Black Sesame Pie Crust is nutty, some might say assertive, but I call it bold. It’s just what you need to punch up a sweet or savory pie, tart or quiche. A variation of my Almond Flour Pie Crust Recipe, this low-carb shell charms with its dotted appearance and crunchy texture. It’s also really EASY to make this keto crust.
Try it with Healthy Pumpkin Tart.
Ingredients & notes for Keto Black Sesame Pie Crust
Here you will find my tips so you pick the right ingredients. For the full recipe with measurements, please scroll to the Recipe Card at the bottom.
- Almond flour – Use fine, blanched almond flour which is made from peeled almonds. I don’t recommend using almond meal which is a little too coarse and dark for this crust since the entire raw almond is used.
- Granulated sweetener of choice – The amount varies, depending on what type of pie you make. For example, for sweet pie shells, 3-4 tablespoons of sweetener would be normal. On the other hand, for savory pie crusts, you may want to omit the sweetener entirely or perhaps only add a teaspoon of sweetener.
- Salt – just a little bit.
- Avocado oil (or butter) – Neutral-tasting avocado oil has a lot less saturated fat than butter or coconut oil and melds beautifully with the nutty aromas of black sesame and almond flour.
- Egg – The egg acts as a binder since almond flour doesn’t contain gluten. Vegans can instead use 1 flax seed egg (1 tablespoon of flax seed meal plus 3 tablespoons water).
- Black sesame seeds – add texture and a nutty flavor to your dish and above all complement the other flavors in the pie or tart.
- Apple Cider Vinegar – The acidity of vinegar brights foods and contrasts nicely with the black sesame seeds.
A Salmon-Teriyaki Quiche in a Black Sesame Pie Crust.
Instructions to make low-carb Black Sesame Pie Crust
Simply combine the ingredients and press them into a pie or tart pan. It’s as easy as that. No rolling pin needed!
For photos and a video, including instructions on how to flute a pie crust, please visit Almond Flour Pie Crust.
Equipment to make this keto pie shell
- 1 pie or tart pan – a 9.5 Pyrex Glass Pie Dish or a 9-inch, nonstick, aluminum pie pan or a tart pan
- 1 mixing bowl
- 1 electric mixer or food processor or stand mixer
FAQs about homemade Black Sesame Pie Crust
Yes, just use an egg replacement such as a flax seed meal egg (1 tablespoon of flaxseed meal plus 3 tablespoons of water).
Two tablespoons of black sesames have 100 calories, 3 grams of protein, and 4 grams of carbs, so it’s a keto-friendly, low-carb food. Black sesame seeds are also high in healthy monounsaturated and polyunsaturated fats. Moreover, two tablespoons of black sesame seeds contain 18 percent of your daily value for calcium.
Yes, indeed, black sesame seeds are glutenfree.
No, there are in fact 3 types of sesame seeds: white, tan, and black. White sesames are the same as tan but simply have their hull removed. Black sesames are a different variety.
No, kalonji seeds come from a different plant?
How to store Black Sesame Pie Crust
To store: You can store a baked almond flour pie crust in the refrigerator for 1-2 days. Just be sure to wrap it in plastic.
To freeze: If you plan to store it more than two days, simply wrap it in plastic and freeze it for up to 3 months.
Do you want more easy healthy recipes? Here are some of my other failproof recipes you need to try
- Almond Flour Pie Crust Recipe: in Colors & Dots Too!
- Savory Keto Pie Crust with Cheddar + Chives
- EASY Teriyaki Sauce Recipe (Healthy Recipe)
- Healthy Pumpkin Tart with Yogurt in a Black Sesame Crust
- Keto Chocolate Pie Crust – Simple & Healthy
Black Sesame Pie Crust (Keto, Low Carb)
- 1 Pie or tart pan – a 9.5 Pyrex pie dish or a 9-inch, nonstick, aluminum pie pan or a tart pan
- 1 Mixing bowl
- 1 Electric mixer or food processor or stand mixer
- 2½ cups Almond Flour
- ½ – 3 tablespoons Granulated Sweetner of Choice (optional) Depends on the filling and whether it's sweet or savory.
- ½ teaspoon Salt
- ¼ cup Avocado Oil
- 1 Egg
- ½-1 tablespoon Apple Cider Vinegar
- 1-2 tablespoons Black Sesame Seeds
- Mix the almond flour, sweetener (if using), salt, avocado oil, egg on high in a bowl or food processor.
- Initially add a ½ tablespoon of apple cider vinegar.
- On a slow speed, add 1-2 tablespoons of black sesame seeds.
- Then taste it and decide whether you want to add another ½ tablespoon of apple cider vineger.
- Roll dough into ball.
- Shape dough into disk and place in pan.
- Press dough into pie pan, making a flat bottom and moving outwards from the center.
- Shape sides so they are equally thick. You can use a mini saucepan or cup to flatten the bottom and shape the sides.
- Flute the edges, if desired, as illustrated in the photos and video in Almond Flour Pie Crust Recipe.
- Puncture the bottom of the pie with a fork. OR omit the fork and instead use a mini saucepan or glass to flatten any bubbles on the crust’s bottom after removing the baked crust from the oven.
- Bake 10-12 minutes at 350 F (180 C) until light golden brown.Note: To prebake the crust before adding filling and baking it some more, simply bake it for 8-9 minutes so it sets.
This added a nice crunch to the otherwise smooth filling of my banana cream tart.
Cathy @ Cathy's Cake Salon says
Thanks for the feedback. That sounds like such a yummy combination!