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Coconut Banana Cream Pie

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Sometimes I can’t decide what kind of pie to make. For hours I’ll go back and forth: Coconut Cream Pie? Banana Cream Pie? Which one should I make??

Those sessions are usually accompanied by Facebook pleas and nail biting. Then I just decide to do both…all in one. That’s when I come up with gems like this Coconut Banana Cream Pie.

Coconut Banana Cream Pie that is completely from scratch - even the pudding!

Okay, so this pie is off the chain. But first I have to tell you a story.

A couple of weeks ago our school had their annual Daddy Daughter Dance. Since I was the head of the committee, I was at the dance the entire time. The kids had a blast and the grocery store cookies we bought flew off the platters.

Then Jordan ran up to me. “MOMMY! GUESS WHAT??!!!!”

“What honey!?” I answered.

“DADDY ATE A COOKIE!” bursted out of her mouth.

When I looked at my husband he had a guilty look on his face. You guys. He ate a grocery store bought cookie.

Do you get the problem??? He ate calorie-wasting cookies…but won’t ever eat these. Or these. Or THESE.

He doesn’t eat ANYTHING I MAKE. And he ate a cookie from Winco. He’s lucky there was a gymnasium full of preteen girls or he would have gotten more than a raised eyebrow from me.

Coconut Banana Cream Pie

You’ll notice this post has no “Mel ate it” tag. That’s because – even though this pie is probably one of my favorites ever – he wouldn’t try it either. Obviously he wouldn’t, it’s not a Winco grocery store cookie.

No, he won’t touch this pie because it’s pudding. And banana. You all know the story about him and banana cream pie, right?

Here’s the story: on one of the first dinners at my mom and dad’s house, they served banana cream pie, which he hates because he can’t stand pudding. And he ate a slice to be nice and my mom thought he loved it and served him a second slice…and he ate it so she wouldn’t know he was just being nice.

That’s the kind of man I married, folks. The good kind that is overly nice and caring and thinks of others. Unless a store bought cookie gets in his way…then watch out.

{I’m totally kidding Mel. You know that, right? I mean, it was practically a given that I’d blog about it. Love you!!}

Coconut Banana Cream Pie

So let’s talk about pie. Have you noticed a theme this week? Peanut Butter Chocolate Cream Pie on Sunday, Lemon Meringue Pie Bars on Tuesday, and this pie today. Any guesses why were having pie week?

PI DAY IS ON SATURDAY. Yes folks, the math nerd is in full force. EPIC Pi Day (3.1415) is on Saturday. #pieallthethings

This pie has a top slot in the pie hall of fame. I mean…it’s two pies in one. Coconut Cream Pie marries Banana Cream Pie.

And then they had a baby.

Let’s break down the layers, mmkay?

1. The Crust. I used my favorite all butter pie crust, but you can use a refrigerated one (or even a frozen one). Just make sure you use a 9″ pie plate (not deep dish). You’re going to blind bake the crust, which means bake it without anything in it. Many recipes will tell you to fill the crust with pie weights or parchment paper and dry beans. I just poke it all over with the tines of a fork. Works perfectly!

The one thing that is very important about a blind bake: make sure the crust is COLD when it goes into the oven. Have you ever baked a pie crust and had the crust slide down the sides of the pan so you end up with a flat crust? That happens because it’s too warm. I chilled my crust several hours before baking it.

Coconut Banana Cream Pie

2. The pudding. This is a from-scratch pudding, which, honestly, is worth the time. I don’t like regular pudding from mix, but I love scratch pudding! It’s a vanilla base pudding but I added some coconut extract and shredded coconut after it cooks. Also – it uses whole eggs. That’s just how I roll (because the whites end up wasted).

3. Bananas. Obviously you need bananas! I sliced up about 1 1/2 medium bananas and layered them in the pudding. Feel free to use more if you want!

4. Whipped cream. I made a fresh homemade whipped cream and added coconut extract to fit the flavor of the pie. Top it all with some toasted coconut and you have one amazing dessert mashup pie!

A note on toasting coconut: I like to do it in a pan instead of in the oven so that I can stir constantly. It browns fast and burns even faster – so be sure to keep an eye on it.

It was all I could do not to just shove this pie in my face, no joke. I almost wished I was at clown school.

Coconut Banana Cream Pie that is completely from scratch - even the pudding!

I wonder if they serve grocery store cookies at clown school?? 😉

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Servings: 8 -10 servings

Coconut Banana Cream Pie

A from scratch pudding pie filled with coconut vanilla pudding, bananas, and coconut whipped cream! It's the marriage of two amazing pies: coconut cream and banana cream pie!


