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No Bake Banana Pudding Pie

This dreamy No Bake Banana Pudding Pie is just what you need on a day when you’re in the mood for a sweet fix that’s not fussy. It comes with the bonus of needing absolutely no oven time. It’s designed to keep things low-stress so the simple ingredients reflect that making preparation a cinch. The creamy banana pudding filling, fresh banana slices, vanilla wafers and whipped cream are a classic flavor combination that’s on point and it makes enough for two pies. Keep one and give the other to someone special, and they’re guaranteed to be your friend for life.

Recipe No Bake Banana Pudding Pie

Easy Southern No Bake Banana Pudding Pie Recipe

I’ve been obsessed with banana pudding. I was first introduced to it by my Southern Momma and Grandmas who made it the Old Fashioned Banana Pudding with a fluffy meringue topping. I’ve found through the years each and every Southern cook has their own little twist on making it and I’m here to say I think we should embrace them all. I’ve noted on my life-long banana pudding quest, when attending church and family potlucks, other banana pudding variations started to surface through the years, using a combination of convenience items like instant puddings, sour cream, cream cheese and even different cookies other than vanilla wafers. It was always the belle of the ball no matter what version was served. How to make No Bake Banana Pudding Pie: (Scroll down for full printable recipe.)

  • Whip Pudding – Whip together both packages pudding mix with half and half until thickened but still pourable.
  • Cream Cheese – Add the softened Neufchatel cheese and vanilla. Whip on medium-high until completely smooth.
  • Banana – Toss the banana slices with lemon juice. Fold into the pudding with 1/3 of the whipped topping by hand until fully combined.
  • Transfer to Crust – Spoon into the graham cracker crusts. Spread evenly.
  • Decorate – Line the edge of each pie with whole vanilla wafers.
  • Whipped topping – Frost with the remaining whipped topping and sprinkle each pie with crushed vanilla wafers.
  • Chill for at least 4 hours before cutting, store leftovers chilled.
No-Bake Banana Pudding Pie

How to Make the Best No-Bake Banana Pudding Pie Recipe

These pies are certain to become a staple any-time dessert that will be requested over and over again. It’s the classic banana pudding combination of creamy vanilla pudding, bananas and whipped cream that keeps us all coming back for more. Though I’ve tried, there’s just no way to halve the ingredients for this recipe. Furthermore, why would you want to? Go big or go home y’all! Make one and give one away to a friend or neighbor.

  • Ingredients you’ll need to make homemade No Bake Banana Pudding Pie : Two 9 ounce prepared graham cracker crusts, instant vanilla pudding mix, instant banana pudding mix, half and half, Neufchatel cheese, vanilla extract, vanilla wafers i.e. Nilla Wafers or similar private label brand, lemon juice, homemade whipped cream or Cool Whip.
  • Kitchen gadgets you’ll need: Large bowl for mixing, an electric mixer either a stand mixer or hand mixer, measuring cups and spoons, a sharp knife and cutting board, a large rubber spatula and an offset icing spatula.
  • This particular recipe makes enough pudding mixture for filling two pies making it perfect for entertaining or sharing with a friend or loved one.
  • Tossing the bananas with lemon juice will help delay oxidation and premature browning of the banana slices. Just place them into a bowl  and stir until evenly coated.
  • You can crush the vanilla wafers using a rolling pin and a Ziploc bag or pulse them a few times in a food processor.
  • Store leftover No Bake Banana Pudding Pie covered and chilled in the refrigerator for up to 3 days.
No-Bake Banana Pudding Pie

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There doesn’t have to be a special occasion to make a sweet pie for dessert. More Southern style pie recipes you may also like to make:

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No-Bake Banana Pudding Pie

Prep Time15 minutes
Chilling time4 hours
Total Time4 hours 15 minutes
Course: Appetizer, Dessert, Pie
Cuisine: American, Southern
Keyword: no-bake-banana-pudding-pie
Servings: 12 pieces (2 pies)
Calories: 244kcal
Author: Melissa Sperka


  • 2 9 oz prepared graham cracker crusts
  • 1 3.4 oz box instant banana pudding
  • 1 3.4 oz box instant vanilla pudding
  • 4 cups half and half
  • 1 8 oz block Neufchatel cheese, softened
  • 1 tsp pure vanilla extract
  • 4 medium bananas sliced,
  • 1 Tbsp lemon juice
  • 40 whole vanilla wafers divided
  • 4 Tbsp crushed vanilla wafers
  • 12 oz frozen whipped topping, thawed OR 3 cups fresh whipped cream


  • Using a stand or hand mixer, whip together both packages pudding mix with half & half until thickened but still pourable.
  • Add the softened Neufchatel cheese and 1 tsp vanilla. Whip on medium-high until completely smooth.
  • Toss the banana slices with lemon juice. Fold into the pudding with 1/3 of the whipped topping by hand until fully combined.
  • Spoon into the graham cracker crusts. Spread evenly.
  • Line the edge of each pie with whole vanilla wafers using about 20 per pie. Add more if desired.
  • Frost with the remaining whipped topping and sprinkle each pie with 2 Tbsp crushed vanilla wafers.
  • Chill for at least 4 hours before cutting, store leftovers chilled.


