No-Bake Apple Pie has all the flavors of an apple pie, but it is made with a graham cracker crust and you don’t even need to turn on your oven! Try Dwight’s Caramel Apple Pie for another delicious apple pie recipe.
No-Bake Apple Pie
There is something so great about no-bake desserts, especially in the hot summer months. And, sometimes you are craving an apple pie, but don’t want to go through the hassle of making it completely from scratch, including a homemade pie crust. This No-Bake Apple Pie is a delicious apple dessert to share without a lot of fuss.
No-Bake Apple Pie Ingredients
There are three parts to this no-bake apple pie dessert–graham cracker crust, apples, and pudding mixture.
Crust: To make the crust, it is just a matter of combining graham cracker crumbs and melted butter. You could also use a store-bought graham cracker crust.
Apples: I used Granny Smith apples in this recipe. They won’t turn to mush and they tend to retain their shape when baked. A few other options you could try would be Honeycrisp apples, Braeburn, or Pink Lady apples.
Apple Pie Spice: If you don’t have any on hand, make your own homemade apple pie spice.
Pudding Mixture: Look for cook-and-serve vanilla pudding (not instant).
Whipped Topping: Cool whip or whipped topping is optional, but if using, make your own homemade whipped topping!
For the crust of the no-bake apple pie, you have a few options. You can buy graham cracker crusts, buy graham cracker crumbs, or simply smash a bunch of graham crackers to make the crust. To make the crust, combine the graham cracker crumbs and the melted butter in a small bowl. Use a fork to mix the two ingredients, making sure that every single graham cracker crumb is coated in butter.
Pour the coated graham cracker crumbs into a 9-inch pie dish. Press the crumbs flat with your hands. Then, use the bottom of a kitchen glass to press the crust even flatter. Make sure you get some of the crust up the sides of the pie pan as well. Set the crust aside as you make the filling.
How to Make No-Bake Apple Pie
Get started by peeling, coring, and slicing your apples. For this recipe, slice the apples on the thinner side. Next, in a large saucepan over medium-high heat, add the lemon jello (you won’t taste the lemon flavor in the pie), apple pie spice, water, and apple slices. Mix the ingredients together until the apple slices are coated.
Bring the apple mixture to a boil; then, reduce heat to medium-low and cover. Let the ingredients simmer 8-12 minutes, or until apples are tender. You may need to stir the mixture occasionally.
Meanwhile, in a medium bowl, whisk together the cook-and-serve pudding mix and water. After the apple mixture has simmered, add the pudding and water mixture to the apples and cook for about a minute. The filling will start to thicken immediately.
Finally, pour the filling into the prepared crust and let it sit for about five minutes before transferring the pie to the refrigerator to chill for about 3 hours. When ready to serve, top with whipped topping. Store the pie, covered, in the refrigerator for up to five days.
Looking for More Apple Recipes?
No-Bake Apple Pie has all the flavors of an apple pie, but it is made with a graham cracker crust and you don't even need to turn on your oven!
- 1½ cups graham cracker crumbs, about 10 cracker sheets
- 6 tablespoons (85g) butter, melted
- 1 package (3 ounces) lemon jello
- 1 teaspoon apple pie spice
- 1½ cups water
- 5 medium Granny Smith apples, peeled, cored, and thinly sliced
- 1 package (3 ounces) cook-and-serve vanilla pudding mix
- ¼ cup water
- whipped topping, optional for serving
Add the melted butter to the graham cracker crumbs and, using a fork, mix well. You want every crumb coated in the butter as this will be the glue that holds it together.
Pour the graham cracker crumbs into a 9-inch pie dish. Pat them flat with your hand and then use a kitchen glass to press flatter. Start at the center and work out to and up the sides.
In a large saucepan over medium-high heat, add jello, apple pie spice, 1½ cups water, and apple slices. Mix together until every apple is coated.
Bring the mixture to a boil. Then, reduce heat to medium-low and cover.
Simmer 8-12 minutes, or until apples are tender. (You may need to stir occasionally.)
In a medium bowl, whisk together pudding mixture and water.
Pour pudding mixture into apple mixture and stir to combine. You should see the mixture start to thicken immediately. Continue cooking until thickened, stirring occasionally (about 1 minute).
Pour apple mixture into crust and let it sit for about 5 minutes before putting it into the refrigerator to chill for about 3 hours.
Top with whipped topping and serve.