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Fluffy Banana Cream Pie Recipe

Decadent Fluffy Banana Cream Pie Recipe #creampieThis fluffy banana cream pie recipe is piled high with fresh ripe bananas and creamy vanilla filling, then topped with pillowy whipped cream and toasted coconut. If you’re a sucker for classic cream pies, this needs to be on your Easter table!

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When I think of Easter brunch, I think of a table decorated with spring flowers and Easter eggs, lined with hearty salads, rolls, glazed ham, and desserts galore.

Dishes that aren’t necessarily fancy, but are inviting and abundant.

Dishes your grandmas might make.

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Most classic brunch buffet items are make-aheads.

Grandma knew she’d be too busy Easter morning, going to church in her Easter bonnet and hiding eggs in the tall grass, to do a lot of cooking. So she planned several days in advance with pasta salads and casseroles.

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And she made desserts that could sit in the fridge for a few days and were all the better for it.

Like a Banana Cream Pie Recipe, for instance.

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Banana Cream Pie might be the easiest of all the cream pie varieties and it’s so amazing.

Crumbly graham cracker crust loaded with fresh banana chunks, creamy filling, a mountain of whipped cream and more bananas.

And toasted coconut on top, just because.

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Today’s banana cream pie recipe is super fluffy. The light-as-a-cloud filling is a blend of cream cheese, sweetened condensed milk and vanilla pudding, then folded with fresh whipped cream.

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The fluffy texture holds the pie components together, slices exceptionally well, and provides a nice contrast to the dense banana chunks and crust.

Plus it’s sweetened with rich silky sweetened condensed milk, so you know it’s got to be good!

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I made the graham cracker crust from scratch. Although you could always buy a pre-made crust, homemade graham crackers crusts are thicker and slightly more crumbly, giving the banana cream pie recipe even more nostalgic appeal.

Incredible Banana Cream Pie

This classic banana cream pie recipe is my favorite dessert for Easter brunch.

You’ve got to try it!

Banana Cream Pie Recipe

Yield: 1 pie

Prep Time:30 minutes

Cook Time:10 minutes

Ingredients:

For the Graham Cracker Crust
  • 14 whole graham crackers, about 7 ounces
  • 6 tablespoons melted butter
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • Pinch of salt 
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1-2 teaspoons water
For the Pie Filling
  • 2 cup heavy cream, whipped and divided
  • 3 tablespoons sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 - 3.4 ounce box instant vanilla pudding
  • 1 cup cold milk
  • 8 ounce cream cheese
  • 14 ounce sweetened condensed milk
  • 4-5 ripe bananas
  • 1/2 cup toasted coconut

Directions:

  1. Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F. Place the graham crackers in the food processor. Pulse until the crackers are chopped to fine crumbs. Add the melted butter, sugar, salt and cinnamon, pulse to combine. Add 1 teaspoon of water and pulse a couple more times. If the crumbs are moist and pinch together well, dump into a pie pan. If not, repeat with another teaspoon of water and proceed.
  2. Press the graham cracker mixture firmly against the bottom and sides of the deep pie pan. Then bake for 8-10 minutes. Cool completely.
  3. Using an electric mixer, whip the heavy cream with the 3 tablespoons of sugar and vanilla. Scoop into a separate bowl and set aside. Then mix the instant pudding and milk in another bowl, until well combined. Set aside.
  4. Using the mixer, beat the cream cheese until fluffy. Then with the mixer still running, add the sweetened condensed milk and pudding. Scrape the bowl and beat until smooth. Using a spatula, fold in half the whipped cream.
  5. Now spread a thin layer of the filling over the bottom and sides of the cooled pie crust. Cut 3-4 bananas into chunks. Press the chunks to the bottom and sides of the pie crust. Then scoop the remaining filling into the crust. Smooth the filling, top with the remaining whipped cream, cover gently with plastic wrap, and chill for at least one hour.
  6. When you are ready to serve the pie, decorate the top with more fresh cut banana chunks and toasted coconut.

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120 Responses to “Fluffy Banana Cream Pie Recipe”

  1. Stacy | Wicked Good Kitchenposted March 25, 2013 at 5:08 am

    Light and creamy Banana Cream Pie–I agree, so ideal for Easter Sunday Brunch!

