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Easy Banana Cream Pie Recipe

Quick and easy banana cream pie recipe is an old-fashioned favorite done in minutes! Sliced bananas and instant banana pudding make this no bake dessert amazing.

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Banana Cream Pie with Pudding

One of my very favorite pies is banana cream pie. We make it for our Thanksgiving menu every year along with a buttermilk pie.

It’s so simple to make using a box instant banana pudding and 3-ingredient pie crust. It’s both a delicious holiday pie and great in the Spring just like my lemon icebox pie since it’s a no-bake dessert.

Easy Banana Cream Pie Ingredients

All you need are 6 simple ingredients to create the best banana cream pie. It’s light, fluffy and full of banana flavor.

Banana cream pie ingredients on marble countertop.

Find the full printable recipe with specific measurements below.

Tips + Variations

Really this pie is simple and full of flavor! It has everything you need to make the best banana pudding cream pie.

How to Make Banana Cream Pie

This shortcut recipe has only four easy steps. This dessert pie will be a hit with your family and friends!

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  • Dissolve. Whisk the cornstarch into the milk until dissolved.
  • Combine. Stir together the pudding mix and milk mixture until thickened. Fold in the bananas and Cool Whip.
  • Fill. Pour the pudding mixture evenly in the baked pie crust.
  • Chill. Place the banana pie in the refrigerator to chill at least 2 hours then garnish with homemade whipped cream and fresh bananas before serving.

5 star review

“My daughter asked for this for her birthday instead of cake. Such a creamy and rich pie. The whole family loved it.”

-Janelle
Banana cream pie in white pie dish.

Recipe FAQs

What if I can’t find instant banana cream pudding mix?

If you can only find cook and serve pudding, simply prepare as instructed on the package and let chill in the fridge until the pudding is set. Then mix in the Cool Whip and banana slices before folding into the pie crust.

How do I keep bananas from browning for this easy banana cream pie?

Although bananas brown pretty quickly, it’s not too big of a concern in this recipe. Because they’re mixed in with the pudding, they aren’t exposed to air which usually keeps them from browning.

If you’re adding fresh banana slices on top of the pie, then I’d recommend adding those on right before serving, so they stay fresh.

Can I use a no bake graham cracker crust?

Yes! To make this pie with as little as effort as possible, purchase a graham cracker pre-made crust that requires no baking at all. Place it in a pie pan for a more elegant look.

Why is my pie still runny after chilling?

If you forgot to add cornstarch to the filling it may not set up properly. If you need to avoid cornstarch, you can add less milk around 1 1/2 cup to 1 3/4 cups. You can also replace the milk with heavy cream.

Make Ahead and Storing Cream Pies

This pie is the perfect simple and delicious dessert to make ahead or store leftovers!

  • To make ahead. This pie needs to chill for at least 3 hours before serving in order to set, so it’s even better if you can let it set overnight! Make the recipe according to instructions (do not add toppings) and then cover and place in the refrigerate overnight. When ready to serve, top with whipped cream and fresh bananas.
  • To store. Loosely cover the pie top with aluminum foil (or plastic wrap) and place in the fridge. It will keep in the refrigerator for about 3 to 4 days.
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Love dessert recipes with bananas? You’ll also love my banana bars, banana bread and banana bread brownies.

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Easy Banana Cream Pie

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Author: Jamielyn Nye
Quick and easy banana cream pie is an old-fashioned favorite done in minutes! Sliced bananas and instant banana pudding make this no bake dessert amazing.
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Chill: 2 hours
Total Time: 2 hours 10 minutes
Servings: 8 slices

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Ingredients 

  • 2 cups whole milk , cold
  • 1 teaspoon cornstarch
  • 1 (5.1-ounce) box instant banana cream pudding mix
  • 2 medium bananas , sliced into 1/4-inch slices
  • 8 ounces Cool Whip , thawed, or whipped cream, divided
  • 1 baked pie crust , premade or homemade

Optional toppings: Cool Whip or Whipped Cream, Sliced Bananas, or Caramel Sauce

    Instructions

    • In small bowl, whisk together the milk and cornstarch until dissolved.
    • In a large bowl, whisk the pudding mix and milk mixture 2 to 3 minutes, or until it has thickened. Fold in the bananas and 1/2 Cool Whip. Add more Cool Whip until there is enough filling to fill the crust. Save the remaining 1/2 for topping.
    • Spread the filling evenly into the baked pie crust.
    • Chill at least 2 to 3 hours before serving. Top with any remaining 1/2 Cool Whip (or whipped cream) and fresh bananas. Slice and serve chilled.

    Notes

    NOTE: Recipe has been updated to include cornstarch to help thicken the filling. 
    Milk: Make sure to use whole milk or 2% milk if you don’t have whole. If you use skim milk, almond milk or soy milk it will not thicken properly and will be runny.
    Crust: You can use a store-bought or homemade crust for this recipe. 
    Make-ahead: This pie needs to chill for at least 3 hours before serving in order to set, so it’s even better if you can let it set overnight! Make the recipe according to instructions (do not add toppings) and then cover and place in the refrigerate overnight. When ready to serve, top with whipped cream and fresh bananas.
    Storage. Loosely cover the pie top with aluminum foil (or plastic wrap) and place in the fridge. It will keep in the refrigerator up to 3 days.

    Nutrition

    Calories: 271kcal | Carbohydrates: 44g | Protein: 5g | Fat: 9g | Saturated Fat: 4g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 3g | Cholesterol: 12mg | Sodium: 246mg | Potassium: 252mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 25g | Vitamin A: 168IU | Vitamin C: 3mg | Calcium: 112mg | Iron: 1mg

    Nutrition provided is an estimate. It will vary based on specific ingredients used.

    Course: Dessert
    Cuisine: American

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