Healthy Pie Crust Recipes

Find healthy, delicious pie crust recipes, from the food and nutrition experts at EatingWell.

Staff Picks

Peach Pie

Peach pie tastes like the essence of summer. If using fresh peaches, make sure they are ripe but firm. (Frozen peaches can also be used. There's no need to thaw them.) The lattice crust looks stunning and is not difficult to do (see our how-to video, below), but if you're pressed for time, simply place the second crust on top and cut three slits in the dough to vent steam.

Pumpkin Tart with Pecan-Shortbread Crust

Rating: 2.38 stars
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A pleasant tang, courtesy of Greek yogurt in the filling, and a mascarpone cheese whipped cream topping take this healthy pumpkin dessert recipe above and beyond classic pumpkin pie.

Lemon Icebox Pie with Coconut-Graham Cracker Crust

Rating: 5 stars
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Light and delicious, this easy old-fashioned lemon icebox pie takes dessert up a notch thanks to coconut in the crust, which boosts both flavor and texture. For the brightest hit of citrus use fresh-squeezed lemon juice. Look for graham crackers made with 100% whole-wheat flour to get the most fiber. Seeing graham flour on the label? Good news--that's coarsely ground whole-wheat.

Butter Pastry Dough

Rating: 5 stars
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This easy pastry and pie dough recipe makes enough for one double-crust pie or two single-crust pies. Use it for apple, pumpkin, pecan or any fruit pie.

Whole-Wheat Pie Crust

Rating: 5 stars
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This nutty whole-wheat pie crust recipe is a perfect base for fruit pie fillings and quiches. Do not overmix the dough or the crust will become tough, and chill the dough for at least one hour to ensure flakiness.

Blueberry Tart with Walnut Crust

Rating: 4.74 stars
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For this tart a few tablespoons of maple syrup sweeten the blueberry topping and round out the flavor of the cream filling.

Master Pie Dough

Cream cheese makes this all-purpose pie dough malleable. Plus, whole-wheat pastry flour adds fiber and other nutrients. If your dough is too cold to cooperate when you roll it, let it sit at room temperature for 10 minutes. Use this easy pie dough recipe as a base for pumpkin, pecan and other holiday pies.

Mixed Berry Hand Pies

What better way to take advantage of summer's bounty of berries than to enclose a mixture of berries in flaky pastry and bake up these delicious turnovers--the perfect handheld dessert for picnics and backyard parties. A dusting of sugar on top of the hand pies creates a crispy crust and eliminates the need for frying.

Chocolate Tart with Hazelnut Shortbread Crust

Rating: 4.71 stars
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A sublime silky chocolate custard fills this simple hazelnut shortbread crust. Serve garnished with whipped cream and toasted hazelnuts for a special touch.

Yogurt Pie Crust

This all-purpose crust is updated with whole-wheat pastry flour and uses plain Greek yogurt to replace some of the butter. It handles beautifully, making it easy to get your crust into the pie pan.
By Virginia Willis

EatingWell All-Purpose Pie Crust

Rating: 5 stars
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This easy all-purpose pie crust gets a nutritional lift from whole-wheat pastry flour and uses butter along with reduced-fat sour cream and canola oil.

Graham Cracker Pie Crust

Rating: 1 stars
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This easy graham cracker crust recipe--made with heart-healthy oil instead of butter--is the perfect base for meringue pies, ice cream pies, cream pies and more. For a different flavor, try crumbled gingersnaps or chocolate snaps instead of the graham crackers.
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Inspiration and Ideas

Pumpkin Cheesecake with Gingersnap-Walnut Crust
Rating: Unrated
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We pulled out a few of our favorite EatingWell tricks to achieve plenty of creaminess in our pumpkin cheesecake without all the saturated fat of a typical recipe: nutrient-packed canned pumpkin and pureed nonfat cottage cheese replace some of the cream cheese. A touch of pumpkin pie spice warms up the flavor. For the crust, shop the natural-foods section for gingersnaps without any hydrogenated oil. Simple toasted walnuts are an elegant garnish. Or try making candied walnuts. Just be careful not to eat all of them before they make it to the cake!
Berry Pie with Creamy Filling
This healthy pie recipe is made with fresh berries, a slimmed-down zwieback crumb crust, and a tangy yogurt filling and then served with mint sprigs and a colorful low-calorie fruit glaze.

Walnut Pastry Dough

Rating: 5 stars
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This delicious, versatile crust can also be made with hazelnuts, almonds or pecans.