Making a graham cracker crust at home is simple and only requires three ingredients! You may make a graham cracker crust with this recipe and use it for no-bake pies or homemade cheesecake.


Making your own pie crust might be difficult enough without having to worry about avoiding gluten. But don’t worry, this gluten-free pastry recipe tastes precisely like the original. Nothing beats a golden-crusted pie with a sweet, luscious filling! Thankfully, you only need cupboard essentials like butter, graham cracker, and sugar to make a fantastic pie crust.

The flour is the primary component of any gluten-free pastry dough. Why is that so? because many gluten-free flour blends exist. They are a mixture of xanthan gum, starches, and substitute flours meant to resemble ordinary flour. I have used graham crackers to make this gluten-free pie crust. If you’re making a pie, the brand of crust you use will have a significant impact on the final flavor.

Recently I made my own from scratch and they were delicious. I began thinking of recipes that use that I could make using graham crackers.

This graham cracker crust would taste great to fill with Vegan Strawberry Cream Pie,  Coconut Lime Cheesecake, and No-Bake Strawberry Ice Cream Cheesecake.

You can find store-bought Graham cracker crusts in the store but there is no comparison to making your own graham cracker crust recipe from scratch. Another option is to purchase the store-bought graham crackers crumbs at least that will eliminate 1 step from the process of making it from scratch.

The only drawback is if you are on a gluten-free plan then it might be difficult to purchase pre-made crusts or crumbs.

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Close up graham cracker pie crust

Why You’ll Love This Recipe?

  • This gluten-free graham cracker crust comes ready in less than 15 minutes.
  • It simply has 3 components to make it.
  • This crust works well for cheesecakes and pies.
  • When making a dessert that doesn’t require baking, you can either bake the crust or leave it raw.
  • In either case, the crust is crunchy, sweet just so, and buttery.
  • Create this pie crust, then freeze it for later!
  • Easy method for making the greatest gluten-free pie crust
  • From apple pie to quiche and chicken pot pie, this pie crust is perfect for anything!
  • Simple methods that anyone can use
  • Dairy-free and free of gluten!
  • It tastes exactly like a regular pie crust.

Taste & Texture

This gluten-free graham cracker crust has a graham cracker flavor that is buttery. It tastes like a traditional graham cracker crust.

Without baking, the texture is a little crumbly and buttery. This crust is firm and crunchy with baking.

Graham Cracker Crust ingredients, graham crumbs, melted butter, maple syrup

Ingredients For Graham Cracker Pie Crust

  • Graham Crackers: I used home. You can follow my recipe Gluten-Free Vegan Graham Crackers.
  • Vegan Butter: I used Earth Balance butter.
  • Maple Syrup: You can substitute it with sorghum molasses, molasses, or agave.

How To Make Graham Cracker Crust?

To start, take about 12 sheets of graham crackers and place in a food processor, and process until crumbly or you can put the graham crackers in a ziplock bag, close the bag and use a rolling pin to crumble until the crackers resemble breadcrumbs.

You should have approximately 1 1/2 cups of graham cracker crumbs, you might need to process more graham crackers.

Place the graham cracker crumbs in a medium bowl, add 4 tablespoons melted vegan butter and 2 tablespoons maple syrup, and stir.

Press the crumbs evenly at the bottom and sides of a 9-inch pie plate. Make sure to press the crumbs mixture hard enough to make it compact.

Now your graham cracker crust is ready you can add filling after chilling the crust for an hour or you can bake it in a preheated oven for 10 minutes. Cool then add your filling and top with Coconut Whipped Cream.

Yummy Ways To Use This Graham Crust:

Pudding Pie Without Gluten. This delicious chocolate pudding should be poured onto a baked gluten-free graham cracker crust, and it should be topped with whipped cream or (marshmallow fluff for a s’mores vibe!)

Key Lime Pie Bars, without the gluten. These key lime pie bars are made with a gluten-free graham cracker crust in a square baking dish (8×8) rather than a round pie plate. Easy to prepare, serve, and consume!

Pumpkin Cheesecake Without Gluten. This is a holiday show-stopper due to its decadent pumpkin cheesecake filling and gluten-free graham cracker crust.

The Ice Cream Pie. In order to make a Gluten-Free Grasshopper Pie, simply fill a cooked and chilled crust with two pints of ice cream and some fun toppings. In the summer, this is so much fun!

graham cracker pie crust from scratch in a glass pie plate on marble background

Storage/Make Ahead Instructions

Making the pie crust 1-2 days ahead of time will save you a lot of time on the big day. The crust can be made ahead of time, wrapped in plastic, and stored at room temperature.

If you wish to make your pie crust a week or more ahead of time, you can freeze it before baking. Just keep in mind to defrost it before baking.


What follows is a list of the primary components and possible replacements.

  • Use whatever brand of gluten-free graham crackers that you like. I used Pamela’s gluten-free products.
  • Graham cracker crumbs are held together with the help of melted butter. It also has that distinctive buttery flavor. It gives the crust a caramelized flavor when baked. Although coconut oil can be used, the flavor will not be the same.
  • Maple syrup is used to add sweetness. If you like coconut sugar, granulated sugar, honey, or anything else, feel free to use it instead.

What Can You Substitute For Graham Crackers?

  • Cookies
  • Granola
  • Cereal
  • Cake
  • Ice Cream Cone

Recipe Notes

Cooking advice and recommendations for novices preparing this recipe.

