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Banana Cream Pie

This banana cream pie is rich, luxurious, and packed with banana flavor. It’s as good as any bakery pie, and it’s quite easy to make! 

A banana cream pie, with a banana in the background


Banana cream pie is one of my all-time favorite desserts. There’s something about it that’s just so magical to me. It’s loaded with rich and decadent custard, but the banana flavor is so tropical. The consistency is soft and smooth, and it melts in your mouth. It’s just a perfect dessert in my book. So it was important for me to make sure that I had a good banana cream pie recipe, so I could make it at home anytime that I was craving this amazing sweet treat. 

This recipe is fantastic. The texture ends up perfect every time, and the flavor of the banana really shines through. Despite looking and tasting like something you’d find at a fancy bakery, it’s actually a pretty straightforward recipe to follow, and it doesn’t require very much work. So the next time you’re craving banana cream pie, skip the bakery and make it yourself! 

A slice of banana cream pie on a plate

Why You’ll Love This Decadent Homemade Pie

I love to make this recipe. Here’s what makes it so special. 

  • Bakery quality. This is one of those desserts that you can serve to your friends and they’ll have no clue that you made it from scratch. In fact, they probably won’t even believe you when you tell them that you did. That’s how good this pie is. 
  • Easy to follow recipe. Making this pie takes a little bit of effort. There are a lot of steps involved, and it takes a fair amount of time. But the recipe is surprisingly easy to follow. 
  • Great for parties. This is one of the recipes that I love to make when I’m hosting or attending a party. As I said before, everyone who eats it will be totally impressed that you made it. But more importantly, it’s a really easy recipe to scale up. You can make 3 or 4 banana cream pies using about the same amount of time and effort as it takes to make 1 pie. 
Overhead view of the ingredients needed for banana cream pie: a bowl of eggs, a bowl of sugar, a bowl of cornstarch, a bowl of butter, a bowl of milk, a bowl of cream, a bowl of vanilla, and two bananas

Ingredients needed

Here are all the ingredients you’ll need to make this melt-in-your-mouth banana pie. Make sure to check out the recipe card at the bottom of the page to see the exact amounts for each of the ingredients. 

For the Filling:

  • Sugar
  • Cornstarch
  • Salt
  • Egg yolks
  • Milk – Use whole milk for the best results.
  • Cream
  • Butter – Make sure to use unsalted butter.
  • Vanilla – Try to always use 100% pure vanilla extract.

For the Topping:

  • Heavy cream
  • Powdered sugar 
  • Vanilla 

For the Assembly:

  • Pastry shell – You’ll need to bake and cool the pastry shell before starting this recipe.
  • Bananas 

How to Make Banana Cream Pie

Here’s how to make this perfect dessert. 

  • Mix the dry ingredients. Add the cornstarch and sugar to a bowl and whisk to combine. 
  • Add the eggs. Put the egg yolks and vanilla in the bowl with the dry ingredients, and whisk until smooth. 
  • Heat the dairy. Combine the milk and cream in a saucepan and heat until bubbles form around the edge and it nearly starts to boil.
  • Temper the eggs. Drizzle the hot milk and cream into the egg yolk mixture, while constantly whisking. 
  • Cook. Heat the mixture over a stove on medium heat while whisking, until it forms a pudding-like consistency. 
  • Add butter. Take the mixture off of the heat, and stir in the butter until it is fully melted and the mixture is perfectly smooth. Let the mixture cool, while occasionally stirring.
  • Chill. Cover the filling with plastic wrap, and place it in the fridge for at least 3 hours. 
  • Assemble the first layer. Add a small amount of the custard filling to the bottom of the cooled pastry crust. Then place sliced bananas over the top of the custard. 
  • Add the rest of the filling. Pour the rest of the custard on top of the bananas, and spread it around evenly.
  • Make the whipped cream. Beat the heavy cream until stiff peaks form, then add the powdered sugar and vanilla. Beat again until the whipped cream forms stiff peaks. 
  • Spread on top. Put the whipped cream on top of the pie and spread it evenly. 
  • Serve. Garnish the pie with more banana slices and serve. 

Tricks and Tips

Here are some tips to help you make the best possible banana cream pie. 

