Easy Banana Cream Pudding Pie with Cream Cheese Crust

In honor of National Pi Day on 3.14 I couldn’t resist making a pie.

It’s crazy good, super easy, and if I can make it, so can you.

Easy Banana Cream Pudding Pie with Cream Cheese Crust - The no-bake filling tastes like a fluffy slice of heaven and the crust is no-roll!! An easy, goofproof pie that anyone can make in minutes!!

There’s plenty of bananas in every bite and I wasn’t shy about adding Nilla wafers.

There’s something about bananas, Nilla wafers, and whipped topping that goes together so perfectly and with a salted caramel drizzle, the pie tastes like a fluffy slice of heaven.

Easy Banana Cream Pudding Pie with Cream Cheese Crust - The no-bake filling tastes like a fluffy slice of heaven and the crust is no-roll!! An easy, goofproof pie that anyone can make in minutes!!

The crust is flaky, tender, and unique because there’s cream cheese incorporated along with Crisco Baking Sticks. I’ve made many cookies with cream cheese in the dough but never pie dough.

But I’m sold now because of how easy it is. You don’t even have to roll it out. Just mix it together, press it into a pie dish, and bake for about 15 minutes.

Easy Banana Cream Pudding Pie with Cream Cheese Crust - The no-bake filling tastes like a fluffy slice of heaven and the crust is no-roll!! An easy, goofproof pie that anyone can make in minutes!!

The no-bake filling is made with pudding mix, whipped topping, bananas, and Nilla wafers. If you’re not a fan of these convenience products or don’t have them available in your area, this probably isn’t the recipe for you.

However I have an Old-Fashioned Banana Pudding recipe that’s totally from scratch.

Easy Banana Cream Pudding Pie with Cream Cheese Crust - The no-bake filling tastes like a fluffy slice of heaven and the crust is no-roll!! An easy, goofproof pie that anyone can make in minutes!!

Make sure to read over the recipe in full before beginning to ensure you purchase the correct sizes and types of all ingredients. I’ve only made the pie using the ingredients listed and can’t speak to what substitutions may or may not work.

You’re going to love this quintessential comfort food dessert. It tastes like you slaved over it but it’s one of the easiest pies ever.

Easy Banana Cream Pudding Pie with Cream Cheese Crust - The no-bake filling tastes like a fluffy slice of heaven and the crust is no-roll!! An easy, goofproof pie that anyone can make in minutes!!

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Easy Banana Cream Pudding Pie with Cream Cheese Crust

There's plenty of bananas in every bite and there's something about bananas, Nilla wafers, and whipped topping that goes together so perfectly and with a salted caramel drizzle, the pie tastes like a fluffy slice of heaven.. The crust is flaky, tender, and unique because there's cream cheese incorporated and you don't even have to roll it out. The no-bake filling is made with pudding mix, whipped topping, bananas, and Nilla wafers. I've only made the pie using the ingredients listed and can't speak to what substitutions may or may not work. You're going to love this quintessential comfort food dessert. It tastes like you slaved over it but it's one of the easiest pies ever.

Yield: one 9 or 10-inch pie, serves 8 to 10

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Cook Time: about 15 minutes

Total Time: about 4 hours, for chilling and setting up

Ingredients:

Crust

Filling

  • one 5.1-ounce box instant vanilla pudding mix (not cook-and-serve, not sugar-free or lite, not the 3-ounce size)
  • 1 1/2 cups cold milk (I used fat-free skim; I recommend cow's milk and not soy, almond, etc. because filling may not set up properly)
  • one 8-ounce tub Cool Whip or similar whipped topping, thawed to room temp, divided (lite or fat-free okay; real whipped cream deflates easily and isn't recommended)
  • 2 medium/large bananas, sliced into thin rounds (should be ripe but not overly ripe or they become mushy)
  • 1 to 2 tablespoons lemon juice
  • about 2 1/2 to 3 cups coarsely chopped Nilla Wafers, divided (most of an 11-ounce box, reduced fat okay)
  • caramel or salted caramel sauce for drizzling, storebought or homemade

Directions:

