Try itOct/Nov 2015 Issue

A Slice of Heaven

The holidays are full of food, so they’re often full of stress. Don’t you wish navigating the season could be easy as pie—especially when it comes to pie? We all deserve dessert! Fortunately, there are some delicious gluten-free, allergy-friendly pies, pie shells and crust mixes on the shelves and in the freezer sections of many supermarkets and online. We gathered up all the choices we could locate on the national market and sampled every single one of them. (We love our job!)

Here are our favorites—the best-of-the-best pies, crusts and mixes—listed in order of preparation effort.


For the least effort and quickest prep, try a frozen gluten-free pie. Just pop it in the oven and you’ll have a safe, delicious pie to share (or not) at the holiday table.

Katz Gluten Free

Unexpected guests at the door? Katz frozen personal pies to the rescue! The 6-inch pies ($7.99 each) come in pumpkin, apple, blueberry and cherry. Katz also offers an 8-inch family-size apple pie ($12.49) that’s gluten-free. The crust is made with a certified gluten-free flour blend of tapioca flour, white rice flour, sorghum flour and cornstarch. All are free of gluten, dairy, soy and nuts.

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Whole Foods Market Gluten-Free Bakehouse
Gluten Free Pie

These full-size frozen pies, available in apple, cherry, peach, pecan and pumpkin, are fully baked. Buttery crusts, made with a blend of sweet rice flour, tapioca starch, potato starch, cornstarch and rice flour, practically melt in your mouth. Flavor choices vary by season and store. $12.99 per pie.

Pies contain dairy & eggs. Pecan pie contains nuts (pecans) and soy.


When it comes to pie, a premade crust puts you in the driver’s seat. Your choice of pie looks and tastes like homemade without the hassle of a made-from-scratch crust. For a holiday-inspired filling, see our recipe for Pumpkin Butterscotch Pie or go to and search for pie.

Kinnikinnick Pie Crust

This frozen crust is sturdy, easy to use and yields a great-looking, great-tasting pie. Each package contains two traditional 8-inch crusts made with white rice flour, tapioca starch, cornstarch, potato starch and defatted soy flour. We found them at Whole Foods in the freezer section. $4.99 for 2 crusts.


Crust contains egg and soy.

Mi-Del Gluten-Free Pie Crust

This cookie crust is shelf stable, so it’s easy to stock up for the holidays. Available in Chocolate Snap, Graham Style and Ginger Snap (spicy!), it makes a unique and tasty pie. Handle with care; it’s prone to crumble in transport and baking. $4.79 each.


Made in a facility that processes milk and soy. Chocolate Snap and Ginger Snap contain eggs.

Whole Foods Market Gluten-Free Bakehouse Pie Crust

Whole Foods’ Bakehouse brand not only offers fully-made pies, it makes gluten-free frozen pie crusts, too. Sold two per pack, crusts are made with sweet rice flour, tapioca starch, cornstarch and potato starch. $7.99 for 2 crusts.


Crust contains dairy and eggs. Made in a facility that processes dairy, eggs, soy, peanuts and tree nuts.

Mina’s Purely Divine Gluten-Free Tartlets

These pre-made shells are a smaller, more adorable way to get your pie fix. They’re available in several sizes (11/2 to 3 inches wide) and two flavors—Sweet Tartlet and Chocolate Dough Tartlet. Made with a mixture of rice flour, sorghum flour and teff flour and several starches (some organic), they’re only available online. Sold in boxes of varying quantities. $.25 to $.77 per tartlet. 404-508-6222 Tartlets contain eggs.

Wholly Wholesome Gluten-Free Pie Shell

Made with brown rice flour, tapioca starch and potato starch, Wholly Wholesome’s frozen crust is free of gluten and the top 8 allergens. This crust is very stable—less flaky, not crumbly—and stays sturdy when sliced. Its neutral flavor allows the pie filling to shine. Certified vegan, certified gluten-free and produced in a gluten-, dairy-, egg-, soy- and nut-free facility. $5.99 for 2 crusts. 800-247-6580




Feel like getting a little dirty in the kitchen but don’t want to go through the effort of making your own flour blend? Try these pie crust mixes to create an almost-from- scratch holiday pie.

Bob’s Red Mill Gluten-Free Pie Crust Mix

Introduced just a few years ago, this pie crust mix is a tasty addition to Bob’s gluten-free line and is available in most natural food stores. It contains rice flour, potato starch, tapioca flour and rice bran. You need only butter, shortening and ice water to create a delicious crust. The dough is easy to work. $4.39 per package (makes 2 crusts).


Made in a facility that processes tree nuts and soy.

Gluten Free Mama’s Pie Crust Mix

This certified gluten-free mix yields two beautiful, golden-brown pie crusts. Made with white rice flour, tapioca flour, potato starch, coconut flour and sweet rice flour, the mix calls for butter, shortening, an egg and cold water with suggested substitute for egg and dairy. Available online. $5.99 per package (makes 2 crusts).


Glutino Gluten Free Pantry Perfect Pie Crust

Although Glutino is a big name in the gluten-free world, we had to work hard to find this mix. You’ll have an easier time if you order online. This certified gluten-free, Non GMO Project Verified mix contains brown rice flour, potato starch and tapioca starch. It requires butter, eggs and vinegar (with substitutes suggested). The dough is fragile to handle but it makes a very flaky, tender crust, even when we used a butter alternative and egg substitute. $5.49 per box (makes four 8-inch crusts).


Mix may contain soy.

Always read labels carefully. Manufacturers can change ingredients without warning. Not every product sold by every company listed is gluten-free or allergy-friendly. When in doubt, confirm ingredients directly with the manufacturer.

Managing editor Erica Dermer( is author of Celiac and the Beast: A Love Story Between a Gluten-Free Girl, Her Genes and a Broken Digestive Tract.

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