Gluten and Dairy Free Strawberry Pie

Gluten and dairy free strawberry pie
Cheri Moore

Written by Cheri Moore

June 19, 2022

On any day of the year, spoil that someone special or even yourself with one of my delicious desserts like gluten and dairy free banana pudding, brownies topped with homemade ice cream (recipe coming soon), or this strawberry pie topped with truwhip. They are all perfect on a hot summer day.

If strawberries are one of your favorite desserts, buy and prepare enough to top Old Fashioned Gluten and Dairy Free Pancakes.

How to Wash Your Strawberries

Washing strawberries twice removes all the dirt and kills harmful bacteria, mold, and viruses. After soaking all my vegetables in an ice-water vinegar solution on the day of purchase, I was tickled to learn they lasted a week without any appearance of mold growing on them. In fact, the vegetables looked better than on the day of purchase. However, some fruits are best washed on the day you will eat them like peaches.

According to PubMed, a 1 % concentration of acidic acid in the vinegar kills bacteria, including E. coli. The label on the bottle of vinegar tells you the concentration. In fact, vinegar has numerous health benefits.

Interestingly, vinegar naturally increases sodium chloride (salt), which inhibits the growth of mold and provides additional health benefits.

  • Picks up and transports nutrients within the bloodstream
  • Maintains blood pressure by promoting ideal balance of fluids within your body
  • Transmits nerve signals
  • Contracts and relaxes muscles

Ingredients

For the Washing:

  • Water
  • 1/2 cup of apple cider vinegar

Pie Crust:

For the Filling:

  • 1 1/2 cups of washed and quartered strawberries

Strawberry Gel:

  • 1 cup of sugar
  • 3 tablespoons of cornstarch
  • 3/4 cup of water
  • 4 tablespoons of strawberry jello

How to Make Gluten and Dairy Free Strawberry Pie

Wash Your Strawberries

First, fill up a bowl or sink with water. Dunk strawberries moving them around in the water.

strawberries soaking in a sink

Then, refill the other side of the sink with about a ½ cup of vinegar with enough water to completely cover the strawberries. I like to use apple cider vinegar, which kills fungus and bacteria. Now, remove strawberries from the rinse water into the vinegar-water solution. Let them sit in the vinegar water for about 3 minutes. Vinegar kills bacteria.

adding apple cider vinegar to a sink full of water

Next, put strawberries in a strainer. While water drains, line your counter or a cookie sheet with a clean, dark dishtowel. On top of the dish towel, lay paper towels. This will catch most of the red dye that some strawberries will leave behind. Lastly, remove strawberries from the strainer one at a time to minimize water getting on the paper towels.

washed strawberries drying on the counter for gluten and dairy free strawberry pie

Make Your Pie Crust

While strawberries dry, make my Gluten and Dairy free Pie Crust. This recipe makes two pie crusts. I like to double the recipe and put two, unbaked pie crusts in the freezer or tightly wrapped two balls of pie crust dough in the refrigerator where they will keep for a few days.

baked gluten and dairy free pie crust in a pie pan sitting on wire cooling rack

You must prebake the pie crust and let it completely cool before adding strawberries. If you use a store-bought crust, prebake the crust using directions for baking an empty pie crust.

Slice the Strawberries

While the pie crust cools, cut off the green tops of the strawberries. Then, and cut them in half or quarters, keep small strawberries whole.

You must place strawberries in a cooled pie shell before cooking the mixture below. The pie crust must be completely cool, so strawberries stay firm.

strawberries in a baked pie crust sitting on a wooden table with a wooden rolling pin behind it.

How to Make the Gluten and Dairy free Strawberry Pie Gel Filling

In large saucepan mix:

1 cup of sugar

1 measuring cup of sugar with the container behind it.

3 tablespoons of cornstarch

one tablespoon of cornstarch with the container behind it

3/4 cup of water

3/4 cup of water in a glass measuring cup

4 tablespoons of strawberry jello

tablespoon of jello with the jello box laid flat above it
Mix all four ingredients in a saucepan.
cornstarch, sugar, jello, and water added to a stainless steel saucepan with a blue rubber whisk

Turn the burner to medium-low. Stir constantly while cooking.

wooden spatula stirring the gel for the gluten and dairy free strawberry pie

Once the mixture is thick enough, like Jello, it turns clear/transparent and sticks to the spoon.

finished gel for the gluten and dairy free strawberry pie in the saucepan with the mixture dripping off of the spatula held above it.

You can test to see if it is done by dripping some of the gluten and dairy free strawberry pie gel filling into a cup filled with ice cold water. If it forms a small ball, it’s done!

glass of water with droplets of the gel in it

Remove the saucepan from the burner and stir the gel until it is completely cool. About 5 minutes.

saucepan of gel sitting beside the pie crust filled with strawberries on a wooden table.

Pour the gel over the strawberries in the pie crust.

gel being poured over the strawberries to make a gluten and dairy free strawberry pie

Place the pie in the refrigerator to set. Do not cover while it is setting for about the first hour or two.

Serve with your favorite non-dairy toppings like truwhip or ice cream!

Printable Recipe Card

Enjoy!

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