This is the perfect buttery Vegan Graham Cracker Crust recipe. Learn how to make this homemade crust with only 3 ingredients and use it to make your favorite pies vegan, such as creamy chocolate, banana, and more.
Did you know you can buy one of those pre-made graham cracker crusts at the store and they’re vegan? At least most of them are. These are what I refer to as accidentally vegan products. And there’s no judgment if you prefer this.
However, making a vegan graham cracker crust is so simple, you may never need to buy one of those pre-made crusts again. The difference between homemade and store-bought is undeniable. Homemade is always the best!
The thing is, your homemade vegan graham cracker crust will be crunchy in all the right places, while also buttery, and more flavorful, too. And you won’t believe that you can achieve all this with only 3 ingredients.
Why This Recipe is a Winner
- Adding sugar creates a crispy crust that doesn’t crumble as much and is also undeniably delicious
- The right amount of vegan butter makes a buttery crust that holds together well after baking
- Baking the crust for a few minutes creates a crispy crust, perfect for your next pie
You can find the full printable recipe, including ingredient quantities, below. But first, here are some explanations of ingredients and steps to help you make this recipe perfect every time.
Here are the ingredients you’ll need:
- Graham crackers — To find vegan graham crackers, look at the nutrition labels, and avoid ingredients such as dairy. Some strict vegans avoid using honey too.
- Sugar — You can use either granulated or brown sugar for this pie crust
- Vegan Butter — Earth Balance buttery sticks work great. If you have trouble finding it you can make a plant-based butter at home.
To make this graham cracker crust with coconut oil, simply substitute refined coconut oil for the vegan butter.
How to Make a Vegan Graham Cracker Crust
Here’s a synopsis of the steps to make this vegan graham cracker pie crust:
- Create Graham Cracker Crumbs — break the graham crackers down into crumbs (see my tips below for how to do that two ways)
- Add Butter and Sugar — Add the melted vegan butter and sugar to the crumbs
- Press and Bake — Press the mixture into a pie pan and bake for 8 to 10 minutes.
- Fill, Chill, and Serve — Once the crust cools, fill it with a creamy filling, refrigerate the pie to let the filling set, and then serve!
Follow this visual guide to make this vegan graham cracker crust perfect every time.
Step One: Create Graham Cracker Crumbs
Place the vegan graham crackers in a food processor and pulse until a sandy texture forms.
If you don’t have a food processor, place graham crackers in a plastic bag and use a rolling pin to press and roll over the graham crackers, breaking them into crumbs.
Step Two: Add Vegan Butter
Add the vegan butter and pulse a few times to combine. Then add the sugar and pulse again.
Step Three: Press Into a Pan and Bake
Press this mixture into a pie pan. Using the back of a drinking glass can help press the mixture evenly across the bottom and sides of the pie pan.
Here, the most common uses are either a springform pan (for a vegan cheesecake) or a 9-inch pie pan. However, you can make individual pies by pressing graham cracker crusts into muffin pans. Get creative!
Step Four: Fill and Serve
Once your vegan graham cracker crust cools, you’re ready to fill it with your favorite vegan pie filling. One of my favorite go-to chocolate cream pies involves only two ingredients:
- 2 cups dairy-free chocolate chips
- 1 can full-fat coconut milk
Pour these two into a microwave-safe dish (like a pyrex measuring cup) and microwave for one minute. Then allow the mixture to sit until the chocolate chips have melted. Stir it all together and pour it into the graham cracker crust. Refrigerate it for 2 to 4 hours and you’ll experience a deliciously creamy vegan chocolate pie.
See below for even more vegan pie filling ideas.
Are graham crackers vegan?
Many graham crackers are not vegan, because they’re either made with dairy or honey (an ingredient strict vegans eschew). However, read the labels and you will find some graham crackers, such as Nabisco Original Grahams. You can also look for organic graham crackers (in health food stores or online), many of which are vegan as well.
How do you keep a graham cracker crust from getting soggy?
Blind baking your graham cracker crust will help keep it crispy and prevent it from getting soggy once filled with a creamy pie filling.
Why is my graham cracker crust crumbly?
If your graham cracker crust is crumbly, it probably needs more butter, sugar, or a combination of the two. It’s tempting to leave the sugar out of a graham cracker crust, noting there’s sugar in the crackers themselves. However, adding sugar helps bind the crumbs together as the crust cools after baking. Additionally, using brown sugar can create a more tender crust, too.
Vegan Graham Cracker Crust Fillings
Now that you’ve got your pie crust, you’re ready to fill it with the best creamy vegan pie fillings. Here are some favorites to try:
- This vegan key lime pie is tangy and sweet, just like you want it to be
- A vegan banana cream pie filling is creamy and delicious
- A vegan chocolate cream pie is perfect for this vegan crust
- Imagine this whipped chocolate peanut butter pie for dessert!
More Vegan Pie Crusts
You’ll love this vegan graham cracker crust, and here are even more vegan pie crusts to love:
- Flaky Vegan Pie Crust — you won’t believe how easy this recipe is and the flaky pie crust that it makes
- Oatmeal Pie Crust — This simple crust is infused with oatmeal and easy to make
- This Berry Pie is made with a Sugar Cookie Pie Crust that’s irresistibly delightful
Vegan Graham Cracker Crust
- 1½ cups graham cracker crumbs
- 6 tablespoons vegan butter , melted
- ¼ cup brown sugar , loosely packed
- Place graham crackers in a food processor and pulse until coarse crumbs form. If you don't have a food processor, place the crackers in a plastic bag and use a rolling pin the press and roll over the crackers until crumbs are formed.
- Add the melted vegan butter and sugar and pulse until combined. This mixture will be thick and have a sandy texture.
- Pour crumbs into a pie pan or springform pan (for a vegan cheesecake). Use the back of a measuring cup, a glass, or a rubber spatula to press crumbs into the pan and up the sides. This crust mixture will fit a 9–10-inch pan.
- To pre-bake, bake in a preheated oven set to 350°F for 8–9 minutes. If the crust is for a no-bake pie, refrigerate for 1 hour before filling.
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The nutrition information shown is an estimate provided by an online nutrition calculator and should not be considered a substitute for a professional nutritionist’s advice.