Gluten-Free Graham Cracker Crust – This easy gluten-free graham cracker pie crust recipe only needs 3 ingredients! Don’t miss all our favorite ways to use it below!
Pie crust is notorious for being one of those tricky skills to get right, and that only intensifies when you go gluten-free! One of the best EASY gluten-free pie crust recipes is graham cracker crust.
I love that, just like our Gluten-Free Oreo Pie Crust, this gluten-free graham cracker pie crust only calls for a few ingredients (3!). It’s easy enough for beginners and baking pros alike, and works well for all kinds of delicious desserts.
So whether you have gluten intolerance yourself or you’re baking for a friend or loved one with Celiac disease, this beginner gluten-free graham cracker crust is here to deliver!
Here’s what you need to make our easy gluten-free graham cracker crust recipe…
This Gluten-Free Graham Cracker Pie Crust Recipe, At A Glance:
Here’s What You Need To Make This EAsy Gluten-Free Pie Crust:
- Gluten-Free Graham Crackers. Regular graham crackers are NOT gluten-free, so if you’re making gluten-free graham cracker crust, it’s crucial to use gluten-free graham crackers. Our favorite are Pamela’s (we love the texture and flavor!), but there are lots of brands to choose from!!
- Sugar. Even though graham crackers are sweet on their own, adding granulated sugar or cane sugar to your gluten-free graham crust helps it set up better and give it more structure. It holds together better with sugar!
- Melted Butter (Or Vegan Butter). Then, you’ll need to melt a little salted or unsalted butter or melted dairy-free butter (like Earth Balance) to bind everything together. I prefer salted butter since that little bit of salt helps balance the flavor. One thing to note is that I’ve found gluten-free graham cracker crusts don’t need as much butter, since gluten-free grahams have a different texture than traditional graham crackers. (PS – Don’t use oil for graham cracker crust, as it won’t set properly.)
Wondering Which Brand Of Gluten-Free Graham Crackers Are Best?
Earlier this year, we did a big taste test of brands of gluten-free graham crackers, breaking down prices, where to buy, and which ones we love best. I highly recommend it if you’re baking gf!
How To Make Gluten-Free Graham Cracker Crust, Step By Step:
- Preheat The Oven & Prep The Pan. Heat the oven to 350 degrees F. and set out a 9-inch pie plate.
- Crush & Measure The Graham Crackers. Start by adding the graham crackers to a food processor, Pulse to crush the grahams until no large pieces remain and the crumbs look uniform. (Alternatively, you can put the crackers in a zip-top bag and crush them with a rolling pin or sturdy cup.) Measure the crumbs to be sure you have 1 3/4-2 cups.
- Add Sugar & Butter Transfer the gluten-free graham cracker crumbs to a mixing bowl and add sugar and melted butter. Use a fork to lightly stir the crust mixture together until the crumbs are well coated. (It’ll look like coarse, wet sand)
- Pat Out Into The Pan. Pour the graham cracker crumb mixture into the pie dish and use the back of a measuring cup (my favorite) or your fingers to gently pat the crust out into an even layer and up the sides of the pan. Try not to pack the crumbs down too tightly, or the crust will be a bit tough and compact.
- Bake & Cool. Then, put the pie crust in the oven and bake at 350 degrees for 8-10 minutes, until it’s just starting to turn golden.
Yummy Ways To Use This Graham Crust:
- Gluten-Free Banana Cream Pie. Stay tuned! This one goes up on Monday, and it’s INCREDIBLE.
- Gluten-Free Pudding Pie. Fill a baked graham cracker crust with a batch of this yummy chocolate pudding and serve with whipped cream (or marshmallow fluff for a s’more’s vibe!)
- Gluten-Free Key Lime Pie Bars. Pie bars can be easier than traditional pie, and these key lime pie bars use graham cracker crust in an 8×8 pan instead of a pie pan. Easy to make, easy to serve, easy to eat!
- Gluten-Free Pumpkin Cheesecake. Luscious pumpkin cheesecake filling and spiced gluten-free graham cracker crust make this a holiday show-stopper!
- Frozen Peanut Butter Pie. Use our gluten-free crust with this peanut butter pie filling recipe. (Pictured above)
- Ice Cream Pie. Fill a baked, cooled crust with 2 pints of your favorite ice cream and add a few fun toppings, like we do with this Gluten-Free Grasshopper Pie. This is so fun in the summer!
FAQ + Tips And Tricks For The Best Gluten-Free Graham Cracker Crust:
Which Gluten-Free Graham Crackers Are Good For Pie Crust? If you haven’t seen it already, I recommend our gluten-free graham cracker taste test to break down ALL the brands we could find, but my top choices (in order) are Pamela’s (great texture and honey graham flavor!), Nairn’s (less sweet & made with oats), and Kinnikinnick (more molasses flavor). I don’t recommend homemade gluten-free graham crackers for crust unless they’re your only option, as the recipes can vary so much in texture.
How Many Gluten-Free Graham Crackers Do You Need To Make Graham Cracker Crust? Unlike traditional graham crackers, no two brands of gluten-free graham crackers use the same size or dimensions, so the number you need will depend on the brand. It’s best to go off of weight.
You’ll need about 180 grams of graham crackers:
Do You Have To Bake Graham Cracker Crust? Graham crust is 100% safe to eat without cooking, and can be used as a no-bake graham cracker crust recipe. However, it will hold together better when it’s been baked. To help a no-bake gluten-free graham cracker pie crust hold together better, chill it for 1-2 hours in advance. (This helps the butter harden, which helps hold it together)
Can You Buy Pre-Made Gluten-Free Graham Cracker Crust? Yes! It can be tricky to find if your grocery store isn’t super well-stocked, but Mi-Del makes a store-bought gluten-free graham cracker crust. (Homemade tastes better, but it’ll do in a pinch!) Kinnikinnick also sells pre-crushed gluten-free graham cracker crumbs, which can help speed up your prep time!