2 – 2-1/4 cups Finely ground nuts or nut flour (almonds or almond flour work great)
6-7 Tbsp Cold butter or raw coconut oil (expeller pressed if you don’t want coconut flavor)
1/8 to 1/4 cup Xylitol (or stevia – only sweeten to taste, you will need far less stevia than xylitol)
Pinch of Salt
Optional: Cinnamon or other spices to add flavor to your crust/dish
Mix/press all ingredients thoroughly with a spoon in large glass bowl until you have a consistent “dough” (be sure there are no clumps of oil). Wet hands to mold into a ball (add more oil/butter for added moisture OR more ground nuts to dry the dough). Place dough ball into center of greased (EVOO, coconut oil or butter) pie pan, pressing outward to form an even crust. Prick the bottom with a fork a couple of times to allow air to escape. Bake at 325 degrees for about 15 minutes – do not let your crust over-brown. Make your pie or quiche mixture, pour into your crust and bake as necessary. Be sure to cover crust edges with aluminum foil to protect from burning.
This can easily be VEGAN by using coconut oil in place of butter. I am not vegan, but I know some prefer to be.
*NOTE: If you are not on a Candida Cleanse, feel free to use raw agave nectar, coconut nectar, maple syrup, or raw honey to sweeten your crust. They help it stick together a bit better.
**If I ever can’t get things to “stick” properly, I just add a tiny sprinkle (start w like 1-2 pinches for this recipe) of psyllium hulls (or other fiber powder might work if you have it…just beware of flavored ones…may change flavor of crust). Psyllium works as a wonderful thickener or “glue”. Just always add to “cold” mixtures, never hot, and blend quickly.
***If you’re allergic to nuts, you could try this with bean flour or rice flour (garbonzo bean, etc). Bean flour is allowed on the Candida Cleanse.