Desserts/ Pie

No Bake Apple Pie with Granola Topping

A no bake apple pie?!  Yup…and all made from scratch (except the granola topping).  A THICK Nilla Wafer cookie crust, homemade stovetop apple pie filling, all topped off with my favorite granola!  It’s a super easy recipe.  Dare I say fool proof???  Yes…I am saying it.  Fool proof!!

I am so excited to share this easy recipe with you, because if you have a fear of apple pie baking, you will have nothing to worry about when no-baking this pie up!  In all honesty, I did do a little baking with this recipe though.  I like a crispy, crunchy cookie crust, so I baked my crust before filling it with my apple pie filling.  So I have included instructions on making the crust no bake or baked 🙂

The stovetop apple pie filling was easy and fun to make.  The mixture will look thin at first when you start cooking the filling.  Don’t worry!  The filling will thicken up once it’s done cooking on the stovetop.  I thought I had totally failed until all of a sudden…the mixture thickened!

Make your Nilla Wafer crust first, and either bake it and cool completely, or don’t bake it and  just place the pie crust in the freezer for 3-hours to firm up.

While your pie crust is cooling, make the apple pie filling.  Cool the apple pie filling before adding it onto your pie crust.

Once your crust and apple pie filling have cooled, it’s time to put everything together.  Instead of making a crumb topping for the top of my no bake pie (because then I would have to bake it…) I topped my pie with My Favorite Indulgence Classic Almond Granola.  Use your favorite store bought granola, or if you want to try some AMAZING granola, check out My Favorite Indulgence online.  They sell granola varieties without nuts too!!

No Bake Apple Pie with Granola Topping

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Serves: 12 Cooking Time: 15-minutes


  • 10 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 2-1/2 cups Nilla Wafer fine cookie crumbs
  • 1/4 cup white granulated sugar
  • 1/4 cup light brown sugar, packed
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • pinch of nutmeg
  • 5 apples, peeled, cored, and sliced into thin slices (I used Pink Lady Apples)
  • 1 cup water, divided
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 3 tablespoons cornstarch
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • pinch of ground ginger
  • 1/2 cup white granulated sugar
  • 1/4 cup light brown sugar, packed
  • 1 (10-ounce) package of granola (I used My Favorite Indulgence Classic Almond Granola)



PIE CRUST: If baking your pie crust, preheat oven to 350-degrees.


Spray pie tin or dish with baking spray and set aside. In the microwave, melt the butter in a medium sized bowl. Remove the melted butter from the microwave and add the Nilla Wafer crumbs, white and brown sugars, cinnamon and nutmeg to the butter. Use a fork to stir until all ingredients are completely incorporated.


Pour crust mixture into prepared pie dish and use the bottom of a glass (or your hand) to evenly spread the crumbs on the bottom and sides of the pie dish, firmly packing the crumbs to the pie dish. If baking your crust, bake in 350-degree oven for 15-minutes. Remove pie crust from the oven and set on a wire rack to cool completely before adding the apple pie filling.


If going no-bake, place crust in the freezer for 3-hours to firm up.


APPLE PIE FILLING: In a small bowl, add the peeled, cored and sliced apples with 3/4 cup water and lemon juice.


In a medium pot on the stovetop over medium-low heat, add 1/4 cup water and the cornstarch. Whisk until combined. Add the nutmeg, cinnamon, ginger and white and brown sugars to the pot, whisking the ingredients in to the cornstarch mixture.


Add the bowl containing the apples, water and lemon juice into the pot. Stir until all ingredients are incorporated. Filling will look thin (this is normal). Allow filling to cook over medium-low heat, stirring occasionally, until apples become fork tender and the filling has thickened up.


Once filling has thickened and apples are at your desired tenderness, remove the pot from the stove and transfer the apple filling into a bowl to cool. Allow pie filling to cool completely before adding into your prepared pie crust.


TOPPING: Top apple pie with granola. Cover pie with plastic wrap and place in the refrigerator to set.


Store pie in the refrigerator, covered. Pie can be eaten the same day it is made, but is even more amazing the second and third days!

Here’s the apple pie before the granola topping:

All topped and ready to go!

This pie is even better the next day, after all the flavors have a chance to marry.  So go ahead and make this ahead of time for your next Fall party!

What’s your favorite apple pie recipe?!  So many different options with different crusts, different apples, different toppings!!



PS- I have linked this recipe up at the following link parties: The Pin Junkie, Sugar and Spice, Pretty Pintastic Party, Meal Plan Monday, Reader Tip Tuesday.

