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White Chocolate Banana Cream Pie

Today is a day for celebrating and we’ve made this delicious White Chocolate Banana Cream Pie!  My husband Jack calls this the Most. Delicious. Pie. Ever.  –  and I have to agree!

This white chocolate banana cream pie is layer after layer of creamy, delicious goodness starting with a chocolate crumb bottom crust, then slices of fresh banana, then a creamy white chocolate and vanilla custard!  Repeat all of those layers again – and finally top with some lightly sweetened vanilla whipped cream.  Add some dark and white chocolate shavings plus a few more banana slices on top for garnish – and OMG this pie is very, VERY good!

White Chocolate Banana Cream Pie

Such a special pie is perfect for a day of celebrating!  And what are we celebrating?  First of all – it’s Pi Day, the annual celebration observed on March 14th that commemorates the mathematical constant π. (Get it? 3.14…)

Second of all – it’s our grandson JC’s birthday!  He doesn’t know that I’m mentioning it here – and I would love it if you clicked over to his blog (he just started it) to wish him a happy birthday!  You can tell him I sent you if you’d like!

White Chocolate Banana Cream Pie

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White Chocolate Banana Cream Pie {#PiDay Party} - A Family Feast

White Chocolate Banana Cream Pie

  • Prep Time: 4 hours 30 mins
  • Cook Time: 20 mins
  • Total Time: 4 hours 50 minutes
  • Yield: 8-10 servings


Recipe adapted from one originally created by Bernice V. Janowski of Stevens Point, Wisconsin who won $200 in the Custard and Cream Pies category in a recipe contest sponsored by Better Homes and Gardens in 1997.


  • 1 9-ounce package chocolate wafers (such as Nabisco Famous Chocolate Wafers)
  • 1/3 cup unsalted butter, melted
  • 3 egg yolks
  • ½ cup granulated sugar
  • ¼ cup cornstarch
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • 2 ½ cups whole milk
  • 4 ounces white chocolate chips
  • 1 ¼ teaspoon vanilla, divided
  • 34 medium bananas
  • 1 cup heavy cream
  • 2 tablespoons sifted powdered sugar
  • For optional garnish: Dark chocolate and white chocolate curls (see note below recipe for some tips on creating the chocolate curls) and extra slices of banana


  1. In the bowl of a food processor, process the chocolate wafer cookies until they are fine crumbs. In a small bowl, place 1½ cups of the chocolate crumbs and hold the remaining crumbs aside in a separate bowl.
  2. In a medium bowl, combine the 1½ cups of chocolate crumbs with the melted butter and stir to mix well. Press crumbs evenly into the bottom and up the sides of a 9-inch pie plate to form a solid crust. Place in the refrigerator to chill while you begin making the custard for the pie.
  3. In a medium bowl, lightly beat the egg yolks. Set aside.
  4. In a heavy bottomed saucepan, combine sugar, cornstarch, salt and milk. Stirring constantly heat over medium heat until the mixture just starts to get bubbly and thick. Cook for 2 minutes, stirring constantly.
  5. Remove the pan from the heat. While whisking, gradually add a few spoons of the hot custard mixture to the bowl with the egg yolks, being sure to whisk quickly so the yolks do not start to cook or curdle. Keep whisking and slowly add more of the hot custard mixture to the yolks, until you have about a cup of custard in the bowl with the yolks.
  6. Add the egg yolk mixture back into the pan and stir. Heat the mixture in the pan back up over medium heat, again stirring constantly. Once it starts to bubble, reduce heat to low and cook for 2 more minutes. Remove from heat and stir in white chocolate chips and 1 teaspoon of the vanilla, stirring until the chocolate melts completely. Allow the white chocolate custard to cool slightly.
  7. Slice two of the bananas and place in a single layer over the chilled crust. Spoon half of the custard filling over the bananas and spread into an even layer. Sprinkle the remaining chocolate crumbs over the custard. Then slice the remaining bananas and place over the chocolate crumbs, then spoon the remaining custard over the bananas. Cover and chill for at least 4 hours so the custard cools and the pie sets.
  8. When ready to serve, in the bowl of a stand mixer and with the wire whip attachment, combine heavy cream, remaining ¼ teaspoon vanilla and powdered sugar. Whip at high speed until stiff peaks form. Spread whipped cream over the pie. Garnish with shaved chocolate and additional banana slices.


To make the chocolate curls, just use a vegetable peeler and shave off thin slices of chocolate from a premium white and dark chocolate bar. The best curls will come from using chocolate with a high fat content (we used Ghirardelli’s).

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  • Ang wrote:

    That pie is totally over the top – gorgeous! I am pinning it to my PIE board 🙂 Happy Belated PiDay.

    • Martha wrote:

      Thanks Ang!

  • Alyssa wrote:

    This pie looks amazing and I love all the different layers!

    • Martha wrote:

      Thanks Alyssa!

  • Nicole wrote:

    This pie looks absolutely ahhmazing! And, you’re a grandma … No Way! I’m going to go check out your grandson’s blog. Hope you had a Happy PI Day!

    • Martha wrote:

      Thanks Nicole! And yes – my grandson is older than my daughter! (Try explaining that!) It’s funny how step-families work! 🙂

  • Lindsay @ Life, Love and Sugar wrote:

    You had me at banana! This looks amazing!

    • Martha wrote:

      Thanks Lindsay!

  • Carrie @Frugal Foodie Mama wrote:

    Are you serious with this?? This pie looks absolutely perfect, Martha! 🙂 YUM!

    • Martha wrote:

      Thanks Carrie!

  • Kathleen @ Fearlessly Creative Mammas wrote:

    Oh wow! It’s such a tall pie and it looks crazy good! I didn’t know Nabisco makes chocolate wafers. Where have I been?

    • Martha wrote:

      Thanks Kathleen! Those chocolate wafers used to be hard to find but I see them now at Walmart and all of my local supermarkets usually on the top shelf in the cookie aisle! Thanks for writing!!

  • Kelley wrote:

    Yum yum yum!! I keep eying those little white chocolate curls on top of the pie. They look delicious! Well, the whole pie does!

    • Martha wrote:

      Thanks Kelly!

  • Krista @ Joyful Healthy Eats wrote:

    OMG Martha, this just sounds all kinds of delicious. Chocolate, Bananas, and pie.. yup amazing! Plus gorgeous pictures!

    • Martha wrote:

      Thank you Krista! (I think I need to make it again soon…)

  • Heather @ French Press wrote:

    Martha this pie looks simply amazing!

    • Martha wrote:

      Thank you Heather!

  • Christy wrote:

    I was staring the photo of your banana cream pie for a while and I can’t take my eyes off of it. It’s love at first sight! I will have to make some for myself and for the kids.

    • Martha wrote:

      Hope you it as much as we do Christy!

      • Annemarie wrote:

        How far in advance can this pie be made?

        • Martha wrote:

          Hi Annemarie – Since it has fresh whipped cream, I think no longer than the day before you plan to serve it would be best!

          • Annemarie wrote:

            What if I left the whipped cream off? Do you think the crust would hold up?

          • Martha wrote:

            Yes – you could prep the crust ahead of time and then assemble the day that you serve.

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