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Banana Cream Pie Recipe- From Scratch

This easy Banana Cream Pie recipe uses a homemade vanilla pudding poured over ripe banana slices. Chilled and served with whipped cream, this is the ultimate pie recipe. 

This post was originally published May 13, 2016. It has since been updated to include more helpful tips and photos.

Banana Pie was a go-to in our home when I was growing up. Bananas are so inexpensive and my dad was over the moon about pudding. It only made sense that they would combine the two and served it to all of us kids. 

We loved it. 

Today, I randomly get the craving for banana pudding, but more recently that has turned into a need for banana cream pie. This recipe is one that I have worked on for a while now and I am so excited to share it with all of you! 

Easy Banana Cream Pie Ingredients:

  • Pie crust- We really love vanilla wafer crusts for this recipe!
  • Whole milk
  • Sugar
  • Cornstarch
  • Salt
  • Eggs
  • Butter
  • Vanilla
  • Bananas 
  • Whipped cream, optional

What is the best crust to use for pie?

There are dozens of variations of pie crusts, but which one is the best for banana pie? Here are a few of our favorite options:

  • Classic Pie Crust
  • Vanilla Wafer Crust
  • Graham Cracker Crust

Both easy and classics. If you opt for the classic pie crust, I suggest placing a few wafer cookies on top of each pie slice for an extra special treat! 

How to make banana pie recipe with nilla wafers:

  1. Combine the milk, sugar, cornstarch, and salt in a large saucepan. Bring to a simmer and cook over medium heat until thickened making sure to whisk consistently.
  2. Lightly whip your egg yolks in a small bowl. Stir a small amount of your milk mixture in with the yolks and whisk until combined. Slowly stir into the pan with the remaining pudding mixture and cook for two minutes longer; making sure to stir the entire time.
  3. Remove from the heat and stir in your butter and vanilla extract. Allow to cool slightly.
  4. While your pudding is cooling slice your bananas and place into your prepared pie crust. Pour lukewarm pudding over the bananas.
  5. Cover and chill 4 hours. Top with whipped cream and enjoy.

Like I said before, this dessert is filled with nostalgia. We serve it for family events and holiday parties. Or sometimes we just make it to share as a family. I love sharing traditions from when I was growing up with my son. 

What is banana cream pie made of?

Traditional banana cream pie is made of sliced bananas that are placed into a prepared crust. Homemade vanilla custard is then poured directly on top of the bananas creating a creamy perfect pie. 

How long is cream pie good for?

This homemade banana cream is good for 3 to 4 days, if stored properly. I suggest keeping the pie covered and storing in the refrigerator.

Like this recipe? You will love my:

Banana Cream Pie

Banana Cream Pie

Yield: 1 pie
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Chill Time: 4 hours
Total Time: 4 hours 40 minutes

This easy Banana Cream Pie recipe uses a homemade vanilla pudding poured over ripe banana slices. Chilled and served with whipped cream, this is the ultimate pie recipe. 

Ingredients

  • 1 nine inch pie crust, baked
  • 2-1/2 cups whole milk
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 3 tablespoons cornstarch
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 3 large egg yolks
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 3-4 over ripe bananas
  • whipped cream (optional)

Instructions

1. Combine the milk, sugar, cornstarch, and salt in a large saucepan. Bring to a simmer and cook over medium heat until thickened making sure to whisk consistently.

2. Lightly whip your egg yolks in a small bowl. Stir a small amount of your milk mixture in with the yolks and whisk until combined. Slowly stir into the pan with the remaining pudding mixture and cook for two minutes longer; making sure to stir the entire time.

3. Remove from the heat and stir in your butter and vanilla extract. Allow to cool slightly.

4. While your pudding is cooling slice your bananas and place into your prepared pie crust. Pour lukewarm pudding over the bananas.

5. Cover and chill 4 hours. Top with whipped cream and enjoy.

Notes

Check to see if the mixture is thickened by dipping a spoon in the custard. Run your finger in a straight line down the back of the spoon. If the line stays your pudding is ready.

Make sure you use bananas that are over ripe for the best flavor.

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Kara

Friday 13th of May 2016

Pies are definitely not just for Thanksgiving at our house! My husband and several of my boys request pie for their birthdays every year. In fact, my 17 year old always requests Banana Cream! So yummy!

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