  1. Crust - Preheat oven to 400F and spray a 9 or 10-inch pie dish with cooking spray; set aside.
  2. To the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment (or large mixing bowl and handheld electric mixer), add the shortening, cream cheese, and beat on medium-high speed until fluffy, about 1 to 2 minutes.
  3. Stop, scrape down the sides of the bowl, and add the flour, salt, and beat on low speed until a sandy, crumbly dough forms.
  4. Turn crumbly mixture out into prepared pie dish and using your fingertips, hard-pack the mixture to form and even, smooth crust making sure to press mixture up around sides of pie dish.
  5. Pierce crust in about a dozen places with a fork so steam can escape while baking.
  6. Bake for about 15 minutes, or until set and very lightly golden brown. Watch crust closely in final moments of baking as it will be prone to burning around the top edge. Set aside on a wire rack to cool while you make the filling.
  7. Filling - To a large bowl, add the pudding mix, milk, and whisk to combine.
  8. Add half the whipped topping and whisk to incorporate.
  9. Slice the bananas, add to a medium bowl, drizzle with lemon juice, and use your fingers to gently toss to disperse the lemon juice which helps to prevent the bananas from turning brown.
  10. Add the bananas to the pudding mixture and fold gently to combine.
  11. Add about 1 1/2 heaping cups Nilla wafers and fold to combine.
  12. Turn mixture out into pie crust.
  13. Add and gently spread remaining half of the whipped topping.
  14. Sprinkle remaining Nilla wafers, cover with plastic wrap, and refrigerate for at least 4 hours, or until set.
  15. Prior to serving, drizzle with caramel sauce to taste. Pie will keep airtight in the fridge for up to 5 days, noting that as time passes the Nilla wafers will soften and bananas could turn a bit brown.

Crust from Crisco, Filling adapted from This Gal Cooks

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57 comments

  1. I love a no strings attached holiday where we eat pie! It’s the best. I’m a teacher, and our PTA is making us pies on Friday. Cannot WAIT.
    This pie crust is amazing, and I want to try it. It looks so much easier than a traditional pastry dough! And that filling. This is a fantastic pie, Averie!

    • I remember you telling me recently you’re a teacher and that is so awesome your PTA is making you pies! You deserve it and yes this is the easiest crust ever and my new go-to for that reason!

  2. This Pie looks amazing Averie  and the crust is something I´ve never seen before – I´ll definitely give it a try! 

  3. Pi Day is so close that I can almost taste it! Banana Cream Pie is such a comfort food dish. I’m thinking about my weekend plans already, and I believe that this might have to be made and consumed! Thank you, Averie. :D

  4. I’m not that much of a banana-fan anymore, but it looks super delicious! *_*

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  5. When it comes to cream pies, I have a hard time picking a favorite between banana, coconut and chocolate. I’ve never tried a pastry crust with cream cheese so I am very intrigued. This pie looks amazing and so easy too!

    • Coconut gets such STRONG reactions from people, either love it or hate it (same with raisins for some reason) so I opted out of coconut and I have a chocolate/French Silk recipe that I’ll never cheat on now; so banana it was! I love banana pies too and Paula, this was so easy. If you ever need a dessert to bring to an event that’s super easy, this is the one!

  6. Since I don’t like graham crackers or their crumbs..Nilla wafers are always my pie cookie of choice so this pie is just calling my name…all those bananas and cream and then the crisp cookies yum…This looks like it will be making an appearance on my Easter table.

    • I didn’t know you don’t like graham crackers or their crumbs (learn something new everyday! You’d think I wouldn’t remember these details, but over the years, I remember a staggering number of ‘mindless’ facts my regular readers and friends share!) but anyway the crust, beyond easy. The pie was soooo good! If you do make it for Easter, please LMK because I want to hear what everyone says!

  7. Cream cheese crust?! WHAT?! How have I never had that before?  I also have never had banana cream pie…so clearly I need to eat this WHOLE thing to make up for living under a pie rock my whole life. Pinned!

    • I’ve never had that crust before either and now….that will be the only crust I make since I hate making regular pie crust with a passion! Thanks for pinning :) And you NEED to try banana cream pie!!

  8. What a yummy way to celebrate pie day! I need to give this pie a try! I’m especially intrigued by the crust!

  9. This pie looks seriously delish!!! PINNED of course :)

  10. Yay for Pies today!!  Looks delicious Averie!!

  11. Your pie looks so great! The crust was really easy, wasn’t it?

  12. Before I over-did bananas, and was still in childhood love with them, I would beg my mom to make me my favorite banana dessert – the vanilla pudding and nilla wafers with slices of bananas.  I also used to get banana cream pie at Perkins during our high school late night visits.  

    Love reminiscing with your recipes!

    • Bananas, nilla wafer, pudding, yep the snacks of childhood where we grew up!

      Perkins. Omg this is SUCH a Perkins pie (except like way better, for real) but this is a trip down memory lane kind of pie for me too!

  13. HOORAY for pie day! Love that this is so simple that it will work for last-minute celebrations too.

  14. Okay, 1. I love you for making a pie for Pi day. Really, OMG. 2. CREAM CHEESE CRUST. I so need to make that. 3. Best pie ever, pinned obvi!!