  • Room-temperature eggs. I always like to use room-temperature eggs when I make desserts. When eggs are cold, they don’t mix very well with other ingredients. Using room-temperature eggs makes for a smoother and silkier custard.
  • Add the milk slowly. The most critical part of this recipe is when you add the warm milk and cream to the eggs. If you add the dairy too quickly, the eggs will scramble, and your recipe will be ruined. Be very careful when adding the milk, and pour it very slowly while constantly whisking. Once a bit of the milk has been mixed with the eggs, you can start to pour the mixture more quickly. 
  • Strain. If you do end up with a couple pieces of scrambled egg in your mixture, you can pour it through a strainer before moving on. This only works if it is a very small amount and not mostly scrambled eggs.
  • Chill before eating. I really like to eat my banana cream pie cold. When you put the pie in the fridge, it firms up and the flavors get to meld a little bit. So I like to put the pie in the fridge after I make it, and let it sit there for an hour or two before eating it. I think it tastes a lot better. 
Close up view of a banana cream pie

What to Serve It With

Since this dessert is so sweet and decadent, you don’t need to serve it with any other foods. But I enjoy having a nice drink while I eat a slice of this pie. Here are a few drinks that go well with this treat. 

How to Store Leftovers 

Leftover banana cream pie will last in the fridge for up to 4 days. Just make sure that you store it in an airtight container, or cover it with plastic wrap. 

Can You Freeze Banana Cream Pie?

You can freeze this dessert, though the texture won’t be quite as good after you thaw it. If you plan to freeze it, you really want to do so before you top it with whipped cream. The whipped cream does not hold up well to freezing. Place the pie in an airtight container and store it in the freezer for up to 3 months. Thaw in the fridge overnight and then top with whipped cream to serve.

A slice of banana cream pie on a plate with a fork, with a banana in the background

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Yield: 8 servings

Banana Cream Pie

Close up of a slice of banana cream pie on a plate with a fork

This banana cream pie recipe is rich, indulgent, and super smooth. It's packed with banana flavor, and fairly easy to make.

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Additional Time 3 hours
Total Time 3 hours 20 minutes


For the Filling:

  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/4 cup cornstarch
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • 5 egg yolks
  • 2 cups whole milk
  • 1/2 cup heavy cream
  • 3 tablespoons butter
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

For the Topping:

  • 1 cup heavy cream
  • 1/4 cup powdered sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

For the Assembly:

  • 1 baked and cooled pastry shell
  • 2 bananas, peeled and sliced


  1. Whisk together the sugar and cornstarch in a large bowl. Add the egg yolks and vanilla, and whisk until the mixture is smooth and lightens in color.
  2. Pour the milk and heavy cream into a saucepan and heat it over medium heat until it almost boils over. You should see bubbles rising up around the edge of the saucepan.
  3. While whisking the egg yolks, slowly drizzle about a cup of the hot liquid into the mixture to temper the eggs. Slowly add the rest of the liquid while whisking, so the eggs don't scramble.
  4. Place the mixture on the stovetop and cook at medium temperature. Whisk constantly until the filling turns into a very thick consistency, like pudding.
  5. Remove the filling from the heat, and stir in the butter until it is melted and the custard is completely smooth. Let it begin to cool, and stir occasionally to bring down the temperature.
  6. Cover the top with plastic wrap and place it in the fridge for at least 3 hours, or until very chilled.
  7. Spread a very thin layer of the custard over the baked and cooled crust. Arrange the banana slices over the top of the custard.
  8. Add the rest of the filling on top and spread it evenly.
  9. Beat the whipped cream until stiff peaks form. Add in the powdered sugar and vanilla, and beat again until stiff peaks form.
  10. Spread the whipped cream over the top of the banana cream pie, garnish with fresh bananas, and serve.

Nutrition Information



Serving Size


Amount Per Serving Calories 426Total Fat 27gSaturated Fat 16gTrans Fat 1gUnsaturated Fat 9gCholesterol 189mgSodium 146mgCarbohydrates 39gFiber 1gSugar 26gProtein 7g

Nutrition Disclaimer: All information presented on this site is intended for informational purposes only. I am not a certified nutritionist and any nutritional information shared on should only be used as a general guideline.

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Saturday 1st of July 2023

Bonjour, J'espère pouvoir recevoir vos futures newsletters, car je ne vois aucun lien pour le faire.... Merci beaucoup depuis la France....


Thursday 29th of June 2023

Hi Erin, I'm just wondering if you made your own pastry shell or did you buy a pre-made one and if so, what kind of pastry would you recommend please? Many thanks.


Friday 30th of June 2023

Thank you so much Erin, I'm looking forward to making the Banana Cream Pie!

Erin S

Friday 30th of June 2023

I use the pie crust recipe I used in my Strawberry Pop Tarts recipe, I just used half of that recipe. But you can use any pre-made one as well. My favorite is Pillsbury.


Monday 26th of June 2023

I haven't had banana cream pie in forever this makes me want to make it


Friday 23rd of June 2023

This looks so rich and delicious. I absolutely love banana cream pie, and this looks like a great one.

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