Crazy for Crust

Apr 25

Banana Cream Pie Ice Cream {without a machine!}

This Banana Cream Pie Ice Cream is made without a machine and tastes just like a DQ Blizzard!
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One of the things I love about living where I do (outside Sacramento) is how close it is to lakes and mountains. Lake Tahoe is less than two hours away, making it super easy to head to the snow in the winter or to the lake in summer.

Last summer we took a couple of day trips to Donner Lake. I think I prefer the beach we went to over the large, overpopulated Lake Tahoe beaches. It was a small shore-front, had bathrooms (a must), and Truckee is a little bit closer than Tahoe City.  And? There’s a Dairy Queen in Truckee.

Now, I’ve talked to you all about my love of Dairy Queen. Many of you are new, and might want to check out that story. Because now, I’ve passed my love of all things DQ down to Jordan.

When I mention Donner Lake, she mentions stopping at DQ on our way home. Girl after my own heart!

Anyway, back to the point. Last year on our first trip to DQ, the special of the month was a banana cream pie blizzard.

I may have died a little and gone to pie heaven when I saw that. And it tasted even better.

So I knew, one day, I would want to recreate it at home.

And now I have.

Two-ingredient ice cream has been all the rage these days. Last year, I made this ice cream out of Cool Whip and sweetened condensed milk and it turned out awesome (are you surprised I used Nutter Butter’s?) I have an ice cream maker, but I love this recipe because it’s so easy, versatile, and I can make it (almost) fat-free (using both fat-free Cool Whip and sweetened condensed milk).

This time I kicked it up a notch with banana pudding, chunks of pie crust, and chunks of banana.

It tastes exactly like a banana cream pie. It was exactly how I remembered the blizzard, but more ice-creamy. So. Freakin’. Awesome.

I will be making this again. And, oh, the other pie creations I could make…

And it’s okay if you, ahem, eat the whole thing yourself. Because besides the pie crust, it’s fat-free! :)


Banana Cream Pie Ice Cream {without a machine!}


  • 1 tub Cool Whip (fat-free)
  • 1 can sweetened condensed milk (fat-free)
  • 4 tablespoons banana cream pudding mix (the powder, not the actual pudding) from a large box
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 refrigerated pie crust (from a pack of 2)
  • 1 banana (more if you like lots of banana)


  1. Bake pie crust (flat) on a cookie sheet in a 350° oven for about 15-20 minutes (watch it after 10 minutes; you want it to be more crunchy than soft, but not burned). Let it cool, then break it into bite-sized pieces.
  2. Mix Cool Whip and sweetened condensed milk in a large bowl. Add pudding mix and vanilla and stir well.
  3. Slice your banana and cut each slice in quarters. Stir banana and pie crust chunks into ice cream base. Place mixture into a large Tupperware and freeze until hardened (at least 3 hours or overnight). Ice cream has a soft consistency.


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63 comments on “Banana Cream Pie Ice Cream {without a machine!}

  1. Yay for desserts converted into ice cream!

  2. Oh my goodness! I think I died and went to ice cream heaven! Our favorite pie is banana cream, could there be anything better in life then banana cream pie ice cream! Deliciousness!

  3. I had no idea it was so easy to make your own ice cream! This sounds delish! :0)

  4. This looks SO good! I seriously would love to go downstairs right now and make this, but it will have to wait till this weekend! :-)))

  5. Oh yum! Driving by DQ today I saw the blizzard flavor of the month is Carmel Delight Pie….can you make that flavor too? please and thank you!

  6. I love DQ. But I have to be honest. I can’t remember the last time I ordered something new from the menu, I always get a Heath Blizzard. Every. Single. Time.

  7. This looks fabulous and so easy!

  8. Yum! We have to try this!

  9. YUM. A nearly fat-free ice cream? I am ALL over this and WILL make it this weekend. Dude, I’ve needed news like this for a long time–lately, my diet has been awful and I can’t imagine giving up ice cream during summer soooo, hello, perfect cure!
    Also: did you know there’s a DQ in Citrus Heights?! Still not close… but a lot closer than Truckee! Yet I understand if it’s the “novelty” of DQ during Donner Lake trips–I’m glad Jordan loves it as much as you do!

  10. WOW and WOW and WOW again! I didn’t think banana cream pie could get any better. I’ve been proved wrong, yet again. :)

  11. Looks amazing, I have one question? What size container of cool whip?

  12. I might have to check out Donner Lake, because it’s true Lake Tahoe can feel a little crowded. Although being in Carson Valley I’m closer to Lake Tahoe. Btw. I’m a new follower found you on Mom on Timeout. This ice cream looks delicious. I like the addition of the pudding and the face that it’s easy and doesn’t need the machine. I just discovered freezer ice creams and they are going to be a staple at my house. I’d love it if you stopped by my linky party to share this.