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  • Reply
    Lanie Miller
    August 31, 2017 at 7:36 AM

    That’s a really neat pie, gonna give it a try! Looks super yummy too🐝

    • Reply
      August 31, 2017 at 9:26 PM

      Thank you Lanie! You will have to let me know what you think if you try this! XOXO 🙂

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    Kelsie | the itsy-bitsy kitchen
    August 31, 2017 at 8:30 AM

    This looks soooo good. And I hate making pastry crusts, so double good! Since it’s topped with granola, I’m even thinking it’s appropriate for breakfast 🙂

    • Reply
      August 31, 2017 at 9:27 PM

      Thanks Kelsie! I totally agree that you could eat this for breakfast…apples and granola!! Have a great weekend girl! XOXO

  • Reply
    August 31, 2017 at 8:36 AM

    What a fabulous recipe. I have a sister that kind of doesn’t really like to bake and I am sending her to this recipe right away. i think that she is going to love it; as do I. But I like a lot more recipes than she does. Thank you for sharing and have a great day.

    • Reply
      August 31, 2017 at 9:30 PM

      Awesome Amy!! I hope she checks it out and likes it! Have a great weekend! XOXO 🙂

  • Reply
    August 31, 2017 at 8:39 AM

    What a lovely pie!! This is the best apple pie on the internet :D! Love the crunchy granola, the yummy filling and the convenient cookie base! Perfect 🙂

    • Reply
      September 2, 2017 at 6:58 AM

      Awwwww!! You are so sweet!! Thank you Deepika!! Have a great weekend! XOXO 🙂

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    Kim | The Baking ChocolaTess
    August 31, 2017 at 8:42 AM

    I’m all about this pie! YUM! Pinning and have a wonderful day!!!

    • Reply
      September 2, 2017 at 7:11 AM

      Thanks Kim!! Have a great weekend! XOXO

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    Amy (Savory Moments)
    August 31, 2017 at 11:42 AM

    A no-bake apple pie?! Whaa?! It looks great!! Apple season is just starting here and I’m always looking for new apple ideas.

    • Reply
      September 2, 2017 at 7:04 AM

      Thanks Amy!! This is such an easy pie to make. And no crying over pie crust 😉 Hahahahaha XOXO

  • Reply
    Ashika | Gardening Foodie
    August 31, 2017 at 12:28 PM

    Oh yum this looks great. I love apple pie, and this no bake version is perfect. The granola topping sounds absolutely divine.😃

    • Reply
      September 2, 2017 at 7:05 AM

      Thanks Ashika!! Have a great weekend! XOXO 🙂

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    GiGi Eats Celebrities
    August 31, 2017 at 3:48 PM

    Right now, with the insane heat out.. I DO NOT WANT TO BAKE A SINGLE THING. SO UM, THISSSSSSSSSSS is epic!

    • Reply
      September 2, 2017 at 7:05 AM

      Heheheh thanks GiGi! I totally hear ya there….it’s like 110-degrees here right now. Ughhhhhhh. No Bake Apple pie for breakfast, lunch and dinner here hahaha XOXO 🙂

  • Reply
    September 1, 2017 at 5:10 AM

    Pinned. Looks great…and easy! Visiting from Pretty Pintastic Party.

    • Reply
      September 2, 2017 at 7:06 AM

      Thank you!! XOXO

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    Katherine | Love In My Ovenk
    September 1, 2017 at 7:37 PM

    This is sooo genius!! We all need more no-bake pies in our life. That granola topping in top is so clever!! XO

    • Reply
      September 2, 2017 at 7:11 AM

      Hehehe I totally agree Katherine!! And thank you! Have a great weekend! XOXO 🙂

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    Maria Doss
    September 3, 2017 at 12:36 PM

    This a great recipe for the holidays, when the oven is needed for zillion things. That granola topping is just brilliant!!!

    • Reply
      September 4, 2017 at 7:16 AM

      Thanks Maria!! I totally agree! Plus this pie tastes even better a day or two after it is made 🙂 XOXO

  • Reply
    September 24, 2017 at 6:41 PM

    Looks scrumptious and easy! Thanks for sharing this at out apple week link party for celebrate 365! LOve this!

    • Reply
      September 25, 2017 at 6:23 AM

      Thanks Jan! And thanks for hosting the apple party! So much fun! XOXO

  • Reply
    November 12, 2017 at 6:34 PM

    What a fun twist on apple pie! Thanks for sharing with us at sides and pies!

    • Reply
      November 14, 2017 at 9:15 PM

      Thanks Carlee!

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    Cindy's Recipes and Writings
    November 18, 2017 at 8:28 PM

    I love the sound of his pie! Apple pie flavor and crunchy granola, yummy!

    • Reply
      November 23, 2017 at 8:25 AM

      Thanks Cindy! It is sooooo good! And easy! 🙂

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