Victoria is a stay-at-home mom, author, educator, and blogger at Healthy at Home. She currently lives in Colorado with her family.
No-Flour Pie Crust
So my husband and I are "use whatever we have in the pantry or refrigerator for dinner, snacks, and just about anything we get a hankering for" royalty! We've created random stir-fries, casseroles from scratch, and dinners with only one chicken breast.
We've substituted sour cream and even ranch dressing for milk, oil and even butter to replace missing eggs, and instant mashed potatoes when we don't have the Bisquick for pancakes. I never expected that this pie crust project would turn out so well.
How Do You Make a Pie Crust Without Flour?
Normally I make my own pie crusts, and they're light, flaky, and delicious. But when we were hankering for pie and didn't have any flour, we had to get creative. There are tons of options out there. We could have used oats, rice, nuts, cookies, beans, soy, biscuits, croissants, Bisquick, or many other options.
When trying something new, I always go straight to my favorite cooking websites to find the best ingredients and the best combinations. Like everyone else, I kind of pick and choose what I like from all of the recipes and make one of my own. Playing with recipes for so long, I'm pretty confident in picking and choosing ingredients so that I have a whole recipe in the end.
The only ingredient we had in the pantry that was attractive for this pie crust was almonds! This was going to be super easy! Let's get started.
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One pie crust with 10 slices of "pie"
- 1 1/2 cup almonds
- 3 tablespoons brown sugar
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 3 tablespoons butter, melted
- Preheat oven to 350°F.
- Combine your almonds, brown sugar and salt in the food processor. Process them down until you have a fine but coarse texture; about 3 to 5 minutes.
- Pour mixture into a medium mixing bowl. Add melted butter and mix well.
- In the meantime, you will want to prepare your pie pan. I used my large pie pan with high sides for this pie crust. Spray your pie pan well with cooking spray. You might even want to dust it with flour to keep your crust from sticking to the pan.
- Transfer your pie crust to the pie pan, and you'll want to press it down flat on the bottom and up the sides of the pan.
- TIP: I put a piece of wax paper over the top of my crust and then pressed it flat to get an even crust and keep my fingers clean. When I finished, I could just peel off the wax paper.
- TIP: Another great way to get a nice even pie crust would be to transfer your crust from the bowl to a piece of wax paper on the counter. You could cover it again with another piece of wax paper, then roll it flat with a rolling pin before transferring it to your pie pan.
- I know I ended up with more pie crust than I needed and wished I'd had some to use for the top of my fruit pie. If you find the same thing happens to you, simply cut off the extra, and we'll use it later!
- Place your pie crust in the oven and make sure you cook it through to a light golden brown—about 15 minutes. I'm at 5,000 feet elevation, so your cooking times may vary. Allow it to cool completely before using it for a pie.
- TIP: The first time I made it, it didn't get cooked all the way on the bottom, and the filling I put in it kept it from drying out completely. I ended up with a nice crust on the sides, but I didn't have a firm bottom crust for my filling to sit on. It still tasted amazing, though!
The Food Processor Saves the Day
I can't tell you how much I love my food processor, especially for recipes like this. I will be using it in just about every one of my recipes. You'll want to take the opportunity to invest in one of these for your kitchen!
A Flavorful, Crunchy Crust
This was the most delicious pie crust I've ever made! No, it wasn't light and flaky like you would expect a pie crust to be, but there's a place for lighter pie crusts. I turned this into a heavier fruit pie, and the almond flavor really added a great deal to it.
With every bite, I found my tongue was looking for the softness and sweetness of the fruit and the crunchy almonds. This was one of the best pies I've ever made. Even my husband liked it!