  2. Leslieposted March 25, 2013 at 5:28 am

    This looks down right amazing!!!! I seriously want to make this right now. But I dont have any bananas :(

  3. SarahPposted March 25, 2013 at 6:29 am

    This looks great! I bet it would be awesome with some chocolate thrown in at some point! I wonder if a layer of ganache would work in between the crust and the bananas?

  4. Brian @ A Thought For Foodposted March 25, 2013 at 6:21 am

    Oh wow… I want to put my face in that.

  5. shelly (cookies and cups)posted March 25, 2013 at 6:33 am

    This pie looks insane! Also, love all the brunch ideas :)

  6. Cassieposted March 25, 2013 at 6:38 am

    This looks heavenly, Sommer! You put it together beautifully. Perfect for Easter!

  7. Anita at Hungry Coupleposted March 25, 2013 at 6:41 am

    I’m in dessert heaven here. Banana cream pie has been my favorite treat since I was a little girl!

  8. Robyn Stone | Add a Pinchposted March 25, 2013 at 6:42 am

    Looks delicious!!! Seriously in love with pie and this looks divine!!!

  9. Marian (Sweetopia)posted March 25, 2013 at 6:44 am

    Perfection! Looks simply amazing!!

  10. marlaposted March 25, 2013 at 7:09 am

    Now this is a pie I would love to dive into!

  11. Tieghanposted March 25, 2013 at 7:27 am

    WHOA! that looks so pretty! It really is the perfect thing for the Easter table!

  12. Julie @ Table for Twoposted March 25, 2013 at 7:28 am

    wow, wow!! This is a stunner! I love how piled high this pie is! I would love to dive right on in and have a large slice :)

  13. Jenny Flakeposted March 25, 2013 at 7:39 am

    What a beautiful pie!!!

  14. Julia @ A Cedar Spoonposted March 25, 2013 at 7:42 am

    This pie looks perfect! I love banana cream.

  15. Briannaposted March 25, 2013 at 7:56 am

    Thanks for posting all of the great Easter brunch and breakfast recipes! p.s. that pie looks amazing!

  16. Ali | Gimme Some Ovenposted March 25, 2013 at 7:57 am

    Gorgeous! Everything about this pie looks incredible. I want to dive right in! :)

  17. Mariaposted March 25, 2013 at 7:57 am

    Gorgeous pie! And yay for green KitchenAid mixers:)

  18. Jen @ Savory Simpleposted March 25, 2013 at 8:40 am

    Stunning!

  19. Aimee @ Simple Bitesposted March 25, 2013 at 8:41 am

    You’re the pie queen! I adore banana cream, though I might be tempted to sweeten it with maple syrup, since we have that in abundance. ;)

  20. Belinda @zomppaposted March 25, 2013 at 8:45 am

    Want to dive right into this gorgeous pie!

  21. Heather Christoposted March 25, 2013 at 8:55 am

    You just sold me. I am going to make and bring one of these to my mom’s for Easter next weekend. Gorgeous!!

    Incredible roundup by the way!

  22. Cookbook Queenposted March 25, 2013 at 9:02 am

    This is gorgeous and absolutely PERFECT!! If I looked up Banana Cream Pie in the dictionary (do people still use dictionaries? Is that a thing?) I’d expect to see this pie.

    Now if you’ll please send me one for Easter. Thanks.

  23. Gabyposted March 25, 2013 at 9:40 am

    Great minds think alike!! This looks amazing

  24. Colleen @ Culinary Colleenposted March 25, 2013 at 9:40 am

    The thick crust definitely looks key! This would make an amazing Easter dessert!

  25. Nicole @ Young, Broke and Hungryposted March 25, 2013 at 10:03 am

    This sounds so easy to whip up and delicious too!

  26. Jeanetteposted March 25, 2013 at 10:29 am

    Can I come over for Easter brunch? Wow, that is a fluffy creamy pie!

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  28. Sandy @ REposted March 25, 2013 at 10:55 am

    Yummy, Sommer. I just added to my dessert round up! I LOVE banana cream. And coconut cream :)

  29. Katrina @ Warm Vanilla Sugarposted March 25, 2013 at 12:03 pm

    I’ve never tried banana cream pie before!! So weird. And it looks so fabulous!!

