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Coconut Banana Cream Pie Parfaits!! Oh my gosh, SO GOOD. Made with a buttery Ritz cracker and sweet coconut “crust”, layered with fresh bananas, homemade coconut pudding, and a dollop of whipped cream too. Finish each parfait with plenty of chocolate shavings for a truly delicious dessert. These parfaits are a simple, easy, and sweet treat that’s delicious any time of year. Especially during the spring and summer days ahead, when you’re looking for a yummy chilled dessert.
I know that everyone is excited for Friday, the weekend, and hopefully some serious chill time, but first some pie time!
Or more specifically, pie parfaits, which feel fun and springy to me, so I’m very into them! And there’s even some chocolate too. Very fitting for a Friday, don’t you think?
It’s been a long week over here with lots of snow falling (please no more!). I cooked many recipes, had a lot of failed recipes (yes, I promise it does happen and this week it happened A LOT). I had some fun conference calls, some long conference calls, recorded a podcast, and made my flaky honey brioche bread on IG stories.
Oh, and I also made us some coconut banana cream pie…in a cute little glass to make it a parfait!
Something about this time before and after Easter always, always, makes me think about coconut based desserts. I’m going to be honest, today’s post was 100% supposed to be a coconut layer cake. But after one too many failed attempts, I gave up and made coconut banana cream pies instead. And you know what?
I am happy about it. The older (and hopefully wiser) I get, the more I realize that what they say is true, everything happens for a reason. If I didn’t fail miserably at my coconut cake, I would have never made these delicious (and easy) coconut parfaits.
These are better than cake….
I mean, you know, at least right now anyway…
And you know what else? If I don’t make it to Florida, then I wasn’t meant to go. If do make it, great, but if I don’t something else will come around. It’s all about the way you look things, right. Positivity is not my strongest trait, but I’m working on it. And there is something else coming up…a giant, all 18 of us, family trip to Costa Rica in July. And I am going!
Anyway, back to these parfaits. For someone who really loves bananas, you’d think I’d surely have a classic banana pie on the site, but I don’t. I’ve made variations, but never a true banana cream pie. This is the closest I’ve come, and it’s still not “classic”.
But, you know me. I try to put my own twist on most recipes, and well, I think these parfaits are pretty darn delicious.
And much easier than cake. Just saying.
First, make the coconut pudding. Honestly, this is so easy to do. You just need coconut milk, sugar, eggs, vanilla, and a pinch of salt. Simple, simple, but so coconutty, creamy, and DELISH.
The coconut pudding is layered with a buttery toasted coconut “crust” that’s a million times better than your average graham cracker crust. For whatever reason, I’m not a huge fan of the graham cracker crust. But I love this buttery coconut “crust” instead. It’s sweet and super coconutty, which I find pairs so well with the combo of creamy coconut pudding and bananas.
Once you have the pudding and crust together, just layer it up with fresh bananas, and whipped cream. It’s just like a banana cream pie, but with the addition of coconut, and layered in cute glasses instead of a single pie crust.
I also like to finish each glass off with a very generous amount of chocolate shavings. Perfect dessert for Easter, but really, this dessert is great anytime. Every bite is full of creamy coconut pudding, crunchy toasted coconut “crust”, sweet bananas, and even a touch of chocolate too.
As perfect as it gets!
If you make these coconut banana-cream pie parfaits, be sure to leave a comment and/or give this recipe a rating! Above all, I love to hear from you guys and always do my best to respond to each and every comment. And of course, if you do make this recipe, don’t forget to also tag me on Instagram! Looking through the photos of recipes you all have made is my favorite!
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Where did you get these glass parfait bowls?! Can’t wait to make this recipe.
These are old but here is something similar: https://shopstyle.it/l/brWMj
Let me know if you have any other questions! xTieghan
So easy to make and a very light dessert. The combination of banana and coconut pair very well but what I like most is that it’s not an overly sweet dessert. Have made it twice now and it’s been a hit with everyone who tried it. Will definitely keep this recipe!
Thank you Lola!! I am really glad this turned out well for you! xTieghan
I was very excited to make this, it sounded yummy and looked easy enough to make but was very underwhelmed by the whole thing. Flavors are ok, not quite strong enough and the whole thing was…boring.
Hi Lynn! I am really sorry to hear that.. Please let me know if there is anything I can help you with! xTieghan
Where can I purchase the glasses you used to serve this pudding in?
Hey Nancy! These are from crate and barrel, but a couple years old. Linked to similar below. Please let me know if you have any other questions. I hope you love this recipe! Thank you!! xTieghan
I want to make this – but family would like it sans coconut (I know, right??) – may I substitute half/half for coconut milk? Thank you – everything I have made of yours has always turned out beautifully, and I am hoping I can appease my family and make a slight alteration here.
Hey Lisa! I would recommend using heavy cream. I don’t use half and half much, so I am not sure how it will turn out. Please let me know if you have any other questions. I hope you love this recipe! Thank you! xTieghan