Recipe Connection: Walnut-Oat Pie Crust (2024)

By Katie Kimball @ Kitchen Stewardship® / Published: 06/30/2009 / Updated: 05/18/2020

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  1. Healthy Walnuts in a Gluten-Free Pie Crust
  2. How to Store Walnuts
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Recipe Connection: Walnut-Oat Pie Crust (1)

I recently came across a whole grain Walnut Oat Pie Crust in the store, sold as healthy substitute for graham cracker pie crusts, and I was thrilled with how rich and delicious it tasted. The fact that it is also a gluten-free crust is a huge bonus.

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-to-do at home (for a lot less $) things that I always made from scratch, using my Betty Crocker cookbook recipe, but now that I’ve figured out how to make this walnut oat pie crust at home this recipe will replace the graham cracker crust recipe I’ve made for so many years.

Between the whole grain oats, omega-3 packed walnuts (use the code STEWARDSHIP for 10% off at that site!), and real butter, this crust practically qualifies as a super food. Nice! Plus you get to avoid the trans fat that is almost always in graham crackers (recently replaced by the likely equally evil interesterified fat).

Healthy Walnuts in a Gluten-Free Pie Crust

Walnuts are on my list ofSuper Foods, and for good reason: just an ounce (about a handful) of walnuts have as much omega-3 fat as 3.5 ounces of salmon. (Source: WebMD) That’s a power-packed handful of nuts! They are also a great source of antioxidants (cancer-fighters). See World’s Healthiest Foods for much more information.

You can get walnuts for a great price at Costco. They’re on my real food shopping list almost every time I go.


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Walnut-Oat Pie Crust Recipe

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  • 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 (use the code STEWARDSHIP for 10% off at that site!)
  • 6 Tbs melted unsalted butter
  • 1/3 cup firmly packed light or dark brown sugar
  • 1/4 tsp salt (Use the code kitchenstewardship for 15% off of your first purchase)


  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.
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Now you can fill the crust with any pie that calls for a storebought graham cracker crust. I use this gluten-free pie crust for my Healthy Pumpkin Pie recipe, but you could use it for any cheesecake, pudding style pie, etc.


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I’m thrilled to share a FREE gluten-free cheat sheet mini eBook to help get you started!This is perfect if you’ve just been told you need a GF diet, if you have a friend or family member eating GF and you’d like to cook for them, or if you’re just curious what it’s all about!

How to Store Walnuts

Do keep walnuts in your freezer.

Because of all those great fats, they tend to go rancid faster than other nuts. You can stock up when they’re on sale (Christmastime is a good time to watch for super sales!), and can even chop a whole pound in your blender/food processor and store them in the freezer, ready to be put into quick breads, cookies and muffins.

Other Recipes You Might Enjoy:

  • Green Smoothies with Kale
  • Summer Fruit Dips
  • Banana Flax Muffins
  • Homemade Granola and Granola bars

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Category: Real Food Recipes

Tags: dairy-free, desserts, evergreen, gluten free, oats, walnuts

Recipe Connection: Walnut-Oat Pie Crust (2024)


What is the best substitute for pie crust? ›

  • Crispy Rice Cereal. A little peanut butter is all it takes to morph crunchy cereal into a moldable mix for a playful pie crust. ...
  • Waffle Cones. Scooping ice cream cones for a crowd might leave you wiping sweat (and ice cream drippings) off your brow. ...
  • Brownies. ...
  • Butter Crackers. ...
  • Shredded Coconut. ...
  • Puff Pastry.

What is the blind bake method? ›

Many sweet and savory pie recipes require pre-baking or "blind baking" a crust. No one really knows where the term got its name, but "blind" baking a crust means baking it without a filling.

Do you put butter or egg on pie crust? ›

It is typically made from either a beaten egg thinned with water or heavy cream. Pies with a top crust or lattice top will typically call for an egg or cream wash to be brushed onto the dough. The type of wash you use is what will give the baked pie a polished finish.

