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.

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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!!

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.

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 on “Easy Banana Cream Pudding Pie with Cream Cheese Crust”

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

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

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

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

  5. 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 :)

  6. 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!

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

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

  9. 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. ;)

  10. 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!

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

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

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