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Recipe Connection: Walnut-Oat Pie Crust

June 30th, 2009 · 33 Comments · Do It Yourself, Recipes, Super Foods, Upgraded Nutrition

Walnut-Oat Gluten Free Pie Crust

I’m a huge “from scratch” person, and if I see a recipe that calls for something bought pre-fab, I usually figure out if I can do it cheaper and more nutritiously at home.  Graham cracker crusts for pies was one of those easy-t0-do at home (for a lot less $) things that I always made from scratch, using my Betty Crocker cookbook recipe.  I recently came across a whole grain, healthy substitute for graham cracker pie crusts, and I was thrilled with how rich and delicious it tasted. The fact that it is also gluten-free is a huge bonus.

Between the whole grain oats, omega-3 packed walnuts, and real butter, there’s got to be a complete protein in this thing as well.  Nice!  Plus you get to avoid the trans fat that is almost always in these:

Walnut-Oat Pie Crust

Walnut-Oat Pie Crust
Recipe type: Desserts
Author: From King Arthur Flour’s Whole Grain Baking Cookbook
  • 1 1/3 cups old-fashioned or quick oats (not instant)
  • 1 cup diced walnuts
  • 6 Tbs melted unsalted butter
  • 1/3 cup firmly packed light or dark brown sugar
  • ¼ tsp salt
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Spread oats in a shallow layer in an ungreased round cake pan.
  3. Spread nuts in a shallow layer in another ungreased cake pan.
  4. Bake the nuts until they smell toasty and are beginning to brown, about 8 minutes.
  5. Bake the oats until they’re starting to brown, 15-18 minutes.
  6. Watch both carefully; they go from brown to burned quickly.
  7. Remove them from the oven and transfer to a food processor.
  8. Add the butter, sugar and salt.
  9. Process until the oats and nuts are finely ground and the mixture is cohesive.
  10. Remove the mixture from the food processor and press it into the bottom and up the sides of a 9-inch regular (not deep-dish) pie pan that’s at least 1 ¼ inches deep.
  11. Bake the crust until it’s just barely beginning to brown, 14 minutes.  Remove it from the oven and set it on a rack to cool.

Now you can fill the crust with any pie that calls for a storebought graham cracker crust.  I made a frozen peanut butter pie with it.  Delish!

Frozen PB Topping on Walnut-Oat Crust

My pan is a little small for this crust – see how thick it got in the corners? But with the frozen PB topping, oh my! There’s a reason it’s almost gone in this pic!

I also made my Healthy Pumpkin Pie recipe with it, too!

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