An easy, creamy, and delicious Banana Cream Pie. This recipe uses bananas, vanilla pudding, and whipped topping for a classic, old-fashioned, full-of-flavor family favorite.
My neighbor said that this was the one of the best pies he's had "and he has had a lot of pie", in his words. High praise, indeed. Although, I often fill my friends and neighbors with fruits of recipe testing. And it would be in their best interest to keep them coming :).
Oh wait, now that made you think maybe he wasn't telling the truth so he could get more pie?
It's true, though, this is probably one of the best pies you'll ever have regardless of how many pies and cakes and cookies you might be brought. This will always be a favorite.
Light, creamy, and full of banana flavor, this is an incredible pie that is crazy easy. In fact, so crazy easy you'll question if it is really as good as you think.
Yes. Yes, it is. Don't question a good thing. Just roll with it. Make it repeatedly and bask in the compliments. Your confidence can use the easy boost.
I rarely use a recipe that requires purchased or boxed ingredients or anything that isn't made from scratch. Usually, it is often simple enough to make the homemade version, usually tastes that much better, and being the oldest of 10, my brain just automatically goes into "make it yourself" mode. In the case of this pie recipe, however, I have yet to find a better banana cream pie recipe and gladly buy the vanilla pudding.
Vanilla pudding and bananas is quite simply the best combo you can get. Soooo yummy and loved by just about every human in the galaxy.
To make this a no-bake banana cream pie, simply sub out the baked crust for a graham cracker crust.
My 15 year old son can make quite a few dishes, himself. I imagine being my son has it's benefits (although, he might think there are a few disadvantages to having from scratch pizza instead of a frozen one. Or, homemade cheeseburger helper instead of the boxed stuff. It's that grass is greener concept, I think.) and he may have picked up a few more cooking skills than the average teenage boy.
Still, he would rather not make anything more difficult than ramen. Or leftover pasta. But pudding is a favorite and he will whip up a bowl full and head for homework with that giant bowl of pudding and a spoon.
Do all teenage boys put away food as quickly as mine does? I swear he's an anomaly.
Anyways, this is a pie he has made for me, on occasion, because it's only a couple steps more from the pudding he is already making. And he totally shrugs off the compliments about how yummy it is.
I see him, though. Secretly he is loving the attention and compliments and just trying to play cool :). It's so freaking cute!
Can you freeze a banana cream pie?
Absolutely! EXCEPT, freeze it without the whipped topping. Freeze the crust and filling, add the whipped topping right before serving.
How do you keep bananas from turning brown in a pie?
In the recipe I'm giving you, the bananas are buried under the pudding and you really don't need to worry about this. However, the best way to keep bananas from browning is to slice them into a bowl, add a very small amount of lemon juice, and coat the bananas in the lemon juice. The acid keeps the air from browning them.
Can I use homemade whipped cream?
You know, I think you can. I'll be honest, though, and say I never have. I use the frozen kind for this pie because I believe the consistency would be different if I make it from scratch. And that's saying something, guys, I RARELY believe in buying the frozen whipped topping. IN this case, though...I highly recommend buying the frozen kind.
What pie crust do you suggest?
I prefer a baked pie crust for my banana cream pie. My favorite is my butter and lard pie crust...so good! But most often, I simply buy one in the dairy section of my grocery store and bake it up before I make the filling. But, that is totally preference. This is a great recipe with a graham cracker crust.
This is one of the first pies I ever made, I'm guessing. Being the oldest of 10, I've been baking and cooking for as long as I can remember. In fact, I can't remember a time I DIDN'T know how to make this pie.
The beauty of it is that, unless you use a baked pie shell, this pie is 100% no-bake. Zero oven needed.
So, this is a beautiful pie for beginning bakers of any age because it is simple to make, doesn't require fancy equipment, and can be completely no-bake.
This weekend, get out the ingredients and recipe and get your kids in the kitchen with you! Teach them this simple recipe and let it be their "special recipe" to impress others with their baking prowess.
In fact, have a "Pie Party" and invite some family over for your child to serve their special treat to. They will be absolutely giddy with joy!
easy Banana Cream Pie
- 1 baked pie crust or use a graham cracker crust
- 2 pkgs vanilla pudding 3.5 oz each
- 2 cups whole milk
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1 teaspoon cinnamon
- 1-2 bananas sliced
- 2 cups whipped topping thawed
- Beat the pudding, milk, vanilla, and cinnamon together until smooth and thickened.
- Gently fold in 1/2 cup of the whipped topping.
- Pile the sliced bananas along the baked and cooled pie shell. Save a few slices for the top.
- Pour the pudding mixture over the top of the bananas in the pie shell.
- Top with the remaining whipped topping.
- Cover and chill for at least 2 hours before serving.