Grain-Free Vegan Cranberry Pie

by Valerie on December 2, 2013 · 3 comments


Happy Monday after Thanksgiving to my U.S. readers – and happy Monday to everyone else.  I had a bad case of the Mondays today, which is unusual for me.  So let’s talk about pie instead.  Cranberry pie to be exact.  


A pie which does not look like a pie, but nevertheless is made in a pie dish and not called a buckle, or betty or cobbler.  It all started when my friend Christina served a beautiful gluten-full Nantucket Pie at her Thanksgiving gathering. I had lots of dark chocolate and some raw Thanksgiving bars, so I was not sad I could not partake, but was tremendously curious.  I decided to go the grain-free route, as the original recipe calls for almond extract and I wanted to use almond flour in my pie adaption.  You will note the recipe does not have any starches or xantham gum – it makes for a denser, slightly crumblier pie, but I prefer the simplicity of fewer ingredients.  All things considered, the crumb in this pie is pretty fantastic, especially if you let the pie sit overnight in the fridge.


Grain-Free Vegan Cranberry Pie (gluten-free, vegan, soy-free)
Inspired by
this recipe with help from this recipe from Shirleythis page from All Gluten-Free Desserts All The Time and this recipe from Iris, which gave me the idea to use coconut milk as part of my initial substitutions.

This is a non-traditional pie in every sense of the word – more like a cake crossed with pie that is not too sweet.  It is also non-traditional in terms of the lack of usual gluten-free ingredients to ensure a cake holds up – starches, gums or eggs.  That said, this is a rich cake and bakes up a beautiful golden brown, and is absolutely worth including at your holiday table.

  • Coconut oil, to grease the pie plate
  • 2 cups cranberries, fresh or frozen
  • 1/2 cup raw walnut pieces (or walnut haves, chopped)
  • 1/2 cup + 2 tablespoons coconut palm sugar, separated
  • 1 1/2 cup blanched almond flour
  • 1/4 cup coconut flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon sea salt
  • 3 tablespoons flax seeds
  • 1 1/4 cup coconut milk (from a can – I used regular coconut milk, not “light”)
  • 1 teaspoon apple cider vinegar

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

Grease 9-inch pie plate with coconut oil.  Place the cranberries in the pie plate. Toss two tablespoons coconut pakm sugar and walnut with the berries.  In a large mixing bowl, place remaining coconut palm sugar, almond flour, coconut flour, baking soda and sea salt.  Mix dry ingredients until well-combined.  In a high-speed blender, blend flax seeds, coconut milk and apple cider vinegar until smooth and uniform (alternative: grind flax seeds in a coffee grinder and whisk with coconut milk and vinegar, or combine in a regular-strength blender).  Pour coconut milk mixture into dry ingredients.  Mix until incorporated into a thick batter.  Divide batter into fourths and drop each portion of batter atop the cranberry mixture, using wet hands or a spatula to smooth the topping over the cranberries into a mostly even layer. 

Bake for 30-35 minutes, until golden brown.  Allow to cool.  Either eat at room temperature or place pie in the fridge overnight. This will improve the structural integrity of the pie.

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1 Shirley @ gfe & All Gluten-Free Desserts December 2, 2013 at 10:53 pm

You know what one of the very best things about blogging is? We get to make our own rules! I love this pie that might not normally be called a pie and that you found inspiration from a friend, one of my gfe recipes, and from All Gluten-Free Desserts! Thanks for those sweet mentions, Valerie. :-) I can tell just looking at your photos how good this pie really is! I love that it appears to be more crust than filling. 😉



2 DCCHughes December 3, 2013 at 9:45 am

So glad that your adaptation worked!


3 Donna December 11, 2013 at 11:44 pm

Yum! I’ve been waiting for this recipe. So great to see a grain-free option for a cranberry pie :)


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