If you’re avoiding gluten (or you’re vegan), grabbing a premade pie crust from your grocery store is usually out of the question. Besides, there is nothing quite like a homemade pie crust to use with your favorite pie recipe. This gluten-free and vegan maple pecan pie crust, inspired by Genius Kitchen, is the perfect addition to your next pie-baking adventure. And it doesn’t require a ton of prep—just a food processor, your ingredients, a glass pie pan, and a little bit of time.
Instead of the typical ingredients you’ll find in regular pie crusts, like wheat flour and butter, this recipe uses plant-based ingredients that bestow heaps of flavor to your pie crust. Of course, as the recipe name implies, you’ll use pecans and maple syrup, but you’ll also add coconut oil, vanilla, nutmeg, and brown sugar.
A pecan pie crust can be used for a pecan pie, of course, but don’t let its main ingredients limit your creativity. Pumpkin pie in a maple pecan pie crust would be incredible for your holiday dinner table. Don’t stop there! Imagine this maple pecan pie crust paired with sweet potato pie or even fruity favorites like key lime or lemon custard. Eggnog pie? Perfect fit. Really, any fruity, custardy pie would be a terrific match for this pie crust and can be served all year long.
This recipe is easy and fairly straightforward. First, you combine the coconut oil and maple syrup, then whisk in the brown sugar, vanilla, nutmeg, and water. Pulse your pecans in your food processor until finely ground and then add the maple syrup mixture to the food processor. Process the mixture for a bit—you’ll know it’s done when it starts falling from the sides of your food processor bowl. You’ll only need to scrape down once during this phase.
After your mixture is ready, all you have to do is press it evenly into your glass pie pan and bake. Of course, you’ll want to let it cool before filling it up with the contents of your amazing pie, but you can then cook your pie according to its directions and not have to worry about special conditions for your homemade pie crust. Once your dessert is complete, your family and friends will surely rave—even those who aren’t avoiding gluten or animal products.