    • Until I started blogging 6 years ago, I had never even heard of Pi Day and then as the years went by I was always like wow, Dorothy is really into this holiday. And now, I always look forward to what you’re going to do for Pi Day! Remember last week when I told you I made a pudding mix and cool whip number, this was it :)

      The crust too, seriously, SO EASY. No roll.

  15. When we lived in Florida, my daughter’s school always celebrated Pi Day. I loved volunteering on Pi Day because it was one big Pi party with Pi games, Pi crafts and Pi pie! I’ve never been much of a pie maker, but bananas, cream cheese and Cool Whip on Pi Day? You had me at “you don’t even have to roll it out.” I need to go buy some bananas… 

    • That’s amazing her school did a big thing for Pi Day. Until I started blogging 6 years ago, I had never even heard of it. But now, it’s the thing to do :) And yes this pie is so easy!!

  16. I just made banana cream pie. I topped mine with toasted coconut but man do I wish I had thought of caramel. This looks amazing. 

    • I kept away from coconut on this one b/c so many people don’t love it. Those who love it, REALLY love it, but those who don’t really don’t so I thought let’s just do caramel :)

  17. Whoa, a pie crust you don’t even have to roll out?! Amazing! This pie looks ridiculously delicious – and I’m glad it’s simple to make, too, especially since I completely forgot that Pi Day is coming up!

  18. I love banana cream pie and your version is phenomenal, Averie! I love the cream cheese crust! And all of that caramel, SWOON!

  19. Ooo so in love with using a cream cheese crust with this! I usually make mine with a vanilla wafer crumb crust.

  20. My mouth is watering so much simply looking at this pie that I think I’ve gained weight looking at these photos again and again!

  21. Banana cream pie is one of my favorite desserts!  Pie looks out of this world delish!

  22. Banana cream pie is my absolute favorite! Can’t wait to try this recipe!

  23. Ok that pie topping is out of control, and I am LOVING it.

  24. Lord have mercy — you do pies so well Averie, they are some of my favorite recipes of yours!

  25. Mmmm….this DOES look like a fluffy slice of heaven!! That fabulous crust..the drippy caramel…and everything in between! I’m in love with it! :)

  26. This looks amazing! You really can’t beat banana and nilla wafers. It looks so creamy and delicious!

  27. I would like to know if all of these recipes are included in your cookbook!!!!!
    Thanks for sharing your great treats!!!

  28. God, I can easily eat the crust only! This is amazing!

  29. So intrigued by the crust!  Sounds great.  Banana cream pie is always a winner in my book!

  30. I had banana cream pie on my list to make this spring because for some reason it fits the season, but seriously girl I could never top this! It looks so decadently delicious!

    • Just like I had mini pancake/muffin thingeys on my radar screen but after seeing yours and how PERFECT they are, that’s off the list :) Couldn’t top those!

      And this was such a big pile of fluffiness…we LOVED this pie :)

  31. Hi Averie, I read through your recipe several times as I really want to make this pie and I feel like I’m missing the part of the instructions where you start to layer the pudding mixture on to the crust? Some where between 10 & 13?  Sorry if im just having a blonde moment :)

    • Ok it wasn’t written the most clearly on my part so I went back and edited the directions a bit.

      Basically you made pudding, add half a container of cool whip and bananas, half the Nilla wafers. Spread that into pie crust. Then top with the other half container of cool whip, rest of Nilla wafers, and chill.

      Hopefully that clears it up – LMK!

  32. oooooh I love this even more than regular banana pudding!! Hooray for Pi(e) Day!

  33. My kids are crazy for bananas, I’ll have to try this!

  34. Cream cheese in pie crust? Now that I have to try! I’m definitely not waiting until next Pi Day to do that… And that salted caramel drizzle? I’ll just take a big bowl of that on the side just in case I need a little extra. With a soup spoon. ;)

  35. My cream cheese crust didn’t come out so good so I chucked it and made a graham cracker crust instead. I followed the rest of the recipe and it is fabulous. In fact the second one in a week is in the fridge now. By far, the best banana cream pie anywhere. Friends couldn’t stop talking about it. I am trying hard not to have some tonight as it is for company tomorrow…….but…..

    • Thanks for trying the recipe and I’m glad the filling came out great for you and that it’s the best banana cream pie you’ve had! So much so that you’ve made 2 in 1 week – love that! Sorry your cream cheese crust didn’t come out as well. I posted the link to the Criso site I got the crust from and I’m sorry it didn’t work that great for you but your graham cracker crust sounds perfect!

  36. What a yummy way to celebrate pie day! I need to give this pie a try! I’m especially intrigued by the crust.

  37. This looks AWESOME! I love the flavours of banana cream pudding, and making it into a pie sounds amazing!

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