Coconut Banana Cream Pie

Coconut Banana Cream Pie! Two great pies, combined in one. Graham cracker crust, creamy coconut custard, ripe bananas, and whipped cream topping.

Coconut Banana Cream Pie
Cindy Rahe

When it comes to big holiday meals like Thanksgiving and Christmas, I am a big believer in multiple desserts. Specifically pies. It just doesn’t feel festive to me without some variety.

This Coconut Banana Cream Pie, a hybrid of coconut cream pie and banana cream pie, is

Since this Coconut Banana Cream Pie is actually two-for-one deal—coconut cream pie and banana cream pie—it's perfect for those of us (ahem, me) who want a little bite of every holiday dessert offering.

Coconut Banana Cream Pie
Cindy Rahe

I love both coconut and banana cream pies. If you have ever made either, you know that the recipes are pretty much interchangeable—swap banana for coconut or vice versa.

This made me beg the question, “Why can’t they be the same pie?�� Well, they can! And they are a great pair.

This pie gives us the best of both: the creamy sweetness of banana, some tropical flavor and texture from coconut, lots of creamy custard to bind it all together, and a pillowy topping of softly whipped cream.

Coconut Banana Cream Pie
Cindy Rahe

Originally, I tried making this recipe entirely with coconut milk, but found the resulting custard was a little less creamy than I liked. Instead, I found that a combination of whole milk and coconut milk worked well for achieving creaminess with good coconut flavor.

Additionally, I prefer a combination of egg yolks and cornstarch when making puddings and custards like this because the egg yolks lend a silkiness that cornstarch alone doesn’t.

This recipe uses a graham cracker crust. For more info on those, check out this post!

Coconut Banana Cream Pie

Prep Time 60 mins
Cook Time 10 mins
Chilling 60 mins
Total Time 2 hrs 10 mins
Servings 8 to 10 servings

Ingredients

For the crust:

  • 12 whole graham crackers (about 200g)

  • 6 tablespoons (85 g) unsalted butter

  • 3 tablespoons sugar

  • Pinch kosher salt

For the custard:

  • 1/3 cup (66 g) sugar

  • 3 large egg yolks

  • 3 tablespoons cornstarch

  • 1 1/4 cup (295 ml) whole milk

  • 1 1/4 cup (295 ml) ffull-fat coconut milk

  • Pinch kosher salt

  • 1 teaspoon vanilla

  • 1 1/2 cups sweetened shredded coconut, plus additional for the top

  • 2 medium ripe bananas

For the whipped cream topping:

  • 2 cups heavy whipping cream

  • 3 tablespoons powdered sugar

Method

  1. Preheat the oven:

    Preheat the oven to 350°F.

  2. Make the graham cracker crust:

    Heat the oven to 350°F. Break the graham crackers into a few pieces and place in the bowl of a food processor. Process the crackers until there are no large chunks left. The mixture should be sandy but not powdery.

    Pour the crumbs into a bowl and stir in the melted butter, sugar, and salt. The mixture should be like wet sand and clump together when pinched.

    Press the crumbs firmly into the bottom and sides of a 9-inch pie plate to form a crust, using a measuring cup or glass to help you press firmly.

    Coconut Banana Cream Pie
    Cindy Rahe
    Coconut Banana Cream Pie
    Cindy Rahe
  3. Bake the graham cracker crust:

    Bake for 10 to 12 minutes or until the crust has started to turn a slightly darker brown color and smells fragrant. Remove from the oven and set aside to cool completely.

  4. Make the cream pie filling:

    Combine the sugar, egg yolks, and cornstarch in a medium saucepan. Whisk off the heat until they gain a little volume and turn a light yellow. Whisk in the milks and salt.

    Place the pan over medium heat and whisk constantly until thickened, 15 to 20 minutes. (If this seems to be going really slowly, it's ok to nudge the heat up a little.)

    When the filling ready, the whisk should momentarily leave some visible trails on the surface before disappearing. Stir in the vanilla and shredded coconut.

    Coconut Banana Cream Pie
    Cindy Rahe
  5. Transfer to pie crust:

    Spread half of the cream filling mixture into the cooled graham cracker crust. Slice the bananas and layer them on top, then cover with the remaining custard. Make sure to cover all the bananas (so they don’t brown!).

    Smooth the surface and press plastic wrap directly on top.

    Coconut Banana Cream Pie
    Cindy Rahe
  6. Refrigerate the pie:

    at least 4 hours or up to 24 hours to set.

  7. Make the whipped cream topping:

    When ready to serve the pie, use a stand mixer or hand mixer to whip the cream until it holds soft peaks. Whisk in the sugar, and continue beating until the cream holds a medium peak. Generously dollop the cream over the top of the chilled pie. Sprinkle the top with extra shredded coconut.

    Once assembled, the pie can be kept refrigerated for a few hours before serving. (Longer than a few hours, however, and the whipped cream can start to weep. It still tastes good, but is less visually appealing!)

    Coconut Banana Cream Pie
    Cindy Rahe
Nutrition Facts (per serving)
543 Calories
38g Fat
46g Carbs
7g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: 8 to 10
Amount per serving
Calories 543
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 38g 49%
Saturated Fat 25g 127%
Cholesterol 131mg 44%
Sodium 196mg 9%
Total Carbohydrate 46g 17%
Dietary Fiber 3g 9%
Total Sugars 28g
Protein 7g
Vitamin C 3mg 13%
Calcium 100mg 8%
Iron 2mg 13%
Potassium 336mg 7%
*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.
Nutrition information is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate. In cases where multiple ingredient alternatives are given, the first listed is calculated for nutrition. Garnishes and optional ingredients are not included.