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Looking for a keto pie crust recipe that's not only nutritious but also delicious? Check out one of my low carb recipes below so you can make it at home with or without an occasion.
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In this article:
- What’s Unique About This Keto Pie Crust Recipe?
- Helpful Tips to Make Your Keto Pie Crust Even Better
Keto Pie Crust Recipe You Should Try
- 1 ½ cup almond flour
- ¼ tsp baking soda
- 1 ½ tbsp melted butter from grass-fed animals
- ¼ tsp salt
- 1 organic egg
- ¼ tsp vanilla
- 1 tbsp powdered sweetener (This is if the crust is used for the pie. If for the keto quiche, don’t add sweetener or a sugar substitute.)
- Preheat oven at 350 °F.
- Mix all ingredients in a food processor, not in a mixing bowl. Mix until it balls up. Dump the keto pie crust dough onto the pie plate and spread thin.
- The almond flour pie crust thickens, so you can press it quite thin.
- Bake the crust at 350 °F for 8-10 minutes.
- This can be stored in the refrigerator for a couple of days if made in advance.
What’s Unique About This Keto Pie Crust Recipe?
Here’s why my keto pie crust recipe is unique among others and why you should have it at home. There’s only one thing that makes this a must-have in your pie dessert if you are on a ketogenic diet—its ingredients. Let me talk about each ingredient’s benefits on keto, its nutritional information, and other health benefits.
Also known as almond meal, almond flour comes from skinned almonds that makers grind to fine flour. This is one of the dry ingredients that’s a wonderful substitute for wheat or all-purpose flour in baking for a boost of vitamins and minerals and other essential nutrients with a sweet taste. This flour is ideal for keto because it is popular for being low in total carbs, plus it's rich in nutrients, such as the following:
- Vitamin E
- Dietary fiber
Phosphorus, for example, is a mineral that helps repair body cells and tissue and filter body waste. It also assists in managing how your body uses and stores energy. Copper is also another essential nutrient you need as it allows your body to form red blood cells. The nutrient supports the maintenance of your immune function, nerves, blood vessels, and bones as well.
Baking soda is an alkaline compound that creates carbon dioxide gas when mixed with an acid. You use this, or baking powder, to leaven your easy keto pie crust. What's interesting about baking soda is it can help increase ketone production. A study found that people who fasted overnight and took baking soda the following day experienced an increase in their ketone production and pH.
This compound is also rich in sodium, which your body needs to balance fluid. You also need it to pump fluid into the cells so potassium can carry the by-products out. It helps prevent muscle cramps and is responsible for muscle hydration and contraction.
This dairy product is rich in butterfat content and comes from churning cream or milk. Butter is also free of net carbs and contains about 80% of fat, which is perfect for your keto diet. It contains protein, an essential component of your cells. This nutrient is a building block that helps build and repair body tissue and create blood, skin, cartilage, muscles, and bones.
Sodium chloride primarily composes salt, which is always present in your kitchen. What salt does to your body when on keto is it prevents you from experiencing the keto flu, which includes symptoms like irritability and feeling a lack of motivation. If you have low levels of sodium while on this diet, you may suffer from stomach problems as well because of the electrolyte imbalance. Your body needs sodium to help the muscles in your abdomen function properly.
Eggs are one of the most versatile foods you can find because they can be cooked and used in many ways. They are high in fat but low in carbs, which is ideal for your ketogenic diet. One large egg contains 5 g of fat and only 1 g of carbs. Eggs are popular for being rich in nutrients, such as the following:
- Vitamin B6
- Vitamin D
- Vitamin A
Magnesium, for example, is a macromineral crucial for your bone health. It aids in assimilating calcium into your bones and plays a role in enabling Vitamin D in your kidneys. The mineral also helps in absorbing calcium essential for bone health and avoiding osteoporosis.
Vitamin B6 plays a crucial role in regulating your mood as this vitamin is necessary for producing neurotransmitters that stimulate emotions. It can also help lower inflammation levels in the body as people with rheumatoid arthritis may have little Vitamin B6. It's also popular to help ease vomiting and nausea during pregnancy and is present in some medications for morning sickness.
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Adding vanilla extract to your keto pie crust is great because this ingredient is low in carbs. A teaspoon of it only has 0.5 g of carbs, not to mention its sweet scent adds to your pie’s flavor. This ingredient also has its own share of nutrients, such as the following:
Calcium, for example, is very important for the bones as 99% of this nutrient resides in the bones and teeth. It helps in the bone's growth, development, and maintenance. As you age, your calcium levels start to go down. That's the reason why it is crucial for you to increase your calcium intake to compensate for the nutrient loss.
Potassium is an electrolyte that counteracts sodium effects in the body. The balance of potassium and sodium in the body is important because low sodium intake is good for your blood pressure, while the right amount of potassium is also beneficial to reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease. This nutrient also helps in keeping a good balance of bases and acids in your body.
Helpful Tips to Make Your Keto Pie Crust Even Better
Although there are directions for you to make this keto pie crust, let me give you some helpful tips to make your gluten-free crust perfect.
1. Bake the Keto Pie Crust Until Brown
This tip might be an odd trend towards the light-colored, underbaked crust, but it's helpful. Waiting for the crust to be brown allows you to achieve flakiness and tenderness. Just make sure you bake it until it's fully brown, not just golden brown.
2. Shape the Dough into the Shape of the Pan
Before even chilling or rolling out the dough, make time to shape it into whatever shape your pie pan is, and you don’t need parchment paper for this. This helps you roll out the dough easier, quicker, and evenly, even without the help of putting coconut oil or other types of oil. This also aids in avoiding any cracks while making your keto low-carb pie crust.
3. Chill the Dough for the Pie Crust Before Rolling
Aside from chilling the lined pie pan, you also need to chill the dough before rolling it. This helps ensure its good texture when you roll it. Chill the dough for a minimum of 30 mins to 48 hours.
4. Let the Dough Fall into the Pie Pan
When placing the dough in the pie tin or pan, don't push it into it. Let it fall into the pan on its own, especially into the corners, and lift the edges. This makes sure it won't break the dough. The stretched dough goes back into its normal shape when baked.
5. Chill the Lined Pie Pan
Chill the lined pie pan and its rolled out top crust (if you’re going to put one) before you start baking. This secures the pie's shape and size when baked. This also makes sure that whatever filling you'll put in your pie, it won't leak as the outer layer is good enough to hold what's inside. If you’re into making a pumpkin pie or pecan pie, this surely helps. Cover it with a plastic wrap and chill it an hour before baking.
6. Use Cold Butter
Butter should be cut into pieces and well-chilled before using it to achieve the flakiest crust. The fat in the butter must keep its integrity in the dough to create "true flakes." If you begin with cold fat, this makes it easier for you not to overwork the fat into the dough. If the room temperature is high, you might need to freeze the butter for around 15 minutes before making the dough.
This keto pie crust recipe is a great addition to your keto-friendly meals and snacks. You don’t have to deprive yourself of eating your favorite pie because you can always make it keto-friendly. So, try this recipe now and enjoy every bite of this savory pie crust without worrying about breaking your diet.
Have you tried making your own keto low carb pie crust? How was it? Share your experience in the comments section below!
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