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Easy Lemon Pie with Grape-Nuts Crust

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This recipe for Easy Lemon Pie uses Grape-Nuts cereal and apple juice for the sweet crust and is topped with a luscious homemade lemon filling.



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A couple of days ago I had grown so tired of gray, gloomy weather that I got to the point that I had to create something that would be like a taste of Spring.   For me, there is nothing more cheerful and “sunny” than lemons, so a lemon pie was in order.  And as the title of this post implies, one made with Grape-Nuts.

Did you know that Grape-Nuts has been used for years in pie crusts?  Grape-Nuts itself has been around for more than 100 years.

Grape Nuts

I headed to Walgreens and bought a box so that I could get started making my pie. 

A Tidbit About the Name

Grape-Nuts actually contains neither grapes nor nuts. It’s made from natural wheat and barley. So, why is it called Grape-Nuts? As with many great emblems in history, there are two versions of the story. One says that Mr. Post believed glucose, which he called “grape sugar,” formed during the baking process. This, combined with the nutty flavor of the cereal, is said to have inspired its name. Another explanation claims that the cereal got its name from its resemblance to grape seeds, or grape “nuts.”

Grape Nuts

Back to the pie.  This pie is really easy to make.  Just take a cup of Grape-Nuts and place it in your food processor.  Pulse until it becomes fine and crumbly.  Don’t worry about having some nutty bits left behind.  Next, you add 1/4 cup of thawed apple juice concentrate and pulse some more until the cereal is moist.

Pie Crust

Spread the cereal out in a pie pan that has been lightly sprayed with non-stick spray.  Be sure to cover the entire bottom and about halfway up the sides.  Now it gets baked for only 5 minutes in an oven that has been preheated to 350 degrees.

Easy Lemon Pie with Grape-Nuts Crust

While the crust is baking, combine a can of sweetened condensed milk, 2 eggs, the zest from one lemon and the juice from three lemons.  Pour this creamy mixture into the prebaked pie crust and bake for another 15 minutes.  Allow the pie to cool and then refrigerate it for a couple of hours.

Yield: 6 servings

Easy Lemon Pie with Grape-Nuts Crust

Easy Lemon Pie with Grape-Nuts Crust

This tasty pie is made with a homemade crust made from Grape-Nuts.

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes


  • 1 cup Grape-Nuts Cereal
  • 1/4 cup frozen apple juice concentrate, thawed
  • 1 14 oz. can sweetened condensed milk
  • 2 large eggs
  • Juice from 3 lemons + zest from one of them
  • Whipped cream for garnish


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Lightly spray glass pie pan with non-stick spray and set aside.
  2. Place cereal in food processor and pulse until it is fine. There will still be some nutty bits. Add thawed apple juice and pulse until combined. Use a spatula to scrape sides of food processor and ensure that all of the cereal is moistened.
  3. Place mixture in bottom of pie pan and pat out until the bottom is covered as well as half way up the sides. Bake for 5 minutes.
  4. Meanwhile, combine condensed milk, eggs, lemon juice and zest with whisk until well blended. Pour into prepared pie crust and bake for 15 minutes.
  5. Allow to cool completely and then refrigerate for a couple of hours. Best served cold.
  6. Garnish with whipped cream, if desired.

Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:


Amount Per Serving: Calories: 421Total Fat: 10gSaturated Fat: 6gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 4gCholesterol: 93mgSodium: 252mgCarbohydrates: 75gFiber: 4gSugar: 57gProtein: 12g

Nutrition information is an approximation.

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Thursday 12th of February 2015

I don't have apple juice on hand but will use some homemade sugar free applesauce instead. I'll report on the results later.


Sunday 6th of April 2014

How easy! I love lemon pie too. Definitely need to try this one out!


Sunday 6th of April 2014

This lemon pie with Grape Nuts crust looks so tasty! I'll have to try the recipe.


Sunday 6th of April 2014

Great idea to use Grape Nuts for the crust!

HilLesha O'Nan

Thursday 3rd of April 2014

I would have never thought of this, but it looks so, so good!