Baking evokes a simpler, homier time and can bring comfort from happy memories. Try these new takes on traditional Thanksgiving favorites. In a year where so many of our usual holiday activities are curtailed, filling your home with the delicious aroma of a homemade pie may be just the thing to help you savor all you have to be grateful for.

First, the Crust

Making regular pie crust healthier can be as simple as substituting solid coconut oil or Earth Balance Spread for butter and whole-grain pastry flour for processed white flour. Making it vegan AND gluten-free is a little trickier.

While it won’t have precisely the same flaky texture as traditional pie crust, it’s still possible to make a delicious crust for the GF people in your life. And why not make it vegan, too?

This recipe comes from Nora Cooks, and you can see the whole post HERE.

Vegan, GF Pie Crust


  •  1 tablespoon ground flaxseeds
  • 3 tablespoons water
  • 1 1/2 cups almond flour
  • 3/4 cup gluten-free all-purpose flour (Try Bob’s Red Mill brand)
  • 1 tablespoon granulated sugar, coconut sugar, or sucanat (leave out for savory pies)
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 4-6 tablespoons additional water


  • Make the flax egg by combining the ground flax and water together in a small bowl. Stir and set aside for 5 minutes until it thickens. If pre-baking the crust, preheat the oven to 350 degrees F at this time.