Old-Fashioned Banana Cream Pie Recipe
- 1 cup cold 2% milk
- 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1 package (3.4 ounces) instant vanilla pudding mix
- 1 carton (12 ounces) frozen whipped topping, thawed, divided
- 1 graham cracker crust (9 inches)
- 2 medium firm bananas, sliced
- Additional banana slices, optional
- 1. In a large bowl, whisk milk, vanilla and pudding mix for 2 minutes (mixture will be thick). Fold in 3 cups whipped topping.
- 2. Pour 1-1/3 cups of pudding mixture into pie crust. Layer with banana slices and remaining pudding mixture. Top with remaining whipped topping. Garnish with additional banana slices if desired. Refrigerate until serving. Yield: 8 servings.
1 piece: 311 calories, 13g fat (9g saturated fat), 2mg cholesterol, 213mg sodium, 43g carbohydrate (29g sugars, 1g fiber), 2g protein
Reviews for Old-Fashioned Banana Cream Pie
"Followed the recipe and the taste was as good as the ingredient. The pie did not stand up and was soupie. Not something I would ever serve to guest. What went wrong?"
"Whipped topping? Old fashioned? That is junk food, garbage. No thanks. That's it for this subscription."
"This is very good and easy to make, but I also use banana pudding in place of the vanilla. Gives it a more banana flavor. And I use the extra creamy whipped topping."
"Very good and very easy to make! I really liked this one!"
"nothing like real old fashioned banana cream pie... real is always better..."
"Quick and easy"
"I made this today and it turned out great! Super easy to make and everyone loved it. I will definitely make this again."
"I made this last summer and everyone enjoyed it. I will be making it again for dessert on Sunday. Super easy and quick to make."
"Sounds great and a much faster way than I usually make. Thanks"
"I am really surprised to find that many of you don't realize that one cup can be by weight (8 oz) or by volume ( one full measuring cup). Not everything that is measured is by weight alone. That is how you can have 3 cups of whipped topping in a 12 oz. container. Spoon it into a one cup measuring cup, level off the top, then scoop it into your recipe. Repeat 2 more times. That equals the 3 cups needed for your recipe! And use a "dry" measuring cup (no pour spout) because there is a big difference between a dry measuring cup & one for liquids."
"sounds like a very easy & tasty pie. Can you please help me with the cool whip - not sure how much to mix into the pudding, Little confused with the measurements as the cool whip is to be divided, therefore this implies that only part of the cool whip is to be mixed into the van. pudding mixture, and some left for the topping. Also 3 cups is not 12 oz.Thanks, rating, haven't tried it therefore cannot rate it.Ann"
"Considering HOME MADE pies are made with 5-8 yolks, this is the best alternative. Some people are critical this isn't "home made!" I'll consider a healthier pie vs. heart attack at dessert time."
"This is delicious and was the first dessert to disappear from a huge Thanksgiving table full of sweets. However, I agree with another reviewer - is it 12oz divided or 24 oz which equals 3 cups? I used 3 cups per the instructions for mixing. My only problem is that it was runny and not easy to slice, so my family scooped instead! Delicious flavor. I might try using 12oz next time to see if that helps. Please provide insight on the 3 cups vs. 12oz. Thanks!"
"This was as good as the old fashioned kind. Will make it again"
"Yummy!! It's quick and easy. Instead of the crust suggested, I made a coconut crust from a coconut banana pie recipe from a TASTE OF HOME cookbook for a tropical twist. I would not use "Old-Fashioned" in describing this pie just in honor of my mother and grandmother, They both made beautiful homemade custards for banana and coconut pies. For the most of us working, running about for our family events, making dinner and squeezing in a homemade dessert, this recipe is very good and definitely a keeper for the family, company coming over and a great way to end a hectic day to enjoy dessert and a cup of coffee with those you love! So for the rest of comments "grumpin' ...get over it! It is what it is!"
"great pie! Easy, quick and inexpensive. This will be one of our go-to desserts when we're craving something sweet. Thank you!"
