Banoffee Pie is a classic English dessert that is the perfect year-round treat to share with family and friends! It's made of 4 incredible layers: a buttery graham cracker crust, a toffee caramel, fresh bananas, and whipped cream to top it off. This make-ahead dessert is just what you need for all holidays. From the 4th of July to Christmas, it is perfect any time!
Homemade pie makes any holiday throughout the year so special! For July 4th celebrations whip up this Red, White & Blueberry Cream Pie or a Cherry Pie, and for a Christmas or Thanksgiving option, my Classic Southern Pecan Pie is always a hit!
What is Banoffee Pie?
If you have never tried Banoffee Pie, this is something that needs to be remedied ASAP. It's combination of sweet, simple flavors combines into something that is so much more than you might think. And it's a texture-lover's dream with a crumbly, crunchy crust, chewy-soft toffee, and creamy bananas and cream.
Plus, since it's practically no-bake (except for 10 minutes to set the crust), this pie is just as wonderful in the heat of the summer, as it is during the Christmas holidays after Christmas dinner.
Where is Banoffee from?
Although you might think this is a classic American Pie, the banoffee pie origin is actually in the UK, and it's even a pretty recent invention. The original English creators claim the Banoffee Pie recipe was first made in 1971 and since has taken the world by storm!
And no wonder. I mean, who doesn't love layers of crunchy, cookie crust topped with toffee, bananas, and cream? It's every banana lover's dream! I'm not even the biggest banana fan and I still love it when combined with that toffee caramel flavor!
My American take on the classic Banoffee Pie recipe is really easy to throw together. It takes just 20 minutes of prep, and then chills in the fridge to set up. This Banoffee Pie with condensed milk is a great, no-fuss recipe to make ahead for holidays like Christmas and Thanksgiving. Make it a day before so you can concentrate on more important things like the turkey!
Banoffee Pie Ingredients
Graham Cracker Crust
- Graham cracker crumbs: A classic crust base! Graham crackers go with just about anything, and a lot of people (my husband included) prefer it over a regular pastry crust!
- Sugar: Granulated sugar gives this crust a delicious sweetness.
- Salted butter: Melted binds the sugar and graham crackers together to make a rich, buttery, sweet crust!
- Salted butter: We need a rich toffee flavor in the filling, and the butteriness added here is so delicious!
- Sugar: I added dark brown sugar this time because it has a great caramel flavor which creates the toffee part of Banoffee Pie.
- Sweetened condensed milk: This magic ingredient adds sweetness, a creamy flavor, and it also thickens up so that the filling sets and doesn't run everywhere.
- Bananas: The star of every Banoffee Pie recipe is...bananas of course! They are sliced and placed in a couple of layers over the toffee filling.
- Cream: Heavy cream or heavy whipping cream whipped to stiff peaks creates a creamy, fluffy topping.
- Sugar: You can use either confectioner's sugar or granulated sugar for a little more sweetness. Confectioners sugar is easier to mix into the cream.
- Vanilla extract: My homemade vanilla extract gives just a little something extra to this Banoffee Pie topping. So delicious!
Toppings for this Banoffee Pie Recipe
Yes, definitely add your favorite or a mixture from this list:
- Chocolate shavings
- Chopped nuts
- Toffee bits
- A dusting of cocoa powder
- A dusting of powdered coffee (you can also add a little to the graham cracker crust)
How to make Banoffee Pie
- Heat, crush & mix: Firstly, preheat the oven to 350 degrees F and then crush the graham crackers into fine crumbs using a food processor (affiliate link) or rolling pin and ziploc bag. Add the melted butter and granulated sugar, mixing until the crumbs are evenly moistened.
- Press & bake: Press the crust mixture into a 9-inch pie plate (affiliate link) or springform pan using a flat-bottomed glass or measuring cup to help compact the crumbs on the bottom and up the sides. Bake for 10 minutes to set the crust, then remove from the oven and cool completely.
3. It's toffee time! Next, while the crust bakes, prepare the caramel toffee filling by melting the butter and brown sugar in a medium saucepan over medium heat. Add the sweetened condensed milk, then bring the mixture to a boil for 3-4 minutes, stirring vigorously, until it thickens and darkens in color a bit to a lovely toffee shade that is close to the color of peanut butter. Pour the warm toffee filling into the prepared crust, then let it cool completely and chill for 1-2 hours until firm.
4. Whip the topping: After the toffee filling is made and chilling, beat the heavy cream, sugar, and vanilla on medium-high speed in a stand mixer fitted with the whisk attachment until medium peaks start to form, usually around 3-4 minutes. The whipped cream should be light, fluffy, and a good consistency for piping. Be careful not to overbeat to stiff peaks.
5. Slice, spread & serve: Finally, arrange the sliced bananas in 1-2 layers on top of the chilled toffee filling. Cover everything completely with the whipped cream and sprinkle with chocolate shavings before serving.
How to store Banana Toffee Pie
You will want to store Banoffee pie in the fridge until you are ready to serve it. It will keep, uncovered in the refrigerator, for 2-3 days. Any longer than that can result in a soggy crust and brown bananas.
