banana creme pie

September 4, 2010
banana creme pie
Attention all baking connoisseurs: look away. This is the easiest, laziest, banana creme pie you've ever seen and you may not want to stoop to my level of store-bought pie crust. I could attribute the "ease" of this recipe to the fact that I wanted 3 year old Raine to help me out, but the real truth is that I didn't have a lot of time and I wanted 3 year old Raine to help me out. The real pie from scratch calls for making your own custard (time consuming) and your own graham cracker crust (buttery and messy) so I took the easy road and made substitutions where I saw fit.

raine helps make pie
everything caving in
a heap of delicious

easy, lazy, banana creme pie

1 graham cracker pie crust
1 box of vanilla instant pudding (the smaller box)
2 cups cold milk
3 bananas
1 1/2 cups heavy cream
1/2 cup powdered sugar
2 teaspoons vanilla

Peel two bananas and slice. Place flat at the bottom of the pie crust until the bottom is covered. Empty the instant pudding contents into a bowl and mix with the cold milk for at least 5 minutes, until the pudding thickens. Layer the pudding on top of the bananas in the pie dish and put the whole thing in the fridge. Place a medium metal bowl and your whisk into the freezer and wait 10-15 minutes until the bowl and whisk are chilled.* Whisk together heavy cream and powdered sugar** until the mixture just begins to thicken. Add vanilla. Continue to whisk until stiff peaks form. Layer on top of the pudding. Chill in the fridge for at least 1 hour. Just before serving, slice up the last banana and decorate the pie.

This pie is not built to stand on its own. It's very likely that every slice will be a blob on banana-creme-graham-cracker-goodness, and that the pie will cave as slices are taken out. You should know that this is normal and okay, because it's delicious.

*This is just a tip to make sure the whipped cream comes together faster and easier for you.
**You can keep adding sugar until you find the sweetness you prefer.


  1. ahh my kind of baking. don't care if it doesn't look pretty as long as it tastes delicious. going to try this out. thanks celeste!

  2. Yom! i made this for father's day and it is delicious!

  3. I love easy baking, I will have to give this a try

  4. yumm! and the little girl is so cute! aww :o)

  5. Love this! I am catching up on your blog now. I am going to India and then Thailand, Nepal and China (the last 3 are hopefuls ) hahah how are you!?

  6. ooh that looks so good!!

    and that picture of her sleeping is just toooo cute!

  7. omg, you got me so damn hungry right now... and ohhh, Raine is so cute when she sleeps : 3