  • To have some on hand at all times, bake a few graham cracker crusts and then freeze them.
  • Do not worry if the dough seems too crumbly when you begin pushing it into the pan; as pressure is applied, the mixture will stick together.
  • Start by using your hands: You don’t want any loose crumbs, so apply medium-firm pressure to the bottom and the sides until the crumbs stop moving. Just be careful not to pack it down too firmly. You can level out the surface with the use of a tiny flat-bottomed measuring cup.
  • If you’re preparing a pie, keep the edges rounded. It might sound strange, but you don’t want the bottom edges to meet at a right angle. Instead, it should be somewhat rounded so that when it is sliced, the side crust and bottom crust remain attached and do not quickly separate. To get a circular appearance, run a spoon along the intersection of the bottom and the sides of the crust.
  • To make a spiced crust, mix the ingredients with cinnamon, nutmeg, pumpkin pie spice, or allspice.

Baked Versus No Bake

You can leave this gluten-free graham cracker crust raw or bake it. Bake this crust alone (without filling), then add the filling, for conventional baked dishes like cheesecake or pie.

I still suggest baking the crust bare for no-bake dishes like ice cream cake or raw cheesecake. After that, let it completely cool before adding the filling.

This crust will be much more durable once baked. It may be a little crumbly if not baked.

Other Desserts To Try

Frequently Asked Questions

What Can I Use For Crust Instead Of Graham Crackers?

You can use Oreos, chocolate wafers, pretzels, or any other crunchy cookie in place of graham crackers when making a graham cracker crust.

Which Brand Of Gluten-Free Graham Crackers Do You Recommend?

Pamela’s is my personal favorite.

Do I Have To Bake The Crust?

Technically, no, however baking gives this crust a far better texture.

What Can I Substitute For A Graham Cracker Crust?

Simply keep in mind that since graham crackers are actually just cookies, anything from that family will work.

  • Ice cream cones
  • Cold cereal
  • Pretzels
  • Coconut macaroons
  • Cereal

Can I Use Homemade Graham Crackers In This Recipe?

Yes, you can. I have made my own graham crackers and used it in this recipe. Simply pulse them in a food processor till they resemble fine crumbs, then weigh out the required quantity for the crust.

How To Use Graham Cracker Crust?

These gluten-free pie crusts are perfect for making cheesecake, no-bake peanut butter pie, or cheesecake bites, as well as other desserts that call for a graham cracker or pie crust.

What Size Pan For Graham Cracker Crust?

For one batch of this recipe, use an 8-by-8-inch baking dish or a 9-inch pie pan. If you want to make a bigger graham cracker dessert in a 9×13 pan, double this recipe and press it firmly into the pan.

Can You Make Ahead?

Yes! This crust may be prepared up to three days ahead and kept in the refrigerator until it is time to fill, whether you choose to make the baked or no-bake variation. To freeze for up to three months, you could alternatively wrap it in plastic wrap. Before filling, let the frozen crust thaw overnight in the refrigerator.

I’m Not Gluten-Free. Can I Make This Recipe With Regular Graham Crackers?

You certainly can! Simply use your preferred graham crackers in place of the gluten-free ones called for in this recipe.

Does A Graham Cracker Crust Have Gluten In It?

Gluten is present in the majority of graham cracker pie crusts, as they are prepared from gluten-containing graham crackers. But because it is made using gluten-free graham crackers, this pie crust is totally safe to eat while following a gluten-free diet.

Do You Have To Bake Graham Cracker Crust?

Graham crust is 100 percent safe to consume uncooked and can be used in graham cracker crust recipes that do not require heating. However, baking will help it stay together better. Chill the gluten-free graham cracker crust in the refrigerator for 1 to 2 hours before using it. (Butter will harden as a result, helping to keep it together.)

Can You Buy Pre-Made Gluten-Free Graham Cracker Crust?

Yes! Mi-Del sells a pre-made gluten-free graham cracker crust, although it can be difficult to find if your grocery shop isn’t very well stocked. (Homemade is best, but it will work in a pinch!) In order to cut down on preparation time, Kinnikinnick also offers pre-crushed (gluten-free) graham cracker crumbs.

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Gluten-Free Graham Cracker Pie Crust on a white plate

Gluten-Free Graham Cracker Pie Crust

My easy, 3 ingredients graham cracker recipe that you can easily make your own. Make the graham crackers that you are going to use the day before and store in an airtight container or use store-bought.
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Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Gluten-Free Graham Cracker Pie Crust
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 49 minutes
Servings: 8 servings
Calories: 121kcal


  • 1 1/2 cups graham cracker crumbs (make your own or use storebought)
  • 1/4 cup Vegan Butter melted (I used Earth Balance)
  • 2 tablespoon maple syrup


  • Place the graham cracker crumbs in a medium bowl, add 4 tablespoons melted vegan butter and 2 tablespoons maple syrup and stir.
  • Press the crumbs evenly at the bottom and sides of a 9-inch pie plate. Make sure to press the crumbs mixture hard enough to make it compact.
  • Now you graham cracker crust is ready you can add filling after chilling the crust for an hour or you can bake it in a preheated oven for 10 minutes. Cool then add your filling.


Calories: 121kcal | Carbohydrates: 15g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 6g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 2g | Trans Fat: 0.03g | Sodium: 150mg | Potassium: 41mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 7g | Vitamin A: 270IU | Calcium: 18mg | Iron: 1mg