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Peanut-Butter Banana Cream Pie

This month, we’re featuring no-bake desserts for warm summer evenings. Today, Alaina of Fabtastic Eats is sharing her family’s recipe for banana cream pie. This combination of bananas, peanut butter and chocolate would be a total crowd-pleaser. Here’s how it’s done…

Banana Cream Pie
by Alania Pouliot of Fabtastic Eats

Banana cream pie is a classic in my eyes. Growing up, my mom made it often, and it was the only pie I would ever touch. (It took me a while to really learn to love pie.) Nowadays this classic is what I always go back to, and now I make it for my own kids.

It seems like these days, everyone’s favorite combination is banana and peanut butter—and if you add a touch of chocolate then we’re really talking! And this banana cream pie has a little something extra: the crust is made from Nutter Butter cookies, all mashed up…I think it’s my favorite part! Then it’s layered with fresh bananas, pudding, topped with peanut-butter whipped cream, and finished off with a drizzle of chocolate syrup.

We had company over for dinner one night and this pie disappeared quickly. It’s fantastic and comes together in a cinch! It’s also a great make-ahead dessert.

Recipe: Banana Cream Pie

You’ll need:

(For the crust)
26 Nutter Butter cookies
4 tbsp. butter, melted

(For the filling)
2 bananas, sliced about ¼” thick
1 oz box vanilla pudding (prepared according to instructions on box—you will need 2 cups milk)
2 cups heavy cream
2 tbsp. sugar
½ tsp. vanilla
¼ cup + 2 tbsp. peanut butter
2 tbsp. mascarpone or cream cheese
chocolate syrup for drizzling (optional)

Add all but two of the cookies to a gallon-sized ziplock bag, seal well. Using a rolling pin, mash the cookies until they have turned into crumbs.

Add the crumbs to a medium sized bowl and drizzle in the melted butter. Toss to fully coat the crumbs. Pour into a 9” pie dish and begin spreading out the crumbs and pressing firmly along the bottom and up the sides of the pie pan to create your crust. Once firm, pop your crust in the freezer while you finish preparing the filling.

Now make your vanilla pudding, according to the instructions on the box. I like to whisk together the contents of the box plus 2 cups of cold milk. It thickens within five minutes and is ready to go.

In a large bowl, add the heavy cream, sugar and vanilla. Begin beating the mixture, either by hand or using an electric mixer. Once it begins to thicken, but isn’t completely whipped cream yet, add the peanut butter and mascarpone. Continue beating the whipped cream until stiff peaks form, then stop. You don’t want to overdo it.

Now that everything has been prepped, remove your crust from the freezer and place the banana slices in an even layer covering the entire crust. Add the vanilla pudding next, evenly spreading it. Top with the peanut-butter whipped cream, using a rubber spatula to push the cream to the edges of the pie. If you’d like, drizzle with chocolate syrup, and crush the remaining two Nutter Butters on top.

Store in the fridge until ready to serve. Enjoy!

Thank you so much, Alaina!

(Photos and recipe by Alaina Pouliot of Fabtastic Eats. Thanks to Caroline Donofrio for helping with this series)

  1. I just love these recipe features, but if combination with strawbeery i think its so delicious.

  2. Looks delicious! Just wondering what the equivalent of vanilla pudding is in the UK? Is it like custard? I’d really like to make it :)

  3. Wow! I need all the no-bake recipes in my air-conditioner-less kitchen. This pie looks fantastic!

  4. I made this pie last night and dreamt about it all night! I ate a piece of the pie this morning and it was superb! My summer go to pie! xo
    ps I like the real whipped cream to offset the instant vanilla pudding.

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  6. What is vanilla pudding? I haven’t heard of it in the UK but would love to try this. Also, would any butter cookie do as, again, I’ve never heard of that particular brand over here. Thanks. X

  7. What is vanilla pudding? I haven’t heard of it in the UK but would love to try this. Also, would any butter cookie do as, again, I’ve never heard of that particular brand over here. Thanks. X

  8. This and all of the other recipes you post looks absolutely delectable, but I wish you would post some healthier recipes, too :) I need to cut back on the sugar and butter in my food…

  9. made this last night and brought it to work. my coworkers absolutely devoured it. so absolutely delicious. i used a 3.4 oz box of vanilla pudding though, not sure if that is a typo in the recipe or not… thanks for the recipe, it is fab!

    • Elvina says...

      Did using the 3.4 oz pudding mix make a difference, you think? Did your pie seem overfilled at all?

  10. I’m pregnant, I need this pie!! Will be making very soon.

  11. OMG I wan’t to dive into that creamy deliciousness!!!

  12. OH MY GOSH. Banana cream pie is my mom’s fave, and peanut butter is mine…may have to make this for her birthday next month.

  13. Putting a layer of bananas on the bottom is such a great idea! Looks delicious!

  14. Well. I do believe I have found what I am doing this weekend ;)

  15. This looks absolutely to DIE for! Banana cream pie has always been my favorite, and my family indulges me every year on my birthday. I’ll definitely be making this one soon!

    Lindsay from Dearest Darling

  16. WOW. The nutter butter crust and banana cream is the food partnership of my dreams. Thanks for this

    Maura//Ragamuffin Recipes

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  18. As a 9 months pregnant chick, I am a pretttttty big fan of this series at the moment. Cold dessert is pretty much the only thing I want to eat right now!

  19. Oh my word, this just looks so delicious. I know what I am making this weekend!

    Beccy // Bluebell & Bumpkin

  20. I make something similar that is a hit. One step that I add that I think is fantastic is to put a layer of melted chocolate on top of the crust and underneath the pudding. Because you can never have too much chocolate right?

    Love the nutter butter idea–I will have to try that!

  21. This looks too good not to try. This is def getting whipped up in my kitchen this weekend!

  22. I will be making this VERY soon!

  23. ahhhhh that looks so good! my husband + i do an annual cabin trip with friends and this looks like the perfect dessert to bring to one of the group dinners. thanks for sharing!

  24. I just love these recipe features. This is far and away my favorite blog!