Perfect Paleo Pie Crust

As a Paleo person, I need my sweet treats!  Around the holiday season, we all want to eat pies!  This Paleo pie crust has no sugar added.  I normally have very sweet fillings and eliminate the sugar in the crust.  However, if you would prefer to have sugar in your pie crust, I would recommend adding 1/4 cup maple syrup (Grade B) and adding an extra 1/2tsp of coconut flour.  I used this pie crust recipe for all my Thanksgiving pies and my husband thought it was very similar to the ‘real deal’.  I have experimented with almond meal when creating a crust.  The almond meal does not look appealing and has a grainy texture.  I would recommend using almond flour.

I want to touch base on vanilla beans.  I have started cooking a lot with them.  When purchasing vanilla beans, there are a lot of options.  If you want to use them for cooking, pick Grade A.  Grade A vanilla beans are soft, easy to cut and ‘peal’.  If you want to make your own homemade vanilla, pick Grade B.  Grade B is very dry and you can just cut and drop in your alcohol.

Paleo Pie Crust

Perfect Paleo Pie Crust

Ingredients
1 1/2 cup almond flour
1/2 cup coconut oil
1/4 tsp salt
1 vanilla bean
1 large egg
1-2 tsp coconut flour
 
Directions
1.  Preheat oven to 400
2.  Melt coconut oil.
3.  Mix almond flour, salt and coconut flour together.  Only start with 1 tsp of coconut flour. (see step 7)
4.  Massage the vanilla bean into the dry ingredients.  You do not want vanilla bean chunks.
Almond Flour with Vanilla Bean
5.  Whisk the egg.
6.  Add egg and coconut oil into the dry ingredients.
7.  Continue mixing until you can form a ball.  If your dough is very sticky, you may add an additional 1 tsp of coconut flour.
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8.  Place pie dough into the pie pan and press it around the pan to form a Pale pie crust.
9.  Poke holes into the crust with a fork.
10.  Bake for 12-15 minutes.