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Best Ever Banana Pudding Pie

Crowd pleasing Banana Pudding Pie is ready to serve in under a half hour! The only thing you have to bake is the crust. Creamy vanilla pudding is filled with fresh bananas and vanilla wafers, topped with Cool Whip, vanilla wafers and a drizzle of caramel sauce. DELICIOUS!

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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.

How to make Banana Pudding Pie

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.

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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.

More Dessert Recipes

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

Yield: 8
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 20 minutes

Crowd pleasing Banana Pudding Pie is ready to serve in under a half hour! The only thing you have to bake is the crust. Creamy vanilla pudding is filled with fresh bananas and vanilla wafers, topped with Cool Whip, vanilla wafers and a drizzle of caramel sauce. DELICIOUS!


  • 1 9 pinch pie crust, prepped, baked and cooled
  • 2 C chopped vanilla wafers
  • 2 small bananas
  • 1 8oz tub Cool Whip, divided
  • 1 1/2 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 1 1/2 C 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:
Yield: 8 Serving Size: 1 slice
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 283 Total Fat: 12g Saturated Fat: 8g Trans Fat: 0g Unsaturated Fat: 4g Cholesterol: 4mg Sodium: 174mg Carbohydrates: 41g Net Carbohydrates: 0g Fiber: 1g Sugar: 26g Sugar Alcohols: 0g Protein: 4g

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143 comments on “Best Ever Banana Pudding Pie”

  1. 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. I think I would keep it all to myself too! Looks great!

  3. Pre-packaged ingredients or not – this pie looks MOUTHWATERING!!!

  4. 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.

  5. This looks heavenly! I don’t blame you for not sharing it!

  6. I remember this bad boy from instagram.

    I’ve been craving banana pudding like no other all summer long. Now I know what I’ll be making this weekend….

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  8. 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!

    • 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. :)

      • Hi Julie….thank you for sharing. By the way…Trader Joe’s has the best frozen pie crust. The difference is amazing in taste! Happy Summer!

  9. 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

  10. 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 :)

  11. 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!!!!

    • 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! :)

      • I’m like Carol, the cooked pies taste so much better, texture and flavor in my opinion.
        Looks like an AWESOME recipe though.

        • Hi Janet!

          I love some cooked pies, like apple, cherry, pumpkin and pecan. They are SO good! This pudding pie is great even though it isn’t cooked (except for the crust). Thank you so much for your comment. I appreciate it. Have a great Thanksgiving! :)

  12. Man do I love your sweet streaks!! This pie is to die for! I wouldn’t share either :)

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  14. this looks so yummy!

  15. I Love Banana Pudding! And this Banana Pie Can’t Wait To Try looks Delicious.

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  18. 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 !!!

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  21. 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.

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  23. Hello!

    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!

    • 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!

  24. does the type of milk matter? I only have fat free.

  25. vergogna chiamarlo dolce. è veleno!!

  26. It was great!!!

  27. 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!

    • 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!

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

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  33. 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.

  34. 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!

  35. just curious could you use banana pudding instead of vanilla or would it be too over powering?

    • 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. :)

  36. Hi!

    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?



    • 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.


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

  38. Thanks for the simple (but delish) recipe! I am about to make 2 of these as a dish to pass at my husbands 10 year H.S. reunion! XO

  39. 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.

    • 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!

  40. I haven’t tried to make an banana pie! MUST try!
    thank you

  41. thank you I love this recipe i wiil try it .

  42. 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!

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  45. Absolutely yummy. Love easy recipes. Thanks

  46. Yummy easy recipe.

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  49. 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!

  50. 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.

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  52. Can you make this one day in advance of eating?

    • 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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  56. Dang. I didn’t see the milk measurement because it’s not toward the top of the ingredient list and I read a comment that said to make the pudding first so I just followed the directions on the box which calls for 3 cups of milk instead of 1 1/2. Seems like it’ll still work okay, but I am worried about it setting up (hope there’s not too much liquid consistency) and now I also have a TON of pie filling leftover (I could’ve filled two). It would be really helpful to also list in the directions to only use 1 1/2 cups of milk.

    • Hello,

      I’m sorry the recipe didn’t work for you but the recipe ingredients list 1 1/2 C of milk as the measurement of milk to use. In the past, I’ve made measurement mistakes when following recipes because I read through the recipe too fast. I find it helpful to read the entire recipe before attempting to make it. That said, I updated the instructions to also reflect the 1 1/2 C milk measurement.

      Have a wonderful day!

  57. I’ll never understand why it’s called banana cream pie instead vanilla cream pie with bananas. The pudding should be banana. You can use banana pudding & I’ve always found that the cooked pudding is much better than instant! You can even mash bananas and use it in pudding to hey banana flavor.

