Recipe Box: 3 Grain-Free Pies


3 Grain-Free Pie Recipes to serve up this season

If there’s one word that’s synonymous with Thanksgiving in my book, it’s definitely pie. While summertime usually calls for my favorite apple pie, I always look forward to the array of desserts that autumn has to offer. Pumpkin pie has long been a staple on my own Thanksgiving table, so when my friends over at Sweet Laurel Bakery mentioned getting together and whipping up some grain-free pies, the answer was immediately yes.

So, we threw one of the most delicious (and prettiest) pie parties I’ve been been to. We created a really pretty fall-inspired tablescape, poured some glasses of spiced cider, and had a really lovely afternoon. And the best part? All of the pies were grain, dairy and refined sugar free… and made using the best organic ingredients out there.

With that being said, I challenge you to fill your table this season with wholesome treats, starting with these next three grain-free pie recipes…

Shepherd’s Pie with Yams

Grain-Free Shepherd’s Pie with Yams


  • 3 lbs yams
  • 1 onion
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • 3 ribs celery
  • 3 carrots
  • 2 tsp fresh thyme
  • 1 tbsp fresh sage
  • 1 lbs ground turkey, bison, chicken or beef
  • 1 tbsp apple cider vinegar
  • 1/2 cup chicken, vegetable or beef broth
  • 1 tsp turmeric
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/2 cup coconut or almond milk
  • 2 tbsp coconut oil or ghee, melted
  • 1 tbsp Himalayan pink salt
  • 1 tsp herbs de province
  • salt and pepper to taste


1. Preheat oven to 400.

2. Wash yams and chop into 1-2 inch pieces. Place a steamer basket inside a large pot and place 2-3 cups of water in the pot.

3. Put yams in pot, followed by the lid and steam for about 15 minutes, or until yams are soft.

While yams are steaming, prepare filling:

4. Chop onions, garlic, celery, carrots and herbs. Set aside.

5. Place ground meat in a large Dutch oven and cook over medium heat. Once meat is cooked through, use a slotted spoon and set meat aside on a plate.

6. Add the onions and garlic to the pot. Gently cook about 5 minutes. Add the apple cider vinegar. Then add carrots and celery, followed by fresh herbs. Cook for about 10 minutes and then add broth. Place lid on pot and allow the vegetables to gently simmer about 7-10 minutes.

7. Return the set aside meat to the pot and stir. Add turmeric and cinnamon and stir. Set aside.

8. Place yams and coconut milk or almond milk in a bowl and mash. Alternatively, you can place the yams in the bowl of a mixer with a paddle attachment and whip. Add melted coconut oil or ghee, followed by salt.

9. Spoon mashed yams over the vegetable and meat mixture. Sprinkle with herbs de province.

10. Bake at 400 for 25 minutes. Allow to cool and enjoy!

Healthy, grain-free shepherd's pie.

Pear Tart

Grain-Free Pear Tart.


For the pear filling:

  • 2-3 pears
  • 1 tbsp cinnamon
  • 1 tsp lemon juice
  • 1 tbsp date sugar (optional)

For the crust:

  • 2 cups almond flour
  • ½ cup cassava flour
  • ¼ tsp Himalayan pink salt
  • ¼ cup coconut oil
  • 3 tbsp maple syrup/honey
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract


For the pear filling:

1. Wash and cut pears in half and remove the stem and seeds. Slice pear halves into eight pieces.

2. Place pieces in a bowl with cinnamon and lemon juice. Gently stir the mixture together and set aside.

For the crust: 

1. Preheat oven to 350.

2. Blend almond flour, cassava flour and salt in a bowl. Add coconut oil and maple syrup, stirring until dough is formed.

3. Using parchment paper to prevent sticking, gently press dough into the bottom and sides of the tart mold.

4. Bake crust for 10 minutes, remove it from oven and arrange pears in a circular shape in the tart pan.

5. Sprinkle with optional garnish, then bake for 15 more minutes. Remove from oven and allow to cool.

A grain-free pear tart that is too good to resist.

Date Pecan Pie

Grain-Free Date Pecan Pie.


For the pie filling:

  • 250 g pecans
  • 1 cup maple syrup
  • 3/4 cup date paste
  • 3 eggs
  • 1/4 cup coconut oil
  • 1 tbsp vanilla extract
  • 1 tsp Himalayan pink salt
  • 1 prepared pie crust (or follow the crust recipe below!)

For the crust:

  • 2 1/2 cups almond flour
  • 1/4 tsp Himalayan pink salt
  • 1/4 cup coconut oil
  • 2 tbsp maple syrup
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract


For the crust:

1. Blend almond flour and salt in a bowl.

2. Add coconut oil and maple syrup, stirring until dough is formed.

3. Using parchment paper to prevent sticking, gently press dough into the bottom and sides of a pie plate.

For the pie:

1. Preheat oven to 350F.

2. Mix together the maple syrup and date paste in mixer until blended. Add eggs, coconut oil, vanilla extract and salt.

3. Mix in pecans and pour into the pie shell. Bake for about 30 minutes, or until the filling has puffed up a bit and the crust is golden brown.

4. Allow the pie to cool completely to set, then slice and enjoy!

Fill your Thanksgiving table with these 3 grain-free pie recipes.

How incredible do all of these pies look? They taste even better with a warm mug of spiced cider. To make our dinner even more festive, the ladies of Sweet Laurel Bakery set up a table spread to help inspire your next holiday get together.

A festive autumn tablescape.

Yes, those are colorful autumn leaves strung above the table:

Grain-Free Pie Recipes.


Cheers! I’ll be trying my hand at all three this holiday season.

Which one of these pies are you going to try?

Let me know in the comments below.

XO Lauren

Photos: jacob taylor