Banana Pudding Pie


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All about that Banana Pudding Pie. All day. Every freaking day.

Banana Pudding Pie from (@whatsgabycookin)

Banana Pudding Pie doesn’t show up on enough menus. But when it does, it’s pretty much the perfect way to end a meal. It’s one of those desserts that feels like a throw back to the 1950’s and I’m a little upset I wasn’t alive during that time to eat it on a daily basis. Layers of thinly sliced bananas, freshly whipped cream, homemade vanilla pudding and wafers… omg it’s everything you’ve ever wanted in life and more. Banana Pudding Pie for the win!

The real Banana Pudding Pie magic happens when you put everything together and let it chill for at least an 1 hour before serving so the wafers soak up some moisture from the pudding and get a tiny bit softer. You guys. It’s everything. Trust me – make it this weekend. The perfect dessert to start to usher in spring!

Banana Pudding Pie from (@whatsgabycookin)

And don’t be scared to make homemade pudding! You could easily take a short cut from the store – but I can promise you this pudding recipe is the BEST! And it’s super stress free!

Lastly, if you’re on the banana train, here are a few other recipes that I love. Banana Cream Pie Parfaits. Double Chocolate Chip Banana Bread. Banana Cream Tart.

Banana Pudding Pie

Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Servings 6 -8 servings


For the Banana Pudding Pie

  • 1 recipe Vanilla Pudding recipe below
  • 1 recipe Chantilly Cream recipe below
  • 3 bananas
  • 1/2 bag Nilla Wafers

For the Chantilly Cream

  • 2 cups heavy whipping cream
  • 3/4 cup powdered sugar

For the Pudding

  • 2 cups milk
  • 1/2 cup white sugar
  • 3 tablespoons cornstarch
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract or vanilla bean paste
  • 1 tablespoon butter


For the Pudding:

  • In medium saucepan over medium heat, heat milk until bubbles form at edges. In a bowl, combine sugar, cornstarch and salt. Pour into hot milk, a little at a time, stirring to dissolve. Continue to cook and stir until mixture thickens enough to coat the back of a metal spoon. Do not boil. Remove from heat, stir in vanilla and butter. Chill before serving.

For the Chantilly Cream

  • In a mixer, combine the whipping cream and powdered sugar. Whip until soft peaks form. Transfer to a bowl and set aside.

To Assemble

  • Slice the bananas in thin 1/2 inch slices and set aside.
  • Start with a layer of pudding, followed by a layer of nilla wafers, and then some chantilly cream, some bananas, more pudding, another layer of nilla wafers, the last bit of bananas and then finish it off with the rest of the chantilly cream.
  • Chill for at least 1 hour before serving.

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  1. Jeff

    This looks like the best thing since bacon!! And you know since I mentioned bacon, that’s it’s no joke. I will now wipe the drool off my keyboard and try to carry on with my day without thinking of this pie…which we both know will be impossible!

  2. Caroline @ chocolate & carrots

    My sister was just begging for pudding as a birthday cake this year instead of cake. I’ll have to make her this! Looks great!

  3. Allison [Girl’s Guide to Social Media]

    You’ve inspired me to get into Nilla wafers (again) and fully consume banana pudding pie! This looks great. (A) I love bananas and (B) I love the texture variety of smooth pudding and mildly crunchy wafer.

  4. Mimi Avocado

    Your pie takes me back to my grandmother’s house in Tupelo, Mississippi in the 60’s…”Banana Puddin'” was a special treat that she served whenever we visited from Vermont. Banana Pudding Pie is a fun update to that traditional southern dessert!

  5. Connie

    Yum! I made something similar to this recently for my mother-in-law’s birthday…I’m not sure what happened but I ended up with very little time to come up for a birthday treat for her. She loved it.

  6. Emily

    I’ve been anxiously awaiting this post ever since you tweeted a picture of it! Can’t wait to try it for myself!

  7. Deliciously Organic

    My grandma makes this for me every time I come into town. It’s my favorite!

  8. Abby

    You described the scene perfectly…friends + spoons = devoured! Must make this.

  9. Katrina

    Neat! Love that this is crust free! Can’t wait to try this one out 🙂

  10. Gerry @Foodness Gracious

    Mmmmm, like a giant banana trifle almost but pudding always sounds way better. Yeah I wouldn’t cut it, just dive in with some spoons…

  11. LIsa

    My husband loves banana pudding pies! I’ll have to make this soon.

  12. Marla

    Nilla wafers & pudding pie ~ such a great flashback dessert 🙂

  13. Kristina Vanni

    I love the idea of making the pudding from scratch. This really does look life changing!

  14. Katie

    Ha! I love Nilla wafers. They only make appearances in my family home around the holidays when they get crushed up and used as a base in my mom’s rum balls. We kids used to come to blows over the leftover wafers. This pudding pie looks amazing, and I love love love your serving suggestion!

  15. Lannie

    this looks so good!! i’ve definitely said this before, but your blog is so great because it’s so accessible. i see other blogs and their gorgeous pictures, and my stomach rumbles and all that, but your blog? i actually want to MAKE everything, and i often do! thanks so much for sharing!!

  16. Chung-Ah | Damn Delicious

    I can’t believe it’s been so long since you had a Nilla Wafer! Those things are seriously addicting.

    On another note, this pie looks fabulous. I didn’t know it’d be so easy to whip up!

  17. RossC

    yup….wonderful dessert… About time I made this again…
    I grew up in the 40’s/50’s… There may have been packages of pudding in the stores but, not at our house… :O)

  18. Aling king

    Where to get nillaWafers ? Any other wafer will do? Thsnknyou

    • Gaby

      are you in the states? Most grocery stores have them! I’ve seen them at Ralph’s and Safeway for sure

  19. Nicole

    Delicious! I made this last night and it was perfect! Thank you Gaby for the easy, fun and tasty recipe!

    • Gaby

      either a 9 inch pie dish, or anything of equal size! 10×5 works too

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  21. Denise

    You just nailed a childhood favorite of mine. I have not thought of this creamy and dreamy dessert for years! So inspired –

    • Judy

      still waiting for the recipe for chantilly cream in this recipe.

    • Gaby

      it’s in the recipe!! I just reformatted it so it’s easier to distinguish

  22. Liz @ Floating Kitchen

    I’m a banana fiend! Banana bread, pie and pudding. Bring it on! This looks so great, Gabby. I want a big bowl RN!

  23. Monika Dalkin

    I loved this as a child! Haven’t had it in years. Nor have I ever made my own pudding, but with this great recipe, I am about to make this tomorrow. Can’t wait!

  24. Pamela

    I need to make this. Thank you for the recipe. Just to be sure, no eggs?

  25. Kristen

    I made this tonight – it was awesome and super easy to pull together! I would suggest doubling or 1.5x-ing the pudding recipe. The amount stated in the recipe didn’t make quite enough for two layers of pudding in a 9 inch pie dish.

  26. Krissy

    I’m making this tonigh and serving tomorrow // Do you suggest to do anything to bananas so they don’t brown? Thanks!!

    • Gaby

      not much you can do but try and cover them with the whipped cream and pudding so they dont oxidize

  27. Christine

    Just wondering – do you use salted or unsalted butter? Want to try this out.. TY!