Banana Cream Pie is a quick and simple no bake dessert recipe. Made with banana cream pudding, cream cheese, and whipped topping. That's all nestled into a sliced banana graham cracker crust then topped with more whipped topping.
Are you dreaming of a lush, creamy, light, and fluffy banana cream pie? Did you know that this banana cream pie isn't as hard to make as you may think?
Back when I had each of the kids my husband's mom would bring us a banana cream, pie. I always thought this was a hard pie to make. Not to diminish his mom's labor of love, but this pie is easier than I thought it was to make.
This no bake pie recipe is made with instant banana pudding, cream cheese, whipped topping, fresh bananas, and a graham cracker crust. Let's get to whipping up this simple pie recipe.
Banana Cream Pie ~ No Bake
There are two things that make this a no-bake dessert. The first is the crust, I used a graham cracker crust. I'm thinking that a shortbread crust would be just as delightful. Or you could use our homemade pie crust recipe as well.
To get this dessert light and fluffy I started with whipping the cream cheese up with my hand mixer in a large bowl.
The longer you mix the fluffier the cream cheese will become. This may take around 2-3 minutes to get it fluffy enough.
Now that the cream cheese is fluffy, add the sweetened condensed milk. Mix until both of the ingredients are combined, then set the bowl aside.
In a medium-sized bowl mix together the milk and the instant banana pudding mixture. Then add the pudding mixture into the larger bowl with the fluffy cream cheese. Gently fold all the ingredients to combine.
Cool whip helps make this pie recipe light and fluffy. The Cool whip will need to be thawed first before adding it to this dessert.
The cool whip can break down when mixing so it's best to carefully fold it into the pudding mixture until it is all combined.
Since I was going for a pantry/fridge staple recipe I used store-bought whipped topping. A homemade cool whip would be simple to make and use in this recipe in replace of the store-bought.
Graham Cracker Crust
Since this is a no-bake recipe I used a premade graham cracker crust. I bought the Keebler ready crust it said that it had 2 extra servings. Making it was a larger pie crust than normal.
If you prefer homemade pie crust you could bake one up ahead of time. We have a great homemade pie crust recipe that you may want to check out.
Of course, making your own graham cracker crust would be simple as well. A shortbread crust would also be a fabulous idea. I do like the graham crack crust with this recipe best.
Get those fresh bananas out and slice into thin slices. This will be for layering in the pie crust. I like to have banana slices up the sides of the crust so once I have the banana slices on the bottom of the crust. I will add around the sides of the crust.
Now that the pie crust is layered with the slice bananas, it's time for the pudding mixture.
Spoon the pudding mixture out into the pie crust and spread it evenly covering up as much of the bananas on the sides of the crust as you can.
What could make this pie even better you wonder? Top the pudding mixture with more Cool Whip. Once you have the cool whip on the pie you will want to place it in the fridge to set for at least 10 minutes.
Banana Cream Pie will keep in the fridge for 3 days covered with plastic wrap. In our home, this pie is lucky to make it 2 days it's that big of a hit with my family.
A Simple Dessert Recipe
This banana cream pie is a simple dessert recipe that tastes so good. Not to mention that it comes together so easily, making it a simple no-bake dessert recipe.
This pie was requested by my daughter for her birthday this year, making it a great dessert recipe for any type of celebration.
It's also a great recipe for when you are simply craving a banana cream pie. Everyone is sure to love this simple and quick dessert.
My Creative Manner is answering the question "what's there to eat" ~ Jen
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Banana Cream Pie
Banana Cream pie is a quick and easy no bake dessert recipe that your family is sure to love. Creamy banana pudding coats fresh banans that are layered into a graham cracker crust then topped with cool whip.
- 1 Graham Cracker Crust store bought works or homemade
- 1 Package Instant banana pudding 3.4 ounce package
- 1 Cup Milk I used 2% milk
- 4 ounces cream cheese best if at room temperature
- ½ Cup Sweetened Condensed Milk
- 1½ Cups Thawed Whipped Topping to add to the pudding mixture
- 8 Ounces Thawed Whipped Topping to add for the topping
- 2 large Bananas thinly sliced
In a medium mixing bowl whisk together the banana pudding mix and milk until it's combined and smooth looking. Set aside.
In a large mixing bowl beat the room temperature cream cheese until is it fluffy. Add the sweetened condensed milk until mixed together.
Gently fold the pudding mixture into the cream cheese mixture. Once the pudding and cream cheese mixtures are combined fold in the 1 ½ cups of thawed cool whip. Folding until fully incorporated.
Slice two banana into thin slices and add to the graham cracker crust. I like to add bananas on the side of the crust.
Add the pudding mixture into the banana lined crust. Top with the 8 ounces of thawed whipped topping and garnish with a couple of slices of bananas.
Refrigerate for 10 minutes or longer to let the pie set up. Slice and serve.