No Bake Chocolate Peanut Butter Pie with Graham Cracker Crust

This is the lightest, fluffiest peanut butter pie you’ll ever put in your mouth, so go ahead and cut yourself a BIG piece! Topped with a luscious dark chocolate ganache, drizzled with honey, and sprinkled with flaky sea salt, it’s a decadent dessert that you’ll be thinking about all week!

Honey drizzling on top of a peanut butter pie with graham cracker crust and chocolate ganache in a white pie plate.

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A couple years ago I finally tried out one of our local restaurants that had been featured on Diners, Drive-ins, and Dives: Glass Onion, only a 10 minute drive from my house. It truly lived up to its hype — all the Southern classics on the menu were perfectly made and it was a wonderful meal.

But it was the dessert, a chocolate peanut butter pie topped with local honey, that made the most lasting impression on me. I was determined to make this pie at home.

After many trials and errors, I finally nailed it (and dare I say, surpassed it?). The peanut butter filling is light and fluffy, the dark chocolate ganache adds the perfect bittersweet contrast, and the honey drizzle rounds out the dessert. Even family members who don’t normally like peanut butter pie at all love this one. This is truly the best peanut butter pie I’ve ever had.

Go ahead and cut yourself a big slice, because you’ll want it.

Removing a slice of chocolate peanut butter pie from a white pie plate, with honey dripping down the side.

  • TEXTURE – While this pie’s inspiration had a rich, dense peanut butter filling, I found I preferred mine light and fluffy instead. The filling in this recipe is a smooth, creamy peanut butter mousse that melts in your mouth and won’t leave you feeling weighed down. A crumbly, crunchy graham cracker crust, smooth layer of chocolate ganache, and crushed honey roasted peanuts on top provide the textural contrast that pushes this pie over the top.
  • TOPPINGS – Dark chocolate ganache, crushed honey roasted peanuts, drizzled honey, and sprinkled sea salt provide the textural and flavor complexity that makes this pie an absolute winner.
  • FLAVOR – Peanut butter, chocolate, and honey are the dominant flavors in this pie. Dark chocolate ganache keeps this pie from being too sweet-on-sweet, adding a decadent and bitter contrast to the perfectly sweet mousse and honey. A little flaky sea salt on top adds a sweet-salty component.
  • NO BAKING – Great news! You don’t have to turn your oven on for this pie at all. Whether you’re making this for Thanksgiving and your oven is full prepping for the holiday, or it’s summer and you just don’t want the heat, a no-bake peanut butter pie is a winner in my mind! This starts with a no-bake graham cracker crust that can chill in the fridge while you prepare the filling, and finishes by chilling to set the mousse.
  • EASE – Because this pie uses a graham cracker crust rather than a standard pie crust, it’s easier than many homemade pies from scratch.
  • TIME – This pie does require a bit of time to make because it includes multiple components; crust, filling, and ganache. But you can have the whole thing chilling in the fridge in under an hour.
Overhead view of peanut butter pie in a white pie plate with chocolate ganache and crushed peanuts.

Peanut Butter Pie Ingredients & Why to Use Them

Don’t be overwhelmed by the longer ingredient list: most of these are very standard ingredients and each one plays a key part in making this the best peanut butter pie I’ve ever tasted!

Ingredients for peanut butter mousse pie with graham cracker crust, chocolate ganache, and honey.

Homemade graham cracker crust

While you can use a store-bought crust for this if you want, there is NOTHING like the taste of a homemade one and they’re so easy to make!

  • Honey graham crackers: This no-bake crust uses honey graham crackers to bring in a little more of that honey flavor!
  • Salted butter: Melted butter is the glue that holds your crust together. I like using salted to complement the sweet!
  • Granulated sugar: The sugar crystals help bind the crumbs together as the crust sets!

Filling and ganache

  • Creamy peanut butter: You’ll want to use something like Jif creamy peanut butter here, not anything natural where the oils separate from the peanut butter. Creamy peanut butter will make for a fluffy, consistent mousse texture.
  • Powdered sugar: Using powdered sugar vs. granulated keeps the filling smooth, not grainy.
  • Vanilla extract: I love using homemade vanilla extract in my desserts and baked goods!
  • Mascarpone cheese: Using sweet, creamy mascarpone cheese instead of cream cheese gives this pie a lighter, fluffier, and creamier filling.
  • Heavy cream: We whip the cream and fold it into the peanut butter mixture for the fluffiest ever filling!
  • Unflavored gelatin: A touch of gelatin helps stabilize the filling to keep it from falling over time in the fridge.
  • Chocolate ganache: This chocolate ganache uses dark chocolate, heavy cream, and a touch of butter to add a lovely sheen. I use a single 3.5 oz. bar of Ghirardelli 72% dark chocolate. Use 60% chocolate or semisweet chocolate chips if you want it a little more sweet.

