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No-Bake Banana Cream Pie with Graham Cracker Crust

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A delicious dessert is just minutes away with this easy recipe. Homemade treats do not get much easier than this no bake banana cream pie and the results are fabulous!

Slice of no cook banana cream pie with a pile of whipped cream on top on a yellow plate.

This easy banana cream pie recipe is perfect for a last minute dessert. It is such a wonderful way to serve a homemade banana cream pie with almost no effort.

This great recipe requires no cooking and just a few simple ingredients. It is perfect for making during the warmer months, but is delicious all year long.

Life is always hectic this time of year. There are festivals, dance recitals, end of school year activities and more.

But just because life is busy doesn’t mean you can’t eat deliciously. It just means you have to have a few tricks up your sleeves!

Putting whipped cream into a mixing bowl with pudding mixture.

This no-cook banana cream pie is perfect for a carry-in. It’s also a great cool and creamy summer treat.

With the help of a premade pie crust and some instant pudding, you can have it ready to go in about 10 minutes. The hardest part is whipping the cream, and I know you can handle that!

You can eat your pie right away if you’d like, but I like letting it sit in the refrigerator for a bit first.  It gives the banana a chance to give some flavor to the pie and helps it firm up a bit.

Putting whipped cream into a mixing bowl with pudding mixture.

For this pie you want to use nice yellow fresh bananas. The green ones are a little to firm and starchy.

A few brown spots on the peel are ok, but you really don’t want to use overripe brown bananas. Save those for banana bread, banana cupcakes or nice cream!

Easy Adaptations and Substitutions

You can make your own graham cracker crust rather than using a premade crust if you want. Combine 1 1/2 cups of graham cracker crumbs, 1/3 cup of granulated white sugar, and 6 Tablespoons of melted butter.

If you are a big banana pudding fan, you can use vanilla wafers to make a crust rather than graham crackers. The vanilla wafer crust recipe is the same, just swap in crushed vanilla wafers.

If you like bolder flavors, ginger snaps would be a fun option as well. Or you could always make an Oreo pie crust.

layering banana slices on top of pudding mixture in graham cracker crust.

As easy as this recipe is, the most time consuming part is making the whipped cream. You can shave a couple of minutes off the prep time by using cool whip instead if you prefer.

For a stronger banana flavor, try using instant banana pudding mix instead of vanilla. It would be interesting to try a chocolate version as well.

These small changes are easy to make and can help you to customize your pie to your tastes. No matter what, it is going to be a delicious banana pudding pie!

How can I garnish the banana cream pie?

If you want to add banana slices to the top of the pie, wait until you are ready to serve it so they don’t oxidize and turn brown. Or try adding some toasted coconut for tropical flare.

More Great Dessert Recipes

If you are in the mood for quick and easy desserts, you may also like my cousin Emily’s no bake peanut butter chocolate bars. They are one of my husband’s all time favorites!

If it’s banana goodness you are in the mood for, you are going to love Di’s banana cake. It does take some baking, but the caramel frosting makes it totally worth it!

Or if you have a little bit more time on your hands, whip up an old fashioned banana cream pie. It uses a pastry crust and homemade vanilla pudding rather than using instant pudding mix.

Do you have a favorite quick and easy dessert recipe? I’m all ears. After all, I’m always looking for an excuse to whip up a treat!

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Slice of no cook banana cream pie with a pile of whipped cream on top on a yellow plate.

No-Bake Banana Cream Pie

This delicious dessert recipe is as easy as can be to make. It has all of the flavor of a classic banana cream pie, but only takes a few minutes to put together. The fact that it is so easy makes it one of the best banana cream pie recipes there is!
4.80 from 48 ratings
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 0 minutes
Total Time 10 minutes
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Servings 8 Servings
Calories 432 kcal


Whipped Cream

  • 2 cups heavy whipping cream super cold
  • 2 Tablespoons granulated sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract


  • 1 cup cold milk
  • ½ teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 3.4 ounce box instant vanilla pudding mix
  • 9 inch graham cracker crust
  • 2 medium bananas sliced


  • Pour heavy whipping cream, sugar and vanilla into a medium bowl and beat on high speed until medium to stiff peaks form. Set aside.
    2 cups heavy whipping cream, 2 Tablespoons granulated sugar, 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • In a large bowl, whisk milk, vanilla and pudding mix until smooth and thick. Fold in 3 cups of your whipping cream.
    1 cup cold milk, ½ teaspoon vanilla extract, 3.4 ounce box instant vanilla pudding mix
  • Spoon half of pie filling mixture into pie crust. Layer with banana slices then another layer of the pudding mixture. Top with second pudding layer remaining whipped cream and refrigerate until ready to serve.
    9 inch graham cracker crust, 2 medium bananas
  • If desired, garnish with fresh banana slices right before serving.
  • Refrigerate any leftover pie.


Bananas oxidize when exposed to the air. To keep them from turning mushy and brown, you can either wait until you are ready to serve to garnish the top of the pie with bananas. If you want to prep it ahead of time, lightly spray the sliced banana with lemon juice or lime juice. It works in a similar way as it does with apple slices.



Serving: 1sliceCalories: 432kcalCarbohydrates: 42gProtein: 4gFat: 28gSaturated Fat: 15gPolyunsaturated Fat: 11gTrans Fat: 1gCholesterol: 70mgSodium: 365mgFiber: 1gSugar: 27g
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This super simple banana cream pie is perfect for a last minute dessert. It’s also a great quick and easy make ahead. There is no cooking involved, it only takes a few minutes to make and requires just a few simple ingredients!

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Thursday 24th of November 2022

How much cool whip would you use, instead of making whip cream?


Friday 25th of November 2022

An 8 oz tub should work, but if your family really likes cool whip you can use the 16 oz. tub. The exact equivalent would be between the two.


Sunday 9th of June 2019

Thank you!

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Sunday 2nd of June 2019

Yum! I haven't had banana pie in years!


Sunday 9th of June 2019

It's such an easy way to make a pie!


Tuesday 21st of May 2019

This banana cream pie looks fabulous and I love that it is no cook.


Sunday 9th of June 2019

The no cook part makes it perfect for summer!


Friday 17th of May 2019

I'm gonna have to whip this pie up this weekend. YUM!


Sunday 9th of June 2019

I hope you love it!