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Fluffy Banana Cream Pie Recipe

Banana Cream Pie Recipe – 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 creampies, 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-ahead.

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 Recipe

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.

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.

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

You’ve got to try it!

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Banana Cream Pie Recipe

Prep Time: 30 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 40 minutes
This 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. 
Servings: 8 slices


For the Graham Cracker Crust:

  • 14 graham crackers about 7 ounces
  • 6 tablespoons melted butter
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • Pinch salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1-2 teaspoons water

For the Pie Filling:


For the Crust:

  • 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.
  • Press the graham cracker mixture firmly against the bottom and sides of the deep pie pan. Then bake for 8-10 minutes. Cool completely.

For the Filling:

  • Using an electric mixer, whip the heavy cream with the 3 tablespoons of sugar and vanilla. Scoop into a separate bowl and set aside. 
  • In another bowl, thoroughly whisk the instant pudding powder and 1 cup milk together, until well combined. 
  • Using the mixer, beat the cream cheese until fluffy. Then with the mixer still running, add the sweetened condensed milk and pudding mixture. Scrape the bowl and beat until smooth. Using a spatula, fold in half the whipped cream.
  • 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 three hours.
  • When you are ready to serve the pie, decorate the top with more fresh cut banana chunks and toasted coconut.



Some readers have mentioned struggling with runny filling. This could happen for one of three reasons. A) Each steps needs to be completed individually, then mixed together according to the instructions. Trying to dump and mix all the ingredients at once does not work. B) The whipped cream must be whipped very firm, before folding into the pie filling. C) Give it plenty of time to chill and set.


Serving: 1slice, Calories: 689kcal, Carbohydrates: 94.8g, Protein: 11.5g, Fat: 31.1g, Saturated Fat: 17.5g, Cholesterol: 75mg, Sodium: 622mg, Potassium: 470mg, Fiber: 7.7g, Sugar: 59.2g, Calcium: 208%, Iron: 3%
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Author: Sommer Collier

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150 comments on “Fluffy Banana Cream Pie Recipe”

  1. Follow this recipe closely, and when its finished and you get that bite that has the Graham cracker crust,filling, whipped cream and I put put toasted macadamia nuts on top….fireworks in da mouth…oh my. Heaven baby, I will never try another banana cream pie other than this one. Thanks for this recipe.

  2. Wow!  Just made this pie and everything turned out exactly as you said.  This banana cream pie is excellent !  Thanks for sharing your recipe.

  3. Two weeks ago I made a banana cream pie and the custard turned into liquid so I threw the whole thing away. This past weekend I made tried this recipe and the pie turned out perfect even though I only used 10 oz. of sweetened condensed milk. Also, I made a no-bake chocolate wafer crust. Thanks for the recipe :)

  4. Made this pie about a month ago. Followed the recipe. I hate to do this.. but OMG…this was amaaazzzzing. So fluffy and yummy and whatever else you wanna put in here.. wow needed to make 2 pies. Soooooo good🤘

  5. I have a question most pudding mixes say use whole milk or such in such, Will it hurt if I use 1% or 2% milk???

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  8. This was fantastic ! I had never made a banana cream pie before & it was wonderful. I made it with vanilla wafers instead of graham crackers. Also I didn’t have regular sweetened condensed milk but  did have coconut condensed milk & it worked beautifully. Bravo! Well don’t on this tasty recipe… it’s been requested that I make it for upcoming Easter 

  9. If you follow the recipe. This will be the best pie you’ve ever made. Stop making other pies. I added chopped macadamia nuts blended in a food processor to a graham cracker crust. Then followed recipe then added some toasted sweetened coconut and toasted macadamia nuts to the top of whipped topping….ohhh mamma👌🤙

  10. Hello, I don’t have access to instant pudding mix in my country. (jello brand was so convenient when I used to live in Canada) do you think I could make a homemade pudding, set it in the fridge, and then proceed with the recipe as written? I really really don’t want a runny pie!

  11.  This recipe is wonderful I did cook the crust for 10 minutes and that t was too much 8 minutes would be fine. I did not have coconut on hand so I added coconut flavoring with the vanilla to the whipped cream.  In addition to the bananas on the bottom of the pie I also covered the pie with it!  I will definitely make this again it’s awesome! 

  12. I wonder if some people are using the stove top pudding mix and not the instant pudding mix. 

  13. By far the best banana cream pie ever. This has become a family favorite! Found this on Pinterest a few years ago and make it often! Thank you!

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  16. Hi, this is my second time making this pie and I’ve noticed that you don’t specify when to add the one cup of milk and also do you just add the dry pudding or do you make the pudding as directed then add it to it? I wasn’t sure so I made the pudding as directed and then added it to the mixture. It came out a bit runny :( great recipe though but I think you should specify on if it’s just the powder from the pudding mix with 1cup milk.

    • In step 2, it says to mix dry pudding mix with milk…then continue to step 3, where you mix it with other ingredients. Making it pudding first creates too much liquid and making it thin and runny. Hope this helps.

  17. If I wanted to make the custard part in advance, should I leave the whipped cream out until the day of? Or is it better to add it at the same time as long as it’s fully whipped? It would only be like the day before. Thanks!

  18. Hello. I’m interested in making this for the holidays. Do you think it would be safe to freeze? If not how long will it keep being refrigerated?

  19. Made this recipe and it tasted SO GOOD but after following the recipe to a key it turned to soup on me. Not sure why that happened. Is this recipe missing corn starch or egg whites or something?

    Despite that it was so good everybody was eating banana cream pie soup at this dinner party anyways.

  20. I don’t have any electric mixers or blenders… will this recipe still be alright?

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

  46. 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??

  47. 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

  48. 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?

    • 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!

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  50. 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?

    • 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!

  51. 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…!

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  53. 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;

    • 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. :)

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

  55. 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!

  56. 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

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

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

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

  59. 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!

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

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

  63. 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!

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

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

  67. 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.

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

  69. 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.

  70. 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!

  71. 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!

  72. 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…

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

  74. What is California cream cheese and milk?

    • 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.

  75. 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!

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

  77. 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.

  78. 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!

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

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

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

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

  83. 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.

  84. heavenly, sommer! wow.

  85. That banana cream pie looks so good!

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

  87. 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!

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

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

  90. fabulous looking! I could dive in

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

  92. Beautiful pie, I want to dive right in!

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

  94. how do I get the hole recipe??? Thanks

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

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

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

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

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

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

  102. This sounds so easy to whip up and delicious too!

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

  104. Great minds think alike!! This looks amazing

  105. 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.

  106. 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!

  107. Want to dive right into this gorgeous pie!

  108. 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. ;)

  109. Gorgeous pie! And yay for green KitchenAid mixers:)

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

  111. This pie looks perfect! I love banana cream.

  112. What a beautiful pie!!!

  113. 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 :)

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

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

  116. Perfection! Looks simply amazing!!

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

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

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

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

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

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

  123. 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?

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

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