The Coconut Flour Pie Crust
There is many name for this crust like Paleo crust or allergy free crust or grain free crust. I simply like to call it by what is inside a Coconut Flour Pie Crust. The trick to succeed with this Coconut Flour Pie Crust is to roll the dough between two sheet of plastic wrap. Then remove the top layer, upside down the Coconut Flour Pie Crust onto a greased mould. You may have to press the dough with your finger to arrange it into the pan shape. It is a very crumbly dough but still easy to work with if you follow the rolling principle below. I used this Coconut Flour Pie Crust to make a leek, coconut milk pie. You can find the recipe here.
Why a Coconut Flour Pie Crust is Good for your Health?
Many people hate looking at nutrition panel and labels but it is actually primordial to understand what you eat. I received many comment regarding this recipe about why this crust is healthy or healthier than white flour crust ? First, I want to say that I am not starting a war against white flour! White flour is low in saturated fat, cholesterol and sodium and contains important vitamins and minerals like thyamin and folate. Unfortunately for diabetic white flour has a slightly high glycemic index which means it release sugar too quicly in our bloodstream making our blood sugar level go like a roller coaster. Low GI food is not only good for diabetic but also for everyone who is looking for a good control of sugar craving. If the product release the glucose slowly in your blood cells you are not starving for sugar quickly after a meal and you feel full for longer.
So the good point about eating a Coconut Flour Pie Crust using Almond Meal and Coconut Flour is:
- Lower GI index than white flour, which means it help to stabilise your blood sugar level, decrease sugar craving, loss of energy and hunger feeling.
- High fibre content, which means it keep your stomach full for longer and you feel satisfied quickly after eating. It is also a good point for people looking for weight loss. Fibre are non digestible and have the power to fix and evacuate bad cholesterol from your body.
Nutrition Comparaison between coconut flour, almond meal and white flour
For the nutrition lover I included below the nutrition panel of each flour : coconut flour, almond meal and white flour all coming from the nutritiondataself here.
Steps-By-Steps pictures to suceed with the Coconut Flour Pie Crust
For New Zealand reader I used Ceres Organic product. You can find the coconut flour in any supermarket in the organic aisle.
- ¾ cup almond flour
- 3 tbsp coconut flour
- 1 egg white
- ¼ cup coconut oil or butter, melted
- Combine all ingredient in a food processor until a dough ball form.