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Sugar Free Whole Wheat Pie Crust

The combination of butter and shortening help to create a flaky crust with good flavour in this sugar free whole wheat pie crust.

This pie crust is hearty and a bit nutty tasting with the whole grain flour. I especially love it with the fall pies such as the Low sugar Pumpkin Pie and Low Sugar Sweet Potato Pie.

Prep Time: 20 minutes
Yield: 2 pie crusts


Sugar Free Whole Wheat Pie Crust 2 1/4 cups whole wheat flour
1/4 cup cornstarch
1 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup (1 stick) cold unsalted butter, cut into 1/2 inch pieces
1/2 cup cold, solid vegetable shortening, cut into 1/2 inch pieces
4 - 5 tablespoons ice water
1 1/2 teaspoons apple cider vinegar or regular vinegar


  1. Whisk together the flour, cornstarch and salt.

  2. Add the butter and shortening to the flour mixture and cut in using a pastry cutter or 2 knives until the mixture resembles coarse meal.

  3. Add vinegar and 4 tablespoons of ice water to the mixture and mix with a fork until dough starts to clump together. Add more water by the teaspoonful if the mixture is dry.

  4. Gather the dough together and divide into 2 balls. Flatten each ball into a disc and wrap in plastic wrap. Refrigerate the dough for at least 1 hour before using.

  5. If you are making a double crust pie, it helps to make one of the dough discs a little larger and use it for the bottom crust.

Rolling out the dough

  1. Roll out the bottom crust on a lightly floured work surface. Use a spatula to loosen the dough and fold it in half. Gently lift the folded dough and lay it over top of the pie pan and unfold.

  2. Trim away any excess dough and use it to fill in any gaps on the sides of the pie crust.
Adapted from: Best-Ever Pie Crust from

Sugar free pie dough nutrition

Recipe Sweetness

Sweet Smart recipes offer 2 sweetness levels:

1. Mildly Sweet
For those looking to enjoy baked treats with low sugar content. Recipes are designed to:
  • Minimize potential blood sugar spikes
  • Reduce cravings for sweets

2. Sweeter Option
For those who want a bit more sweetness in their baked goods, but are still looking for a lower sugar option.

These recipes are not meant to replicate traditional recipes, they are meant to provide a less sweet alternative.

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