Thursday, March 1, 2012

No-Bake Banana Cream Pie

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I first heard of Banana Cream Pie when I was a kid watching Gilligan's Island re-runs after school. I love this no bake version because the hardest part of the entire process is waiting for the pie to set up so we could dig in. 

Ingredients:
  • 7-10 Graham Crackers (processed until crumb and added to 1/4 cup of melted butter or a prepared store-bought graham cracker pie crust
  • 8oz brick of plain cream cheese at room temperature
  • 1 box of vanilla jello pudding
  • 1 1/2 cups of milk
  • 4-5 bananas sliced 
  •  1 tub of cool whip topping



Directions For the Crust:
Crumble graham crackers and added 1/4 cup of butter to make it into a wet sand like consistency.  Then gently press it into a pie pan to make the shape of the crust.  Bake at 350 degrees for 5 minutes.  Allow to cool.







Directions For the Cream Filling:
 
Use an electric hand mixer to beat the cream cheese until creamy. Then add vanilla instant pudding and milk.  Once well blended fold in 1/4 of the tub of cool whip topping. 



Place a layer of sliced bananas on the pie crust.


Then put half the cream filling in a layer and top with another layer of sliced bananas.  Finish off with the remaining cream filling and top that with the remaining cool whip topping.

Refrigerate for 4-6 hours or overnight before serving.  Garnish with sliced of thick bananas (optional). Note:  If you decided to garnish with bananas on top do it just before serving so the bananas don't brown.   Enjoy.


 


 

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24 comments:

  1. SO yummy, Ramona! This is one of my hubby's favorites...and your shortcuts are wonderful. Anything to avoid rolling out a pie crust is OK by me :)

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  2. Interesting short cuts to this wonderful, comfort dessert. :)

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  3. Looks like a great idea for a quick and easy dessert!

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  4. Oh Ramona this looks delicious. Easy too, I love the graham cracker crust for pies. Have a wonderful day.

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  5. Always good to have a quick and scrumptious dessert recipe up your sleeve in case of company!! This one fills the bill!!

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  6. I like this kind of recipe: quick and easy to do.

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  7. I have never tried a banana cream pie before! Looks wonderful though!

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  8. Ramona, I think you read my mind today. I have been craving something banana for a while, but I can't have it because of lent!! haha...I will just have to just enjoy your pictures in the meantime!

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  9. This is a great way of using bananas. I love anything no bake...so easy! Great pictures!

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  10. That looks delicious and easy--the perfect dessert for when you are crunched for time.

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  11. I also grew up watching Gilligan's Island re-runs, hehe. Hubby loves this pie but never made it for him. I didn't know it was so easy. Thanks for sharing!

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  12. When I was a little girl we use to make this all the time. I couldn't get enough of it. In fact, I'd just put my spoon into the pie and eat it. I was a skinny rail of a child and ran around so much nothing stuck to me. I'd forgotten about banana cream pie. Now I guess I'll have to make some. Thanks for reminding me.

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  13. Mmmmm, yes please! Pies and cream pies are something I didn't grow up with, but I have come to love them. and banana must be mu absolute favorite - looks fantastic!

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  14. My dad would have loved this. He used to get the frozen ones, EW!!!

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  15. OOO, banana cream pie! It's definitely one of my top desserts! This looks wonderful and it's great that it's a no-bake pie! Easy and simple, I love it! Waiting is definitely the hardest part for me too...whether it's baked or not :) Great post, have a lovely day Ramona!

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  16. I am not only in love with this recipe but also with the other posting listed as "You might also like:" suggestions.

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  17. Ramona - this looks delicious! I LOVE banana cream pie...one of my all time favorites!

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  18. This pie looks heavenely my friend - I am dying for a delicious slice :)
    Fresh but creamy!

    Cheers
    Choc Chip Uru
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  19. I probably tried banana cream pie once or twice, because I don't make desserts at home, so I only taste it outside home. I never thought it's this easy to make, but the cream part might be tricky for a beginner like me. Looks really good!

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  20. it's probably a little too late to ask for a slice of this pie. I love banana pie but around here bananas don't last long enough for me to make a pie out of them

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  21. I love banana cream pies and I like the no-bake aspect to this one! Great idea to use the cream cheese too!

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  22. Wow! These Banana cream pie looks heavenly! I love no bake recipe that can be done in no time! Especially when I have 2 hungry teenagers at home that are forever HUNGRY!! Thanks for sharing this recipe. :)

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  23. Oh banana and cream cheese sounds heavenly! This is a must try recipe Ramona!

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