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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 Responses to “Banana Cream Pie Ice Cream {without a machine!}”

  1. Elizabeth posted on April 25, 2012 at 6:35 pm (#)

    Yay for desserts converted into ice cream!


  2. SerenaB posted on April 25, 2012 at 7:00 pm (#)

    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. Little Mommy Kim posted on April 25, 2012 at 7:17 pm (#)

    Yummy! I love this!


  4. Robin @ Bird On A Cake posted on April 25, 2012 at 7:32 pm (#)

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


  5. Lisa posted on April 25, 2012 at 7:45 pm (#)

    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! :-)))


  6. Sara posted on April 25, 2012 at 10:25 pm (#)

    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!


  7. Aimee posted on April 26, 2012 at 3:55 am (#)

    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.


  8. allisamazing posted on April 26, 2012 at 5:39 am (#)

    This looks fabulous and so easy!


  9. Jamie posted on April 26, 2012 at 7:00 am (#)

    Yum! We have to try this!


  10. Hayley posted on April 26, 2012 at 8:24 am (#)

    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!


    • Dorothy @ Crazy for Crust replied on April 26th, 2012 at 12:02 pm

      I know, I’ve been trying to avoid the proximity to me!! We have a free blizzard coupon Jordan got from softball…I’m waiting until I just can’t stand it anymore to go there! LOL. Enjoy!


  11. Ellen posted on April 26, 2012 at 8:38 am (#)

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


  12. Mindy posted on April 26, 2012 at 10:51 am (#)



  13. Anonymous posted on April 26, 2012 at 11:51 am (#)

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


    • Dorothy @ Crazy for Crust replied on April 26th, 2012 at 11:58 am

      An 8 ounce tub! Thanks for asking. I use fat-free, but you can use regular, or even sugar-free. :)


  14. Erin Alldredge posted on April 26, 2012 at 3:52 pm (#)

    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.


  15. Jennifer {Mother Thyme} posted on April 26, 2012 at 5:24 pm (#)

    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! :)


    • Dorothy @ Crazy for Crust replied on April 27th, 2012 at 3:47 pm

      I hope you enjoy it! Thank you for reading!


      • Beth Carroll replied on September 14th, 2013 at 7:39 am

        Dorothy how many will this serve ?

        • Dorothy Kern replied on September 15th, 2013 at 4:47 pm

          Hi Beth, sorry I just saw this! I think it makes about 8 1-cup servings!

  16. Sue Alexander posted on April 26, 2012 at 6:58 pm (#)

    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


    • Dorothy @ Crazy for Crust replied on April 27th, 2012 at 3:49 pm

      Seriously? So I shouldn’t yell SEX really loud right now? Hee hee hee. Sorry about that! Thank you so much for reading my post Sue, it means a lot to me. :)


  17. Holly posted on April 26, 2012 at 7:34 pm (#)

    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!!! :)


  18. Michelles Tasty Creations posted on April 26, 2012 at 9:44 pm (#)

    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.



  19. Robin @ Simply Southern Baking posted on April 27, 2012 at 2:47 am (#)

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


  20. Veronica @morningnoonight posted on April 27, 2012 at 7:01 am (#)

    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 :)


    • Dorothy @ Crazy for Crust replied on April 27th, 2012 at 3:57 pm

      I’m sure it’s the same one! Love that place. :) I hope you enjoy it and have a great weekend!


  21. Kristin posted on April 27, 2012 at 7:38 am (#)

    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.


  22. Christine @ Angel Stitch Embroidery and Jezebel posted on April 27, 2012 at 7:46 am (#)

    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 :)


  23. Amy posted on April 27, 2012 at 11:37 am (#)

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


  24. Ashley @ Kitchen Meets Girl posted on April 27, 2012 at 3:36 pm (#)

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


    • Dorothy @ Crazy for Crust replied on April 27th, 2012 at 3:54 pm

      Yes, lower-cal, unless you’re like me. And eat the whole thing! 😉 Have a great weekend Ashley!


  25. Tiffany/MyCrowdedKitchen posted on April 28, 2012 at 1:47 pm (#)

    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 :)


  26. Allison @ Alli 'n Son posted on April 28, 2012 at 6:50 pm (#)

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


  27. Alyssa posted on April 28, 2012 at 9:04 pm (#)

    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!


  28. Seaweed and Raine posted on April 29, 2012 at 3:22 am (#)

    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! 😉


    • Dorothy @ Crazy for Crust replied on April 30th, 2012 at 7:13 am

      Thanks so much! Bummer, there must be some sort of equivalent. I think I’ve been taking it for granted how much stuff we have here in the states! :)


  29. MsXpat posted on April 29, 2012 at 8:29 am (#)

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


  30. Melanie @ bear rabbit bear posted on April 29, 2012 at 12:46 pm (#)

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


  31. Heather Graham posted on April 29, 2012 at 6:45 pm (#)

    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!



    • Dorothy @ Crazy for Crust replied on April 30th, 2012 at 7:08 am

      Thank you so much for coming by and your comment! I hope you enjoy the ice cream. :)


  32. Slice of Southern posted on April 29, 2012 at 9:25 pm (#)

    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!


  33. Erin Alldredge posted on May 1, 2012 at 7:42 am (#)

    Just wanted to let you know you were featured at my blog today.


  34. Six Sisters posted on May 1, 2012 at 9:25 pm (#)

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


  35. Deana@CountryMommaCooks posted on May 3, 2012 at 4:38 pm (#)

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


  36. amy and jesse hudson posted on May 3, 2012 at 8:57 pm (#)

    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


  37. keri @ shaken together posted on May 5, 2012 at 2:40 am (#)

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


  38. A Lettered Life posted on May 8, 2012 at 11:12 am (#)

    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!


  39. Sonya Simpson posted on May 26, 2012 at 4:33 am (#)

    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!


    • Dorothy @ Crazy for Crust replied on May 29th, 2012 at 1:55 pm

      I am so glad you enjoyed it! Thanks for letting me know. Yummy, banana split flavor. Delish!


    • Sonya Simpson replied on June 17th, 2012 at 4:56 am

      Banana split was a huge hit too!


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  41. Jen @ Jen's Favorite Cookies posted on August 19, 2013 at 11:14 am (#)

    Oh, my fruit loving son would LOVE this!


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  43. Alannah posted on November 2, 2014 at 6:12 pm (#)

    We are going to crazy for crust.


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