"made this and it was not an easy job due a mistake i made in the calculation of Cups to grams ( because i'm Dutch and not use to work with cups (-: ) but after the correction it was tasty and good looking too. Thanks for this recipe"
"This is so easy! I took the advice of some reviews and used banana pudding. My family loved it but next time I will use vanilla pudding. I thought the banana pudding gave it an "artificial" taste. And I agree with others. Stop criticizing recipes just because they take shortcuts. If you don't want to make the recipe as written, just don't! But some of us have very busy lives and appreciate having a great recipe that is so easy."
"This is nothing new, I've been doing "cream" pies this way for over 30 years, mainly because I don't care for the taste of cooked custard. By the way, this is not "old-fashioned, unless of course, you've been using my method, and it certainly isn't anything like this recipe!!!!! I don't think this deserves a rating, but I can't post if I don't, so here's your zero star, in the form of 1 star!"
"This recipe gave me a "Wow, Mom!" yesterday for our Sunday dinner dessert. I made my own crust from graham crackers and certainly didn't mind using instant pudding instead of making homemade, which I have done many times in the past. I even had the whipped cream in thre freezer. Thank you for an easy, delicious banana pie recipe."
"Old fashioned should not include instant anything. Making 'from-scratch' cream isn't that difficult and makes an amazing pie. Instant pie/pudding mixes are gastly."
"It appears RamblinRon is confusing volume and weight. I think there are approximately 3.5 cups in a 12 oz. container of CoolWhip. Check the container, it should say how many cups are in it. Looking forward to making this this weekend."
"Please answer RamblinRon's question about the amount of whipped topping..."
"I do not understand this recipe. It came out totally soupy. Ingredients list calls for 12 oz. frozen whipped topping (divided). Step one says fold in three cups of whipped topping. A cup is 8 oz., right? Three cups is 24 oz., right? This recipe wasted $6.00 of ingredients for a bowl of soup."
"TY Taste of Home for sharing this recipe. I've made several Banana Cream Pies but none have been so fluffy and tasteful as this. Not to mention easy to make. I served this at a pot luck and made 2 of them and they were first to disappear. Will make this many more times again."
"Made this today, VERY good and easy to make my family loved it. I loved it because I didn't have to spend a lot of time in a hot kitchen making it the "traditional" way. That may be the only way to make banana cream pie for some in the middle of August, but not for me, I'm not that much of a purist. Some people just REALLY need to get over themselves as I don't need anyone policing recipe titles and/or ingredients for me. I can read a recipe ALL THE WAY THROUGH (which obviously some cannot - hence the recipe police with the self-righteous attitudes) and decide for myself if I want to attempt it. Perlene please don't let the self-absorbed negative reviewers keep you from submitting further recipes - I for one (and as evidenced by other reviewers) am thankful for your submission(s). Nice job - thank you!"
"I haven't made this particular recipe ,but I have made one much like it countless times, and it is always good. Try putting some banana slices on the bottom, drizzling them with a little butterscotch/caramel ice cream topping, and layering with the instant pudding, using 1/2 banana and 1/2 butterscotch flavors. Layer this with banana slices, and top with another drizzle of caramel sauce. In the past I have only used pudding, but the addition of the whipped topping sounds delish. Works good in a plain baked pie pastry too."
"easy and very good. This is a very good recipe for those on the go. As one suggested, use sugar free instant banana pudding (instead of the vanilla) for a boost of flavor."
" I would try a Nabisco Nilla Vanilla Wafer Crust instead of a graham cracker crust! I think it would be a great flavor combination with the bananas without any more fuss...if you're in a hurry you can purchase either one already made for you! And yes, please keep sharing your recipes, Perlene! ;)"
"That's good BUT if you use the sugar-free banana cream flavored pudding instead of vanilla it tastes TERRIFIC!!! lol!"
" Please, keep sharing your recipes, Perlene! : ) God bless you!!"
"I think the title of this recipe is misleading. Old fashioned to me means "nilla" wafers, cooked custard and real whipped cream. Not a graham cracker in site! However, I can see that after making this, it has a good flavor (depends on the brand of pudding mix)."
" I have cooked both homemade custards and instant and I find the instant - admittedly, with flavoring added, but you add flavoring to the hand-stirred, cooked glob, too - to have a better flavor."
"Awesome! My guest LOVED it!"
"quick and easy to make with few ingredients. made this at camp, best one in 4 weeks of dessert"
Sweet White Wine
Enjoy this recipe with a sweet white wine such as Moscato or a sweet Riesling.