Favorite Banana Cream Pie

Total Time

Prep: 20 min. + chilling Cook: 25 min. + cooling


8 servings

Updated: Jun. 29, 2023
Homemade banana cream pie is my mom’s specialty, and this dreamy dessert has a wonderful banana flavor. It looks so pretty, and it cuts easily too. —Jodi Grable, Springfield, Missouri


  • Dough for single-crust pie
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1/4 cup cornstarch
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 3 cups 2% milk
  • 2 large eggs, lightly beaten
  • 3 tablespoons butter
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 2 large firm bananas
  • 1 cup heavy whipping cream, whipped


  1. On a lightly floured surface, roll dough to a 1/8-in.-thick circle; transfer to a 9-in. pie plate. Trim crust to 1/2 in. beyond rim of plate; flute edge. Refrigerate 30 minutes. Preheat oven to 425°.
  2. Line crust with a double thickness of foil. Fill with pie weights, dried beans or uncooked rice. Bake on a lower oven rack until edge is golden brown, 20-25 minutes. Remove foil and weights; bake until bottom is golden brown, 3-6 minutes longer. Cool on a wire rack.
  3. In a large saucepan, combine sugar, cornstarch, salt and milk until smooth. Cook and stir over medium-high heat until thickened and bubbly. Reduce heat; cook and stir 2 minutes longer. Remove from heat. Stir a small amount of hot filling into eggs; return all to pan. Bring to a gentle boil; cook and stir 2 minutes longer.
  4. Remove from heat. Gently stir in butter and vanilla. Press plastic wrap onto surface of custard; refrigerate, covered, 30 minutes.
  5. Spread half the custard into crust. Slice bananas; arrange over filling. Pour remaining custard over bananas. Spread with whipped cream. Refrigerate 6 hours or overnight.
Chocolate Banana Cream Pie: Divide prepared vanilla custard in half. Pour half of the custard into pastry shell. Gently stir 4 ounces melted semisweet chocolate into remaining custard. Cover and refrigerate both for 30 minutes. Arrange bananas over vanilla custard; gently spoon chocolate custard over top. Proceed as directed.

Favorite Banana Cream Pie Tips

Does banana cream pie need to be refrigerated?

Yes, banana cream pie needs to be refrigerated. Cream pies contain egg and dairy ingredients, so they must be refrigerated. This is both for food safety reasons and to retain their shape, texture and consistency—plus that cool, creamy flavor that makes them special.

How do you make pie crust from scratch?

Don’t be daunted by pie crust! Follow our instructions on how to make a flaky, tender pie crust. It'll make your banana cream pie even more delicious.

My banana cream pie is runny. What happened?

Runny banana cream pie usually results when the custard, or pudding, in the filling is not cooked until it is thick enough. As the recipe states, once it reaches a thick and bubbly stage while cooking, it is important to continue to cook and stir the mixture for 2 minutes longer. Your pudding should reach a point where, if you coat the back of your spoon with a thin layer and draw a line through it with your finger, a clear path should remain and not fill in.

How long will banana cream pie last?

Banana cream pie will keep for 3-4 days, stored in the refrigerator and covered loosely with foil or plastic wrap. For more pie tips, check out our ultimate guide to pie.
Dough for single-crust pie
Combine 1-1/4 cups all-purpose flour and 1/4 tsp. salt; cut in 1/2 cup cold butter until crumbly. Gradually add 3-5 Tbsp. ice water, tossing with a fork until dough holds together when pressed. Shape into a disk; wrap and refrigerate 1 hour.

Nutrition Facts

1 piece: 521 calories, 30g fat (18g saturated fat), 129mg cholesterol, 406mg sodium, 57g carbohydrate (35g sugars, 1g fiber), 8g protein.