Marie Callender’s Banana Cream Pie

Marie Callender’s Banana Cream Pie

You will love this super easy and delicious copycat Marie Callender’s banana cream pie recipe. It has fresh bananas and a wonderful creamy filling.

homemade Marie Callender's banana cream pie and bananas

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The Best Banana Cream Pie Recipe

This recipe is simple, yet delicious and full of that creamy banana flavor. You will be using fresh bananas and making your own cream filling.

It also has a homemade whipped cream topping to finish off this Marie Callender’s banana cream pie. Which in my opinion is the best banana cream pie recipe to copy!

It is just like the old-fashioned banana cream pie that your grandma would have made for your family get-togethers. Now with this recipe, you can make your own homemade banana cream pie.

Homemade Banana Cream Pie Ingredients

One thing I love about this recipe is that you can make this recipe from everything you may already have in your kitchen!

Here’s a list of what you need:

  • Baked pie crust
  • Bananas
  • Cream cheese
  • Sugar
  • Cornstarch
  • Salt
  • Evaporated milk
  • Whole milk
  • Egg yolks
  • Butter
  • Sliced Almonds
  • Vanilla extract
Marie Callender's banana cream pie ingredients

Healthier Variation

To switch up the cream cheese with a little bit healthier option, you can use Neufchatel. It is similar in texture to cream cheese but lower in fat and higher in calcium.

Also, if you want to lower the sugar content, you can swap out the sugar for stevia or organic cane sugar.

How to Make Banana Cream Pie

  1. Heat the sugar, cornstarch, salt, evaporated milk, and milk until it thickens and boils for a minute.
  1. Then you will carefully mix together the hot milk mixture with the egg yolks.
  1. After the eggs are incorporated you will heat everything again until it begins to boil. Then you need to add in the cream cheese and mix it all together.
banana cream pie filling ingredients in a saucepan
  1. Take the pan off the heat and add in the vanilla and butter and mix it until it is combined and let it stand for 15 minutes.
banana cream pie filling in a mixing bowl
  1. Then just pour it into the baked pie shell, putting a layer of bananas halfway through.
sliced bananas on top of banana cream pie filling
  1. Mix up all of the whipped cream ingredients and top the banana cream layer with the freshly made whipped cream and garnish it with sliced almonds.
a slice of homemade Marie Callender's banana cream pie

How do you blind bake pastry?

When you bake pie pastry, it can balloon up. So in order to avoid this, you need to use a fork to poke holes into the bottom of the pan.

After you have done that, line the crust with parchment paper and pour in some dried beans. The beans will help weigh down the pie crust while it bakes and forms into the pan.

Should frozen pie crust be thawed before baking?

For the best results, yes the frozen pie crust should be thawed before baking it. When you use a frozen crust you cannot form the crust the way you need it and can also add more moisture into the pie and could result in a soggy pie.

How do I keep my bottom pie crust from getting soggy?

In order to avoid getting a soggy crust, you need to make sure that the crust was thawed before baking the pie. Also, make sure the crust is completely baked through before adding in the creamy banana custard.

How do you keep bananas from turning brown in a banana cream pie?

This is a fun trick. By treating the banana slices with a form of citrus, like lemon juice or orange juice (just a little) before you put them in the pie, you can slow down the oxidation reaction which is what turns the fruit brown.

Why is my banana cream pie so runny?

The reason for this normally is because the filling was not boiled for long enough. There are a lot of complicated chemical reactions that take place during that time, and if the filling was not able to get thick enough during that time, then it might not have had time to set up enough.

Does banana cream pie need to be refrigerated?

Yes, Marie Callender’s banana cream pie does need to be refrigerated. The pie contains both eggs and dairy so it requires being chilled.

How long does banana cream pie last?

When you keep the pie in the fridge it will last up to 4 days.

Can you freeze banana cream pie?

Yes, and it is so good! It almost turns into a banana ice cream pie. Just let it sit out for about 10 minutes to let it soften to make it easier to cut and serve it. When frozen, the pie can last 4-5 months if stored properly.

How far ahead can you make banana cream pie?

Since this pie does have fresh fruit in it, I would not suggest making it more than a day in advance. Otherwise, the fruit can potentially get too soggy and begin to turn color before it is eaten.

overhead view of homemade Marie Callender's banana cream pie

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Marie Callender’s Banana Cream Pie

You can make an old-fashioned restaurant-style banana cream pie like Marie Callender’s with this easy copycat recipe.
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Keyword Banana Cream Pie, Pie Recipes
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes
Servings 8
Calories 502kcal

Ingredients

Banana Cream Pie Crust and Filling

  • 1 9-inch pastry pie crust, baked and cooled
  • 2 bananas sliced
  • 1/4 cup whipped cream cheese softened
  • 2/3 cup sugar
  • 1/4 cup cornstarch
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 1/2 cups evaporated milk
  • 1 1/2 cups whole milk
  • 4 egg yolks, beaten
  • 2 tablespoons butter softened
  • 1/8 cup sliced almonds
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla extract

Fresh Whipped Cream Topping

  • 3/4 cup chilled whipping cream
  • 2 tablespoons powdered sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Instructions

Banana Cream Pie Crust and Filling Directions

  • Place sugar, cornstarch, salt, evaporated milk, and whole milk in a 2-quart saucepan. Stir to combine.
  • Cook over medium heat stirring constantly until mixture thickens and boils for 1 minute.
  • Remove the pan from the heat and slowly pour half of the hot mixture into eggs and stir until that mixture is completely incorporated.
  • Pour the egg mixture into the pan with the other half of the pudding and continue to cook on medium heat until it begins to boil again.
  • Add cream cheese and mix thoroughly with a hand mixer. It will dissolve the cream cheese better and make the pudding lighter and creamier.
  • Remove the pan from the heat and add vanilla and butter. Mix using the hand mixer until all is blended.
  • Let the filling stand for 15 minutes.
  • While the filling is still warm, pour half of the filling into pie crust.
  • Place banana slices on top of the filling.
  • Pour the remainder of the filling on top.
  • Cool the pie completely. Do not put whipped cream on a warm pie because it will melt the topping.
  • Top the pie with fresh whipped cream and garnish with sliced almonds.

Fresh Whipped Cream Topping Directions

  • Pour chilled whipping cream into a glass or metal bowl and beat until soft peaks form.
  • Gradually add powder sugar until all has been blended.
  • Add vanilla slowly until it has also been blended. The whipped cream should have stiff peaks.
  • Spread the whipped cream over the pie. The whipped cream may be put into a pastry bag and piped onto the pie for a decorative effect.

Nutrition

Calories: 502kcal | Carbohydrates: 52g | Protein: 9g | Fat: 28g | Saturated Fat: 14g | Cholesterol: 162mg | Sodium: 379mg | Potassium: 416mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 30g | Vitamin A: 855IU | Vitamin C: 4.3mg | Calcium: 223mg | Iron: 1.2mg

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