Best Ever Banana Pudding Pie

Let’s all stop what we’re doing and eat some Banana Pudding Pie.

Best Ever Banana Pudding Pie on This Gal Cooks

I know I say this a lot but seriously, this pie, it’s pretty freaking amazing.

I took one of my favorite childhood desserts and made it into a pie. A flaky pie crust is filled with a mixture of vanilla pudding, Cool Whip, vanilla wafers and sliced bananas. I topped it all off with more Cool Whip, crushed vanilla wafers and salted caramel sauce.

I’ll give you a minute to swoon.

Oh, need another minute to clean up that drool? Take your time.

Best Ever Banana Pudding Pie on This Gal Cooks

After sharing some of this Cookies and Cream Chocolate Pudding Pie with co-workers, and ultimately regretting it after eating the last slice, I decided to be selfish with this Banana Pudding Pie. Ken and I devoured this pie within three days of me making it. We kept it all to ourselves.

Luckily, this pie is super easy to make so making another one really won’t take up too much time. It’s basically ready to devour in under 30 minutes. You probably have some of the ingredients on hand or can easily pick them up on your way home from insert activity here.

This is another non-made-from-scratch homemade pie. I made it at home but I used prepackaged ingredients. If you turn your nose up to that, well then this pie isn’t for you. BUT, the bananas are fresh, so there’s that. If you’re a pro at making from scratch pudding and pie crusts, you could always go that route. If you do, be sure to let me know how it turns out.

Ya know, sometimes I feel like one of those food snob people that shuns prepackaged foods. Because sometimes I’m like ewww gross. But other times, I’m like meh. If you’re like meh when it comes to recipes made with prepackaged ingredients, you may like these Chocolate Pudding Pies in Jars or these Mini Chocolate Bundt Cakes with Coffee Glaze. If you’re like ewww gross to recipes made with prepackaged ingredients, you may like these Chocolate Coconut Pudding Cakes or these Nutella Stuffed Peanut Butter Cookies.

For those who love all things sweet, prepackaged or not, I hope you enjoy the recipe.


Banana Pudding Pie

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Best Ever Banana Pudding Pie
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Recipe type: dessert
Serves: 8
  • 1 9 pinch pie crust, prepped, baked and cooled
  • 2 C chopped vanilla wafers
  • 2 small bananas
  • 1 8oz tub Cool Whip, divided
  • 1½ C milk
  • 1 5.1oz box instant vanilla pudding
  • juice from one lemon
  • Caramel sauce for drizzling
  1. Slice the bananas into thin slices and then toss with the lemon juice. The lemon juice will prevent them from turning brown as fast as they normally would.
  2. Prepare the filling. Whisk together the milk and pudding mix. Mix in half of the cool whip. Mix in 1 C of the vanilla wafers and then the bananas. Scrape into the cooled crust. Refrigerate for 10-15 minutes or until set.
  3. Top with the remaining Cool Whip, using a rubber spatula. Sprinkle with the remaining vanilla wafers and then drizzle with the caramel sauce.
Nutrition Information
Serving size: 1 slice

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  1. says

    Childhood recipes are always a source of inspiration in my cooking too. But this type of recipe, banana pudding, I have not heard from my Filipino culture, so I got excited looking and reading your post when it popped into my email.v Learning something from fellow bloggers is one of my joys in life. Thanks for sharing.

  2. says

    Look yummy. I love banana pudding in any way shape or form, well almost. There’s one I’d fight over at a restaurant downtown, haha. So good! Thanks for sharing & happy Thursday.

  3. says

    Loved this post, Julie! Sometimes I’m a food snob and feel like I have to try to make everything from scratch, and other times I’m totally OK with adding a few jars and packets here and there. I’m definitely not much of a pastry-maker though so I’m definitely with you on getting pre-made crusts. I love that you made this in so little time. I’m not sure what cool whip is, but now I’m thinking of all sorts of different similar pies I could make! Thanks for the idea!

    • says

      Every time I’ve tried to make a homemade pie crust, it’s resulted in disaster! So now I just go with the pre-made crust dough. Works like a charm

      Thanks so much for stopping by, Helen! Hope you have a great week. :)

  4. says

    Ohhh JULIE I’m drooling sooooo much I think I’m going to choke or something hahaha. No, but really, this pie looks out-of-this-world amazing! Could you ship a slice (read: the whole pie pretty please with a cherry on top) ;) xxxx

  5. says

    Love that you made one of your childhood desserts into pie! I love banana pudding too and this looks gorgeous! No bake and easy to whip up makes this even better :) Pinning :)

  6. says

    I love cream pies. They are popular in my family too. So this is good, otherwise I would eat the whole bloody thing myself. Yikes! I would probably use a cooked pudding package, because I like that better. Don’t ask me why—-but probably that’s leftover from my childhood taste buds. I pinned it, because easy works!!!!

