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Banana Cream Pie For One

Homemade banana cream pie made with one banana, creamy vanilla pudding and a cookie crust. A deliciously rich single serving banana cream pie recipe.

Banana cream pie in a dessert glass topped with whipped cream and sliced bananas on a metal tray with a floral cloth napkin and a spoon

Although we love all of the recipes we create and share on One Dish Kitchen, there are a few that excite us more than others. This incredibly delicious and very easy banana cream pie recipe is absolutely one of my favorites. It's a mini version of a classic banana cream pie! If you're a fan of creamy banana-filled desserts, I think you'll love this single serving pie recipe too.

Why I Love This Recipe

A banana cream pie is made up of three parts: the crust, bananas, and pudding.

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Crust

A banana cream pie is made with either a standard pie crust, a crust consisting of crushed cookies and melted butter, or simply a layer of cookies lining a pie plate. The version I'm sharing here is based on my mother's Southern banana cream pie recipe. Her pie was made with a layer of vanilla wafers which lined the bottom and sides of a pie dish. The crust is simple, sweet, crunchy, and doesn't require any mixing or baking - it's just cookies and is simply wonderful!

Bananas

Slices of bananas top the cookie crust.

Pudding

I make a small batch of simple yet rich vanilla pudding. The vanilla pudding recipe will yield the perfect amount for one little banana cream pie.

Many banana cream pie recipes use instant pudding. Using a boxed pudding will leave you with a lot more pudding than you'll need for a single serving dessert. I think using a made-from-scratch pudding makes this the absolute best banana cream pie. Homemade pudding is rich and creamy, easy to make, and tastes so much better than instant boxed brands.

An overhead view of vanilla pudding on a bed of cookies and bananas in a dessert glass next to a floral cloth napkin, a small plate of sliced bananas, and a spoon

Ingredient Notes

See recipe box below for ingredient amounts.

  • Whole milk: You may use 2% milk instead of whole. The pudding will not thicken as well if you use milks with a lesser fat content.
  • Heavy cream: I highly recommend using heavy cream or heavy whipping cream.
  • Sugar: Use granulated sugar.
  • Salt and vanilla extract: For flavor.
  • Cornstarch: This ingredient helps to thicken the pudding.
  • Butter: I recommend adding a small amount of salted butter for added richness.
  • Banana: Just one banana is all you need to make this "banana cream pie for one"!
  • Cookies: I prefer using vanilla wafers. Feel free to use another favorite cookie.

See below for ways to use leftover ingredients.

How To Make This Recipe

Full recipe instructions can be found in the recipe box below.

Step 1: Make The Pudding

  • Heat milk, sugar, and salt in a small saucepan.
  • While the milk is heating, whisk the cream and the cornstarch in a small bowl until smooth.
a photo of milk in a small pot and a photo of cream and cornstarch whisked together in a measuring cup.
  • Pour the cornstarch/cream mixture into the saucepan and cook, stirring occasionally for 1 minute.
  • Reduce the heat and cook, stirring for 5 minutes. The pudding will thicken as it cooks.
two photos of vanilla pudding thickening at different stages of heating.
  • Remove from the heat and stir in butter and vanilla. Pour into a bowl to cool. As the pudding cools, it will continue to thicken.
butter melting in a saucepan and a second picture showing pudding in a small bowl.

Step 2: Assemble The Pie

  • Line a dessert dish with vanilla wafers. Use as many as you need to cover the bottom and sides of the dish.
lining a dessert dish with vanilla wafers to make a banana cream pie
  • Slice a banana and place the banana slices over the cookies.
topping vanilla wafers with banana slices for a banana cream pie
  • Pour the cooled pudding over the bananas. Cover and place in the refrigerator for at least 1 to 2 hours.
topping sliced bananas and cookies with pudding for a banana cream pie

Expert Tips

  • This mini banana cream pie is the perfect recipe to use when you have just one banana. If you have two bananas, just double the ingredients in the pudding, add a few more nilla wafers and make a second pie.
  • Whole milk works best in this recipe, however 2% will work too.
  • Be sure to whisk the cornstarch with the cream very well. The mixture should be smooth when you pour it into the pot.
  • Add the butter and the vanilla to the pot after you've taken it off the heat. This will give you a more intense vanilla flavor.
  • You might like to try these banana cream pie variations:

Frequently Asked Questions

How Do You Make Whipped Cream?

