Banana Cream Pie Parfaits


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Banana Cream Pie Parfaits. I mean, really what more could you ask for in life? They are the most perfect cups filled with the most delicious ingredients all piled up with a dollop on top!

Banana Cream Pie Parfaits from The perfect summertime dessert! (@whatsgabycookin)

These Banana Cream Pie Parfaits are my everything. They are perfect for picnics, pool parties, any kind of spring celebration, BBQs, graduation parties—the list goes on. I mean, hello spring is here and summer is coming! They are also 100% customizable and versatile for breakfast and snack time, just saying. And, they also lend themselves to being made ahead of time, so you can spend more time with your guests whenever you whip these up. Just make it all a day before and assemble everything the morning of!

Banana Cream Pie Parfaits from These are the perfect summertime dessert! (@whatsgabycookin)

Layers of pudding made with almond milk, freshly whipped cream, crumbled wafers that have a bit of butter to give it some decadence, because why not… and some bananas because it’s all about balance after all. Basically all of life’s problems can be solved with these and I’m giving you permission to make them all day, every day, for the rest of summer!

Banana Cream Pie Parfaits

Course Dessert
Cuisine American


For the Crust

  • 2 cups vanilla wafers crushed
  • 1/8 cup white sugar
  • 6 tablespoons butter melted

For the Vanilla Pudding

  • 2 cups Almond Milk I like the unsweetened vanilla kind but you can use any nut or regular milk if you prefer
  • 3/4 cup heavy cream
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 3 tablespoons cornstarch
  • 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 5 large egg yolks
  • 1/4 cup unsalted butter cut into 1/2" cubes
  • 1 vanilla bean seeds removed

For the Topping

  • 1 cup heavy cream
  • ¼ cup powdered sugar
  • 2 ripe bananas


For the Crust

  • Place the vanilla wafers and sugar in the bowl of a food processor. Pulse to break the wafers up and then process for 1-2 minutes until the crackers are the same consistency as the sugar. Add the melted butter and pulse to combine so the crackers look just damp. Remove the mixture from the food processor and transfer to a baking sheet. Heat the oven to 375° F.
  • Bake the crumbles for about 10 minutes. Remove from the oven and let cool.

For the Vanilla Pudding

  • Bring almond milk and cream to a simmer in a medium saucepan. Meanwhile, whisk sugar, cornstarch, flour, and salt in a large mixing bowl. Add the egg yolk to the sugar mixture and whisk until smooth but very thick. While whisking constantly, gradually add the warm almond milk mixture to yolk mixture. Once the 2 mixtures are fully combined, return everything back to the saucepan and cook over medium-low heat, whisking constantly, until thick, about 2–3 minutes. Add the butter and vanilla and stir until the butter has melted.
  • Transfer everything to a medium bowl; press plastic wrap directly onto surface of pastry cream. Chill until set.

For the Whipped Cream

  • Using an electric mixer or whisk, beat heavy cream and powdered sugar until medium-stiff peaks form. Cover and chill. ** If you’re in a pinch for time, grab a tub of Cool Whip. It makes for the most gorgeous dollop EVER! **

To Assemble

  • Arrange 8 small glasses on a clean surface. Layer in the pudding, whipped cream, sliced bananas and crumbled wafer mixture. Serve with a dollop extra whipped cream.

Photo by Matt Armendariz / Food Styling by Adam Pearson / Recipe by What’s Gaby Cooking

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  1. Mary Frances

    Wow!! This looks like quite an indulgent treat, but perfect for sharing with family and friends on a hot summer day. Thanks for sharing Gaby!

  2. Courtney @ Pizzazzerie

    These look amazing, Gaby! Banana is one of my favorite flavors. Will definitely be making these soon!

  3. TidyMom

    My daughter literally told me 30 minutes ago “we need to make banana cream pie”!!
    This will be perfect!!

  4. Monika

    This really brings back my childhood. Banana cream parfaits were a go to dessert. I love this way of making your own pudding. Can’t wait to try this one out.

  5. Taylor @ Food Faith Fitness

    My hubby is going through a SERIOUS banana phase right now..and he just so happens to ADORE pudding, so he is going to totally freak out over these little delicious things! Pinned!

  6. Heather Christo

    I absolutely love that you can use almond milk to make pudding- I bet the flavor is fantastic, especially when paired with bananas!

  7. Jenny Flake

    What a beautiful recipe Gaby! Love the photos! Makes me want to drop what I’m doing and make some pudding! Mmmm!

  8. MIss @ Miss in the Kitchen

    It has been so stinking hot already and a cool and creamy dessert like this sounds perfect!

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  14. Lauren

    Quick question Gaby,

    The recipe says almond milk but step 3 says “bring vanilla almond milk…”. What is the recipe supposed to call for? Vanilla or unflavoured almond milk?

    Thank you! Making now with unflavoured, will see how it goes!

  15. Monika

    I am not a fancy dessert person. These easy yet delicious desserts are my favorite!

  16. Heidi

    The recipe calls for 2 ripe bananas for the whipped cream. How are the bananas to be used?

    • Gaby

      those are just on top! Not in the whipped cream

  17. Carolyn

    If I don’t have almond milk, do I need to do any modifications if I use regular milk?

  18. KG

    Looks delish!! Just a little unclear on what you do with the vanilla bean? Throw it in whole..?

    • Gaby

      no the seeds are removed and then added in step 3!

  19. Carly Szczerbiak

    How long does the pudding usually take to set? Did I do something wrong if it takes more than an hour?

  20. MK

    how far ahead can you assemble this? i.e., can you make all the components and assemble ahead several hours (and keep refrigerated)?

    • Gaby

      ya – you could do it ahead of time for sure! the crust wouldn’t be crunchy but still delish!

  21. Ayla

    I’ve never had banana cream pie parfaits before, so I’m not familiar with the layers. Is it crumb first, then pudding, cream, sliced banana, and repeat?

    • Gaby

      you can really do it any which way you please!! I like a little pudding on the bottom to start

  22. Molly

    If I’m subbing vanilla extract for the vanilla bean, how much should I use?