May 15, 2014

Banana Pudding Pie

Love banana pudding?  Then you will flip for this amazing Banana Pudding Pie!  Vanilla wafer crust with scratch-made vanilla pudding filling, all topped with fluffy golden-brown meringue ... it's the classic comfort dessert we love, even better.  'Cause it's pie.

Banana Pudding.  Or, 'nanner pudding, as we say in our house.  It's such a fabulous classic Southern dessert.  And I love it in all  its many forms ... 'regular', as we call it, made with packaged pudding and whipped topping, old-fashioned scratch-made with meringue topping, trifles, individual parfaits, ... you name it.  And now we love it as ... pie!

This Banana Pudding Pie has all the comfort we look for in classic banana pudding, in fun pie form.

So let's talk about this awesome pie!

Banana Pudding Pie starts off with a crust of crushed vanilla wafers, that then gets filled with layers of scratch-made vanilla pudding, sliced bananas, and more vanilla wafers {oh my} ...

... which is all topped with fluffy, golden-brown meringue.

All just waiting for your fork to dive in.  And believe me, you will  want your fork to dive in.  So if you love banana pudding in all its creamy-comfort glory, you've got to give Banana Pudding Pie a try.

Or if you want to try the classic flavors of banana pudding in a more adventurous form, give Banana Pudding Popcorn from my friends at Tastebuds Popcorn a try.  Oh yes, they did  turn banana pudding into popcorn.

Either way you take your banana pudding, your tastebuds will thank you!  I'm sure of it.

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Banana Pudding Pie
Source:  Adapted from Classic Southern Desserts, from the editors of Southern Living
(Printable recipe)
  • 1 (11 oz.) box vanilla wafers
  • 1/3 c. butter, melted
  • pinch ground nutmeg
Pudding Filling:
  • 3 large bananas, sliced
  • 3/4 c. granulated sugar
  • 1/3 c. all-purpose flour
  • 4 egg yolks {keep the whites for the meringue topping!}
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 c. whole milk
  • 2 tsp. vanilla extract
  • 4 egg whites
  • 1/4 c. granulated sugar
  • 1/4 tsp. cream of tartar
  1. PREPARE CRUST: Set aside 28 vanilla wafers. Pulse remaining vanilla wafers in a food processor about 10 times until coarsely crushed, yielding about 1 1/2 cups of crumbs. {If you don't have a food processor, place vanilla wafers in a gallon-sized ziptop bag and crush with a meat mallet or the bottom of a glass jar.} Combine crumbs, melted butter, and nutmeg, stirring until well blended. Press firmly into the bottom, up the sides, and onto the lip of an 8-inch or 9-inch pie plate.
  2. Bake at 350 degrees for 10 minutes, or until lightly browned. Place on a wire rack to cool completely {about 30 minutes}.
  3. PREPARE VANILLA PUDDING FILLING: Slice bananas just prior to beginning to prepare pudding filling; arrange half of banana slices evenly over the bottom of the crust. In a heavy saucepan, whisk together the 3/4 cup sugar, flour, 4 egg yolks, 2 whole eggs, and milk. Cook over medium-low heat, whisking constantly, 8 to 10 minutes until mixture is very thick, like the consistency of chilled pudding {it will seem like this thickness will never happen, but it will! The mixture will have just begun to bubble and will turn thick.} Remove from heat and stir in vanilla extract.
  4. Immediately spread half of hot pudding mixture over bananas. Top with 22 vanilla wafers. Spread 3/4 cup hot pudding mixture over vanilla wafers and top with remaining banana slices. Spread remaining hot pudding mixture {about a cup} over banana slices.
  5. PREPARE MERINGUE TOPPING: Beat egg whites with an electric mixer at high speed until foamy. Add cream of tartar and continue beating until soft peaks form.
  6. With the mixer running, add sugar about 1 tablespoon at a time, beating until stiff peaks form and sugar is dissolved. Spread meringue evenly over hot pudding filling, sealing the edges.
  7. Bake at 350 degrees for 10 to 12 minutes until meringue is golden brown. Let cool on a wire rack until pie is completely cooled {about 1 hour}.
  8. Coarsely crush remaining 6 vanilla wafers and sprinkle on top of the meringue. Chill at least 4 hours before serving.
- The chilling time is very important.  If cut before fully chilled, the pie will not be set and the pieces will be too soft and squishy.
- It's best to make this pie in the morning of the day it will be served ... that's when it's 'prettiest.'  While it can indeed be stored in the refrigerator for a couple days and is quite tasty, the bananas do start to brown a tad over time.


Please enjoy these other delicious chilled pies from The Kitchen is My Playground ...


  1. I put sirarcha on my popcorn.

    1. You are much braver than me, Sandy H.!

  2. My favorite way to enjoy popcorn is watching a movie with my family.

  3. I love popcorn with butter, salt and a little sugar.

  4. While watching Dancing with the Stars with my hubby!

  5. I enjoy my popcorn with my daughter while we are watching movies! We also love to watch it popping in the air popper!

  6. I can't decide if the pie or the popcorn sound better. I guess I'll have to try both :)

    1. Most definitely, Laura. Most definitely.

  7. I would absolutely love to try the Lemon Poppyseed flavor! :)

  8. I love eating a bowl of popcorn with my friends when we get together for a Girl's Movie Night! :)

  9. I love popcorn and I love pie so I'm going to try both.

    1. GREAT thinking, Elizabeth! They're both absolutely delicious. :-)

  10. My favorite way to enjoy popcorn is at the movies

  11. This looks delicious! I would love for you share it on my Tasty Tuesday recipe link up here! Everything gets pinned and I would love to have you!

  12. I like your version...the vanilla wafer crust...nice! Weird, but we both put out a banana pudding pie recipe on the same day. Great minds!!

    Thanks for sharing!!

  13. Looks good! I would love it if you joined and contribute your awesome posts at my link party at City of Creative Dreams on Fridays :D Hope to see you there at City of Creative Dreams Link Party.

  14. This looks really scrumptious. I pinned it. Thanks so much for sharing this recipe.

  15. We love "nanner pudding" and this looks so good! Thank you for sharing at The Wednesday Round Up! We hope to see you back next week!

  16. Mmm ... this looks so good! I haven't had a slice in ages; might be time to make a pie;)

  17. Congrats on being featured on The Wednesday Roundup Link Party! Your post is pinned to our link party pinterest board! Come link up again this week!


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