You can even freeze banoffee pie, but only the bottom crust and toffee layer. I recommend waiting to add freshly sliced bananas and whipped cream until just before serving. The crust and filling can be frozen for up to three months and you can defrost in the fridge overnight for best results.
How long is Banana Toffee Pie good for in the fridge?
Banoffee Pie will last for 2-3 days in the fridge. It's great to make the night before, but a couple of nights before may be pushing it, and you may end up with a soggy crust or browning bananas.
Best Banoffee Pie Recipe FAQs
No, they really aren't the same thing and aren't interchangeable in this recipe. The main difference is that condensed milk has sugar added to it to make it sweet and thickened. Evaporated milk is rich, but not particularly sweet or thick.
Banoffee pie is absolutely delicious with a buttery sweet graham cracker crust, fresh ripe banana flavor, and a toffee flavored caramel all tied together with homemade whipped cream. It’s a match made in heaven.
It really doesn’t take too long for the condensed milk to turn into caramel. In this recipe it will 10 minutes tops from start to finish to make the filling.
No one wants brown bananas in their dessert! There are a couple of quick trips to help prevent browning. First, immediately after slicing the bananas, cover them with the whipped cream topping so they are completely covered with no air pockets. You can also lightly brush the bananas with orange, lemon, or pineapple juice to keep the bananas from turning brown.
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Banoffee Pie (Banana Toffee Pie)
- 1 ½ cups graham cracker crumbs about 11 full sheet graham crackers
- ⅓ cup granulated sugar
- 6 Tablespoons salted butter melted
- ½ cup salted butter
- ½ cup packed dark brown sugar
- 14 ounces sweetened condensed milk
- 2-3 large bananas peeled and sliced
- 2 cups cold heavy cream or heavy whipping cream 480ml
- ¼ cup confectioners’ sugar or granulated sugar*
- 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
- optional toppings: chocolate shavings chopped nuts, or toffee bits for garnish
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
- Crush the graham crackers into fine crumbs using a food processor or rolling pin and ziploc bag. Add the melted butter and granulated sugar, mixing until the crumbs are evenly moistened.
- Press the crust mixture into a 9-inch pie plate or springform pan using a flat-bottomed glass or measuring cup to help compact the crumbs on the bottom and up the sides. Bake for 10 minutes to set the crust, then remove from the oven and cool completely.
- While the crust bakes, prepare the caramel toffee filling by melting the butter and brown sugar in a medium saucepan over medium heat. Add the sweetened condensed milk, then bring the mixture to a boil for 3-4 minutes, stirring vigorously, until it thickens and darkens in color a bit to a lovely toffee shade that is close to the color of peanut buttr. Pour the warm toffee filling into the prepared crust, then let it cool completely and chill for 1-2 hours until firm.
- Beat the heavy cream, sugar, and vanilla on medium-high speed in a stand mixer fitted with the whisk attachment until medium peaks start to form, usually around 3-4 minutes. The whipped cream should be light, fluffy, and a good consistency for piping. Be careful not to overbeat to stiff peaks.
- Spread the caramel toffee filling on the crust, then arrange the sliced bananas in 1-2 layers on top. Cover completely with the whipped cream and sprinkle with chocolate shavings before serving.
- The crust can be made up to 2 days in advance and kept in the fridge or frozen for up to 3 months. Thaw before using.
Reader questions and reviews
Hi! Would like to ask a question regarding banoffee. I’m facing a huge problem. It would mean the world to me if you could help me out. First of all, I’m selling Banoffee pies. And I have tried and tried and failed. I made the caramel sauce from scratch. It was perfect and thick. I even added cornstarch. So as everything has set and chilled. Once I added the sliced bananas, after few minutes it became like soup! When my customers scooped it, it became like a watery mess. Even after I have chilled it overnight. I know the culprit is the bananas. I could see the liquid coming out from the bananas. What do I do? How do I prevent this? Is it the type of the bananas that I should change? I saw few banoffee sellers that sell banoffee pies that arent watery.
That is such a strange result! I have never heard of a banoffee pie turning watery after adding bananas! But if everything was set and it happened after adding the bananas, yes that would seem like the issue. I wonder if they were too ripe? Or not ripe enough? I wish I could be more help!
Hi, If the banana is so important with this dessert, why is it not in ingredients and instructions??? Pat
Hi Pat. It's there but I understand sometimes we just miss things. Bananas are listed under the "Toppings" section in the ingredients and they are added in Step 6 of the instructions. Have a great weekend!
Hi can the base and caramel be made in a springform pan and then frozen together? So that its as simple as defrosting then adding banana and whipped cream before serving?
Yes! That should work just fine. You might get a little moisture on the top after defrosting, but otherwise I think it will work.
My pie came out runny- any ideas why? The toffee layer was hardened after refrigerating, but once I added bananas and whipped cream, and then later sliced it, the toffee was runny, unlike your photos. Wish I knew how to prevent this!
Oh now! That is really strange if the toffee layer was set up before adding the bananas and whipped cream! How long did it sit after adding the bananas? I wonder if they released liquid or if the whipped cream softened on the bottom? I wish I had better ideas but I haven't seen that result before.