Perfect Graham Cracker Pie Crust (Vegan)

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This Graham Cracker Pie Crust is so easy to make with only two ingredients, and it’s much healthier than anything you’ll find at the store.

Who knew a vegan pie crust could be so simple to make in your own kitchen? This fabulous crust requires no baking and is completely dairy-free. It’s absolutely delicious with recipes like my Chocolate Mousse No-Bake PieEasy Fruit Pies, or Vegan Pumpkin Pie.

If you’re looking for more vegan pie crust options, try this Gluten-Free Date Crust or my Chocolate Pie Crust.

A big thank you for sharing goes out to LeAnne Campbell, Ph.D., author of The China Study Cookbook and the creator behind this recipe. She also happens to be the daughter of world-renowned, T. Colin Campbell, Ph.D.

How to make graham cracker crust

  1. The first thing you are going to need to do is crumble the graham crackers. This can easily be done by placing them in a food processor or putting them in a large ziplock bag and smashing them up with a rolling pin. Approximately 10 cracker sheets equal 1.5 cups.
  2. Blend the graham cracker crumbs and applesauce in a food processor or blender until a ball forms. If the mixture is dry, add an additional tablespoon of applesauce
  3. Press the mixture into a nonstick pie pan. There is no baking required.
  4. Use with recipes like Pumpkin Pie or these Easy Fruit Pies.
Spreading a graham cracker crust in a pie pan.

Tips and variations

  • Graham crackers- Store-bought graham crackers are often vegan, but I haven’t been able to find any that are oil-free. Make your own homemade graham crackers to keep these completely oil-free. 
  • Cracker crumb measurement- Approximately 10 cracker sheets equal 1.5 cups.
  • Applesauce- Almost every grocery store carries applesauce here in the United States, or it can be ordered online. However, if you have trouble finding it for some reason, it’s pretty easy to make your own Homemade Applesauce.
  • Pan size- A 9″ pie pan works great. A little larger or smaller will also work.
  • Pressing the crust- You can use your hands to press the pie crust into the pan, or try the back of a spoon or measuring cup.

This recipe is from The China Study Cookbook by LeAnne Campbell, Ph.D. Published here with permission. See the ‘About the Chef’ section below.

Serving graham cracker crusts

Use this crust to make lower-calorie vegan pies like the ones below.

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4.12 from 9 votes

Graham Cracker Pie Crust

This Graham Cracker Pie Crust is so easy to make with only two ingredients, and it's much healthier than anything you'll find at the store.
Prep: 15 minutes
Total: 15 minutes
Servings: 1 crust

Ingredients 

  • 1.5 cups ground low-fat graham cracker crumbs
  • 6 tablespoons applesauce

Instructions

  • The first thing you are going to need to do is crumble the graham crackers. This can easily be done by placing them in a food processor or putting them in a large ziplock bag and smashing them up with a rolling pin. Approximately 10 crackers sheets equal 1.5 cups.
  • Blend the graham cracker crumbs and applesauce in a food processor or blender until a ball forms. If the mixture is dry, add an additional tablespoon of applesauce
  • Press the mixture into a nonstick pie pan. There is no baking required.
  • Use with recipes like Pumpkin Pie or these Easy Fruit Pies.

Video

Notes

Tips & Variations:
  • Graham crackers- Store-bought graham crackers are often vegan, but I haven’t been able to find any that are oil-free. Make your own homemade graham crackers to keep these completely oil-free. 
  • Cracker crumb measurement- Approximately 10 cracker sheets equal 1.5 cups.
  • Applesauce- Almost every grocery store carries applesauce here in the United States, or it can be ordered online. However, if you have trouble finding it for some reason, it’s pretty easy to make your own Homemade Applesauce.
  • Pan size- A 9″ pie pan works great. A little larger or smaller will also work.
  • Pressing the crust- You can use your hands to press the pie crust into the pie pan, or try the back of a spoon or measuring cup.
A big thank you for sharing goes out to LeAnne Campbell, Ph.D., author of The China Study Cookbook and the creator behind this recipe. She also happens to be the daughter of world-renowned, T. Colin Campbell, Ph.D.

Nutrition

Serving: 1slice | Calories: 53kcal | Carbohydrates: 10g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 1g | Sodium: 48mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 4g

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About the Chef

LeAnne Campbell sitting at table outdoors

LeAnne Campbell, (Ph.D.), the author of The China Study Cookbook, is the CEO of the T. Colin Campbell Center for Nutrition Studies (CNS), a not-for-profit organization committed to increasing awareness of the extraordinary impact that food has on the health of our bodies, our communities, and our planet.

With over 30 years of experience working as an educator and developing a wide range of community-based initiatives, LeAnne has founded and directed several organizations, both abroad and in the States. She currently lives in the mountains of the Dominican Republic where she focuses on projects promoting the regenerative and resilient power of food.

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6 Comments

  1. Great recipe! I used this for a no-bake chocolate mousse pie (the recipe for the chocolate mousse was from the book “The Joy of Vegan Baking” – the recipe is also online). I used ~1 1/4 cups of unsweetened applesauce for 1.5 cups graham cracker crumbs. No need to grease the 9′ glass pie dish. I pre-baked the crust at 350F for 15 min., then let it cool down fully. Afterward, I poured the chocolate mousse into the pie crust and let it chill for an hour. Delicious!

  2. 30 years ago I was presented a crust recipe just like. It was how I learned to use applesauce in baking. Having forgotten it long ago, I have searched until I’m tired of searching for this recipe. Now, thankfully, I have it again.

    This pie crust is so delicious with fruit fillings. I prefer cherry, blackberry, and peach.

    Thank you for emailing this, Terri

    1. Store-bought graham crackers are often vegan, but I haven’t been able to find any that are oil-free. Make your own homemade graham crackers to keep these completely oil-free.

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