Apple Butter Pie with Oatmeal Pecan Crust Recipe

In this comforting pie, a spiced apple butter filling is poured into a sweet oat-pecan crust.

Notes: While apple butter from the store or farmer's market will ensure this pie is delicious, nothing beats spicing your own creamy apple concoction. While it is a bit time consuming, using organic applesauce can help speed up the transformation of ho-hum apples into rich, aromatic apple butter.

Combine 3 cups of sweetened organic applesauce in a crock pot with 1 tablespoon each nutmeg, allspice, clove, cinnamon, 1 teaspoon lemon juice, and 1/4 cup of sugar. Allow to cook on low heat for 24 hours, stirring often, with the lid removed for the last 1-2 hours.

Recipe Facts

Active: 30 mins
Total: 70 mins
Makes: 1 pie

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  • For the Crust:
  • 2 cups rolled oats
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons cinnamon
  • 1/2 cup pecans (chopped)
  • 1/4 cup dark brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 cup butter (melted)
  •  For the Filling:
  • 1 cup apple butter
  • 1/2 cup dark brown sugar
  • 1 medium egg
  • 1 teaspoon all-purpose flour
  • 1 1/2 cups sweetened condensed milk


  1. For the Crust: Mix oats, flour, cinnamon, pecans, sugar, and vanilla together in a large bowl. Pour melted butter over mixture and stir until completely combined. Press mixture into bottom and sides of pie plate (it will be a thick crust) and refrigerate until ready to use.

  2. For the Filling: Adjust oven rack to center position and preheat oven to 350°F. Whisk all ingredients in a bowl until well combined. Pour into prepared pie crust. Bake until crust is golden and a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean, about 40 minutes.

Special equipment

Mixing bowls