Over the past few months, I’ve tinkered with this ‘pie crust’ recipe over and over. And then, just the other night I think I did it- created an Award Worthy Vegan & Paleo Pie Crust! I’ve never entered a food contest before, although I think it would be really fun. If I ever enter the county fair for pie making, I’d use this recipe. Not to brag, but honestly, I think this recipe comes as close as possible to light, flaky, roll-able pie crust perfection. And, one bonus about this recipe, you don’t even need to chill the shortening or the dough. I despise recipes that take a long time and are tedious 🙂
Mrs. G, our daughter’s preschool teacher has a high school son that is vegan. I can’t even imagine trying to feed a growing high school boy enough food on a vegan diet especially one that plays sports. I mean, in the ZenSweet house, we have been all incarnations of healthy eating, vegan, vegetarian, keto, Paleo, and The Belly Fat cure to name a few, but Mrs. G, she has a challenge. So in honor of all the parents with kids who are ahead of their time and super conscious about eating (we’re lucky to know quite a few) I will try my best to create more vegan recipes or at least recipes with vegan options.
Over the years, I’ve noticed that sometimes vegan foods especially vegan desserts have very strange textures. And, pie crust is one of those things that can make or break a recipe. I promise this pie crust is great and very adaptable. It can be pre-baked for about 10-12 minutes until lightly browned and filled with sweet or savory and Paleo or Vegan ingredients. Some Savory Vegan Filling ideas: mushrooms, broccoli, caramelized onions, and sweet potato puree or spicy lentils and kale with coconut cream. And for Paleo fillings well, any simple combinations of veggies, eggs and/or meat make an all-in-one dish meal. With Sweet Fillings, the sky is the limit…any type of fruit works great, cream pies, and even frozen pies. To make the crust a little sweet just add 1/8 cup of ZenSweet per batch.
I hope you enjoy this Award Worthy Vegan & Paleo Pie Crust and eat many, many delicious pies!