  13. I love this; like serious love this! I made a banana sorbet of sorts recently but this one looks outstanding. I want this now! So good! Great recipe! :) Making this over the weekend for sure! :)

  14. first of all, this looks so good! Secondly I read your post from the other day and it was so amazing to see what some people go through to have a child. It is really amazing, because I don’t know if I could have done that, I lost an early pregnancy but never had issues getting pregnant, and I truly don’t think I could have dealt with that. I tip my hats to you gals, it is amazing what strong women you are. And on a side note, I can no longer read you at work, apparently your site is a “sex” potential or something, so funny half of the baking blogs I read are now classified like this, you saucy things;p

  15. I LOVE me some ice cream ( and Dairy Queen, of course) , but never make it homemade because I dont have an ice cream maker. Im so so excited to try this!!! :)

  16. Mmmmmm this looks and sounds so yummy! I can’t believe it is so easy to make and that I have all the ingredients in my kitchen. Yea me! Thanks so much for linking up to Creative Thursday this week and sharing this awesome recipe.

    I can’t wait to see what you link up next week. Have a wonderful weekend.


  17. I’m all over this! Love banana cream pie!

  18. Oh Dorothy! Not only does ths recipe look ahhhhmazing but I grew up in Truckee! Unless much has changed, I lived at that DQ during high school! Ha! Now Im at south lake so I know all about the crowds! Will definitely be making this recipe in the next couple of weeks! Happy Friday :)

  19. Holy yum. Seriously. Flaky pie crust in ice cream is a genius idea. I also an loyal to fat free sweetened condensed milk. And then I lick the can.

  20. Oh, this looks so good! Where do you live? I am in Los Banos, about 2.5 hours down I5 from Sac. Its funny, being so close to Yosemite and yet, I have never been there. Have been to Donner once though, when I was a kid. Maybe this summer…..And we have a DQ right here in town :)

  21. Wow- This looks delicious! I’m definitely going to have to try it.
    Thanks for sharing!

  22. What a great lower-cal alternative. I totally need this in my life right now!

  23. Dorothy, thanks so much for sharing with us on Fabulous Friday each week. You are the bomb diggity! Yet another great recipe from you. I love seeing what you bring. I’m so honored that you party with me, thank you! Everytime I drive through DQ I always order the banana cream pie blizzard. My favorite! I’m in big trouble now that I have a recipe. Hehehehe :)

  24. I LOVE pie crust, I’d eat this in a heart beat.

  25. This looks really good. I like the pie crust pieces in it. Thanks for sharing at Showcase Your Talent Thursday. I hope to see you there next week!

  26. What a completely brilliant idea! I’m into the whole fat-free thing… I must find a source in Aus for cool whip (it’s not stocked in Australian supermarkets). Since I can’t access any right now I’m off to eat a banana… also fat free! 😉

  27. Loves gorgeous and must taste divine. I love banana AND ice cream so that’s a cool combo.

  28. WOw- how easy! can’t wait to try! Thanks for sharing at Things I’ve Done Thursday!

  29. This looks so yummy! My daughter is having a spring picnic for all of her friends… I think this is a must have dessert for the party! Thanks for sharing! I saw your link at Randee’s Organized Chaos, and I’m so glad that I followed!


  30. Thanks for joining Southern Sundays with this wonderful recipe! This looks refreshing and I love the flavor combination. I’ll be announcing the featured recipes next week. Hope to see you at the next party with another great item!

  31. This looks delicious! Thanks for being a part of our “Strut Your Stuff Saturday.” Hope to see you again real soon!! -The Sisters

  32. Thanks for linking up this great recipe @CountryMommaCooks link and great party. Hope to see you again tomorrow:)

  33. Looks delish as always! Thanks for sharing this last week at Drab to Fab!!
    Here’s the link to this week’s party. Come on back and share your fabulousness :)

    Have a great weekend.

    Amy @ Sugar and Spice

  34. Featuring you tomorrow at the {what’s shakin’ link party} and I CANNOT wait to make this!! Thanks so much for partying with me :)

  35. Sounds amazing! And a perfect, simple summer treat! We’d love for you to come join us next Tuesday for our first ever Tasty Tuesday linky party!

  36. Made this for dessert when i cooked for mother’s day. IT was AWESOME!!!! Making it for Memorial Day. Trying my favorite blizzard – Banana Split. Thanks for the great idea!

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  38. Oh, my fruit loving son would LOVE this!

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  40. We are going to crazy for crust.

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