The filling will make enough for 2 pies.


Serving: 1piece | Calories: 244kcal | Carbohydrates: 26g | Protein: 4g | Fat: 15g | Saturated Fat: 10g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 31mg | Sodium: 90mg | Potassium: 283mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 14g | Vitamin A: 332IU | Vitamin C: 5mg | Calcium: 107mg | Iron: 1mg
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  1. This was delicious except it was on the runny side when I sliced it. Could it be because I accidentally bought fat free half and half? The combo of the fat free cream cheese with the fat free half and half?

    1. I’ve used fat free half and half many times but, not for this pie. It’s possible, that those two changes effected the texture but, I’m wondering if the pudding maybe needed a bit more time to whip? Maybe try setting it into the freezer for an hour or so to see if that helps it set-up.

  2. I thought it was mixed together just fine. I could have put too much lemon juice on the bananas, would that have caused the pie to be runny? I used real whipped cream.

    1. Sue, It could I suppose. that said, this filling should not be runny it should set quite easily as that’s what the cream cheese does. Real whipped cream while delicious isn’t as stable as whipped topping.

  3. If the pie didn’t set you didn’t whip it long enough that’s it. Next time please whip until the filling is fully combined, this filling should set-up like a dream and consistently does so for me.

  4. 5 stars
    Hello Melissa, I have to say this recipe is the best! I was asked by my room mate to help him make a couple desserts he has signed up to bring to his work for a Christmas party dessert compitition. He wanted to take a banana cream pie I made him previously but finding it was a contest I wanted to step it up a notch. I chose this recipe and it won FIRST PLACE :). He was so excited he raved about his room mate making it and now Ive passed along this link to everyone in his state office staff :). Everyone LOVEDD IT and I have to say THANK YOU for sharing this yummy secret which is now a rave..and I have some beautiful cobalt blue and white porcelean bowls for winning first place. 🙂

    1. Hi Cathleen, how exciting! I’m delighted it did so well, and I’m looking forward to more of your friends visiting my site. Merry Christmas to you both!

  5. 5 stars
    I made this pie with reduced fat graham cracker crust, sugar free pudding, non-fat milk instead of half & half, and lite Cool Whip. It tasted great but was a bit runny. I modified and used 3 cups of milk instead of 4 and it was perfect. I teach a culinary club at my school and my little chefs will be making this tomorrow. I am so excited to have them make lower-fat versions of delicious desserts.

  6. How can I make this delicious recipe diabetic friendly? I don’t know how skim milk would work in place of Half & Half.

  7. When serving a slice of this pie does it hold it’s shape on the plate or does it get very runny / messy? How long do you chill it? Thanks it looks delish!!

    1. I did indeed mean 9-ounce prepared graham cracker crusts. These are slightly larger than the standard 6-ounce crust. If you can’t find it, use the 6-ounce but, the pies will have a lot of filling.

  8. Hi I have a question thought maybe u could help, I am 32 and am just beginning to understand all the precious things I took for granted. The big one is my my grandmother’s cooking, she is still alive but she is 93 and has deminsia so unfortunately I waited to long to ask her about things she cooked, I am wanting to make what she always called goulash. I have looked and found some online but hers never had noodles in, i remember hamburger meat, corn,tomatoes, and that’s all I can remember but I know it didn’t have noodles, do u know anything like this?

    1. Hi Tisha, I have goulash here on my website but, it also has noodles which I believe is an American addition. Hers sounds like a traditional Hungarian goulash which typically uses beef but not ground. Perhaps this was her own adaptation of that.

    1. Neufchatel is often sold as the lower fat cream cheese. I love the texture, it’s soft and creamy. You can use regular cream cheese if you like.

  9. Hi Melissa, I live in Germany and we do not have “Half and Half”, what could i Substitute for it ?

    1. Hi James, thank you for visiting from beautiful Germany! Half & half is equal parts whole milk and heavy whipping cream. It’s sold here as half and half but, can easily be made yourself.

  10. Melissa, I too was raised on the old fashioned banana pudding with the merrange and the old fashioned pudding cooked just right. Thank you for bringing that recipe back to us. My Mom is gone now but I’ve tried to remember all her wonderful old recipes.

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