Before jumping to the recipe, don't miss the HELPFUL RECIPE TIPS in the post! I hope you'll find them useful and will love this fantastic recipe.
This low carb pie crust is Sugar Free & Gluten Free
It is hard to believe but this low carb keto pie crust will only take five or six minutes of your time before you pop it into the oven.
Its, Keto friendly, gluten and sugar free and you won't believe how easy it is to make.
I have always struggled to get a flaky and tender pie crust but this press in crust is a snap. It takes less than half of the time than the traditional carb loaded, wheat flour version.
If you are interested in the advantages of low carb baking, keep reading below the recipe.
During the Autumn season it is just too hard to think about the upcoming months without pie.
The whole country is going Pumpkin Spice crazy and being on the Keto diet doesn't mean you have to miss out.
Tis Pumpkin Pie season and you can check out my recipes for the easiest, most delicious Keto Pumpkin Pie or homemade whipped cream.
But pumpkin pie is not all this crust is good for although it is my favorite. While I am not a fan of apple pie (it's not Keto anyway) you can find a ton of fillings to keep you busy during the upcoming holiday seasons that are low carb and damn good substitutes for the high carb desserts that you crave.
Pecan pie, key lime pie and the ever popular chocolate pies are just a few examples of how you don't have to give up your favorites while living a healthy Keto lifestyle.
Check out all of the ideas for filling this pie crust over at Low Carb Maven she is AMAZING and has tons of low carb recipes to fill this pie crust!
This pie crust is dairy free, gluten free and sugar free so you can incorporate treats into your weight loss regimen just like anyone else.
Make sure you have the right pie dish for nut crusts:
Glass and ceramic work best for nut crusts because they conduct the heat more evenly than the traditional metal dishes.
Nut crusts burn easily and they do not have to look burned to taste burnt.
I really like this one in case you don't have one.
Tips for baking the crust:
To easily cover the edges to avoid burning you can take a piece of foil that is a little larger than the pie plate and fold it in fours. Cut a quarter circle out of the middle, unfold and voila. You can cover the edges of the pie crust without a fuss.
If you are pre-baking this crust make sure to let it cool before you pour in the filling and bake.
If you are short on time pop it into the fridge for at least 15 minutes or your crust will disappear from the bottom of the pie.
The almond flour will soak up and juice that's in your pie and meld with the filling (ask me how I know this).
Coconut flour is not interchangeable in this recipe.
If you are making a double crust pie, pre-bake the bottom crust and DO NOT brush the top crust with egg whites (It will brown enough on it's own. Keep an eye out and cover with foil if necessary)
Keto Almond Flour Pie Crust
- 1.5 Cups Almond Flour
- ¼ Cup Swerve or any erythritol sweetener
- ¼ Cup Melted Butter Use Real Butter for the best tatse results
- ¼ Tsp Salt
- Preheat oven to 325F
- In a mixing bowl, combine Almond Flour, Swerve Sweetener and salt.
- Stir in melted butter until it starts clumping together in course crumbs.
- Turn into a oiled pie plate. ( Glass or ceramic)Press into the plate and up the sides evenly with your fist.Even it out with the bottom of a glass if you need to (oil the bottom of the glass to prevent sticking).
- If you are baking the crust unfilled: Poke holes in the bottom of the crust and bake for 12-14 minutes.DO NOT OVER BAKE. Nut crusts do not have to look burned to taste burnt.
- To bake a filled pie: pre-bake for 8 minutes.Then pour or spoon in the pie filling and bake as directed.Watch the edges and cover with foil if necessary.
- If you are making a savory pie: Omit the sweetener and add any spices you like to dress it up (Ex: ¼ tsp pepper, garlic, sage or whatever you can dream up)
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Why is it important to follow a low carbohydrate diet?
First of all, Obesity is running rampant in the United States. In fact, there are more obese adult in the US now than those who are just overweight.
This isn't just me making up facts, this has been published in The Journal of the American Medical Association for the last decade. Even more concerning is that in each and every update they find the numbers increasing.
The problems with being over-weight or obese run deeper than just how your ass looks in jeans.
Obesity has been directly linked to high carbohydrate diets...I am sure you already know this.
But studies have also linked almost EVERY chronic illness to being over-weight or obese. I am not your doctor but think about this, being too heavy has been linked to cancer, type 2 diabetes cardiovascular disease and even dementia.
One of the best benefits of the Keto Lifestyle is keeping that scale from inching back up. But, it's not the only one.
