Gluten Free Vegan Pie Crust

This Gluten-Free Vegan Pie Crust recipe is easy to prepare and so delicious just like a traditional pie crust. Made with only 3 ingredients plus salt and water. It is the perfect alternative pie crust for all your Thanksgiving, and Christmas recipes.


I’ve tried a lot of gluten-free pie crusts. You can find some pretty good ones in the store, but usually, they taste kind of gross and are way too expensive. I wanted something that tasted good, was easy to make, and didn’t cost too much. This recipe is what I came up with and it’s the best one I’ve found so far!

Making a gluten-free pie crust might be difficult enough. But don’t worry, this gluten-free pie recipe tastes just like the original. Nothing beats a golden-crusted pie with a sweet, luscious filling! Thankfully, you only need cupboard essentials like flour, butter, cold water, sugar, and salt to make a fantastic pie crust.

This gluten-free pie crust is melt-in-your-mouth, is delicious and so easy to make, it comes together in no time. if you are looking for a recipe that is similar to a traditional recipe. Especially when you are serving it to friends and family who are skeptics.

The flour is the key component of any gluten-free pie dough. Why is it so? Because gluten-free flour blends vary. They are a mixture of xanthan gum, starches, and alternative flours made to resemble regular flour. Your pie crust’s flavor can vary substantially depending on the type you buy.

I have made this no-fail gluten-free vegan pie crust recipe with many of my recipes including my, Sweet Potato Pie, Vegan Pumpkin Pie, and Apple Pie recipes and it has never failed.

Why Does This Recipe Work?

This gluten-free vegan pie crust is so awesome. Here are a few reasons why you’ll love this pie crust recipe:

  • This recipe just requires 5 ingredients (including water), as shown below. These are likely items you already have on hand, so there are no special or expensive materials needed to make this pie crust.
  • This recipe only needs 15 minutes of active time, and once it’s prepared, there’s no need to chill anything. Makes it a double win (at least for me)!
  • Amazing Flaky Texture: The flakiness of this pie crust will wow you. It’s the ideal pie crust for all of your holiday pies, whether they’re sweet or savory! I’m confident you’ll love it if you use this crust to make gluten-free versions of apple pie, pumpkin pie, pecan pie, or cranberry pie.
  • This pie crust is gluten-free and dairy-free, so even individuals with Celiac disease or lactose intolerance can enjoy it without any problems!

Ingredients In Gluten-Free Vegan Pie Crust

  • Gluten-Free All-Purpose Flour: For the best results, use a mix of gluten-free flours that includes xanthan gum. In this recipe, do not use a one-ingredient flour such as coconut or almond flour. They respond differently to moisture, and the ratios will be incorrect.
  • Cane sugar: You can also substitute it with maple or agave syrup.
  • Salt: Remember to add salt. It’s an essential component in homemade pie crust. Without salt, a gluten-free pie crust recipe will taste bland.
  • Non-Dairy Butter: In comparison to traditional butter, plant-based butter often have less saturated fat and more heart-healthy monounsaturated fat.

I used Earth Balance Buttery Spread. You can use almond butter, sunflower seed butter, coconut butter, or cashew butter. You can also use coconut oil in place of vegan butter.

  • Cold Water: Cold water provides moisture to the dough, allowing it to form a smooth ball. It also helps to keep the butter cold and nice!

How To Make Gluten-Free Vegan Pie Crust

How To Make Gluten-Free Vegan Pie Crust?

Combine flour, sugar, and salt in a large bowl. Add non-dairy butter and cut vegan butter into the flour until the mixture looks like breadcrumbs. Add water and knead into a dough ball.

Spray a 9-inch pie plate with oil, and roll out dough in between two pieces of parchment paper. Remove the top layer of parchment paper. Invert your pie pan, over the exposed dough. Carefully flip the pie pan with the dough on top.

Carefully press dough into the bottom and sides of the pie plate. Crimp edges and prick the bottom of the crust with a fork and place in the refrigerator until ready or you can pre-bake pie in a preheated oven. 350 degrees for 10 minutes.

Your crust is ready to be filled.

Some Recipes With Gluten-Free Vegan Pie Crust

Sweet Potato Pie Gluten-Free Vegan Pie Crust

Vegan Gluten-Free Pumpkin Pie

Recipe’s Variation

  • Regular butter can be used in place of vegan butter if you don’t have any dietary restrictions.
  • To make a healthy alternative, replace the butter with coconut oil. You must use solid coconut oil, not liquefied, for this.
  • Cinnamon may be an excellent addition to a sweet pie crust.
  • Would you prefer a gluten-free graham cracker crust? I get it. Use graham cracker crumbs instead of gluten-free flour.

