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Banana Cream Pie & Chunky Monkey Pie

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I know I shared my Quick and Easy Banana Cream Pie just a little bit ago, but guess what?  Right after I made my pie I saw this similar version over at Our Best Bites.  I had to try it and see if it was as good or better than my version.  The thing that made me wonder how this pie would taste is that you add water and condensed milk to the instant pudding.  So, I adapted the recipe slightly from the original. I asked my family what they thought.  Did they have a preference? 

My husband liked both just the same.  My oldest son said he liked the filling on this pie. If I had to choose, I would pick this pie. 

Banana Cream Pie with bananas in the background

First, I like that it makes 2 pies so I made one regular and one chunky monkey. Everyone did prefer the original banana over the chunky monkey version.  For me, this pie was more like a true banana cream pie.  The other version I shared is more mousse-like with the filling since it uses pudding folded with cool whip.  So, give this version a try.

Chunky Monkey Pie
Chunky Monkey Pie

Banana Cream Pie

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Ingredients
  

  • 1 4- serving size box of instant chocolate or vanilla pudding I did vanilla
  • 1 c. cold water
  • 1 14- oz. can sweetened condensed milk
  • 2 prepared pie crusts You choose–regular, graham cracker, Nilla Wafer, shortbread, even Oreo. I used regular -Marie Callendar’s frozen crust- for the banana and oreo for the chunky monkey
  • 6 bananas sliced
  • 2 cups whipping cream divided
  • ¼ c. powdered sugar
  • dash of vanilla
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Instructions
 

  • In a large bowl combine the pudding, water, and condensed milk.   Mix on low speed for 2 minutes; place in fridge to chill for a few minutes.
  • In another bowl, whip 1 c. of whipping cream until soft peaks form.
  • Remove pudding mixture from fridge.  Add whipped cream to the pudding and gently fold in.
  • Spoon a little of the pudding mixture into each pie crust, just enough to coat the bottom of the pie crust.  Layer each cust with banana slices and top each pie with remaining pudding mixture.
  • Whip remaining 1 cup cream, powdered sugar, and vanilla until thick and fluffy. Spread on top of pie.  Garnish with additional banana slices if desired. Refrigerate several hours before serving.
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Notes

Chunky Monkey Pie Version
Blend 1/2 c creamy peanut butter into the pudding/water/sweetened condensed milk in step 1 above.  (I used an oreo crust. and divided the pudding/water/milk mixture.  Then blended 1/4 cup peanut butter into one of the pudding mixtures before putting in the fridge.  Thus allowing one banana cream pie and one chunky monkey pie.  I personally do think the peanut butter would taste better if you used chocolate pudding instead of the vanilla, but that’s just my preference)
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