This chocolate pie crust is nut free, grain free, low carb and sugar free! It's the most perfect allergy friendly pie crust!
It certainly won't win any awards for beauty, but the taste is out of this world! Not to mention it's an allergy friendly delight! Made with sunflower seeds and no flours or nuts, this recipe can easily be made vegan as well by replacing the butter used in the recipe and using a flax egg.
I've been working on a low carb pie crust that's nut free for ages, literally. My youngest has a tree nut allergy as well as peanut allergy and my oldest has a peanut and soy allergy. Making everything is twice as hard. Making it low carb for me, even harder. Most often you see low carb recipes using almond flour or coconut flour, the first I can't use, the second is difficult to work with.
Oh I've made a few coconut flour recipes like my Cream filled Vanilla Coconut Cupcakes, Chocolate Coconut Mounds Pie, Coconut Whipped Cream and many others, but my youngest just isn't even a big fan of coconut flavor. Great right? So that's what I'm dealing with and this crust has given me angst for years!
I can finally tell you with everything in my being, this is a winning pie crust. No rolling is needed, just food processor and spreading into a pie plate. It's slightly chewy, got some flakiness going on and just the slightest bit sweet. If you're a momma with allergies in your household this pie crust is will be a Godsend. Fill it with pudding, make a fruit filled pie, try my Peanut Butter Cheesecake Mousse filling for this, anything you can think of and it will work nicely, except maybe savory, that wouldn't work as it is chocolate right?
- I've tried just making sunflower seed flour myself in a food processor and inevitably it does not come out as fine as purchasing the flour from Amazon. If you don't mind a few sunflower seeds within the crust, just process the seeds yourself, but just know the crust will be a bit chewier than using already prepared flour.
- If you do use sunflower seeds and make the flour yourself make sure to buy, unsalted, raw sunflower seeds.
- If you have no nut allergies you could simply substitute the sunflower seed flour for almond flour.
- Try this crust with my Chocolate Pecan Pie recipe!
Low Carb Nut Free Grain Free Chocolate Pie Crust
- 2 cups sunflower seed flour
- ⅛ teaspoon salt
- 2 tablespoons butter unsalted, softened
- 1 egg
- ¼ cup unsweetened cocoa powder
- ½ cup Swerve confectioners or erythritol or ½ teaspoon pure stevia extract
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
- Add all ingredients into a food processor and process until smooth.
- Grease a 9 inch pie pl;ate and press mixture into pan as evenly as possible.
- Use a fork and make holes into the bottom.
- Bake 10-12 minutes.
- Cool completely before adding filling.
I see the recipe calls for 2 cups of sunflower seeds. If I were to use the sunflower seed flour would the quantity be the same?
Did you ever find out if you use the flour if it’s still 2 cups?
Has anybody tried making this with an egg replacement?
Hi, my sister is allergic to egg whites but not the yolk, do you think that this pie crust would work with 2 egg yolks versus one whole egg?
I think so.
Surprised to see So many nut fillings for a house where there’s tree nut allergies! Gonna try pumpkin cheesecake filling ?
My husband, daughter and I can still enjoy nuts in our house. My son can not eat it but can be around others who eat nuts.
i was just wondering if i could bake this a second time soon after the first as i have a baked tofu cheesecake recipe (not a watery batter) that i'd like to pair it with. do you believe that this would be possible by perhaps only baking it 5 minutes or so and then adding the tofu mixture to cook that through with it the remainder of the way, or would it maybe be possible to not pre-bake it at all and just straight up add the cheesecake mixture to it and bake it from the start together like that? and, if you're not too bothered, a last question; at what point would you say that this crust just cannot be baked any longer? around the 20-25 minute mark?
(also, yes, i am aware that this is not a vegan crust recipe!! i'm just lactose free and try to keep dairy to a minimum)
thank you!! will of course try crust regardless of the answer for a no-bake version.
I think prefacing it for 5 minutes then adding your batter and baking another 15-20 would be fine. You may need to cover you crust edges so they don't burn.
I just made this recipe into cookies (20). I used Sukrin in place of the Swerve and added some Lily’s chocolate chips to the batter. They are outstanding!!! Thanks so much for the recipe???
Thanks for the idea, I bet my kids will love it!
I am wondering if this pie crust could be frozen after it is baked. Would really like to have a pie crust on hand when the mood strikes to make a pie.
Would mixing it in a bowl or kitchen aid have a negative impact on the dough? we are downsizing and I no longer have a food processor.
I use the food processor to make everything finer in texture. I think if you all ready have sunflower seeds ground and it's fine all ready all of this mixture can go in the KitchenAid. I usually buy my sunflower seeds and grind them in the food processor.
I used the KitchAid and it turned out fine. The only difference it made is the dough ended up more like a graham cracker pie shell instead. It still has great flavor and it is wise to still wrap the edges in foil so they don't burn.
Would this work with Splenda instead? Neither my husband or myself like stevia, it has a horrible aftertaste for both of us, even when cooking with it.
I'm sure it would work with Splenda, I honestly can't say though how much you should use.
Sounds delicious, but do you think coconut flour would work in this recipe? Thanks so much!
Just took this crust out of the oven, except I put pecans in it instead of the sunflower or almond flour. I didn't even grind up, just threw in the food processor. Turned out really good. Thanks so much and happy birthday to you!!
Awesome! Thank you!
I have the same question as Nichole. Love this recipe!
I have the same question as above.
I'm thrilled to have found you, sugar-free mom!!!
Do you think this would work without the cocoa powder?Would love a low carb crust for a pumkpkin pie.
Yes I've tried it but I wasn't crazy about the color. It looks slightly tinted green, like sunflower seeds obviously are, But the taste was fantastic still.