container. To store the dough in the freezer for up to 3 months, wrap it in a few layers of plastic wrap or aluminum foil, label it with the date and type of dough, and put it in an airtight bag or container. When you are ready to use the dough, thaw it in the fridge overnight or at room temperature for a few hours until pliable but still cold.

– Storing: If you happen to have leftover baked pie crusts or unbaked dough pieces that you want to save for future pies or recipes, you can also store them properly. For baked pie crusts that have cooled down completely, place them on a flat plate or dish and cover them with aluminum foil or beeswax wrap. Avoid stacking them as they might stick together or break. Store them at room temperature for up to 2 days, or in the fridge for up to 4 days. If you prefer to freeze them, wrap each crust individually with plastic wrap or foil before putting them in a freezer-safe bag or container. Thaw them at room temperature before filling and baking.

– Reheating: If you want to reheat a whole pie that has been made with this gluten-free crust and stored in the fridge or freezer, you can use either the oven or the microwave. Preheat your oven to 350°F (180°C) and place the pie, covered with foil or a lid, on a baking sheet or dish. Bake for about 15-20 minutes if reheating a single slice, or up to 45-60 minutes if reheating a whole pie. Check the temperature in the center with a thermometer to ensure it reaches at least 165°F (74°C) for food safety. If using the microwave, cut a slice of the cold pie and put it on a microwave-safe plate. Heat it on high for 1-2 minutes, checking and rotating it every 30 seconds until warm throughout. Enjoy!

Whether you are an experienced baker or a novice cook, this gluten-free pie crust recipe allows you to experiment with different ingredient combinations and techniques that suit your taste and needs. With some planning and patience, you can have a perfect pie crust ready whenever you crave some sweet or savory pie goodness.

Tips for Perfect Results

 Gluten-free doesn't have to mean flavor-free. This pie crust is packed with a delicious taste and crispy texture
Gluten-free doesn’t have to mean flavor-free. This pie crust is packed with a delicious taste and crispy texture

When it comes to making a gluten-free pie crust, achieving the perfect texture and flavor may seem like a daunting task. However, with these tips, you’ll be able to achieve a perfectly flaky and delicious crust every time.

Firstly, make sure all ingredients are very cold before starting. This will help prevent the formation of gluten and stop your crust from becoming tough. Therefore, I recommend using cold butter, ice-cold water, and storing your flour in the fridge or freezer for an hour before use.

Secondly, don’t overwork the dough! Overworking the dough can lead to a tough and rubbery crust. Handle it as little as possible, just enough to bring it together. You can also roll it out between two pieces of parchment paper to limit handling.

Using xanthan gum can help your crust hold together better without falling apart when serving. Add 1/2 teaspoon for every 1 cup of gluten-free flour blend.

Another trick is to add some honey to the dough ingredients. This helps with browning and adds a subtle sweetness that complements sweet fillings perfectly.

When baking your crust blind (without the filling), use pie weights or dry beans to prevent air bubbles from forming during baking. This ensures an even crust that won’t puff up or fall apart.

Finally, let your finished crust cool completely before adding your desired filling. This may take up to an hour but it will prevent a soggy bottom once you add your filling.

By following these tips, you’ll be able to make an extra-flaky, gluten-free pie crust that holds its shape and tastes delicious every time!


As a nutritionist and food blogger, I have received many questions from my readers about gluten-free recipes. In this section, I will answer the most frequently asked questions about this gluten-free pie crust recipe. Whether you are a beginner in the kitchen or a skilled baker, these answers will provide you with valuable insights on how to make the best gluten-free pie crust. So, without further ado, let’s dive into the FAQs!

How do you keep a gluten free pie crust from falling apart?

When making a gluten-free pie crust, eggs are a key ingredient for holding the dough together. They act as a binding agent and have proven to be more effective than xanthan gum. Without the eggs, the dough would easily crumble and fall apart while rolling it out.

Why put vinegar in gluten free pie crust?

Looking to make the perfect pie crust? Consider adding a small amount of apple cider vinegar to your recipe. This simple trick can help prevent the formation of gluten, resulting in a tender and tasty crust. Just add a teaspoon of vinegar when you’re incorporating your ice water, and watch as your dough becomes much easier to work with. Trust me, this is a secret ingredient you won’t want to miss out on!

What reduces gluten formation in pie crust?

A savvy kitchen hack to attain a softer dough texture is to substitute a portion of the water in a recipe with either lemon juice, vinegar, or vodka. The reason behind this is due to the acidic nature of these liquids which plays a role in hindering gluten formation. Consequently, the dough will remain moist with a tender consistency.

Why is my gluten free pie crust tough?

When it comes to making pie crusts, especially ones that are gluten-free, using excessive amounts of water can lead to a tough and hard crust. It’s important to be mindful of the amount of water you add and try to use the minimum amount suggested in the recipe.

Bottom Line

In conclusion, this gluten-free pie crust recipe is my ultimate go-to for making a quick and easy dessert. It is perfect for anyone who wants to enjoy a flaky and tasty pie without the gluten. With its super simple ingredients list and expert tips, I guarantee that you’ll be able to make the best gluten-free pie crust you’ve ever tasted.

So let’s ditch the traditional wheat-based crust and go gluten-free with this pie crust recipe. You won’t even notice the difference, I promise! Plus, by using organic and dairy-free ingredients, you are not only taking care of your health but also contributing to a more sustainable food system.

Remember to experiment with different fillings to make it even more delicious. Whether you prefer sweet or savory pies, this recipe can be adapted to fit any taste buds. And to top it off, this recipe is vegan-friendly too!

I hope that you give this gluten-free pie crust recipe a try and share your experience with others. Trust me, your friends and family will love it too. Together, let’s make healthy and tasty choices in our everyday lives.

Gluten Free Pie Crust

Gluten Free Pie Crust Recipe

From Arrowhead Mills.
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Prep Time 15 mins
Cook Time 15 mins
Course Dessert
Cuisine Gluten-free
Servings 1 9
Calories 996.8 kcal


  • 3/4 cup rice flour
  • 1 teaspoon honey
  • 1/4 teaspoon sea salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon xanthan gum
  • 1/3 cup butter or 1/3 cup vegetable oil
  • 2 tablespoons cold water


  • Stir dry ingredients together, making sure xanthan gum is evenly distributed.
  • Cut in butter or oil and add honey.
  • Add cold water a little at a time until a ball is formed.
  • Roll dough to 1/8" thickness between two sheets of aluminum foil.
  • Peel top sheet of foil off, and invert dough onto a 9" pie pan.
  • Peel off other foil sheet.
  • Prick dough with fork, and bake at 350 for 15 minutes until brown.

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Serving: 233gCalories: 996.8kcalCarbohydrates: 100.7gProtein: 7.7gFat: 63gSaturated Fat: 39.3gCholesterol: 162.5mgSodium: 1122.3mgFiber: 2.9gSugar: 5.9g
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