Banana Pudding Pie

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

Banana Pudding Pie from (@whatsgabycookin)

It doesn’t show up on enough menus, but when it does, Banana Pudding Pie is 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.

The real magic happens when you put everything together and let it chill for 1 hour before serving as 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!

Banana Pudding Pie

Yield: Serves 6-8

Banana Pudding Pie


  • 1 recipe Vanilla Pudding (recipe below)
  • 2 cups heavy whipping cream
  • 3/4 cup powdered sugar
  • 3 bananas
  • 1/2 bag Nilla Wafers
  • 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


  1. Make the vanilla pudding and transfer to a bowl. Set aside.
  2. In a mixer, combine the whipping cream and powdered sugar. Whip until soft peaks form. Transfer to a bowl and set aside.
  3. Slice the bananas in thin 1/2 inch slices and set aside.
  4. To assemble: 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.
  5. Chill for at least 1 hour before serving.
  6. For the Pudding:
  7. 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. Pour into serving dishes. Chill before serving.

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  1. 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. 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!

  3. 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.

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

  5. 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!

  6. 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!!

  7. 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)

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

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

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

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