Pumpkin Pie Vegan Gluten-Free Pie Crust

Vegan Pot Pie

Expert Tips

Before you begin, there are a few things to keep in mind.

  • Before you start mixing, ensure that all of the ingredients have been measured out and are prepared so that you don’t miss anything.
  • Weigh your ingredients using a kitchen scale to ensure accuracy.
  • Ensure that the butter and water are both very cold. Cold butter makes flaky layers!
  • Avoid working the dough too much. The butter shouldn’t be melted.
  • If you are not vegan, brush it with an egg wash before baking, to get a golden crust.
  • If it is too crumbly, at a time add 1 spoon of cold water until it forms a smooth ball.
  • If you’re going to fill the pie and then bake it, make sure the filling isn’t too hot. Using a chilled filling will aid in preserving the bottom crust’s texture.
  • To turn this pie crust soy-free, simply purchase vegan butter that is free of soy components. Normally, the packaging of vegan butter will make it clear if it is soy-free.
  • This recipe for a single pie crust makes a bottom crust. Double the recipe and make the top crust using one pie disc.

Vegan Pot Pie Gluten-Free Vegan Pie Crust

Gluten-Free Vegan Pie Crust

Frequently Asked Questions

Can I Bake The Pie Crust In Advance?

If you are making this pie crust for a recipe that calls for a fully-baked pie crust, bake the crust for 30 minutes at 425F until the crust is firm and the edges are golden brown. The baked crust will keep for up to 5 days in the refrigerator. You may also par-bake the crust for 10 to 15 minutes before pouring in the pie filling and then continue to bake the entire pie (including the filling).

Can You Freeze The Gluten-Free Pie Crust?

If you aren’t going to bake the gluten-free pie crust right away, you can freeze it. Simply wrap the pie crust in plastic wrap before covering the entire pie pan with aluminum foil. For up to two months, freeze the crust. When you’re ready to bake this pie crust, take off the foil and plastic wrap and allow the dough to thaw at room temperature for 15 minutes, preheat the oven before baking.

Is Pie Crust Gluten-Free?

Regular pie crust isn’t gluten-free because it’s made using all-purpose or wheat flour. Making your own gluten-free pie crust from scratch with gluten-free flour and adjusting the other ingredients accordingly is the only way to ensure a flaky crust.

Should I Par-Bake This Pie Crust?

Depending on the recipe, yes. When a pie has a juicy filling, the crust may need to be pre-baked in order to keep it from becoming soggy. The recipe should tell you whether or not to pre-bake the crust. Bake at 375°F for 15 minutes to par-bake. Pie weights are optional but are not required.

What Is The Best Gluten-Free Flour For Pie Crust?

Use an all-purpose gluten-free flour that contains xanthan gum. Bob’s Red Mill’s gluten-free baking flour is of high quality. In general, I find that the ones with the best taste have a blend of brown rice flour, tapioca starch, and sweet rice flour.

My Crust Shrinks When Pre-Baking. What Do I Do?

Make care to refrigerate your pie crust before baking to prevent shrinkage! If 30 minutes isn’t enough cold time and your pie crust is still shrinking, try chilling it for an hour the following time. Also, ensure to utilize the pie weights! A pie crust that is empty will shrink.

How Do I Prevent The Edges Of The Pie From Getting Brown And Overcooking?

You can buy a pie shield designed expressly for this reason, but I find it simpler to use aluminum foil!  Prevent the pie crust’s outside edges from over-browning by wrapping foil pieces around the edges of the crust.

Why Is My Pie Crust Too Crumbly?

A crumbly and difficult-to-roll dough indicates that the crust may be too dry. Increasing the dough’s moisture content will make it more cohesive. It’s important to work with the dough as delicately as possible until it’s completely moistened before adding extra ice-cold water (1 teaspoon at a time).

Can You Buy Gluten-Free Pie Crusts?

There is no need to worry about making a gluten-free dessert when you use Bob’s Red Mill Gluten-Free Pie Crust Mix! It’s “easy as pie” to make a delectable, flaky crust that goes great with any dish when you use this outstanding mix.

Is Puff Pastry Crust The Same As Pie Crust?

 Both pie crust and puff pastry comprise flour, salt, water, and fat (often butter), but their flavors and textures are different. Puff pastry has a flakier texture and a much more savory flavor than pie crust, which is more firm and flavorful. In addition, they are prepared differently.


