Whole Wheat Pie Crust with Oats


This is our favorite whole wheat pie crust. Flaky, buttery, and delicious. My children actually like this much better than any other pie crust. It has more flavor, more texture, and more crispness-and it is much more nutritious. We love it with any pie, especially turkey pot pie, pumpkin pie, and apple pie.

Prep Time:
15 mins
Total Time:
15 mins
1 9-inch deep-dish pie crust


  • ½ cup rolled oats

  • ¾ cup whole wheat flour

  • 2 teaspoons white sugar

  • ½ teaspoon salt

  • cup cold butter, cut into pieces

  • 2 tablespoons very cold water, or more if needed


  1. Place oats in the bowl of a food processor; pulse until finely ground.

  2. Transfer ground oats to a medium bowl; stir in flour, sugar, and salt. Cut in butter with a pastry blender or two knives until mixture is crumbly. Sprinkle with 2 tablespoons water. Blend with a fork until mixture holds together, adding up to 1 tablespoon more water if necessary.

  3. With minimal shaping, form dough into a ball and place on a lightly floured sheet of waxed paper. Place another sheet of waxed paper on top and roll dough into a 1/8-inch thick circle large enough to fit a 9-inch deep-dish pie plate. (This dough breaks more easily than a white flour dough; the wax paper helps with that.)

  4. Remove top sheet of waxed paper and invert dough into the pie plate. Slowly peel away remaining sheet of waxed paper and trim any excess crust. Turn dough edge under and crimp as desired.

  5. Crust is ready to fill. See notes if your recipe requires a pre-baked crust.

Cook's Notes:

For a quicker, easier version, use a food processor for step 2, pulsing all dry ingredients until blended. Add butter and pulse until crumbly. Add water and pulse until dough is formed.

You can also freeze the butter and grate it into the dry ingredients with an electric grater.

Substitute whole wheat pastry flour for a finer-textured, flakier pie crust.

If a pre-baked crust is needed for your recipe, bake in a preheated 400 degree F (200 degree C) oven until golden brown, 8 to 10 minutes. Cool completely on wire rack and proceed with your recipe.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

129 Calories
8g Fat
13g Carbs
2g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 8
Calories 129
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 8g 11%
Saturated Fat 5g 25%
Cholesterol 20mg 7%
Sodium 201mg 9%
Total Carbohydrate 13g 5%
Dietary Fiber 2g 7%
Total Sugars 1g
Protein 2g
Calcium 9mg 1%
Iron 1mg 4%
Potassium 66mg 1%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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