You can certainly use whipped cream purchased from the grocery store to top your pie, but homemade whipped cream takes just minutes to make and tastes so rich and wonderful. The only ingredients needed are heavy cream and sugar.
Pour 1/4 cup of cream and 1 to 2 teaspoons of sugar into a small mixing bowl. Whisk until the cream reaches soft peaks, about 2-4 minutes.

Can You Make Banana Cream Pie Ahead Of Time?

Yes! Cook the pudding a few hours or the day before you want to use it and keep it in the refrigerator. If you want to assemble the entire dessert, it will keep well covered in the refrigerator for up to 3 days.
Don't add whipped cream or fresh bananas to the top of the pie until you are ready to enjoy it. The bananas will turn brown and the whipped cream might become runny. It's best to add the garnishes when you are ready to eat the pie.

Does A Cream Pie Need To Be Refrigerated?

Yes, all cream pies need to be refrigerated. This banana cream pie will keep for up to 3 days in the fridge, covered.

Ways To Use Leftover Ingredients

If you have any ingredients leftover from this recipe for banana cream pie, you might like to consider using them in any of these single serving recipes:

Banana cream pie in a dessert glass topped with whipped cream and sliced bananas on a metal tray with a floral cloth napkin, a small plate of sliced bananas, and a spoon

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Banana Cream Pie For One

Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Cooling Time: 2 hours
Total Time: 2 hours 30 minutes
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keywords: banana, banana cream pie, pie, pudding
Servings: 1 serving
Calories: 660kcal
Author: Joanie Zisk

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup whole milk
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 1/8 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/4 cup heavy cream
  • 1 tablespoon cornstarch
  • 1/2 tablespoon salted butter
  • 1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 6-8 vanilla wafers or similar cookie (use as many cookies as you need to cover the bottom and sides of your dessert dish)
  • 1 medium banana
  • whipped cream , optional for topping

Instructions

Make The Pudding

  • Pour milk into a 1-quart saucepan over medium-low heat. Stir in the sugar and salt. Cook, stirring occasionally, until mixture begins to steam, about 5 minutes. While the milk is heating, whisk together the cream and cornstarch in a small bowl until very smooth.
  • Add cornstarch mixture to the heated milk; cook, stirring occasionally for 1 minute.
  • Reduce heat to low and stir for 5 minutes, until pudding has thickened.
  • Remove pan from heat and stir in butter and vanilla. Continue to stir until butter has melted. Pour into a bowl to cool.

To Assemble

  • Line the bottom and sides of a small dessert dish or cup with the cookies.
  • Slice a banana and place the banana slices on top of the cookies in the dish.
  • Pour the cooled pudding over the bananas. Cover and place in the refrigerator for 1-2 hours.
  • Top with whipped cream and extra banana slices, if desired.

Notes

Expert Tips
  • This mini banana cream pie is the perfect recipe to use when you have just one banana. If you have two bananas, just double the ingredients in the pudding, add a few more nilla wafers and make a second pie.
  • Whole milk works best in this recipe, however 2% will work too.
  • Be sure to whisk the cornstarch with the cream very well. The mixture should be smooth when you pour it into the pot.
  • Add the butter and the vanilla to the pot after you've taken it off the heat. This will give you a more intense vanilla flavor.
  • You might like to try these banana cream pie variations:

Nutrition

Serving: 1dessert | Calories: 660kcal | Carbohydrates: 66g | Protein: 6g | Fat: 36g | Saturated Fat: 21g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 2g | Monounsaturated Fat: 1g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 109mg | Sodium: 509mg | Potassium: 628mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 52g | Vitamin A: 1323IU | Vitamin C: 10mg | Calcium: 177mg | Iron: 1mg

The information shown is an estimate provided by an online nutrition calculator. It should not be considered a substitute for a professional nutritionist’s advice.

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4 thoughts on “Banana Cream Pie For One”

  1. Can you use half and half in place of the heavy cream? (to cut down on the saturated fat content.)
    Also, am wondering if blueberries can be substituted for the bananas?

    1. I prefer using heavy cream because it thickens the pudding better than half and half will. But you can use half and half instead, the pudding will not be as thick though.
      You can definitely substitute blueberries for the bananas for a delicious “blueberry cream pie”.

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