Easy Vegan Pie Crust – Made With Coconut Oil

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During the holiday season, finding a good vegan pie crust at the grocery store can be a difficult fete. Guess what? It's super simple to make your own vegan pie crust, AND you likely have all the ingredients in your pantry already. I am on a mission to make tasty vegan food using whole food ingredients, so this recipe is made with coconut oil instead of vegan margarine!

Coconut oil is the new vegan butter

If you've baked any vegan sweets, you might already be familiar with the many synthetic, and oftentimes over processed, substitutes used in place of animal-based ingredients. While milk can be an easy one to substitute, butter, shortening, and eggs can be a little bit more difficult to replace if you are new to vegan baking.  I am here to tell you that you CAN bake delicious, sweet treats that are 100% plant-based, without all of the over processed, fake ingredients! Butter is traditionally an important ingredient in pastries and pie crusts, and often new vegans are tantalized by all the vegan margarine spreads on the market, but I try to avoid those and go straight to my secret weapon, coconut oil! 

Easy Vegan Pie Crust

This recipe can easily be doubled for two piecrusts. Simply double the ingredients below and split the dough into two balls instead of one.

MAKES ONE 9-INCH PIE CRUST

INGREDIENTS

  • 1 1/4 cups all-purpose flour (or half whole wheat pastry flour and half all-purpose flour), plus extra for rolling
  • 1 Tbsp. sugar
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 1/2 cup unrefined coconut oil, solid
  • 5 Tbsp. ice-cold water, as needed

DIRECTIONS

  1. Add flour, sugar, and salt to a food processor or blender. Pulse ingredients until combined.
  2. Add solid coconut oil and pulse until the mixture is crumbly in consistency. 
  3. Add the ice water, one tablespoon at a time, pulsing until the dough just sticks together. You might not need all of the water. Try not to over process the dough.
  4. Mold the dough into a disc shape and wrap in plastic wrap (or beeswax wrap) Keep in the refrigerator until you are ready to use the dough.
  5. Roll out dough into a 9-inch pie crust circle and press into an oiled pie pan. If the dough is tough to roll out, let it soften to room temperature, until it's easier to work with. 
  6. Add your desired pie filling and cook according to the pie's recipe.
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