Pie crust has 2 main ingredients: flour and fat.
Traditionally, pie crust is not vegan because it contains butter, shortening, or both.
While it’s possible to substitute vegan butter or vegetable shortening and still make great pie crust, many brands do not.
Let’s take a look at some of the most common brands that you can find at grocery stores including Walmart.
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Typical Pie Crust Ingredients
Buying a “normal” pie is rarely an option for vegans because of the crust.
Most traditional recipes include:
- Fat – Either shortening, butter, or lard.
Obviously the last part is the issue for those of us who don’t eat dairy.
While there is some shortening that is vegan, it’s not common in non-specialty bakeries.
Vegan recipes for pie crust tend to use vegan butter, coconut oil, or vegetable shortening instead.
Is Pillsbury Pie Crust Vegan?
Pillsbury sells frozen pie crust, but it’s clearly not vegan because it contains lard.
Here’s the full list of ingredients:
Enriched Flour Bleached, Partially Hydrogenated Lard with BHA and BHT to Protect Flavor, Wheat Starch, Water. Contains 2% or less of: Salt, Rice Flour, Xanthan Gum, Potassium Sorbate and Sodium Propionate, Citric Acid, Yellow 5, Red 40.
I’ve never seen a plant-based version of lard, it’s always made from animal sources of fat.
On top of the lard, there are also food colorings, which are arguably not vegan. Just pointing that out in case you see it in other crusts while shopping.
Is Keebler Ready Crust Vegan?
Keebler ready crust makes multiple pie crusts, which all appear vegan-friendly to me, with one big caveat: they all contain palm oil.
Let’s take a look at the ingredient list before I explain further:
Enriched Flour, Palm And Palm Kernel Oil, Sugar, Graham Flour, Corn Syrup, Molasses, Contains 2% Or Less Of Salt, Leavening, Malt Extract, Soy Lecithin.
Many vegans argue that palm oil isn’t vegan because of how many animals are killed by unethical industry practices. This is one of the biggest grey areas of veganism, as most vegans are fine with consuming it.
You’ll have to decide where you stand.
After you decide where you stand on those issues it will be clear on whether or not you consider Keebler crust to be vegan.
Is Great Value Pie Crust Vegan?
Like the Keebler crust, Great Value’s pie crust also appears to be vegan, but does contain palm oil.
Here’s the full ingredient list:
Wheat Flour, Vegetable Shortening (Palm Oil And Soybean Oil With Mono- And Diglycerides), Water, Sugar, Contains 2% Or Less Of: Dextrose, Salt, Yeast
One note is that mono and diglycerides aren’t always vegan, but since they are lumped in with the vegetable oils, I think it’s safe to assume that they are derived from plants.
Other Options: Gluten-Free Pie Crusts
I prefer to make my own crust because it’s fun, and it’s nice to have 100% control of your ingredients.
However, it’s also time consuming, and still not that cheap (vegan butter is expensive).
The alternative is to look for gluten free pie crusts, as these are usually accidentally vegan.
You’ll usually find them in the freezer section. If your grocery store has a “healthy” aisle, that’s likely where they will be.