    • says

      I don’t know if I’ve ever had the cook n serve pudding before. But now you have me wanting to try it! I need to find the patience to wait for it to set. haha.

      Thanks so much for stopping by, Carol. Hope you have a great week! :)

  7. Janice says

    I made this pie to take to church for a luncheon!!! It was a BIG hit, and was wonderful !!! I will make it again!!! Easy, easy too!! Thanks again !!!

  8. Natalie says

    I am just wondering how long this pie will keep in the fridge. I of course over did our Thanksgiving desserts and have some of this pie left.

  9. Alejandra Gutiérrez says


    I’m from México but we don’t have this instant vanilla pudding, but do you think i can use a box of vanilla flan? would that work the same?

    Thank you for the recipe! Looks delicious and i’m trying to do it for my father’s in law birthday :D

    Greetings from Mexico!

    • says

      Hi Alejandra!
      I’ve never used flan before so I can’t really say whether or not it would work. If you give it a try, please let me know how it turns out! :) Thank you for stopping by!

  10. Maggie says

    Hi! I want to make this pie for a “Pi day” celebration at work! This might be a dumb question, but is it implied that you prepare the instant pudding before adding it to the recipe, or do you literally dump the powder contents in while making the pie? Thanks!

    • says

      Hi Maggie,

      Yes, you prepare it before you put it in the pie crust. The instructions for that part are located in #2 of the recipe instructions. :) Hope you enjoy the recipe!

  11. Jack says

    Thank you for this! I made it just as you said for a dinner party and everyone loved it. Super easy and excellent taste!

  12. says

    My granddaughter’s husband asked for Banana Pudding tomorrow but I am going to surprise the whole bunch with this little beauty. The salted caramel sounds like such a nice touch! Thank you.

  13. JB says

    Hi! I know it’s been a while since this was posted, but I had a question. On step 2 when you combine the milk and the pudding. Are you just adding the pudding powder or have you already prepared the pudding with the 3 cups of milk called for on the box. I just don’t want to get it wrong. It looks so fantastic and I don’t want mine to not turn out. Thanks!

    • says

      Hi Ray! You could use banana flavored pudding – I’ve never had the banana flavor so I cannot say whether or not it would be too overpowering. I really recommend sticking with vanilla, though. It’s the best for banana pudding. :)

  14. Jan Johnson says


    I’m so excited to make this but am unsure of the ounces of pudding mix. I have a 2.75 oz box. Is that what you mean?



    • says

      Hi Jan! I’m so happy that you are excited to make this. :) I used a 5.1 oz box of instant vanilla pudding in this recipe. It’s the larger box of pudding. If you only have smaller sized packs of pudding, and if you have a food scale, you could measure the mix until you have 5.1 oz. Hope this helps! Let me know if you have any other questions.


  15. youmen says

    Hi,please can you advise which biscuits you are using? i always get confused with types of biscuits..thank you

  16. Deanna S says

    Hi Julie,
    My daughter and her friend just finished making two banana pudding pie. I was going to post a picture but there is no option to do that. Thanks again for posting.

    • says

      Hi Deanna,

      Thank you for stopping by to let me know you enjoyed the pies! WordPress will not allow you to upload photos to comments but if you used Instagram, you could post there and tag @thisgalcooks in the post and I’ll be able to see it. :)

      Have a lovely weekend!

  17. Genn says

    Loved it! I used banana pudding mix instead of vanilla and made a vanilla waffer crust(instead of adding it to pudding mixture) So yummy! Crush 60 waffers. 1/3 c. Melted butter and a small handful white sugar. Mmmm!

  18. Chezney says

    I am getting ready to make this in the next 10 minutes and I wanted to know if I am supposed to crumble the vanilla wafers into the mix? Or just leave them whole? I can’t wait to taste this! I have been craving banana pudding all year!

  19. Judy says

    Could I use a 9 In Graham Cracker Crust instead of a baked Pillsbury Pie Crust?
    I can’t wait to make this wonderful pie.

    • says

      Hi Laurie,

      Yes, you can make this the day prior to serving. It will last 2-3 days after you make it. The bananas may turn darker but they are still okay to eat. I hope you enjoy the pie! :)


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