A slice of dairy free banana cream pie is a light and refreshing dessert. Cool, creamy banana pudding, fluffy whipped topping, and a graham cracker crust make this the perfect sweet treat.
When you have food allergies, some desserts seem like they just can’t be made allergy friendly. And while it may be more difficult, that doesn’t have to be true! Many desserts that seem more “complicated” can be made in a way that is suitable for most diets. You just have to be creative and use the right substitutions.
Banana cream pie is a dessert recipe that’s been requested by my readers. I was a little stumped at first…traditional banana cream pie has a lot of eggs in the custard filling. I wondered how to get around that! Using egg replacers in a recipe that requires so many eggs is usually not the best plan.
But I started thinking about some of the other pies that I’ve made, like this chocolate pudding pie, and I was able to make that successfully without egg replacers, so I thought, why not make a vegan banana cream pie?
The result was a very light and delicious banana pudding filling!
Since it is egg free, it’s not as heavy or rich as a traditional banana cream pie. I really don’t like regular banana cream pie, but I liked this recipe very much. The lightness of the pudding and topping was a very nice surprise.
- neutral tasting non-dairy milk of your choice (I used unsweetened coconut milk)
- allergy friendly graham crackers or cookies
- vegan buttery spread
- dairy free whipped topping (Coco Whip)
How to make this pie
- Make the pudding, and chill for 2 hours.
- Once the pudding is chilled, make the no-bake graham cracker crust, and press into a pie pan or tart pan. Place sliced banana on top of the crust.
- Stir a half cup of Coco Whip into the chilled pudding.
- Spread the pudding over the graham cracker crust.
- Top the pudding layer with the remaining Coco Whip and sliced bananas.
- Chill the pie overnight so that it is firms up.
Ideas for the crust
There are many options for making a graham cracker or cookie crust. It really depends on your dietary needs.
You can try graham crackers by Annie’s (these contain gluten), or Nabisco Original Grahams if you are vegan.
If you need a gluten free crust, try Enjoy Life Vanilla Honey Graham Cookies. Smoreables Graham Crackers by Kinnikinnick are also a great option.
Any variety of Enjoy Life Crunchy Cookie could work well – try the sugar cookie option if you are avoiding honey.
Which dairy free milk to use for this banana cream pie
You should be able to make a pudding with most dairy free milks. I chose to use So Delicious Unsweetened Coconut Milk Beverage, which is very neutral tasting. You could try this with oat milk, soy milk, rice milk, or flax milk.
If you’re looking for a whipped topping that’s free of coconut, you may want to try this recipe for homemade vegan whipped topping.
More dairy free dessert recipes
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Dairy Free Banana Cream Pie.
This banana cream pie is so light and luscious! You will love the delicious filling and the no-bake graham cracker crust.
For the filling:
For the crust:
For the topping:
- 1 container coco whip
- 1 banana sliced
Make the filling:
Place the sugar, corn starch, and salt in a saucepan and whisk together. Pour in the non-dairy milk while stirring (to avoid lumps). Turn the heat to medium, and cook while stirring constantly.
Cook over medium heat until bubbling, then reduce heat to low and cook for about 6-7 minutes while stirring. The mixture should start to thicken. Once it is thick enough to coat the back of the spoon, turn off the heat and stir in the mashed banana and the vanilla.
Allow the pudding to cool for about 30 minutes before transferring to a bowl and covering with plastic wrap. Place in the refrigerator for 2 hours.
Make the graham cracker crust:
Once the pudding has chilled, place the graham crackers in the food processor and pulse until they become fine crumbs. Add the melted vegan buttery spread and sugar, and pulse until the mixture comes together.
Press into a pie pan or tart pan. Use waxed paper to firmly press the crust down.
Assemble the pie:
Take the sliced banana and place the slices on top of the graham cracker crust.
Take the chilled pudding, and stir in a ½ cup of the coco whip.
Smooth the filling over the graham cracker crust and sliced banana.
Take the rest of the coco whip and spread that on top of the pudding layer.
Top the coco whip with more sliced banana.
Refrigerate the pie for at least 8 hours or overnight. It will be much easier to slice the pie if you chill it for the proper amount of time.
Use the non-dairy milk that works for your diet. Oat milk, rice milk, flax milk, soy milk, any of these would be fine.
If you can’t have coconut, use the whipped topping of your choice.
Corn starch is my recommended thickener for this recipe. It’s possible that potato starch might work, but I have not tried that.
I did try tapioca starch when testing this recipe, and it made the pudding layer too gummy. I don’t recommend it.
Store leftover pie in the refrigerator. It should stay fresh for 3 days.