  • refrigerated pie crust — from a pack of two or a homemade crust
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 1/4 cup cornstarch
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 3 cups whole milk
  • 2 eggs — lightly beaten
  • 3 tablespoons butter
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla
  • 3 teaspoons coconut extract. divided
  • 3 cups shredded sweetened coconut — divided
  • About 1 1/2 medium bananas — sliced
  • 1 1/2 cups cold heavy whipping cream
  • 3 tablespoons powdered sugar


  1. Bake crust according to package or recipe directions for one crust pudding pie. Let cool.
  2. Place the sugar, salt, cornstarch, and milk in a medium saucepan. Cook over medium-high heat, stirring almost constantly, until thick and bubbly (about 7-8 minutes), then reduce the heat to low and cook 2 minutes more.
  3. Stir a small amount of hot milk mixture into the lightly beaten eggs. Make sure you’re whisking the entire time so you don’t scramble the eggs. Pour the milk and egg mixture back into the pan. Bring to a boil and cook, stirring constantly, 2 minutes more. It will boil very quickly after you add it back to the pan.
  4. Remove the pudding from the heat and stir in the butter, vanilla extract and 2 teaspoons coconut extract. Stir in 2 cups coconut. Transfer to a bowl, cover, and chill for 30 minutes.
  5. To assemble the pie: place a thin layer of pudding on the bottom of the crust. Place sliced bananas in a single layer and then top with remaining pudding. Cover pie and chill for at least 6 hours or overnight.
  6. Toast the remaining one cup of coconut in a heavy bottomed skilled over medium-low heat. Stir continuously until the coconut browns. Remove from heat immediately. Coconut toasts fast and burns fast, don’t stop watching it while you’re cooking!
  7. Before serving, make the whipped cream. Beat the heavy whipping cream on high speed, adding 1 teaspoon of coconut extract and powdered sugar slowly during mixing. Beat until stiff peaks form. Top pie with whipped cream and toasted coconut. Serve within 2 days.

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  1. You know, people tend to want what they can’t have. If Mel can’t have store-bought cookies, he’s gonna go for them. It’s like how my kids love anything from a mix or a box in the freezer, but the homemade awesome stuff…yeah. I feel your pain, sister!
    Way to celebrate Pi Day. I’m super excited to eat lots of pie tomorrow, and I wish this one were part of it. Looks AMAZING!

  2. Great minds think alike. What are the odds that we post a banana cream pie 1 day apart?? Well with us, actually, pretty good 🙂 Except your took zero shortcuts with yours and that is amazing! The scratch pudding, the whipped cream, oh I can feel it sticking to my hips right now 🙂 Gorgeous pie!!

  3. Oh my goodness, Dorothy! The Coconut Banana Cream Pie looks heavenly. I get a little taken aback when my friends and family go for store bought baked goods instead of my own. I sympathize with you, girlfriend! Mel is crazy for not wanting to devour all of your recipes. 

  4. I love that you smashed these two pies together, Dorothy! Such a genius idea! You definitely can’t go wrong with this delicious dessert. Pinned!

  5. If my “pure” taste testers ate a store-bought cookie (the ones that will only have a taste,) I would’ve freaked out! I mean, what’s better -something a loved one made or something a stranger/machine made?That answer’s easy 😉 & BTW this pie looks awesome – banana and coconut is the perfect flavor combo!

  6. This pie is perfect for Pi Day! Coconut and banana cream pie are two of my favorite cream pies so combining them is such a great idea! Totally knocks the socks off of anything store-bought!:)

  7. Beautiful, beautiful pie! You have a good man there to choke down a Banana Cream Pie even though he hates it… except, HOW can one hate a pudding pie?? Haha! 🙂 I get a lot of help with the desserts at my house – my S.O. is a human garbage disposal and loves sweets. Otherwise, it would be very hard for me to finish everything! As it is, our freezer is full! I’m sure yours is the same! 🙂

  8. Happy Pi/Pie Day! This looks fabulous!

  9. Haha your stories are the best.  Your husband reminds me of when you make the most delicious homemade Mac and cheese recipe and the kids just want Kraft box Mac and cheese… heartbreaking! 