  30. Kiran @ KiranTarun.composted March 25, 2013 at 12:23 pm

    Gorgeous pie! Look at the pile high cream deliciousness!!

  31. Melissaposted March 25, 2013 at 1:38 pm

    This looks wonderful! =) Pinning to save!
    I need to make this one soon.

  32. Miss @ Miss in the Kitchenposted March 25, 2013 at 1:49 pm

    I was going to make a banana cream pie over the weekend but now I’m so glad I waited. This recipe looks fantastic!

  33. Colette from JFF!posted March 25, 2013 at 3:48 pm

    This one’s in my calendar for my friend’s bday!

  34. Sirenaposted March 25, 2013 at 4:51 pm

    how do I get the hole recipe??? Thanks

  35. Laura (Tutti Dolci)posted March 25, 2013 at 5:15 pm

    Beautiful pie, I want to dive right in!

  36. Aldy @ Al Dente Gourmetposted March 25, 2013 at 5:27 pm

    That looks SO SO wonderful! Lovely combination dearest Sommer!
    HUGS <3

  37. Paula - bell'alimentoposted March 25, 2013 at 7:38 pm

    Banana Cream Pie oh me oh my!

  38. Alison @ Ingredients, Inc.posted March 26, 2013 at 5:24 am

    fabulous looking! I could dive in

  39. Lillian @ My Recipe Journeyposted March 26, 2013 at 6:47 am

    WOW…that really is the fluffiest banana ceam pie I have ever seen! And I’m sure it’s delicious! Great pics and recipe! =)

  40. Nutmeg Nannyposted March 26, 2013 at 9:23 am

    Oh my, this looks heavenly :) I love remaking a classic that reminds me of my grandma on the holidays.

  41. Gloria @ Simply Gloriaposted March 26, 2013 at 5:19 pm

    This looks divine! Pinning! (=

  42. Marlyposted March 26, 2013 at 6:44 pm

    Looks like no one is leaving your Easter dinner hungry! Especially after having some of that pie. Looks delicious…and one I want to add to my “veganize soon” list!

  43. Brenda @ a farmgirl's dabblesposted March 26, 2013 at 9:02 pm

    I love this pie’s height and fluffy factors – awesome!!!

  44. Kevin @ Closet Cookingposted March 27, 2013 at 6:39 am

    That banana cream pie looks so good!

  45. naomiposted March 27, 2013 at 9:44 am

    heavenly, sommer! wow.

  46. Hayley @ The Domestic Rebelposted March 27, 2013 at 2:57 pm

    Oh, Sommer.. I am SWOONING over this amazing pie! How did you know banana cream was my all-time fave? :) and the coconut on top .. this is perfection personified. And I need it to pie me in the face.

  47. carrianposted March 27, 2013 at 3:17 pm

    Oh my goodness! I adore banana cream, but I’ve never made such a gorgeous one. Pinning this!!

  48. Katie@Cozydeliciousposted March 27, 2013 at 7:40 pm

    This pie is so pretty, so high and fluffy! Just beautiful!

  49. Tara @ Unsophisticookposted March 27, 2013 at 8:55 pm

    OMG, I want to lick the screen right now — yum!

  50. Stephanie @ Eat. Drink. Love.posted March 28, 2013 at 12:36 am

    I am in love with how fluffy this pie is! Banana cream is one of my faves!

  51. Erin @ Texanerin Bakingposted March 29, 2013 at 11:28 am

    I love how big it is! Or rather tall. Mine always look sad and pathetic. Tasty, but sad looking. But this?! Oh my gosh. I can’t think of a prettier looking pie!

  52. Leslieposted March 29, 2013 at 6:04 pm

    I made this and it was so wonderful. My husband and kids loved it. I wanted to thank you for sharing the recipe. It will be a new family favorite from now on.

  53. Melissaposted March 30, 2013 at 12:28 pm

    I made your pie but the filling was runny and not fluffy at all! But the flavor was good.

