Coconut banana cream pie has a thick custard base, packed with the tropical taste of coconut and roasted bananas!
This coconut banana cream pie has truly been a labor of love. For my first attempt at this banana cream pie, I roasted 5 bananas. This yielded a filling that was bursting with banana flavor, but after mixing the bananas into the custard, the filling was left looking gray and dull. The color looked more like cement than pie, to tell the truth. If the pie doesn’t LOOK good, then who cares about the flavor, right? I wanted a pie that looked like this Coconut cream pie, not cement!
I reworked the recipe and made another attempt. This time, I only used three bananas and I layered them in the pie instead of mixing them into the filling. The color was perfect and the filling still tasted delicious but my crust totally fell apart. My pie pieces came out looking more like cobbler than pie. Once again, I was left with an ugly looking pie.
I reworked the recipe yet again and finally came up with THE perfect coconut banana cream pie. The custard was thick and rich with lots of coconut flavor, the roasted bananas were soft and sweet, the crust came out perfect and in tact, and the homemade whipped cream was light and fluffy. Each component worked like they should and together they made something amazing. I suppose the third time really is the charm. And now let me share what I learned with you!
Notes about the coconut banana cream pie recipe:
- The graham cracker crust is one of the easiest crusts to make. I used a combination of graham cracker crumbs, sugar, toasted coconut and melted butter. I love the crunchy texture and nutty taste the toasted coconut gives the crust. Sure you could leave it out if you prefer, but I highly recommend you try it. It lends a little something extra that really unifies all the flavors of this pie.
- To toast coconut, spread your coconut in an even layer on a baking sheet. Place baking sheet in a 325 degree oven. Toast your coconut for about 15 minutes, taking care to stir coconut every 3-5 minutes. Coconut burns very quickly, so be sure to keep an eye on it. You want a golden brown color. I often make extra to keep on hand.
- After crust has been assembled and arranged in your pie plate, place the plate in the freezer for at least on hour. This extra step will help ensure that your crust will stay together after you slice into your pie.
- I’ve roasted bananas for smoothies and blueberries for tarts. Roasting fruit makes for a truly memorable flavor experience. For this recipe: I placed my unpeeled bananas on a baking sheet and placed them in a 350 degree oven for 20 minutes. Roasted bananas (or any fruit) significantly sweetens and intensifies the flavor. The bananas are soft and caramelized. You do NOT have to do this to your bananas. Firm, ripe bananas will work just fine in this recipe. Again, I highly recommend trying roasted bananas, they just deepen the flavor of your pie.
- I like the combination of heavy cream and whole milk in the custard. This will create a rich, thick, pudding-like consistency that is perfect for this type of pie. When slice your pie, you want your pie pieces to stand on their own, not ooze onto the plate.
- After assembling your pie, but before you top it with whipped cream, allow your pie to refrigerate for at least 24 hours. This will ensure that your custard has had time to properly set.
- When you make your whipped cream, always start with very cold ingredients and very cold equipment. This will allow your cream to set up quickly.
There you have my tips on making the perfect, homemade coconut banana cream pie.
This pie tasted so light and delicate, it is the best way to end any summer meal.
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Nutrition InformationYield 12 Serving Size 1
Amount Per ServingCalories 551 Total Fat 42g Saturated Fat 26g Trans Fat 1g Unsaturated Fat 13g Cholesterol 148mg Sodium 177mg Carbohydrates 41g Fiber 2g Sugar 29g Protein 5g