  10. Why am I not surprised that you created a luscious cream pie mash-up?! Because you are the foremost expert on dessert mash-ups, of course! 🙂 Give me this pie filling and a spoon and I would be one happy camper. This combo of flavors in a creamy homemade pudding sounds both spring-like and soothing! Happy epic Pi Week. 🙂

  11. You’ve got two of my favorite pies in one — I love this!  Pinning. 🙂

  12. Oh my, Dorothy! This coconut banana cream pie looks divine. Two of the best cream pies mashed into one. You are the mash up queen but we already know this! 😉

  13. Love that this is made from scratch pudding!  Got to try this!  Happy Pi Day 🙂

  14. This is the Best Pie. Why decide between two classics when you can mash ’em into one superfood?

  15. OOOH this looks so good and what a great combo!!  Your story is too true- it seems like you can slave away at making something but they want the store bought version instead!!  Men I tell ya!  🙂

  16. Dorothy! That pie is making my mouth water! Can’t wait to make it. And eat it!

  17. That pie is a thing of beauty! Too bad tablets don’t have smell and taste capability!

  18. I knew I could count on you for another inspired recipe right before Pi day!  Thanks – I love any marriage between coconut and banana.  And that guy of yours has the nicest manners!

  19. Dorothy, I love the combination of banana and coconut pudding. Your pie looks mouth-watering delicious!

  20. I’m so excited for Pi Day. The only problem is I have way too many pies I want to potentially make. Love this idea of combining 2 in 1! Pinned!

  21. I love love love this mash-up!  Coconut and banana really belong together anyways so it just makes sense!  This looks absolutely delicious!  Pinned!

  22. So many gorgeous pies on blogs today! Love it! I have a weakness for coconut right now and I would love a slice of this beauty! Gorgeous! Pinned! 

  23. I am not even sure I have ever had banana cream pie but lately I have been TOTALLY craving it! So I think I have to make one soon! Also, toasting coconut on the stove top? Pure genius! I will be trying this!

  24. What a funny story Dorothy!  I have a daughter like that in some regards. If she had to choose between one of my cookies and a pack of Skittles she’d choose the candy.  I have to make sure we never have candy!  I am go glad you combined two pies-it just makes this one even more heavenly!

  25. Holy yum!!!  That is seriously one amazing looking pie!  I love that you combined two greats to get one out of this world dessert!!!  

  26. Such a great combination of pies in one! Love that the pudding is from scratch!

  27. Who doesn’t like pudding?! Haha! 🙂 Well, I would gladly take his share (or the whole pie) because coconut cream pie and banana cream pie? Sold. Sold twice. This looks downright fantastic. 

  28. I love this! I love banana and coconut together. And I’m totally with you. When my husband tells me he wants me to buy cookies at the grocery store I’m like, “Are you KIDDING me?!?!!”.

  29. oh my gawd!!! this pie!!!! and that damn grocery store bought cookie!!!! loved that story!!!! and any one of us would gladly take Mel’s place at your house so someone could help you devour this pie!!!! TGIF! 

  30. This pie looks amazing! I always get conflicted too between two posts! Love this!

  31. Holy cow, awesome pie. My mom and I had been debating on a dessert while I was reading my emails, and what did I pull up? Why your Cocnut Banana cream pie! I made that today for Pi day, it was awesome! Love visiting your site and love trying out your recipes! 

  32. It’s like the best pie mash-up ever. Mel’s crazy. I’ll take his share! 

  33. Aww poor Mel! What a cute story about meeting your parents. He definitely has a heart of gold to endure food he hates! (My guy wouldn’t touch dessert… Period.) I’ll totally take his slice of this one! P.S. Do pudding pies freeze well at all??

  34. Love all the pies. I’m a pie fan extraordinaire! And I use store bought crust until about 6 months ago when I came across your buttercrust. EXELLENT. I didn’t follow-up because I lost your site. I read thru this, I must admit I’m all aobut getting to the recipe and I don’t always read all the back story. But today I did, and am so glad. blind baking–I have done every method, bought stel beads on wire, etc, even poking the crust. none of it works. Even with your butter crust. So I pick up those simple lines about having the crust COLD. So, I’ll try that next. The other trick, is have the crust cooked and not soggy in regular pies. I’m not the best tech person.. Now about this amazing pie. I am all about baking completely from scratch–except that dreaded pie crust. Even regular pies have soggy uncooked crusts. So I go all out for fillings and using crust alternatives: cookie and graham cracker, or crumbles and grunts, or pies like this, but the crust would be a macaroon cookie crust that I had made. so I find a way around crust. But fillings!! Puddings are great for these types. And my favorite embellishment to my coconut Banana Cream pie completely from scratch like yours–adding CHOCOLATE: make chocolate coconut pudding. A whole nother level altogether. This is the brainchild of my son, who was enjoying my coconut banana cream pie as his birthday pie, and he said Mom, this would be really good if it were chocolate. So now I make it chocolate, with a coconut shortbread or chocolate shortbread crust–either are very nice! So nice memories from an epic pie. Now I have some lemons and will make the lemon pie bars for St. Patty’s day. Not traditional, but wonderful Or maybe lemon pudding cake–lovely saucing cake from my childhood. And one of the few things with lemon that my husband likes. I can am fortunate, my family won’t eat the store bought, and truly prefers my baked goods or doesn’t eat them.

