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Vegan, Gluten-Free Pie Crust

Vegan, Gluten Free Pie Crust

Vegan pie crust that’s free of gluten and refined sugar? You bet. The best part? It’s oh so delicious.

With the natural sweetness of dates (or dried apricots, if you’re feeling adventurous), this vegan, gluten-free pie crust is so nutty and luxurious you’ll use it for every pie you make going forward. It marries well with cream custards, loose fruit fillings, and berries piled as high as the eye can see. You can use any tree nuts you like, bearing textures in mind. Taste. Adjust. Savor. Enjoy!

Vegan, Gluten Free Pie Crust

Vegan, Gluten-Free Pie Crust

You can use any tree nut in this recipe, but sub out with care. Macadamia nuts, brazil nuts, and pecans are all lovely here. If you're filling this with a cocoa or coconut cream custard, you can add 1 tsp vanilla extract (or the seeds from one vanilla bean) and a pinch of cinnamon to elevate the flavors. Because this crust boasts a lot of natural sugar, longer bakes (or higher temperatures) do better if you place a foil ring over any exposed crust to prevent it from burning. Remove toward the end of the bake to allow the edges to crisp up.
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Course: Vegan
Cuisine: American
Servings: 1 crust shell


  • 1 cup 140 g raw cashews
  • 1 cup 125 g raw almonds
  • cup 80 g raw walnuts
  • 1⅓ cups 150-200 g pitted dates


  • Pulse the nuts together in a food processor until mealy in texture.
  • With the food processor still running on low, add the dates little by little until the mixture comes together like a rough dough. (You may not need to use all the dates.)
  • Turn out the dough and press into the base and sides of an 8"-wide pie dish, smoothing the base flat with the back of a damp tablespoon. Cover and chill until needed.
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  • Reply
    Brian Worthen
    October 31, 2019 at 1:22 pm

    Can I use this for a pecan pie? Does it bake well?

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    November 21, 2019 at 1:23 pm

    Those are tiger nuts in the picture. At least I think they are. They sure look like it. Why? lol When you don’t mention them at all. I’m searching for a vegan nut and dried fruit crust that isn’t so high in fat……but they’re all failing my inspection, lol

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    Diane l Parish
    November 25, 2020 at 8:15 pm

    5 stars
    I tried this tonight (thanksgiving) for daughter who is sugar free and vegan. This crust is amazing, I joked with daughter I could make as protein bar, no I’d eat it all. :)I pressed it into pie pan ,thick, and put rest in another container for later use, yes makes enough for 2 pies, ( I think) I then found a recipe with can pumpkin cornstarch , sweet potato, spices 3/4 cup ground nut and date in food processor. Baked and handed her coconut milk whipped cream. I hope she likes it 🙂 We are so blessed with family aren’t we 🙂

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