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Banana Cream Pie, with ripe bananas, homemade vanilla pudding, and a Nilla Wafer crust, is a true American classic when it comes to desserts.

Each bite is a flavor explosion full of different textures that will send you right back to your youth. This is the best homemade Banana Cream Pie recipe you will find!

Banana Cream Pie with nilla wafer crust

Banana Cream Pie is one of those desserts that is good any time of year.

Any good pie starts with the crust. You could easily use an all butter pie crust for this pie, but nothing quite compliments bananas like Nilla wafers, right?

Then comes the filling. It would be easier to use a boxed pudding mix, but homemade pudding is worth the effort. The flavor is unbeatable!

Then there’s the topping, a luscious and slightly sweetened whipped cream to finish off this heavenly pie! You can go with a semi-homemade easy banana cream pie, or put in a little extra TLC for a banana cream pie recipe no one will forget!

Banana Cream Pie with whipped topping

How to make this recipe:

  • Use a food processor to transform the Nilla wafer cookies into crumbs. You could also crush them in a resealable plastic bag, but if you’re willing to give your food processor a quick rinse when you’re done, it’s the easiest method.
  • Don’t use bananas that are overly ripe. This pie is so creamy that you don’t want the bananas to be mushy. Your best bet is to find yellow bananas that are just starting to brown. Save those overly ripe bananas for a different dessert where the bananas get mashed like some decadent banana bread brownies.
  • Take care not to overheat the vanilla pudding. This is the part of the recipe that takes the most attention. The trick with a homemade pudding is to bring the temperature up gradually, always whisk to avoid lumps, and to temper the eggs. All of this is explained in the recipe.
  • A thin layer of plastic wrap over the pudding will prevent a skin from forming while the pie chills.
  • Finally, using a stand mixer with the whisk attachment is the easiest way to make the sweetened whipped cream. If you wanted to make a little extra for tomorrow’s coffee, I won’t judge.
Banana Cream Pie recipe

Banana cream pie not only presents beautifully, but it’s one of those desserts that will put a huge smile on anyone’s face who enjoyed it in their youth. It may seem kind of complicated to make because there is a crust, filling, and topping after all. But, if you take your time with the pudding, it’s really an easy dessert to put together.

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Banana Cream Pie

Banana Cream Pie

Prep30 minutes
Cook20 minutes
chill time1 hour
Total50 minutes
Servings 12 servings
Banana Cream Pie, with ripe bananas, homemade vanilla pudding, and a Nilla Wafer crust, is a true American classic when it comes to desserts. Each bite is a flavor explosion full of different textures that will send you right back to your youth. This is the best homemade Banana Cream Pie recipe you will find! 



  • 1 1/2 cups Nilla wafer crumbs 6 ounces Nilla wafers
  • 6 tablespoons melted butter


  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 2 tablespoons corn starch
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 3 cups half and half
  • 4 egg yolks slightly beaten
  • 1 vanilla bean split lengthwise (optional but highly recommended)
  • 1 tablespoons butter
  • 3-4 bananas sliced



  • To make the crust, combine Nilla wafer crumbs and melted butter in small bowl. Press into an 9-inch pie dish. Bake in a 350 degree oven for 5 minutes. Allow to cool on wire rack.
  • To make the filling, you will make a vanilla pudding on the cooktop. Combine sugar and cornstarch in medium sauce pan. Stir in half and half. Scrape vanilla bean and add scrapings plus until pod to mixture. Cook over medium heat, stirring frequently, until mixture is thick and bubbly and starts to stick to the bottom. This should take about 5-10 minutes.
  • Add egg yolks to medium sized bowl. Slowly add one ladle of hot cream mixture to egg yolks while whisking rapidly. Continue to ladle hot mixture into egg yolks until at least one cup of hot mixture has been added. Then, pour warm egg yolk mixture into hot half and half mixture on the stove, whisking constantly. Allow mixture to come to a gentle boil, then reduce heat to low. Continue to stir and allow to cook until thickened, about 2-5 more minutes. Remove from heat and stir in butter. Remove vanilla bean (but be sure to scrape out as many of the seeds as possible first) and discard pod.
  • Slice bananas and add to cookie crust. Fill until the top of the bananas are level with the top of the crust. 
    How to arrange banana slices for Banana Cream Pie recipe
  • Top with warm pudding, tilting pie dish as necessary to fully distribute the pudding to coat the bananas. There might be excess pudding. Just fill as much as possible without spilling. Cover with plastic wrap allowing the plastic wrap to rest directly onto the pudding to prevent skin from forming and refrigerate at least an hour.
    Homemade vanilla pudding for Banana Cream Pie
  • Remove pie from refrigerator and top with stabilized whipped cream. You can spread it on, pipe it on, or both. Top with additional banana slices or banana chips. Keep pie in the refrigerator until ready to serve.
    Banana Cream Pie with whipped topping
  • Best if enjoyed on the same day. Bananas will brown and get mushy as time passes.


Recipe for making your own stabilized whipped cream:


Calories: 321kcal, Carbohydrates: 33g, Protein: 3g, Fat: 20g, Saturated Fat: 11g, Cholesterol: 115mg, Sodium: 179mg, Potassium: 207mg, Sugar: 23g, Vitamin A: 635IU, Vitamin C: 3.1mg, Calcium: 83mg, Iron: 0.3mg

Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.

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This recipe first appeared over at Real Housemoms where I was a contributor.

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  1. There is something seriously wrong with the Nilla crust recipe. Way to much butter – it just slides down into a soupy mess.

    1. I’m so terribly sorry about that? I just reviewed the recipe, and you’re right. The amounts were way off. I hope you added more crumbs to compensate. I fixed the recipe card. Thank you for taking the time to bring that to my attention and again, I’m so sorry!

  2. 5 stars
    Made this today, the pudding is absolutely amazing! I had a problem with the crust. 3/4 cup of Nilla crumbs and 8 tablespoons of butter made a gloopy mess. I added another 3/4 cup of crumbs and it was formable, hope it tastes ok!

  3. 5 stars
    This banana cream pie was AMAZING!! We can’t wait to make it again for Easter! Thank you for this yummy recipe!

  4. 5 stars
    I haven’t made a pie in so long, but this was always my favorite growing up! Excited to bake this tomorrow; looks amazing!

    1. 5 stars
      Outstsnding!! I don’t like banana but I made this as a thank you for a friend husband. The pudding is divine!! I stole some of itand made 2 mini coconut cream pies for hubby and myself. I will be making a coconut cream using this pudding recipe and about using the bean? Do it!!!
      I also added a smashed banana in the crabbefore adding it to the pie shell.
      This is my new go to pudding pie recipe!!