    • Yes! I totally need to go back and edit the crust post. I’d never made it with a filled pie like this before and had to experiment to make it SUPER cold. Then it worked with the fork pokes. You could totally use a graham crust- or an Oreo one – with these puddings!

  35. Maybe he just ate the store bought cookie to be nice too!?

  36. the perfect tropical fusion of 2 delicious pies!

  37. ok, seriously. This is my dream pie. Will you make it for me in April? pretty please!! And I love the story about Mel. Ian actually asked me to buy store bought cookies a couple weeks ago. He loves cookies, but passes up a good bit of what I make. Such weirdos! 😉 And I love your apology too. Ian did something really funny last weekend and immediately he’s like – don’t blog about this. Ha! It’s all fair game. 🙂

    • LOL!! Glad it’s not just Mel, he’ll be happy to hear that. And I’ll make you whatever you want in April if you’ll make me one of your cookie cake frosted cheesecake creations!!

  38. Do you use imitation coconut or can you find real? I don’t want to use imitation because propalyne glycol was in my body wash and my coconut flavoring, so that’s gross. I see that you go to all the trouble to make a crust, pudding and whip cream so I thought you might use real extract. It’s impossible for me to find. 

    • Unfortunatley I’ve only ever been able to find imitation in stores. Possibly you can find real extract online somewhere? You can leave out the extract, but I like to add it since it adds to the coconut flavor. Without it you get a hint of coconut flavor and, of course, the texture from the coconut, but I want to really taste it. Just skip it if you prefer!

  39. just made this pie in a 13×9 baing glass , used 1 cup of coconut milk replacing reg milk,  because i did not have the coconut extract, also used a pastry crust to make this easier , and i am very happy this tastes so divine no need to buy the coconut cream pie at thanksgiving anymore , thanks perfect recipe and very easy 

  40. I made some substitutes to this pie pudding: used tapioca starch in place of corn, almond milk rather than cow’s, coconut oil verses butter, organic coconut palm sugar rather than white sugar. My crust was almond and coconut. The results of which was just delicious and a healthier version. 

  41. You make your own coconut extract, very easy and delish. Google it!!!

  42. I don’t have coconut extract, could I substitute this with vanilla extract? Do you think it would dramatically change the taste?

  43. Could you possibly substitute coconut milk beverage for the whole milk?

  44. This recipe sounds amazing. I don’t like bananas so i plan to make it without them (or possibly only put them on half the pie since my husband likes bananas). Is there anything I could sub for the bananas? I was thinking pineapple, to give it a pina colada twist, but I’m not sure if the pineapple would work as well since it is not a soft, creamy fruit like bananas. I think I’ll use real vanilla bean (scraped) in place of the extract, because I love, love, love vanilla and I have some on hand that need to be used before they dry out.

  45. We have invited an elderly couple from our neighborhood (hooray! 89 yrs.!) for Christmas Dinner and he loves coconut cream pie, and he loves banana cream pie, so now, thanks to y’all, he gets both! Thank you! 🙂

  46. Can you use vanilla waffers ground up to make the crust

  47. HOW can a man NOT like pudding? HOW can ANYONE not like pudding? Did he grow up on instant cold, nasty, gritty pudding from a box? Sure, I can see perhaps the cold instant Jell-O pudding. That can be pretty nasty at times. I only keep it in the house because at times cake recipes call for it. If I’m feeling VERY lazy, which I often am at 10 pm on a cold winter evening I will quickly grab a box of COOK and serve pudding but I wouldn’t eat that cold instant stuff for anything. I grew up on homemade pudding, which by the way they called “cornstarch”. I guess because that’s the major ingredient in it other than the milk. Your husband is a RARE breed to be sure if he turns down ALL those desserts and treats. What happened to him during his childhood to traumatize him in such a drastic manner? Now I’m not a big chocolate lover, not like many people but that doesn’t mean I dislike all desserts. I’d rather have vanilla or lemon.

  48. Wow, I wasted an entire day making this recipe that turned out awful (hard to believe that something seemingly so simple could turn out that bad). Followed this recipe to the t and even made double the recipe to give one to a neighbor but I had to throw the entire thing out. The pudding never set and it tasted bitter and weird. I reviewed the recipe and left nothing out.
    Something is wrong with this recipe!

  49. I just made this for Thanksgiving as I am a guest. It came out amazing! Its firm and delicious. I followed the exact directions. I printed it out and put in my files as a keeper.

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