How to make a flaky bottom pie crust? ›

Put the Pie on a Hot Cookie Sheet

As pie crust heats up, the butter in the crust melts and the water in the butter turns to steam, creating the flaky layers we know and love. Before you start assembling the pie, put a cookie sheet in the oven and preheat it at whatever temperature you plan to bake the pie.

What are three other pie crust options? ›

How to Match Your Pie With the Right Crust
  • Flaky Pie Crust. Flaky pie crust is your most basic crust, made of fat, flour, water and salt. ...
  • Hot Water Crust. ...
  • Paté Sucrée or Sweet Crust. ...
  • Crostata Crust. ...
  • Cream Cheese Crust. ...
  • Cornmeal Crust. ...
  • Puff Pastry or Rough Puff.
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Should I bake the bottom pie crust first? ›

You do not need to pre-bake a pie crust for an apple pie or any baked fruit pie really, but we do freeze the dough to help it stay put. Pre-baking the pie crust is only required when making a custard pie OR when making a fresh fruit pie. you should probably get: Pie weights are super helpful to have for pre-baking.

How long should you blind bake a pie crust? ›

Line with the parchment paper and fill with pie weights or dried beans, filling right to the bottom of the crimps. Place the pie tin on a baking sheet, and place in the oven. Bake for 15 to 18 minutes, or until the edges are slightly golden brown. Remove from the oven, remove the parchment paper and beans.

Can I blind bake without weights? ›

I prefer using traditional pie weights (and link to the ones I use in the recipe), but you could also use pennies, sugar, rice or dry beans in a pinch. Keep in mind that if you use sugar, your pie can take a longer time to bake (but you can re-use the sugar afterwards!) Parchment/foil.

What is the secret to a great pie crust? ›

Cold butter is the key to flaky crusts. Do not skip this step. You must put your butter in the freezer to get it nice and cold.

At what temperature should you bake a pie crust? ›

Pie crusts are more likely to shrink when baked at high temperatures like 400°F+. I prefer to bake my pies at a lower temperature (usually between 350°F to 375°F) for longer.

Why do you put milk on a pie crust? ›

Egg, milk, and cream washes not only help with appearance: They also seal in moisture and assist with the final rise of a dough. They also can be used as a glue to hold pieces of dough together or act as a binder for holding sugar and other coatings in place.

Should you poke holes in the bottom of pie crust? ›

With docking, the holes allow steam to escape, so the crust should stay flat against the baking dish when it isn't held down by pie weights or a filling. Otherwise the crust can puff up, not only impacting appearance but also leaving you with less space for whatever filling you have planned.

What is the best flour to use in flaky pie crust? ›

What kind of flour makes the best pie crust? Well, not high-protein bread flour! Use that for your chewy bagels. What you want for pie is flour that yields a tender, flaky crust, which means medium-protein all-purpose flour or low-protein pastry flour.

Can I use pizza crust instead of pie crust? ›

Technically, pizza dough can be used as a substitute for pie crust, but the resulting crust may not have the same texture or flavor as a traditional pie crust. Pizza dough is typically made with flour, yeast, salt, and water, and may also contain olive oil and sugar.

Can you use pastry sheets for pie crust? ›

Yes, store-bought puff pastry can be used for homemade fruit pies. Puff pastry is a flaky and buttery dough that is often used to make sweet and savory pastries.

What's the difference between pie crust and pastry dough? ›

How Is This Different From Pie Crust and Yeasted Pastry Dough? Pie crust, while buttery and flaky, is not nearly as light, doughy, and crisp as this shortcut puff pastry. Yeasted pastry dough, such as something we can use for croissants, croissant bread, or a pastry braid, contain yeast.

What can be used as pie weights? ›

What Can You Use Instead of Pie Weights? Instead of pie weights, you can use dried beans or rice, granulated sugar, popcorn kernels or steel ball bearings. If you are not using pie weights, the idea is to mimic what the pie weight does and to make sure that the alternative is oven-safe.


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