A Healthier Pie Crust, Examined
By Brandi Goodman
Apple Pie Day arrives near the middle of May. Whether you plan on indulging during this occasion, or have another favorite pie in mind you just want to eat, you can at least make sure it's healthier than your usual versions. A healthier pie crust is possible when you make a few changes to the recipe.
Make It From Scratch
The main goal really is to make it from scratch. Doing so will take away a significant amount of sugar and unnecessary ingredients that you'll find in a pie crust bought from your local grocery store. It may be easier to pick up a ready-made version, but a pie crust from scratch is satisfying and more worthwhile.
Try a Vegan, Gluten-Free Version
Gluten allergies and a desire to avoid consuming animal products may be your inspiration for a different crust version. You can make a vegan and gluten-free crust that's far healthier than its alternatives. You'll need gluten-free flour, some sugar, salt, almond flour, flaxseed, and water for the concoction. This type will provide fiber, potassium, protein, calcium, and iron -- which you'd get far less of (if it all) from other kinds.
Use Whole Wheat and Unbleached Flours
Another pie crust version for those fine with gluten includes whole wheat flour and unbleached flour. Bleached versions are unsafe and offer little benefits. These two flours can be combined with a bit of natural corn oil, a pinch of salt, and ice water to help create a dough that bakes up well and offers a bit of crispiness.
Mix Coconut and Oats
A coconut, oat crust works as a healthier alternative as well. Quick-cooking oats, shredded coconut, vegetable oil, water, and all-purpose flour are all you'll need for this version. You'll get extra fiber and vitamins in every bite. It's a tasty choice that pairs well with apples in particular.
Opt for a Paleo Pie
A paleo diet focuses on foods you could find in nature. Processed ingredients are not included. A paleo pie may start with a crust made of blanched almond flour, Celtic sea salt, an egg, and coconut oil. You're not getting all the sugar and butter of the typical recipes and are therefore seeing a significantly reduced fat and calorie count. Any fruit will suffice in this pie.
One slice of pie isn't going to break your diet. You should still strive to create a healthy version that suits your dietary restrictions and can be utilized for other occasions. Healthy alternatives can taste just as great -- if not better -- than the pie crusts purchased from the store. You'll be all the healthier for it.
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