GF, Vegan & Grain Free Dessert Crust

cheesecake crust

GF, Vegan & Grain Free Dessert Crust

This gluten-free graham cracker crust recipe will amaze you!  Not only does it taste delicious, but it’s also vegan, refined sugar, soy-free, and nut-free as well!  It’s easy to make in about 5 minutes in your blender or food processor.  With just a few ingredients, you can have a gluten-free graham cracker crust that tastes better than the traditional crust recipe and healthier too!

cheesecake crust

This crust is not actually made from crackers or cookies, but oats and brown sugar which give a surprisingly similar flavor and texture to graham crackers.  My family loves cheesecakes and cream pies for dessert, but when we had to go gluten-free, I struggled to come up with an alternative graham cracker crust.  All the recipes that I saw called for nuts.  Since my husband can’t have nuts, I had to come up with an alternative.

INGREDIENTS AND SUBSTITUTIONS

  • Gluten-Free Oats – to be chopped up into a flour that has a similar consistency to graham crackers.  This is the base of the crust.
  • Brown Sugar – to give it a natural molasses flavor that you find in traditional graham crackers.  You can also use coconut sugar but I am allergic to coconut, so I went with brown sugar.
  • Vegan butter– You can also use olive or coconut oil. If you use regular butter, make sure its unsalted
  • Honey- It gives a little sweetness to the crust but if you are allergic to honey omit it
  • Cinnamon- Nice flavor especially if you make cheesecake with it.
  • Salt – just a dash for flavor

INSTRUCTIONS

  1. Put the gluten-free oats, brown sugar, and salt, into a food processor.
  2. Pulse a few times to get everything chopped up.
  3. Turn the food processor on low and slowly pour in the melted butter or oil.
  4. Mix until it is all combined well and slightly moist and sticky.   You may need to stop and stir the contents to get everything incorporated.
  5. Pour the mixture into a springform pan or pie dish and use a flat-bottomed measuring cup to pack it down firmly.
  6. Chill in the refrigerator to set while you make the no-bake pie filling of your choice or in the oven at 350 degrees for 8 minutes. Let it cool before adding cheesecake batter of choice.
cheesecake crust

GF, Grain Free and Vegan Dessert Crust

This gluten-free graham cracker crust recipe will amaze you!  Not only does it taste delicious, but it's also vegan, refined sugar, soy-free, and nut-free as well!  It's easy to make in about 5 minutes in your blender or food processor.  With just a few ingredients, you can have a gluten-free graham cracker crust that tastes better than the traditional crust recipe and healthier too!
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 8 minutes
Total Time 18 minutes
Course Dessert
Cuisine Italian
Servings 12

Ingredients
  

  • 3 cups gluten-free oats
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 2 tablespoons honey
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 6 tablespoons unsalted butter or vegan butter

Instructions
 

  • Put the gluten-free oats, brown sugar, and salt, into a food processor.
  • Pulse a few times to get everything chopped up.
  • Turn the food processor on low and slowly pour in the melted butter or oil.
  • Mix until it is all combined well and slightly moist and sticky.   You may need to stop and stir the contents to get everything incorporated.
  • Pour the mixture into a springform pan or pie dish and use a flat-bottomed measuring cup to pack it down firmly.
  • Chill in the refrigerator to set while you make the no-bake pie filling of your choice or in the oven at 350 degrees for 8 minutes. Let it cool before adding cheesecake batter of choice.
Keyword gluten free, grain free, vegan

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