Toppings

A little more texture and flavor from peanuts, sea salt, and honey on top makes this an exceptional pie!

  • Honey-roasted peanuts tie together the honey-peanut butter flavors, while adding a little crunch to the top.
  • Flaky Sea Salt: This Maldon sea salt is the flakiest I’ve found and is worth ordering! The flakes are pretty large out of the box, so I like to crush them a little before sprinkling. If you’re not a fan of the salty-sweet flavor combo, you can always leave this off!
  • Honey: While you can use any honey, one with a stronger or more distinctive flavor will make a huge difference here. My favorites are tupelo or sourwood honey from Savannah Bee Company. When you get a hint of that honey drizzle on top, it’s just *chef’s kiss* mmmm!!

Making the pie: Four Main Components

Ingredient measurements and detailed instructions are included in the recipe card at the bottom of the post.

No-bake Graham Cracker Crust

First, you’l make the crust from scratch by combining graham cracker crumbs, sugar, and melted butter in your pie plate. Press it against the bottom and sides of the pie dish with your fingers and a small measuring cup to compress the crust, and chill it in the fridge while you work on the mousse.

Peanut butter mousse

We’ll start by softening some gelatin by whisking it into in a little cream (1). After sitting for 5-10 minutes, the gelatin will have absorbed some of the liquid (2). Heat it in the microwave just until the gelatin melts, 20-30 seconds, (3) and stir until it’s smooth with no more lumps (4).

Step by step photos of melting gelatin in cream.

Meanwhile, mix the mascarpone, powdered sugar, vanilla, and peanut butter until it’s smooth. Then add the melted gelatin.

Step by step photos of mixing peanut butter mixture.

Finally, we’ll whip the heavy cream until it has stiff peaks.

Whipped cream with stiff peaks in a mixing bowl.

You’ll fold the whipped cream into the peanut butter mixture in three batches so the filling is light and fluffy.

You can stir the first 1/3 of the whipped cream into the peanut butter mixture normally just to lighten the mixture (steps 1 and 2). The second and final 1/3 of the whipped cream need to be folded into the mixture to keep as much air as possible. (steps 3 and 4)

Step by step photos of folding whipped cream into peanut butter mixture.

Set a cup of filling aside in a ziplock or piping bag fitted with a star tip for topping the pie, and fill the crust with the remainder of the mousse.

Step by step photos of reserving peanut butter mousse in a ziplock bag fitted with a piping tip and spreading mousse in crust.

Chocolate ganache

No double boilers here! To make the chocolate ganache, we just heat the cream in the microwave and pour it over the chopped chocolate in a bowl. Let it sit for five minutes before stirring.

Stir until it’s smooth, add the butter, and stir again until it’s incorporated. Pour it over top of the mousse and spread it evenly across the pie.

Step by step photos of mixing chocolate ganache.
Chocolate ganache spread on top of pie.

Toppings

Here’s the fun part! Now you get to decorate and sprinkle to your heart’s content!

Pipe the reserved peanut butter mousse in little rosettes around the edge of the pie.

Piping peanut butter mousse on top of dark chocolate ganache on pie.

Crush some honey roasted peanuts in a ziplock bag with a rolling pin and sprinkle on top of the rosettes. Sprinkle a little flaky sea salt over the ganache and chill to set the mousse and ganache.

Step by step photos of crushing peanuts and sprinkling them on top of no bake chocolate peanut butter pie.

Just before serving, drizzle the top with your favorite honey. Don’t skip that part! It’s my absolute favorite!

Expert Tips & Tricks

  • Be sure not to overheat the cream when melting the gelatin. Boiling gelatin can render it ineffective and it will no longer set correctly. 20-30 seconds in the microwave with the cream should be sufficient, but if in doubt start at 20 seconds, stir, and if there are still lumps heat again in 10 second intervals.
  • Don’t add the honey until just before serving, or it will just absorb into the ganache. It will still taste great, but won’t have that pretty look!
  • If your ganache starts to separate and look greasy, you can often bring it back together by whisking in another splash of cream.
Slice of peanut butter mousse pie on a white plate with graham cracker crust and chocolate ganache.