Thanks for reading this blog post. I hope you like and try this gluten-free vegan pie crust. If you have any questions or suggestions, feel free to leave a comment below. And if you tried this recipe or any other from our site, please let us know how it turned out in the comments below! Thanks for visiting my Recipes, and I hope to see you again soon.


Also, get discounted copies of my cookbook here.

Fortunately, because of the ads on our website, readers and subscribers of Healthier Steps are sponsoring many underprivileged families. Thank you! 



Want to Save This Recipe?

Enter your email & I’ll send it to your inbox. Plus, get great new recipes from me every week!

Save Recipe

By submitting this form, you consent to receive emails from Healthier Steps.

Gluten Free Vegan Pie Crust on white background

Gluten Free Vegan Pie Crust

This Gluten-Free Vegan Pie Crust recipe is easy to prepare and so delicious just like traditional pie crust. Made with only 3 ingredients plus salt and water. It is the perfect alternative pie crust for all your Thanksgiving, Christmas recipes.
5 from 4 votes
Print Pin Rate
Course: Dessert, Side Dish
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Gluten Free Vegan Pie Crust
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Servings: 8 servings
Calories: 182kcal


  • 1 1/2 cups gluten-free flour
  • 2 tablespoons cane sugar (use only 1 tablespoon for savory recipes)
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup water cold
  • 1/2 cup non-dairy butter


  • In a large bowl, combine flour, sugar, and salt. Cut in non-dairy butter until mixture looks like breadcrumbs. Add water and mix until the dough comes together into a ball. You might need more or less water so add 1 tablespoon at a time!
  • Grease a 9-inch pie plate, roll out dough in between two parchment paper. Remove the top layer of parchment paper. Invert your pie pan, over the exposed dough. Carefully flip the pie pan with the dough on top.
  • Carefully press dough into the bottom and sides of the pie plate. Crimp edges and prick the bottom of the crust with a fork and place in refrigerator until ready or you can pre-bake pie in a preheated oven. 350 degrees for 10 minutes.
  • Fill pie crust with yummy fillings!


Calories: 182kcal | Carbohydrates: 19g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 11g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 3g | Monounsaturated Fat: 5g | Trans Fat: 2g | Sodium: 233mg | Potassium: 2mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 4g | Calcium: 16mg | Iron: 1mg

Similar Posts


  1. How long would I bake for if it does not need to go back into the oven? Making this for a French silk pie instead of a baked pie.

      1. I see you said you used earth balance butter. Are you referring to the sticks or the tub? My store only has the tubs, not sure it’s the same. In sticks, they have Country Crock plant butter (olive oil, almond, or avacado). So it’s between those 3 or the tub of Earth balance. If so, is it the yellow “original” earth balance?

  2. Hi Michelle, I want to make your pie dough recipe, but I need it for a savory recipe. What would you suggest I replace the sugar with to keep it savory? Thank you!

  3. I am trying your recipe for this pie crust- baking now. The 1/2 cup water amount is too much! I made it too sloppy, even with a scant 1/4 cup. I had to scoop it up and add more flour. Hope it turns out!

    1. Tish, more than likely you used a different flour than the one I used, unfortunately, no two gluten-free all-purpose flours are the same. You did the right thing and that is to add extra flour if it is too wet and if it was too dry add extra liquid. I have made this recipe ton of times and it has never failed me.

    1. It depends on what you are making. Well, it should be fine to add your filling then bake as in the case of a sweet potato pie.

  4. 5 stars
    Hey, I am in the mood for baking…looking at your desserts. I have a few I am going to try…As I mentioned in your pizza recipe I am making my own flour mix… something like this
    1 cup brown rice flour
    1 cup sorghum flour
    1/3 cup tapioca flour/starch
    2/3 cup potato starch

    However I notice the flour you use has Xanthan Gum in it. Will it matter if I don’t add that in my mix?

    1. Hello Phylicea, your blend looks great, I find that if I use 1 tablespoon ground flaxseeds (preferably the golden type) plus 1/4 cup water It works perfectly. I only use these storebought blends because of convenience. Hope you enjoy!

      1. Hi! This may seem silly, but can I use regular butter? I’m having trouble finding gluten free crust recipes that aren’t also vegan or dairy-free!

    1. Thanks for catching that,
      My power is out and I am working from my phone so I must have accidentally published it.

          1. hey i trend vegan and my mom wanted pie so i had to find a vegan pie crust recepy and lukly i fownd your websit iam so thank full i achily want to be a baker wen i grow up do you have advise

          2. Iredessa, I’m so proud of you, I’m happy you found my website. My advice to you is to keep practicing in the kitchen and don’t give up whenever a recipe doesn’t turn out the way you wanted.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Recipe Rating