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Gluten Free Pies for Thanksgiving

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photo from The Art of Gluten-Free Baking
photo from The Art of Gluten-Free Baking

It’s a little heartbreaking to know that there are people who can get seriously ill from eating pie. What is Thanksgiving without pie? Then again, your health is pretty priceless, and for those with celiac disease or any form of gluten intolerance, the flour in a pie crust is verboten.

Luckily, gluten-free baking has not only gained in popularity and availability over the years, the quality of the recipes out there is outstanding.

Gluten-free flours are available in most health food stores and many mainstream grocery stores. If you buy something like Bob’s Red Mill Gluten Free All Purpose Baking Flour keep in mind you’ll want to add xanthan gum (which they also sell). Or, you can make your own gluten free flour mix to keep on hand.

Over on The Art of Gluten Free Baking there’s just such a mix. Jeanne’s Gluten-Free All-Purpose Flour Mix is perfect for pie crust and she includes complete instructions for making the mix and the crust. And since the blog is absolutely loaded with gluten-free goodies, there are more pie recipes:

Gluten-Free Pumpkin Pie – includes instructions for a dairy free alternative, which, as a lactose intolerant individual, I highly appreciate. I’ll be making this pie this year.
Apple-Cinnamon Pie
Apple Sherry Pie

On Gluten-Free Girl and The Chef — a very famous blog that you should know about, go read the About section — there’s a recipe for a gluten-free pie crust and a Cranberry Pie to go inside it.

Recipe for a Gluten Free Life by Mrs. G.F. has a recipe for a Maple Pecan Pie with Oat Crust, Gluten Free that is definitely making it onto my table this year. After living in the south for many years, it’s just not Thanksgiving without a pecan pie to me, and what I like most about this recipe is that it calls for brown sugar rather than corn syrup, as traditional pecan pies do. Once you taste a brown sugar pecan pie you’ll never go back.

Finally, it’s just not dessert without chocolate. In my world that is – maybe yours too. One can hope. If that’s the case you’ll want this recipe for Chocolate Cream Pie from Elana’s Pantry that comes with gluten-free pie crust instructions. The pie calls for dark chocolate, people. Scrumptious and heart-healthy. I might make two.