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Gluten-free and vegan maple pecan pie crust

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.

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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.

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Pour water over maple syrup mixture

This mixture includes a flavorful concoction of maple syrup, coconut oil, brown sugar, vanilla, and nutmeg.

Pour water over pie crust mix

Whisk water with maple syrup mix

Make sure that everything is well-combined before moving on.

Mix crust mixture together

Add pecans to food processor

Food processors are the easiest way to get finely ground pecans without any hassle.

Add pecans into food processor

Add maple syrup mixture into blended pecans

This maple syrup mixture helps bind the pecans together until they reach perfect pie crust consistency.

Pour maple mixture into blended pecans

Add crust into a pie dish

After incorporating the maple syrup mixture with the pecans, press the crust evenly into a 9″ glass pie pan.

Pour crust mixture into baking dish

This crust is a delicious and tasty alternative to make

Forget butter and flour, pie crust can be just as good made with pecans and maple syrup.

Finished pie crust

Gluten free and vegan maple pecan pie crust

Yield 1 9 inch pie crust


  • 2 cups pecans, whole or pieces
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons coconut oil, melted
  • 1/2 teaspoon maple syrup
  • 1⁄2 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 4 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 1 tablespoon water


  1. Preheat oven to 325F degrees.
  2. In a small bowl, mix together the coconut oil and maple syrup.  Whisk in brown sugar, vanilla, nutmeg and water.
  3. Place pecans in food processor and pulse until finely ground.
  4. Pour maple and sugar mixture into the food processor with the pecans.
  5. Continue processing until mixture begins falling from sides of bowl.  Scape down once.
  6. Press evenly into 9-inch glass pie pan.
  7. Bake for 20 minutes, or until lightly browned.
  8. Remove from oven.
  9. Allow to cool before using.

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Finished pie crust

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