    • Sommer — March 30th, 2013 @ 1:28 pm

      Oh no Melissa! Sorry that happened. I wonder if your whipped cream was loose…

      • Lalita — October 22nd, 2013 @ 7:20 pm

        Can you please tell me what size pie dish you used? Thanks!

        • Sommer — October 23rd, 2013 @ 6:03 am

          Hi! I used a 9 inch deep dish pie pan. :)

    • Kim — June 23rd, 2013 @ 7:21 pm

      This happened to mine too. =( Any idea what caused it?

  54. The Healthy Appleposted March 30, 2013 at 5:14 pm

    OMG this looks amazing! What a beautiful recipe and your pictures are beautiful. Have a wonderful Easter holiday; can’t wait to make this recipe for my family. They LOVE banana cream pies!

  55. Janposted March 30, 2013 at 8:34 pm

    What is California cream cheese and milk?

    • Sommer — March 31st, 2013 @ 12:37 pm

      Hey Jan, I love to support the California dairy industry because I feel like they really go above and beyond on quality and earth-friendly practices.

  56. Kate@Diethoodposted March 31, 2013 at 7:05 am

    Yes, I’m a sucker for cream pies, and I want to suck this pie right into mah belly!!! LOVE IT!

  57. janeposted April 1, 2013 at 1:54 pm

    Thank you for sharing this recipe. i made this for Easter and it was a huge hit. My boy friend said it was “killer”. Will be making his again…

  58. Leslie Staggsposted April 1, 2013 at 2:57 pm

    Just wanted to tell you I made this for Easter dessert yesterday. My husband was beside himself excited and could hardly contain himself in the thought of enjoying the banana creaminess. It was Everything he expected and more! Thank you for sharing, and I’ll definitely make it again!

  59. Kiersten @ Oh My Veggiesposted April 1, 2013 at 4:20 pm

    Banana Cream Pie is my family’s favorite dessert. We have it all the time, nearly ever get-together. I have never seen one so tall though–WOW!

  60. Stephie @ Eat Your Heart Outposted April 6, 2013 at 8:34 pm

    I love banana cream pie, and I’ve never seen one quite so fluffy or piled quite so high! This is definitely a pie to feed a crowd.

  61. Abbi Lewisposted April 17, 2013 at 5:37 am

    Made the pie last sunday. It was a hit. Thanks for the recipe ! I will be back for more .

  62. Janineposted April 21, 2013 at 5:43 pm

    This pie is very rich and delicious, however, next time I will add banana flavoring and more bananas to heighten the flavor. Also, the crust tasted very good, but was too moist for our liking. Next time, I will go with the traditional graham cracker crust.

    • Janine — April 21st, 2013 @ 5:44 pm

      Oh, and will use banana pudding mix instead of vanilla.

  63. Amyposted April 28, 2013 at 7:01 pm

    Pie is amazing but I over baked the crust. How do you know when to take the crust out?

  64. Christina @ Sweet Pea's Kitchenposted April 29, 2013 at 7:32 am

    Banana Cream Pie is one of my favorites! This one looks incredible! I love how high and fluffy the whipped cream looks! :)

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  66. Jeanneposted May 3, 2013 at 8:22 pm

    Just made this tonight with my 17 year old son. Not food stylists so it isnt quite this pretty :). but WOW! what a wonderful pie. Sooo good. Many thanks!

  67. Avaposted May 5, 2013 at 10:14 pm

    I made this today, it was WONDERFUL!! Thank You!

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  70. Joanposted June 1, 2013 at 10:18 pm

    Instant pudding mix? no thank you!

  71. Emilyposted June 12, 2013 at 9:59 am

    Do we have to use the California milk and cream cheese? Or can it be just regular 2% milk and cream cheese? Looks like a lovely pie though!

    • Sommer — June 12th, 2013 @ 2:48 pm

      Hi Emily, I used “California” dairy products because I love their commitment to excellence. Use whatever dairy brand you prefer. :)

  72. Samieposted June 12, 2013 at 6:38 pm

    Hi! Does it matter if its Californian milk and cheese? Thank you!

    • Sommer — June 12th, 2013 @ 7:42 pm

      Hi Samie, I used “California” dairy products because I love their commitment to excellence. Use whatever dairy brand you prefer!

