Don’t these mini banana cream pies look delicious?! Mini versions of anything always tend to put a smile on my face. Hamburger sliders, one-bite brownies, puppies and kittens. These are ALL great in my books, and this simple dessert is no exception. Mini pies are so simple to create and make for the perfect little treat! Don’t get me wrong, buying larger pies is great, but who doesn’t love cute little, portion controlled bundles of deliciousness!?
Banana cream pie is one of my favourite desserts! This was my first time making it with vanilla wafers as the pie base and it worked PERFECTLY. It’s so much easier than pressing the crust into the bottom! This recipe is soooo simple to make! And there’s zero baking involved.
I also love how versatile this recipe is. If banana isn’t your thing, you could easily make mini lemon pies, or even mini chocolate pies (yum!?) or any other favourite. As a mom of 3 I’m always on the look out for quick, easy and delicious ideas. This one was great AND the kids loved it.
My kids are a bit on the picky side, so it’s hard to find desserts they like. They’re still at the stage where the only sweets they really love are candy, candy and more candy. You know, things like gummy worms, licorice, lollipops, jelly beans, etc. (Man… their poor teeth!) But they loved this recipe.
Okay, well, 2 out of 3 of my kids loved this recipe. My 4 year old is still apparently not ready for banana cream pie. But I’m going to keep trying and I’m sure he’ll get there eventually.
Do you remember the banana flavoured medicine from when we were kids? This totally reminds me of that! But don’t let that scare you… these mini pies are seriously delicious. If you’re a fan of bananas, or banana cream pie, you’re going to love it!
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Mini Banana Cream Pies
The full printable recipe is at the end of this post, but here’s what you’ll need:
- Nilla Vanilla Wafers
- Banana Cream Pie Pudding Mix (We used Jello brand, but I’ve also used Dr. Oetker)
- Whipped Cream
This recipe ended up making 15 mini banana cream pies. I know, that’s a random number. I used “large” size cupcake liners from the dollar store (not to be confused with “extra large”), and you can see from the photos how much I filled them.
If you need to make more banana cream pies, just add a little less pudding to each one. Or add an extra banana slice. The quantity will depend on how much pudding you pour into each cup.
You know those fancy foil type cupcake liners? This is a perfect recipe for them! Regular cupcake liners will still work (that’s what I used), but the thicker foil liners will hold their shape a little bit better.
Start by lining your muffin tin with the cupcake liners. Then add one vanilla wafer in each slot.
Next, cut 2 bananas into 1/2 inch slices. Place two slices of banana on top of each vanilla wafer.
Now you can start getting your pudding mix ready! Follow the directions on the box, but use slightly less milk. The instructions called for 3 cups, but I used 2-3/4 so it would be slightly thicker.
Looks good already, doesn’t it?! Now you can carefully pour the pudding into each cup.
Once all your cups are full of banana cream goodness, pop them into the fridge to cool off and solidify! I let mine chill for about 2-3 hours. Just long enough for the pudding to set.
Once your mini pies are ready to go, you can top them off with a fluffy dollop of whipped cream.
This is critical! Don’t skip the whipped cream! Since the pies are mini I kind of recommend sticking with whipped cream in a can. I’m a huge fan of freshly whipped cream, but it’s pretty rare that I’d have time to pour it into a piping bag to get that pretty little swirl on each one!
I’d also recommend removing your mini pies from the cupcake tin BEFORE you add the whipped cream. It was a challenge to get them out once the whipped cream was on!
And there you have it! These delicious and creamy mini banana cream pies are just as good (or maybe even better??) than the full size version!
You can make this dessert a day ahead if you like. The wafers absorb the moisture and become deliciously soft, and the bananas hold up perfectly well.
After you’ve served them to guests, they’ll last in the fridge for about 2 to 3 days before the bananas start going brown.
Mini Banana Cream Pies
- Nilla Vanilla Wafers
- 2 bananas
- banana pudding mix
- 2-3/4 cups milk
- whipped cream
- Add cupcake liners to each slot in your muffin tin. Place one vanilla wafer at the bottom of each cupcake liner.
- Chop the bananas into 1/2 inch slices. Add two pieces of banana on top of each vanilla wafer.
- Make the pudding according to the package directions, except use slightly less milk to make it thicker. (My box called for 3 cups of milk and I used 2-3/4 cups milk)
- Pour the pudding on top of the bananas until each slot is about 2/3 full.
- Chill in the fridge for 2-3 hours or until set.
- Remove the mini pies from the muffin tin, then top with a generous swirl of whipped cream.
These mini banana cream pies are SO EASY to make and they taste so good! This is such an awesome family friendly dessert recipe! With only a few simple ingredients, they’re rich, creamy and delicious! This is such a great make ahead dessert idea! and if you LOVE banana like we do, chances are you’ll be making these yummy treats over and over again!
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