When I was a kid, I spent many a winter and spring break with my maternal grandparents in Arizona. Oh, how I loved those vacations.

I loved the fresh orange juice my grandpa would squeeze for us each morning, playing with my brother at the pool, and shopping with my grandparents. I also loved everything my grandma made us to eat. (My parents owned a pretty fancy restaurant so at home we ate things like confit of duck and scalloped potatoes. At my grandparents we got to eat “normal” food: like tacos and banana cream pie!)

Recently, I was thinking about how much I miss my grandparents. Missing them made me crave banana cream pie something fierce, so I decided to make one.

banana cream pie from scratch | healthy green kitchen

My grandma made her pie with a store-bought crust and vanilla pudding from a box: I thought it was the most delicious thing ever, but I opted to make mine with whole foods ingredients from scratch. (I used the recipe in Joy of Cooking because that’s where I turn for classic recipes.) My daughter helped me make it by slicing the bananas and placing them “just so”.

banana cream pie | healthy green kitchen

The verdict? It was pretty darn delicious and I will definitely be making banana cream pie again! Maybe next time I will change it up a bit, though…see the bottom of this post for some amazing-looking banana cream pie variations from fellow bloggers.

banana cream pie from scratch | healthy green kitchen

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banana cream pie from scratch | healthy green kitchen

More Great-looking Banana Cream Pies:

Bourbon Caramel Chocolate Banana Cream Pie from Use Real Butter
Honey Roasted Peanut Butter Banana Cream Pie from Love and Olive Oil
Fluffy Banana Cream Pie from A Spicy Perspective


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    Shaina — March 14, 2014 @ 5:57 pm

    Banana cream pie is my favorite, but I’ve never made my own…I must try it! Happy Pi Day!

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    Sophie — March 15, 2014 @ 12:33 am

    I just love old family recipes, that really remind you of a certain time or place :) This looks like a tasty pudding!


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    this abundant list | this abundant life — March 21, 2014 @ 2:42 pm

    […] don’t think I have ever has a slice of banana cream pie, but this one looks […]

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    Jamie — March 27, 2014 @ 2:07 pm

    My parents made wonderful banana cream pie from store bought pie crust, boxed vanilla pudding, nilla wafer and non-dairy whipped topping and I also thought it was the best! I love it and now I think I’ll make it after Passover!

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    Eileen — May 2, 2014 @ 2:01 pm

    Banana cream is my favorite pie! I especially love the ones with fresh bananas inside! Can’t wait to try your recipe! Thanks!