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Creamy Banana Pie

When I read that Taste of Home was having a banana recipe contest, I knew instantly the recipe I should share. This delectable pie is from a recipe I found years ago, and everyone who tastes it enjoys its delicious old-fashioned flavor. —Rita Pribyl, Indianapolis, Indiana
  • Total Time
    Prep: 30 min. + chilling
  • Makes
    8 servings


  • 1 envelope unflavored gelatin
  • 1/4 cup cold water
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 1/4 cup cornstarch
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 2-3/4 cups milk
  • 4 egg yolks, beaten
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
  • 4 medium firm bananas, divided
  • 1 cup heavy whipping cream, whipped
  • 1 pastry shell (10 inches), baked
  • Juice and grated peel of 1 lemon
  • 1/2 cup apple jelly


  • Soften gelatin in cold water; set aside. In a saucepan, combine the sugar, cornstarch and salt. Whisk in the milk until smooth. Cook and stir over medium-high heat until thickened and bubbly. Reduce heat; cook and stir 2 minutes longer. Remove from the heat.
  • Stir a small amount of hot filling into yolks. Return all to the pan, stirring constantly. Bring to a gentle boil. Cook and stir 2 minutes longer. Remove from the heat; stir in softened gelatin until dissolved. Stir in butter and vanilla. Cover the surface of custard with plastic wrap and chill until no longer warm.
  • Slice 3 bananas; fold into custard along with whipped cream. Spoon into pie shell. Cover and refrigerate until set, about 4-5 hours.
  • Just before serving, place lemon juice in a small bowl and slice the remaining banana into it. Melt jelly in a saucepan over low heat. Drain banana; pat dry and arrange over filling. Brush banana with the jelly. Sprinkle with grated lemon peel. Serve immediately. Refrigerate leftovers.
Nutrition Facts
1 piece: 478 calories, 21g fat (11g saturated fat), 151mg cholesterol, 330mg sodium, 67g carbohydrate (47g sugars, 1g fiber), 7g protein.

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  • Moemoe67
    Jun 20, 2015

    Loved this recipe and so did everyone else!! Amount of filling made one large deep dish or two small regular pies. Needed less than the amount called for in apple jelly and lemon juice- used just enough to coat. The lemon peel added such a fresh flavor and it looks so pretty. It's going to be my go-to recipe from now on-it was delicious! Have made it twice and both times it was gone in a flash with rave reviews. It was obvious by it's taste that it was made from scratch!THANK YOU FOR THIS WONDERFUL RECIPE!

  • KelliT
    Jul 6, 2012

    The flavor of this pie is amazing. But I found small chunks of gelatin, globbed throughout the pie, which was a huge disappointment. Can this be made without the gelatin?

  • Corrydon
    Mar 12, 2011

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  • bobeezwrld
    Nov 8, 2010

    BEST banana cream pie I have ever had. I made it for my dad's birthday, his favorite kind of pie. everyone loved it.

  • sjweber
    May 29, 2010

    This pie is awesome. It takes some time to make the filling from scratch but the results are worth it. I typically have all the ingredients on hand. Make sure to allow enough time for the filling to cool and set before you take it anywhere or try to cut it. I have also successfully doubled the filling recipe for use in a 9x13" pan to feed more people.

  • glb
    Mar 19, 2009

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  • danielle
    Oct 24, 2006

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