Best Gluten-Free Vegan Flaxseed and Tigernut Shortcrust Pastry



This is a great high fiber shortcrust recipe perfect for savoury dishes. Made from ground almonds, tigernut flour and ground flaxseeds, it's packed full of good for your gut ingredients.

This gluten-free short crust pastry is easy to make, and holds its shape with a great texture and flavour. You can either roll it out or press it direct into the tart case.


1 x 9" Tin


10 Minutes


12-18 Minutes


  • 100g ground almonds

  • 100g tigernut flour (sub sorghum flour but not paleo)

  • 100g ground flax seed/ linseed

  • 1 tsp sea salt

  • 70g coconut oil, melted (or olive oil)

  • 100g-110g water

*If your tart filling is sweet, you can also add stevia or maple syrup to taste into the pastry.


  1. Pre-heat the oven to 180ºC.

  2. Grease your baking dish/ tart tin with coconut oil.

  3. In a medium bowl add the tigernut flour, ground almonds, flax seed and sea salt and stir to combine.

  4. Add the oil and water and stir to combine, then use your hands to gather the dough til it forms a smooth ball.

  5. Cover and chill in the fridge for 15 minutes.

  6. Place the ball of dough onto a sheet of baking paper, then place another sheet on top.

  7. Roll out the pastry evenly to approx 4mm thick and about 2” larger than the baking dish. (If making a galette, read Notes.)

  8. Peel off the top layer of baking paper, then flip it over into the dish and remove the bottom layer of baking paper. Alternatively, you may wish to press the pastry into the dish using your fingers.

  9. Cut away any excess pastry that hangs over the top edge of the dish, then using a fork prick the pastry base and sides.

  10. Blind Bake the pastry by placing the baking paper back over the raw pastry, and evenly scattering the ceramic baking beads (or dried beans) over the baking paper.


For a fully baked pastry with a cold filling:

  • Bake for 16-20 minutes, then remove from the oven and take care to remove the baking paper and baking beads off the pastry.

  • Return the pastry to the oven and cook for a further 10-12 minutes.

  • Fill according to your recipe.

For a parbaked pastry (to be filled and baked again):

  • Bake for 10-12 minutes then remove from the oven, and take care to remove the baking paper and baking beads off the pastry.

  • Fill and return it to the oven and bake for a further 8-10 minutes until crisp or as instructed by your recipe.

For a galette recipe:

  • Once evenly rolled out, place on a baking tray and add your filling as per your recipe.

  • Fold the edges over itself and bake for 18-20 minutes or until crisp.


  • Try pairing this recipe with a pumpkin pie filling


Almonds - high in protein and fibre and are an excellent source of Omega 3 and 6 Fatty Acids and Vitamin E. (Source)

Tigernuts - are high in fibre and loaded with resistant starch, which feeds your good bacteria = healthy gut. (Source)

Flax seed/ Linseed - are a rich source of the omega-3 fatty acid ALA, lignans and fiber, all of which have been shown to have many potential health benefits including improving digestive health. (Source)

Coconut oil - is a great source healthy fatty acids which are high in MCTs, (medium-chain triglycerides) and help raise HDL (good) cholesterol in your blood. (Source)


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  • Disclaimer: None of the health benefits listed are intended to diagnose or treat any pre-existing health conditions. Always consult a health care practitioner before making any health decisions. The benefits listed are from my own research and personal interest, and encourage you to follow the Source and do further research.


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