Banana Cream Pie the easy way…

I’m frustrated. The last three things I have made have either been total flops or just average:
  • I made a carrot cake for Easter that was okay. I’m still looking for a carrot cake that tastes like Costco’s.
  • Then I made dinner rolls so hard and dense that they could have been used as serious ammunition for my boys to fight a war.
  • I made a Baked French Toast casserole that was completely soggy on the bottom and hard on top. The flavor was still good so I’m trying to figure out how to fix it.

So this fabulous banana cream pie was made by my best friend Heidi brought over for Easter dessert. Thank goodness since my cake wasn’t that great. We practically licked the pan.

Heidi said she got it from OurBestBites so I knew it would be good.  The girls over there get it. They get that something good doesn’t always have to take hours or have to be from scratch.  I liked that it this pie wasn’t just a gushy mess…it held its form.
 The pic isn’t that great because it was almost 7 at night.

Banana Cream Pie the easy way…

Ingredients

  • 1 4-serving size box of instant vanilla pudding
  • 1 cup cold water
  • 1 14-oz. can sweetened condensed milk
  • 2 cookie crusts: graham crackers, Nilla Wafers, shortbread, even Oreo (Or you can use one large crust. I like traditional graham cracker crust)
  • Lots of bananas
  • 1 pint whipping cream (2 cups)
  • 1/3 cup powdered sugar

Instructions

  1. In a medium bowl, combine pudding mix, cold water, and sweetened condensed milk. Mix well and place in the refrigerator to chill for a few minutes. In another bowl, whip 1 c. of whipping cream until soft peaks form.
  2. Slice the bananas (probably 4 small bananas or 2 large bananas) and layer them on the bottom of the crusts. Be sure and save the plastic domes that come with the pie crusts--you'll need them later!
  3. Set aside. Remove pudding from the fridge and gently dollop the whipped cream on top of the pudding. Gently fold the whipped cream into the pudding mixture until well-combined.
  4. Now divide the mixture between the two pies.
  5. Make sweetened whipped cream with the remaining whipping cream (1 cup) and 1/3 c. of powdered sugar and spread it on top of the two pies. Place the clear plastic shells back on the pies and allow to chill for several hours. This is actually really important--I tried eating it right away once and the pie wasn't banana-y at all and the moisture hadn't absorbed into the crust, so the crust just fell apart.
  6. And there you have it--the best AND the easiest banana cream pie you'll ever have or need!
  7. Chunky Monkey Variation: Blend 1/2 c creamy peanut butter into the pudding/water/sweetened condensed milk mixture (before you fold in the whipped cream). Continue as directed but place in a chocolate cookie crust. Sprinkle with honey roasted peanuts just before serving.

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  1. Banaa Cream Pie is my FAVORITE!! I’ll have to give it a try, especially if it’s easy:)

  2. Wow, I can’t type. I do know how to spell banana!!

  3. I made the carrot cake over on pdub (pioneer woman) last weekend. It was scrumptious. My sister even loved it, and she almost refused to taste it since she “hates” carrot cake. Glad your banana recipe worked out at least! – danielle

  4. I made this pie recipe a couple weeks ago and it is dang good! I loved it so much that I used the filling for my cream puffs last weekend:)

  5. Looks delish!!

  6. That sounds like some good stuff! I am a fan of pretty much anything with sweetened condensed milk :)

  7. Your banana cream pie looks delicious!

  8. Ok so I make stuffed french toast and I usually cook on one side the bread and then put the soggy side up. Does this make sense? Because I hate soggy french toast!! I also only put the bread on top even though the directions call for both… hope that helps!

  9. Alton Brown’s carrot cake recipe is really good, but I haven’t tasted Costco’s version so I can’t compare the two.

    Also KitchenAids 60 minute dinner rolls are awesome and quick.

    Love banana pudding and this looks really good! Glad your friend brought it to Easter!

  10. I have a carrot cake recipe that I claim is THE BEST. But then I don’t love Costco’s–I don’t do walnuts or raisins. It supposedly came from a little diner here in North Dallas. It’s SO moist and most of the time I even make it with 1/3 wheat flour and it’s REALLY good. If you’re interested you can email me at camdenleemaster @ yahoo.com

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  12. Love this Banana Cream Pie. So easy and so good!
    I prefer a Nilla wafer crust that I make myself, the store bought one is not good.

  13. Use banana pudding if you want a real banana flavor. It tastes so much better!

  14. Soooo delish and easy. Last nite my bf declared it his favorite pie ever. I have to agree. I cut the recipe in half cause the last thing we need is 2 of these in the house!

  15. yumm yummm yummmmmm is all I can say about your Banana Cream pie….love it and so did everyone else…I toasted some coconut and scattered it on top…it broke up all that white of the cream and also gave me another reason to eat coconut…lol…..

  16. Just wanted to let you know that this is a FANTASTIC recipe! I’ve made it several times now to rave reviews! Thank you SO much for creating it. I’m making it again tonight to bring to a friend’s for dinner. It works very well in the mini-crusts as well. I’m curious, do you have any variations for other flavors?

    • Christy {The Girl Who Ate Everything} says:

      You could add peanut butter to the pudding and chocolate chunks and make a Chunky Monkey version. Or you could use a different kind of fruit.