  73. Dinaposted June 18, 2013 at 7:27 pm

    oh wow, I thought your coconut cream pie looked amazing, but this one takes the cake (or pie!).

  74. TheCulinaryKleptoposted June 20, 2013 at 1:34 pm

    I’ve been looking for a banana cream pie recipe that pleases me for SO long — but this is definitely it. I’ll be trying it soon :D

  75. Sarahposted July 10, 2013 at 8:12 am

    Sounds both rich and delicious! My mouth is absolutely watering! I love banana cream, and this looks very interesting!! Love the concept! I had featured u in the post of Top 7 Yummy & Savory Pie Recipes for Mother’s Day on AllFreshRecipes. Except ur more recipes!

  76. Mariamposted July 30, 2013 at 6:47 pm

    I had a question. Do you make the pudding according to the boxed directions?

    • Sommer — September 19th, 2013 @ 10:20 pm

      No, because you are using less milk.

  77. Mariposted August 6, 2013 at 12:30 pm

    I have a question. Can I use cool whip instead? Is it the same as heavy cream? If it’s not, what are the brands for heavy cream? Sorry, I got confused on that part. Please answer ASAP! Thank you! c;

    • Sommer — September 19th, 2013 @ 10:19 pm

      Hi Mari,

      Sorry for the late response!! I think you could sub cool whip. It’s not the same as real whipped cream but could serve the same purpose. :)

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  81. Emilyposted October 13, 2013 at 6:16 am

    Noooo I really really want to make this today for my parents (as someone made it for me last week and it was DELICIOUS) but the ingredients/preparation isn’t showing :( I looked yesterday and it was there then (because I needed the list of ingredients). If anyone reads this that has the preparation that would be awesome…!

    • Sommer — October 13th, 2013 @ 7:40 am

      Hi Emily, Not sure what happened but I’m working on getting it fixed right now! Sorry!

    • Sommer — October 13th, 2013 @ 7:43 am

      Done!

  82. Brittneyposted October 14, 2013 at 9:22 am

    Hi,

    How many days can I make this ahead of time? Do you assemble it all before, or just leave whip cream, bananas and coconut till just before serving?

    • Sommer — October 14th, 2013 @ 3:24 pm

      Hi Brittney, You can make this pie up to 3-4 days ahead. I would top it with the fresh bananas right before serving though. Let me know how it goes!

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  84. Ashleyposted November 27, 2013 at 8:59 am

    hi I am wondering how advanced you can make this pie? Can I make it the day before i serve it or is best to make it the same day you are going to serve it. Thanks please letme know asap.

  85. Amandaposted November 27, 2013 at 11:31 am

    I made a practice pie a week ago because I am not a baker at all. It was very good but the filling was a bit runny and the cream cheese didn’t mix very well. The second time I made it I heated the cream cheese for a few seconds and mixed it with the hand mixer a bit longer and it turned out perfect. Great recipe!

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  87. amberlynposted December 4, 2013 at 8:44 pm

    could i add coconut to the filling? and about how much would be a good amount to use? also does it have to be California cream cheese or can i use any kind?

    • Sommer — December 5th, 2013 @ 7:28 pm

      Hi Amberlyn, You could add coconut to the filling, but it won’t have that creamy-smooth texture. And yes, use any kind of cream cheese you like!

  88. Priscillaposted December 9, 2013 at 6:18 pm

    YES!!! My favorite pies ever are from Market Street Cafe in Celebration, FL and they make them exactly like this!! Banana cream and coconut cream. I could not find a recipe like it until now… I am forever grateful. <3

  89. Dianeposted December 10, 2013 at 4:06 pm

    I made this for my boyfriend’s son for Thanksgiving because it is his favorite. It was completely runny and did not get at all! I threw it all away. I’ve noticed others had the same problem. Because it uses pudding, doesn’t the pudding have to be boiled then cooled in order to gel??

    • Sommer — December 11th, 2013 @ 7:46 am

      Hi Diane! So sorry that happened. As mentioned in the recipe, it must be instant pudding so that it sets right away.

  90. Regenaposted December 29, 2013 at 1:49 pm

    By far the Best banana cream pie recipe ever! Made several times and everyone loves! We just changed vanilla pudding to banana. Yummmmy!!

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