In the long term, insulin spikes from overdoing carbs can wreak havoc on your liver, heart and kidneys. Not to mention what it does to aging joints and skin.
Since I have been "Keto" I have had a lot of questions posed about my diet and it's effects on my body...besides the ones that you can see outwardly.
We have been taught for years that too much protein and fat clog our arteries and cause heart disease. While you can overdo animal fat and protein on the Keto diet.
You HAVE to get enough healthy fat and protein for the diet to work. Contrary to what we have been told in the past, fat is good for you and support healthy veins, arteries, cardiovascular health and weight loss.
Don't listen to the fly by night Keto Wagon Jumpers...you don't need to drink bacon grease to get enough fat. By eating avocados, nuts and using healthy oils like coconut and olive, you will get enough to hit your macros each day.
The benefits of eating healthy fat...
Not only does eating fat turn you body into a fat burner but it keeps you full. I am not blowing smoke when I tell you that since I have started the Keto diet, I rarely get hungry.
Once you get the hang of the Keto diet you will lose your cravings and never be hangry unless you fast for a long period or workout pretty intensely.
Also, a low carb/ healthy fat diet is crucial to those with high cholesterol. Specifically, this diet helps your body reduce triglycerides and increases HDL ( the good cholesterol) .
Always make sure to speak to your doctor before making radical changes to your diet if you are taking prescription medications for high cholesterol so that your levels can be monitored. You may even be able to get off of the meds someday.
My husband Thom had been taking high blood pressure medication for nearly a decade before he started the Keto Diet.
And, he actually just had his annual checkup last week. He has been Keto for nearly a year and the doctor told him that it looks like he has permanently cured his high blood pressure. He hasn't been taking his prescription medications since thirty days after starting the Keto Diet but it doesn't look like he will have to be monitored quite as closely as he has been.
Not only is that a HUGE savings on prescription medications he is free of the nasty side effects that they have.
Women experience different effects than men do on the Keto Diet....
Of course women still lose weight on the Keto Diet but it may take a little bit longer in some cases than it does for men. But what I have noticed is that I lose inches before pounds...which makes me happy.
Not only do my clothes fit better but I have also noticed a dramatic change in my skin and hair. I have had acne all of my adult life.
Not all of the time but during spikes in monthly hormones I had breakouts that were cystic, painful and embarrassing. I spent a ton of money on facials and fancy creams to control it because I was still in the "cure" mindset instead of the "prevent" mindset.
I was diagnosed a milk/dairy allergy as a child. And, my doctor was convinced that this was related to my skin issues.
So I quit dairy cold turkey...and it didn't help. Then I was told that it "could take up to a year" to see improvement.
I'm glad I didn't wait around any longer than I did because my skin has improved tremendously and I haven't had a breakout since starting this diet. I'm not promising that this will cure acne completely but it has been wonderful for me.
I am sure now that my skin problems were related to my carb and sugar (commercial chocolate) intake.
I still don't drink milk and am one of those people that are convinced that cow juice is for baby cows. But, I can eat cheese and enjoy whipped cream without cramps, bloating or breakouts. The Keto Diet cured my "dairy sensitivity".
UPDATE: For the last few years I have been noticing my eyebrows thinning and disappearing. I always wondered why women "of a certain age" drew on their eyebrows. I thought they were shaving them and drawing them back on...nope. It's because they fall out as we age.
But... I have noticed them growing back and getting darker in the last few weeks. I thought maybe I was imagining it but today I didn't need to use a pencil AT ALL.
They're back and I was a little hesitant to share this because it seems like TMI but it's true. My eyebrows have grown back since I started eating Keto.
I wonder if anyone else on the Keto Diet has experienced something like this?
If you have can you please leave a comment and let me know? I would appreciate knowing what other side effects people have noticed while on this diet as well.
I find it fascinating that a change in diet can have such a profound effect on things that were once attributed to age...don't you?
I know that I often rant and rave about how great the Keto Diet is but there is a wrong way to go about it....
Until you get the hang of eating a low carb diet and making sure that you have all of the necessary nutrients in your diet you should count calories and follow a meal plan.
I know its time intensive in the beginning but before you know it you will be on the lazy Keto Diet and not have to monitor your food as much.
Remember, there is a "wrong' way to go about a low carb lifestyle so you should do a little research before starting out and make sure to talk with your health care provider about any special needs that you may have.
Thom is a Keto Expert (I call him a Keto Nerd) so you should ask him questions if you have them. It's free and he won't steer you wrong.
You can leave your question in the comments or email him @ [email protected]