Easy Banana Cream Pie (with Nilla Wafer Crust)

To me, the best desserts are those that are gooey, chocolatey, and amazingly rich. However, my husband likes to switch it up every once in a while and he requested a banana cream pie this past week.
I have a confession to make . . . I don’t like pie crust.
I think that it’s bland and tasteless. Give me something chewy and chocolatey any day!
But, in order to save the marriage (ha ha!), I decided to compromise. I told him that I would make him a banana cream pie . . . but that I would make it my way.
The end result was perfect! I went with a Nilla Wafer Cookie crust (I was out of graham crackers, but I bet that a graham cracker crust would be awesome too!) and it was a big hit! I loved it, he loved it, the neighbors loved it . . . and the best part about it was that is was so simple to make.
So if you need a delicious dessert and are looking for something a little different, I would definitely give this a try!

Easy Banana Cream Pie
80 Nilla Wafer cookies, crushed (about one 12 oz box)
1/2 cup butter, melted
1 (8 oz) package cream cheese (light is fine)
2 cups powdered sugar
2 (8 oz) containers Cool Whip, thawed (light is fine)
1 box (5.1 oz) banana cream instant pudding
2 cups milk (skim is fine)
3 bananas, sliced

Mix together the crushed cookies and melted butter. Press into a 9×13″ baking pan. Bake at 350 degrees for 10 minutes. Let cool.
Beat together the cream cheese, powdered sugar, and 1 container of Cool Whip. Spread on top of cooled cookie crust.
Beat together the banana cream pudding with milk. Let stand for about 4-5 minutes until it has thickened. Spread on top of cream cheese layer.
Spread sliced bananas on top of pudding, covering the entire pan.
Spread the last container of Cool Whip on top of the bananas. Let set in the fridge for at least 2 hours before serving.
Top with caramel sauce, sliced bananas and crushed cookies as a garnish (totally optional, but it makes it look good).


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  1. Annie says

    I made this dessert and it was great. I did modify the recipe slightly. I’m not sure the servings you planned for this recipe, but I found that a whole box of nilla wafers (11oz.) made 2 9in pies. I left out the powdered sugar to decrease the sugar. I used vanilla pudding with bananas mixed in because I personally think banana pudding can taste artificial. My only criticism is that I think the cream cheese layer was too thick and the pudding layer was too thin, I would adjust this next time I make it. Thank you for the recipe it was a big hit with my husband and at work.

  2. Joy Barker says

    I think it will be delicious with or without cream cheese and the nilla wafers sound delicious and i have often thought of them in that manner but just wasn’t sure as how to incorperate them!! Now Thanks For Your Suggestion’s !!!
    Best Regards Joy :)

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