    • I prefer vanilla pudding. When I was growing up, my family always made banana pudding with vanilla pudding – and that’s what I based this pie off of: my family’s banana pudding. If you prefer banana flavored pudding, use the banana flavored pudding instead. ??

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  59. I am making this for Christmas Eve dinner. Should I make it the day of or can I make it the night before?

    • Hi Caitlyn,

      You can make it the night before but just a heads up – the crust may be soggy next day. I’ve had leftovers of this pie (still taste wonderful) but the crust isn’t crisp like it is the day it’s made.

      Hope you enjoy the pie!

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  61. Hi. I’m currently making this recipe for a coworker who is retiring. I don’t have time to whip it up the morning of so I was wondering if I made it tonight would the vanilla wafers and bananas still be good tomorrow (bananas not brown and vanilla wafers soggy)?  Thanks! 

    • Hello,

      The vanilla wafers will be soft the next day. They won’t be extremely soggy but they won’t be crisp and crunchy like they are when eaten the day it’s made. The bananas will be a little brown but to help with this, you may toss them in a little lemon juice and that will help prevent them from turning brown.

      I hope you enjoy the pie! :)

  62. 10* all the way!! Omg the best and easiest ever‼️🍰 I keeping this as my go to recipe ! So yummy, I used a salted caramel to drizzle on the top… perfect !! 

    Rating: 5
  63. I have made this at LEAST a dozen times and it is perfect. and SO easy. The difference is having the bananas AND vanilla wafers IN the cake vs just on the bottom or sides. Wonderful!

    Rating: 5
    • Hi Linda! I am so happy you enjoyed the recipe! The cookies within the cake definitely makes it stand out and taste incredible! Thank you for leaving a comment to let me know you love the recipe. :)

  64. Hi!  Do you think this recipe would be freezer friendly?  It looks absolutely delicious!  We can’t wait to try it!

    • Hello,

      I am not sure if it is freezer friendly. I don’t freeze many meals – just a personal preference. If you try freezing it, please let me know how it works for you.

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  66. Trying to get the Banana cream recipe

    • Hello,

      The recipe is there now. There was an issue with the plugin while I was trying to change to a different plugin. Apologies for the inconvenience.

  67. Why can I no longer see this recipe? This was my mothers and MIL favorite pie I make for them every year. Now i wont be able to make it because the recipe is no longer showing and states it was removed.

    Rating: 5
    • Hello,

      The recipe is there now. There was an issue with the plugin while I was trying to change to a different plugin. Apologies for the inconvenience.

  68. The link for the recipe doesn’t work.

    • Hello,

      The recipe is there now. There was an issue with the plugin while I was trying to change to a different plugin. Apologies for the inconvenience.

  69. I think I might cry…I found this recipe yesterday and bought everything to make it and now the recipe is not showing up. It just says Tasty Recipe ID….panic panic! Lol Any chance you can post recipe and instructions here. I am doing the Cookies and Creme Pudding Pie and the recipe is showing up for that one so I think it is just this page that is malfunctioning. Thanks so much!!!

    • Hello,

      The recipe is there now. There was an issue with the plugin while I was trying to change to a different plugin. Apologies for the inconvenience.

  70. I’ve made this pie 6 times in the last month. It is a huge hit! I get so many compliments and requests for the recipe. After researching different recipes, I decided to use half banana cream half vanilla on the pudding. I use cool whip for the filling but topped it with homemade. Soooo good.

    Rating: 5
  71. I’ve been making this for Thanksgiving and Christmas for several years now.  Looks fabulous, tastes fantastic.  Always a family favorite. I prefer it over traditional banana pudding. You should hear the gasps when it comes out of the fridge!!

    Rating: 5
  72. Can I make this today and refrigerate overnight?

  73. Great and easy recipe. Me and my daughter made. Thanks for sharing 

    Rating: 5
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  76. I made this for the first time on Thanksgiving and my family is asking for it again. It is easy-peasy and delicious.

  77. Can you make this a day ahead?

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  80. It’s easy and good! Loved it❤️ 😊 T.Y

    Rating: 4
  81. Just made this and it’s delicious! Do you think this could be frozen?

    • Hi Annie, I am glad you enjoyed the recipe! Thank you for letting me know. I have never frozen a pudding pie so I do not know if it can be frozen.

  82. Could I use a ready made graham cracker crust?

  83. Why did mine turn out runny?

    Rating: 3
    • Two questions:
      1. Did you use dairy milk?
      2. Did you use the larger size pudding box?

      I’ve made this so many times and it’s never been runny. The only thing I can think is that you either used the wrong sized pudding box or used non-dairy milk. Let me know so I can troubleshoot.

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