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No Bake Chocolate Peanut Butter Pie with Graham Cracker Crust

This is the lightest, fluffiest peanut butter pie you’ll ever put in your mouth, so go ahead and cut yourself a BIG piece! Topped with a luscious dark chocolate ganache, drizzled with honey, and sprinkled with flaky sea salt, it’s a decadent dessert that you’ll be thinking about all week!
Print Recipe
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Servings: 8
Calories: 874kcal
Prep Time:45 mins
Total Time:45 mins

Ingredients

For the graham cracker crust

  • 10 honey graham crackers or about 1 1/4 cup graham cracker crumbs
  • 6 tablespoons salted butter
  • 1/4 cup granulated sugar

For the peanut butter mousse

  • 1 teaspoon unflavored gelatin
  • 1 1/2 cups heavy cream divided
  • 1 cup creamy peanut butter see note
  • 1 cup confectioners sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 8 oz mascarpone cheese

For the chocolate ganache

  • 3.5 oz dark chocolate I use 72% Ghirardelli
  • 1/2 cup heavy cream
  • 1 tablespoon butter

For the topping

  • 2-3 tablespoons honey roasted peanuts
  • 1 pinch flaky sea salt
  • 2 tablespoons honey

Instructions

For the graham cracker crust

  • Break up graham crackers into the bowl of a food processor and process until you have fine crumbs with no chunks. Melt butter in the microwave.
  • Add graham cracker crumbs, melted butter, and sugar to a pie plate and mix with a fork until evenly combined. Tamp down firmly around the bottom and edges of the pie plate using your fingers and something hard like the back of a small measuring cup. Refrigerate while preparing the rest of the recipe.

For the peanut butter mousse

  • Sprinkle 1/4 cup cold cream with gelatin and whisk in with a fork. Allow 5 minutes for gelatin to bloom. Heat the cream in the microwave to melt the gelatin, but do not boil. This will take about 20-40 seconds. Start at 20 seconds and stir. If there are still lumps of unmelted gelatin, heat again in 10 second intervals until gelatin is completely melted.
  • While gelatin is softening, add peanut butter, mascarpone, vanilla, and sugar to a large bowl and mix until smooth.
  • Add the gelatin-and-cream mixture to peanut butter mixture, stir until smooth, and set aside.
  • Whip remaining 1 and 1/4 cups cream to stiff peaks. Stir a scoop of whipped cream (about 1/3 of the total) into peanut butter mixture to lighten it. Fold the remaining whipped cream into the peanut butter mixture in two more batches, keeping as much air in as possible.
  • Set aside 1 cup of peanut butter mousse in a piping bag or ziplock bag fitted with a star tip. Spread the remaining filling into graham cracker crust.

For the dark chocolate ganache

  • Chop chocolate and add to a medium bowl.
  • Heat cream for about a minute in the microwave or until hot. Pour the hot cream over the chocolate and let it sit for 5 minutes. Then stir until smooth. Add in the butter and whisk until it's incorporated.
  • Pour the ganache over top of pie and smooth with a spatula, making sure to cover the whole top evenly and to the edges.

Toppings

  • Pipe remaining mousse in rosettes around the edge of the pie.
  • Put honey roasted peanuts inside a ziplock bag and roll with a rolling pin until crushed. You can also use a meat tenderizer but it may puncture the bag. Sprinkle mousse rosettes with honey roasted peanuts and sprinkle ganache with a pinch of flaky sea salt. Chill pie for 2 hours.
  • Drizzle top of pie with honey just before serving. Enjoy!
  • Store in the refrigerator for up to 5 days.

Notes

Peanut butter: Use a creamy peanut butter like Jif. This pie won’t work as well with a natural peanut butter that separates out.
Chocolate ganache: You may use semisweet chocolate instead of dark if you like it a little sweeter.
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Nutrition

Sodium: 369mg | Calcium: 124mg | Vitamin C: 1mg | Vitamin A: 1583IU | Sugar: 37g | Fiber: 4g | Potassium: 384mg | Cholesterol: 122mg | Calories: 874kcal | Trans Fat: 1g | Saturated Fat: 35g | Fat: 69g | Protein: 14g | Carbohydrates: 54g | Iron: 3mg

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