The last time I made this Healthy and Easy Oat Pie Crust Recipe, it was to make two shallow vegan coconut cream pies (click to view recipe). I had plans to make a pumpkin-pie-with-a-twist on Thanksgiving day, so I decided to see how the crust would work a) as one not-shallow pie and b) with the pumpkin pie experiment I was developing. As it turns out, both worked great!
I thought it would be best to post the pie crust separate from the new pumpkin pie recipe (which will be next) since it goes with many types of pies. I also wanted to repost the crust recipe with updated photos and instructions for a single pie. I haven’t tried making a single non-shallow single coconut cream pie yet, but maybe I’ll do that next. Till then, I know the two-pie method yields delicious results.
Healthy Easy Oat Pie Crust Recipe (Vegan, Gluten Free, Refined Sugar Free)
This oat pie crust was a total accident. I was trying to make a healthy snack by forming this concotion into bite-sized balls. But it didn’t turn out like I wanted.
So I turned it into something else…
A healthy pie crust that is naturally:
Not bad for an accident!
Healthy Easy Oat Pie Crust Recipe Ingredients
I wanted to see if I could make a crust recipe that was made of health-boosting, whole food ingredients. Turns out, these work really nicely together!
- chia seeds – helps the crust stick together while adding nutrients, protein, fiber, and health fats
- water – this is to help get the chia seeds nice and gel-y
- instant oats – this is the main ingredient and serves as a healthy, gluten-free foundation for this crust
- flaxseed meal – a lovely flour replacement
- coconut flakes – adds an interesting texture
- salt – for flavor haha
- maple syrup (or sub agave syrup): a nice refined-sugar free option – the liquid helps the crust come together
- oil of choice (avocado, safflower, canola, or other non-flavored oil) – my current fave is avocado oil as of 2022
- hot water
All of these ingredients are naturally gluten-free, but you should check the labels of each ingredient if you need to be 100% sure.
How Many Pies Does This Make?
You can use this Healthy Oat Crust recipe to make two shallow pies or one deep-dish.
I initially used this to make two shallow pies. But in recent years, I like using it to make one deep dish.
A Note on Pre-Baking This Healthy Oat Crust
The directions below suggest baking the crust before adding any filling.
Reader Sharlene wrote in asking if she should pre-bake the crust before making the Coconut Pumpkin Pie Recipe. I tested this out on Thanksgiving 2022 by *not* pre-baking, and I thought this came out best.
So here’s my recommendation on whether you should bake the crust or not:
- If the filling will be baked: you should *not* pre-bake this Healthy Oat Crust Recipe
- If the filling will *not* be baked: you *should* pre-bake this Healthy Oat Crust Recipe
This Healthy Easy Oat Pie Crust Recipe is my attempt to make a pie crust that is slightly more healthy than traditional pie crusts. Rather than using lots of flour, this crust is made with oats, flaxseed, and chia seeds. This crust has a slightly chewy texture that I really enjoy. I hope you like it, too!
Yields: 1 9-inch pie crust
*Vegetarian, Vegan, Gluten-Free*
- 2 teaspoons chia seeds
- 6 teaspoons water
- 1 1/2 cup instant oats
- 1/2 cup flaxseed meal
- 1/4 cup coconut flakes
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 2 tablespoons maple syrup (or sub agave syrup)
- 1/2 cup oil (safflower, canola, or other non-flavored oil)
- 1/4 cup hot water
- Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees F and spray a pie dish with non-stick spray.
- Mix 2 teaspoons chia seeds and 6 teaspoons water and set aside to gel up for at least 5 minutes.
- Whisk together oats, flaxseed meal, coconut flakes, and salt till evenly combined.
- Stir in agave, oil, hot water, and chia seed mixture until well combined and ingredients are evenly distributed (but don’t over-mix).
- Pour into a pie dish and press mixture into bottom and up sides of dish. Bake for 14-16 minutes or until top edge just starts to turn golden brown. Set aside to cool to room temperature. Fill with your favorite pie filling – try this yummy Coconut Pumpkin Pie recipe (click).
Keywords: Vegan, Vegetarian, Gluten-Free, Refined-Sugar-Free
I shared my pumpkin pie with a twist recipe next. Check out my Coconut Pumpkin Pie Recipe here! Stay tuned for that plus two recipes using your Thanksgiving leftovers!
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Thanks for reading! Hope you like this Healthy Easy Oat Pie Crust Recipe!
Reader question: What kind of pie filling do you think would best go with this Healthy Easy Oat Pie Crust Recipe?