Delicious banana cream pie in a graham cracker crust! This super simple recipe is always a crowd pleaser and is ideal for serving both at parties and as a tasty family treat.
Banana cream pie goes so well with a graham crackers crust. In fact, it’s one of my husband and my personal favorite combinations.
The deep flavored filling has a creamy texture and the graham cracker pairs perfectly with it. This is one of those recipes that friends ask me about, and I’ve given out the recipe more times than I can count.
And I have a feeling that it will be one of your new favorites once you’ve tried it too!
Make sure to bookmark or pin this recipe so you can make it again the next time you are craving a homemade banana cream pie.
I like to use ripe, but not over ripe bananas for my pie. The flavor is great and they hold up better for a pretty presentation. Over ripe bananas can absolutely be used, just keep in mind that they may get a little squished.Pie Tip
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How to Make a Homemade Banana Cream Pie using a Graham Cracker Crust
This is one of the quickest banana cream pie recipes I’ve ever made. And even though it’s very easy to prepare, the flavor is absolutely wonderful.
It’s as simple as slicing your bananas and mixing the rest of your ingredients. Then it’s on to the fridge to chill.
Prep time is just a few minutes and the only equipment you need is a mixer and a mixing bowl. That means cleanup is a breeze!
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Since this recipe only calls for a few common ingredients, it’s super affordable to make. Each ingredient is picked intentionally to provide the maximum flavor out of the minimum amount of effort.
- Cream Cheese
- Instant Vanilla Pudding Mix
- Toasted Coconut (optional)
- Graham Cracker Crust
Bananas: Nice, ripe bananas provide the perfect texture and flavor for our pie. As noted above, I tend to avoid extra ripe bananas (think banana bread) because they get smooshed. But the flavor is still amazing, so if that’s all you have, go with the extra ripe bananas.
Cream Cheese: This provides a creamy texture to our filling. I prefer whole fat cream cheese, but lower fat can also be used. Stick with the block style, whipped cream cheese won’t produce a good filling. Make sure your cream cheese is softened before starting to make your pie.
Milk: This is a binder as well as dissolves our pudding mix. I recommend whole milk or 2%.
Pudding: Any brand instant vanilla pudding works well. I’ve used store brand as well as Jello brand, and both produce great results.
Coconut: Shredded, toasted coconut is a great flavor and texture enhancer for your banana cream pie. While entirely optional, I do recommend topping your pie with coconut as the flavor is so tasty!
Graham Cracker Crust: Homemade or premade works great. I tend to go with a premade crust, as it save a bit of time. The flavor is great either way, so go with whichever you prefer.
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Simple Recipe Instructions
I absolutely love recipes like this one. Packed with great flavor while being super quick and easy to make. It’s amazing how many compliments it get’s considering how little time it takes to prepare.
Step 1: Slice your bananas and layer them in your graham cracker crust.
Step 2: In your mixing bowl, add your softened cream cheese and a half cup of milk. Mix until well blended.
Step 3: Add in your instant pudding mix and the rest of your milk. Mix on low for about one minutes. Your filling should be well combined and creamy.
Step 4: Pour pie filling on top of sliced bananas.
Note: If using coconut, sprinkle on top of pie now.
Step 5: Cover and chill until your pie sets.
Step 6: Serve and enjoy!
Banana Cream Pie (With Graham Cracker Crust)
- 1 Mixer
- 1 Mixing Bowl
- 2-3 Bananas
- 6-8 oz Cream Cheese softened
- 3¾ oz Instant Vanilla Pudding
- 2 Cups Milk
- ½-1 Cup Shredded Toasted Coconut optional
- 1 9" Graham Cracker Cust
- Slice your bananas and layer them in your graham cracker crust.
- In your mixing bowl, add your softened cream cheese and a half cup of milk. Mix until well blended.
- Add in your instant pudding mix and the rest of your milk. Mix on low for about one minutes. Your filling should be well combined and creamy.
- Pour pie filling on top of sliced bananas.
- Note: If using coconut, sprinkle on top of pie now.
- Cover and chill until your pie sets.
- Serve and enjoy!
Liv’s Banana Cream Pie Recipe Notes
- Not only can you top your pie with toasted coconut, you can also add a dollop of whipped cream to each slice for some added texture and flavor.
- If you need a recipe, here’s a great homemade graham cracker crust.
- My pie tends to need to chill for 3-4 hours. You can also make it the night before and let it chill overnight.
- Store your pie covered in the refrigerator. It will stay good for up to three days.