Introduction: Healthy Pie Crust From Beans

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I love eating pies, but I don't love the unhealthy ingredients in the crust. This recipe uses white kidney beans instead of flour and butter, making it a healthier alternative to the traditional savory pie crust. It's high in fiber, high in protein, low in fat, and gluten-free!

Step 1: Ingredients

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You will need these ingredients:

  • 1 can white kidney beans (540 mL/ 19 fl oz.)
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 2 tablespoons canola oil
  • 1 tablespoon ice water

You will also need a food processor (I used a Magic Bullet instead).

Step 2: Mix It Up

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First you will need to rinse and drain the canned beans. Next, blend the beans and salt until they are smooth.

Mix the oil and ice water together. Combine this mixture with the beans.

Step 3: Press

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Evenly cover a pie plate with the mixture.

Next, cover the mixture in the pie plate with a piece of wax paper. The wax paper is needed because the dough is sticky and would stick to your hands if it wasn't used. Press the mixture into the plate with your hands over the wax paper.

Step 4: Bake

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Before filling the pie, it is important to pre-bake the crust because this dough is a little more moist than others.

First prick the crust with a fork to prevent bubbles from steam. Bake the pie crust in a preheated oven at 425ºF for about 20 minutes. Oven temperatures may vary, so keep an eye on your crust! You will know the crust is ready when it is slightly crispy and slightly golden.

Now go bake a pie!


spunk (author)2014-01-20

This sounds so crazy - but looks so good!

Does it taste as crisp and flaky as regular crust?

Could you make cookies with this dough?

smori (author)spunk2014-01-20

The crust turns out crisp. It's more crumbly rather than flaky.

I don't think the dough consistency would suite cookies, but I've never tried it.

Treasure Tabby (author)smori2014-01-20

I think it has been done. I think I recall a recent cookie recipy choco chip one that uses beans. If you like I can look for it?

LajuanaT1 (author)Treasure Tabby2016-09-16

There are recipes for black bean crinkle cookies and even black bean brownies; google sweet recipes using bean

spunk (author)Treasure Tabby2014-01-21

I'd love so see a recipe for bean cookies. You should write an instructable about it!

Food hacking is so much fun :)

Treasure Tabby (author)spunk2014-01-21

OK I'll look for it. I didn't make that one up but I know its in one of my calendars. :)

smori (author)Treasure Tabby2014-01-21

I was thinking about making another instructable for bean cookies. All this talk about cookies is really inspiring me!

spunk (author)smori2014-01-22

I'm looking forward to see those recipes!

smori (author)spunk2014-01-23

I just published an instructable for Chocolatey Peanut Butter Black Bean Cookies. I'm really happy with the results. Thank you for the idea :)

mango21 (author)2014-03-19

Hi Could you substitute Black Beans or Chick Peas for the Kidney Beans, as Kidney Beans are not my favourite bean. Please reply back soon, thank you. I hope you ave a blessed day.

smori (author)mango212014-04-01

I haven't tried using other beans, but I think the results would probably be similar.

jcoreen (author)2014-01-26

Nice idea!!!

elviragray (author)2014-01-22

I only have red kidney beans in the house. Do you think it would be a disaster? I'm planning on making a blue berry pie.

smori (author)elviragray2014-01-23

I use the white beans to fool the picky eaters. I think red kidney beans should work the same, the color will be different though. I haven't tried making a dessert pie with this recipe yet. Good luck! :)

duncangallimore (author)2014-01-23

Man this is genius! I'm going to try it as soon as I can. Bet it'll make a nice quiche.

vspain (author)2014-01-21

If you want it sweet leave the salt in too and maybe add 1-2 tbsp sugar (experiment) the salt will enhance the taste of the sugar- :)

PenfoldPlant (author)2014-01-21

My go-to pastry recipe has always been a mixture of lard and flour, which is upsetting to prepare as it makes me realise just how calorific my pies are... This looks like a much less disturbing alternative. I'll try it next time I'm baking. Thanks!

JUSTIFIED76 (author)2014-01-20

If the crust is eating alone does it taste like beans and have you tried adding a little sugar to the bean mixture?

smori (author)JUSTIFIED762014-01-20

I think it tastes a little like beans, but my dad had no idea there was any in there! If you didn't know the crust was made of beans, you probably would never guess it.

I haven't tried adding any sugar. If you are going to try to make a sweet pie, I would suggest leaving out the salt completely and adding the sugar.

bkelly1012 (author)2014-01-20

This is awesome!

smori (author)bkelly10122014-01-20


Culimommyconcoctions (author)2014-01-19

This looks really good. I'd love the recipe for the completed pie!


I kinda just winged it, so the amounts are estimates:

Whisk together 3 eggs and 3/4 cups of milk. Then add 1 cup of shredded cheese, 1 small chopped onion, 1/2 cup of chopped cooked ham, 1/2 cup of chopped broccoli, and 1/4 cup of chopped mushrooms. Cook in a preheated oven at 350 degrees F for 45 mins. Enjoy!

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