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Chocolate Vegan Pie Crust

This chocolatey Vegan Pie Crust is perfect for making all those healthy pies without a drop of oil, and it’s even gluten-free.

vegan chocolate pie crust in white pie dish on wooden cutting board

There’s no need to be frustrated or think that pie is something you can’t have on a healthy plant-based diet. Let me show you how easy it is to make this homemade pie crust from scratch!

vegan chocolate pie in white pie dish with pie cutter

You’ll love this vegan pie crust because it’s…

  • Chocolatey
  • Easy to make
  • Oil-free & vegan
  • Gluten-free
  • Delicious

How to make vegan pie crust from scratch

This really is an easy recipe that even the kids can help with. All you need are a few ingredients, an ovenproof pie dish, and clean hands for kneading.

Begin by preheating the oven to 375°F.

Next, you’ll need to make a little oat flour. You can always purchase oat flour, but why do that when it’s so easy to make your own in about 2-minutes?

Simply place the whole oats in your blender and blend or pulse them until they are ground into powdery flour, approximately 1-minute or less.

If you’re using walnuts, add them to the flour and pulse briefly to break up the nuts. The walnuts are completely optional.

oat flour in vitamix

My favorite blender is the Vitamix 5200 because it is so powerful, it can blend anything. I actually own two of them because I use them in the Food for Life classes I teach for the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine.

In a large mixing bowl, add the fresh oat flour, cocoa powder, baking powder, salt, and brown sugar and whisk together well. This is not a very sweet crust, so if you like things sweeter, you’ll need to add more sugar.

Chocolate cake dry ingredients in stainless mixing bowl with whisk

In a smaller bowl, combine the applesauce and vanilla. Then combine the dry ingredients with the wet ingredients in the larger bowl.

batter for vegan pie crust

This is going to be a very thick batter, so you’ll need to roll up your sleeves and knead the dough a bit with your hands. It will form into clumps, so keep kneading.

stainless bowl filled with vegan pie crust ingredients clumped up

Once the ingredients are well blended into a stiff dough, place the clump in the center of your pie dish.

Lightly wet your hands and begin to press the dough with your fingers and the palm of your hand to push it flat and up the sides of your pie dish. I do not add any oil to my pie pan. It sticks just a little, but I’m able to use a fork to make it release, especially when the whole pie has been made hours before and chilled. Chilling overnight is even better.

If you don’t want to deal with any sticking at all, line the pie plate with parchment paper before adding the crust.

You’ll likely need to dampen your hands a few times to keep the mixture wettened enough to work with.

chocolate vegan pie crust in white pie pan

Place the pie crust in your oven and bake for approximately 10-12 minutes until it is lightly crispy. Remove from oven and allow to completely cool before using.

I have an amazing Chocolate Mousse Pie that is perfect with this pie crust recipe.

The finished crust is only lightly sweet and, in my opinion, it’s even better when the pie is made the day before because the pie filling has a chance to marry-up with the crust flavors.

Place the whole pie in the refrigerator for a few hours or overnight to firm up. Serving the next day is perfect!

This recipe was inspired by Susan with FatFreeVegan’s Oatmeal Cookie Pie Crust.

Your Questions Answered:

  • Q: Are store-bought pie crusts vegan? There are a few, and many of the store-bought graham cracker crusts are vegan. However, they are not oil-free.
  • Q: Is this vegan pie crust gluten-free? Yes, it is! Since it’s made with oat flour, this crust is completely gluten-free as long as the oats specifically say they are GF. Want more Gluten-Free Recipes?
  • Q: Can this pie crust be made a day ahead? Absolutely, and I recommend making the whole pie a day ahead so the pie crust can soak up the flavors from the pie filling.
  • Q: Do I have to use brown sugar in this recipe? No, but you’ll want to use some sort of sweetener. Any type of less refined sugar will work just fine. Date sugar is a good substitute.
  • Q: Shouldn’t I grease my pie pan? I do not add any oil to my pie pan. It sticks just a little, but I’m able to use a fork to make it release, especially when the whole pie has been made hours before and chilled. Chilling overnight is even better. If you don’t want to deal with any sticking at all, line the pie plate with parchment paper before adding the crust.

Other great vegan desserts

vegan chocolate pie crust in white pie dish on wooden cutting board

Chocolate Vegan Pie Crust

Yield: 8
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes

This chocolatey vegan pie crust is perfect for making all those healthy pies without a drop of oil, and it’s even gluten-free.

Ingredients

Instructions

    1. Begin by preheating the oven to 375°F.
    2. Next, you’ll need to make a little oat flour. You can always purchase oat flour, but why do that when it’s so easy to make your own in about 2-minutes?
    3. Simply place the whole oats in your blender and blend or pulse the oats until they are ground into powdery flour, approximately 1-minute or less. Time will depend on the power of your appliance.
    4. If you’re using walnuts, add them to the flour and pulse briefly to break up the nuts. The walnuts are completely optional.
    5. In a large mixing bowl, add fresh oat flour, cocoa powder, baking powder, salt, and brown sugar and whisk together well. This is not a very sweet crust, so if you like things sweeter, you'll need to add more sugar.
    6. In a smaller bowl, combine the applesauce and vanilla. Then combine the dry ingredients with the wet ingredients in the larger bowl.
    7. This is going to be a very thick batter, so you’ll need to roll up your sleeves and knead the dough a bit with your hands. It will form into clumps, so keep kneading.
    8. Once the ingredients are well blended into a stiff dough, place the clump in the center of your pie dish. Lightly wet your hands and begin to press the dough with your fingers and the palm of your hand to push it flat and up the sides of your dish. I do not add any oil to my pie pan. It sticks just a little, but I'm able to use a fork to make it release, especially when the whole pie has been made hours before and chilled. Chilling overnight is even better.
    9. If you don't want to deal with any sticking at all, line the pie plate with parchment paper before adding the crust.
    10. You’ll likely need to dampen your hands a few times to keep the mixture wettened enough to work with.
    11. Place the pie crust in your oven and bake for approximately 10-12 minutes until it is lightly crispy. Remove from oven and allow to completely cool before using.
    12. I have an amazing Chocolate Mousse Pie that is perfect with this pie crust recipe.
    13. The finished crust is only lightly sweet and, in my opinion, it’s even better when the pie is made the day before because the pie filling has a chance to marry-up with the crust flavors.

Notes

Detailed instructions, in-process photos, and my personal helpful tips can be found in the article above.



Nutrition Information:
Yield: 8 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 110Total Fat: 3gSaturated Fat: 0gTrans Fat: 0gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 85mgCarbohydrates: 19gFiber: 2gSugar: 9gProtein: 3g

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CT

Wednesday 25th of August 2021

Can I subside sugar for maple syrup? If so, can you advise how much?

Terri Edwards

Wednesday 25th of August 2021

Hi CT- For this one, you would want to use a dry sweetener. Date sugar would be a good option in equal measure.

Debbie

Wednesday 28th of April 2021

I really liked this recipe. Very easy to make and super tasty

Terri Edwards

Wednesday 28th of April 2021

Hi Debbie- Thanks so much for the feedback! So glad you like this pie recipe. My favorite is to make the pie a day ahead because the sweetness seeps into the crust and makes it even better. Thank you!

terri

Thursday 24th of December 2020

5 stars for sure. Ive made many different vegan crusts. This is probably the best. holds up well, doesn't get soggy. I put down parchment paper so can't say whether it sticks or not. highly recommend.

Terri Edwards

Thursday 24th of December 2020

Hi Terri- Thanks so much for the great feedback! Just curious, did you make your pie the day ahead? I personally really liked the pie crust even better the next day.

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