Easy Banana Cream Pie (with Nilla Wafer Crust)

Our layered Homemade Banana Cream Pie has a chewy nilla wafer crust, a soft cream cheese layer, creamy banana pudding, fresh sliced bananas, and whipped topping for the perfect summer dessert. Made in a 9x13" pan, this is one pie that will feed a crowd.

This is the easiest banana cream pie recipe, maybe ever. With a delicious nilla wafer crust, gooey cream cheese layer, and banana pudding topped with fresh bananas, whipped topping and caramel, it’s cool, sweet, and perfect for summer.

 

It’s a great 9×13 dessert option (so it’s great for feeding a crowd!) and it’s practically no bake. In fact, I know you can get away with skipping the crust baking step because I’ve totally done that in a pinch.

 

Everyone time I make this, it is devoured in moments! Everyone loves it (myself, my husband, my neighbors, my kids) and the best part about it is that it’s so fast and simple to make.

 

If you want to make this into actual pies, just split up the layers between two 9″ pie pans instead of one 9×13″ pan.

How to make banana cream pie with nilla wafer crust

  1. Mix together the crushed cookies and melted butter. You can crush the cookies by hand, but I prefer using a food processor for quick, even crumbs. Press into a 9×13″ baking pan, then *bake at 350 degrees for 10 minutes. Remove from the oven and let it cool.
    *You really could skip this step in a pinch. The crust won’t hold together as well, but it will still taste the same.
  2. Beat together the cream cheese, powdered sugar, and 1 container of Cool Whip. Spread on top of cooled cookie crust.
  3. 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.
  4. Spread sliced bananas on top of pudding, covering the entire pan.
  5. Spread the last container of Cool Whip on top of the bananas. Let set in the fridge for at least 2 hours before serving (you could definitely serve it immediately, but it won’t slice as nicely or be quite set up. It will still taste the same).
  6. Top with caramel sauce, sliced bananas and crushed cookies as a garnish (totally optional, but it makes it look good).

what else could i make the crust out of?

I have a confession to make. I don’t like pie crust. I think that it’s bland and tasteless.
But, in order to save my marriage (I married a pie crust lover), 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 and it was a big hit. If you don’t like pie crust, or want to try another type, we’d recommend these:
  • Vanilla Oreos
  • Biscoff Cookies
  • Teddy Grahams
  • Graham Crackers

And if you’re one of the many who do actually like homemade pie crust, you can use this recipe.

can i make this recipe ahead of time?

If you need to make this recipe ahead of time, we would recommend making the crust first and then assembling the rest of it two hours before serving.

Because there are fresh bananas in the recipe, they will brown if assembled too early.

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Serves: 15

Easy Banana Cream Pie (with Nilla Wafer Crust)

Our layered Homemade Banana Cream Pie has a chewy nilla wafer crust, a soft cream cheese layer, creamy banana pudding, fresh sliced bananas, and whipped topping for the perfect summer dessert. Made in a 9x13" pan, this is one pie that will feed a crowd.

2 hr, 10 Prep Time

10 minCook Time

2 hr, 20 Total Time

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Ingredients

  • 1 (12 ounce) box Nilla Wafer cookies (finely crushed)
  • 1/2 cup butter (melted)
  • 1 (8 ounce) package cream cheese
  • 2 cups powdered sugar
  • 2 (8 ounce) containers Cool Whip, thawed
  • 1 (5.1 ounce) box banana cream instant pudding
  • 2 cups milk
  • 3 bananas (sliced)
  • caramel topping (optional garnish)

Instructions

  1. Mix together the crushed cookies and melted butter. Press into a 9x13" baking pan. Bake at 350 degrees for 10 minutes. Let cool.
  2. Beat together the cream cheese, powdered sugar, and 1 container of Cool Whip. Spread on top of cooled cookie crust.
  3. 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.
  4. Spread sliced bananas on top of pudding, covering the entire pan.
  5. Spread the last container of Cool Whip on top of the bananas. Let set in the fridge for at least 2 hours before serving.
  6. Top with caramel sauce, sliced bananas and crushed cookies as a garnish (totally optional, but it makes it look good).

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Cuisines
American
Courses
Dessert
Diet
vegetarian
lacto vegetarian
pescetarian
Allergy
egg free
seafood free
treenut free
sesame free
mustard free

Nutrition

Calories

121 cal

Fat

1 g

Carbs

28 g

Protein

1 g
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14 Responses to “Easy Banana Cream Pie (with Nilla Wafer Crust)”

  1. Hayley @ The Domestic Rebel
    Don't like pie crust!? Shh, don't tell Dorothy from Crazy For Crust that :) but I hear ya, sometimes pie crust needs a little something else to elevate the flavor... like using Nilla Wafers :) what a perfect way to compromise for a super rich pie!
  2. 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.
  3. Joy Barker
    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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