Banoffee Pie

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A traditional English dessert made with bananas, dulce de leche, and whipped cream atop a crunchy graham cracker crust.

slice of banoffee pie on a plate

Easy Banoffee Pie Recipe

When you think about pie, do no bake pies come to mind? Or do you lean more toward the apple pie, coconut custard pie, or chocolate chess pie?

I promise that one bite of this banoffee pie and it will be top of mind whenever you find yourself wanting or needing a rich, flavorful, and textured pie.

It all starts with a simple and crunchy graham cracker crust base, gets layered with fresh banana slices that are topped with silky smooth dulce de leche, and it all sits pretty under homemade whipped cream.

aerial photo of banoffee pie on a plate with a fork

While I love making my banoffee pie components from scratch, rest assured that you can use a pre-made graham cracker crust, pre-made dulce de leche, and pre-made whipped cream if you so desire, which makes this dessert even easier than it already is.

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Banoffee pie is a classic English dessert that is made from just a few simple components: a graham cracker crust, banana slices, decadent dulce de leche, and a generous amount of light and fluffy whipped cream.

The word banoffee comes from a combination of the words “banana” and “toffee” which of course, are two of the most important elements of the pie!

slice of banoffee pie on a plate

You’re probably thinking, “hold up. You just said dulce de leche. What is this toffee business?” And (I promise) I’m not trying to throw you for a loop here.

In the UK, toffee refers to a wide variety of desserts involving caramelized sugar. And so, since dulce de leche is a cooked and caramelized sweetened milk, we have an end product that falls into the “toffee” category in the UK.

You learn something new every day, huh?

Banoffee Pie Ingredients

When it comes to the ingredients for this easy banoffee pie, they are pretty basic. With the exception of dulce de leche (we’ll get to that in a minute), you should have all the ingredients you need for banoffee pie in your pantry and fridge.

For the base of the pie:

  • graham cracker crumbs
  • butter
  • sugar

For the filling:

  • bananas
  • a can of dulce de leche
aerial photo of banana layer in a graham cracker crust for banoffee pie

For the whipped cream topping:

  • heavy cream
  • sugar (powdered if possible)
  • a touch of vanilla extract

I know. Soooo simple, right?

How to Make Banana Toffee Pie

Now that we’ve got our ingredients straightened away, let’s talk a little more about the various components of the classic banoffee pie.

There are essentially 4 layers of the pie: graham cracker crust, banana slices, dulce de leche, and whipped cream.

Layer 1: Graham Cracker Crust

First, we’ve got our graham cracker crust.

Who doesn’t love a thick, buttery graham cracker crust? I don’t know about you, but sometimes I think I could just eat the crust all by itself!

If you’re looking for a complete how-to, I go into detail in my graham cracker crust recipe, giving you ALL my tips and tricks for getting the perfect graham cracker crust.

But the basic rundown is this:

  1. Combine your graham cracker crumbs with butter and sugar, either by hand or in a food processor.

2. Then, press the mixture into the bottom and up the sides of your pie dish. I like to use the bottom of a measuring cup to pack the crumbs in tightly, ensuring that the crust doesn’t crumble when I go to cut a slice of this decadent banoffee pie.

3. Then, you’re going to bake the crust, which binds it together and gives the crust some added structure.

As a side note, if you can’t find graham crackers, you can make your own, OR use 1 and ½ cups of crushed digestive biscuits in place of the graham cracker crumbs in the recipe. So simple!

Layer 2: Bananas

For the best results, make sure to use bananas that are still firm, mostly yellow, and free from spots.

slices of banana on a plate

Save any spotted bananas for recipes like my Bananas Foster cake, banana bread pudding, salted caramel banana bread, and banana nut muffins. And of course, the classic banana bread, which is perfect for making and stashing in the freezer if you have too many bananas to contend with.

placing bananas into a graham cracker crust for banoffee pie

Once you’ve selected the best quality bananas from your bunch, slice them and arrange them in overlapping layers on top of your baked and cooled graham cracker crust.

Layer 3: Dulce De Leche

Now we’re ready to move onto the good stuff. That’s right, it’s dulce de leche time!

As amazing as it is, it can actually be difficult to find in smaller grocery stores and rural areas. Even some bigger cities are lacking this sweet delicacy. But don’t despair! You can totally make your own dulce de leche with just ONE ingredient.

In fact, I have an entire post dedicated to showing you how to make your own homemade dulce de leche. So if you can’t find it, or want to try your hand at making it from scratch, that’s always an option.

homemade dulce de leche in a measuring cup
  • Once your bananas have been layered on top of the graham cracker crust, and there are no holes showing through to the bottom of the pie, it’s time to add your dulce de leche. Whether you’re using store bought or homemade, the process is the same.
  • Simply pour the dulce de leche on top of the banana layer, and spread it out evenly with a spatula. If you’re having trouble pouring your dulce de leche, simply warm it in the microwave for a few seconds to loosen it up.
  • Once your dulce de leche is evenly spread, pop it into the fridge for at least an hour before proceeding to the whipped cream layer. This chilling step gives it a chance to firm up, meaning that the whipped cream has a solid foundation and won’t sink or blend into the banoffee pie filling.

Layer 4: Whipped Cream Topping

Once your pie has been chilling for at least an hour, you’re ready to finish it off with a generous mound of heavenly whipped cream.

Now, I like to make my whipped cream with powdered sugar. Not only does this make for an ultra smooth, silky result, but it also acts as a stabilizer. Whipped cream that has been stabilized stores better, and for longer periods of time without becoming runny.

homemade whipped cream on an inverted kitchenaid stand mixer whisk attachment
  • To make the whipped cream layer of the banoffee pie, add your heavy cream, sugar, and vanilla extract to a stand mixer or medium bowl.
  • Using the whisk attachment (for the stand mixer) or an electric hand mixer, whip until medium peaks form, or about 4-5 minutes. It couldn’t be easier!

If you’ve never made your own whipped cream before, be sure to check out my homemade whipped cream post detailing the step-by-step instructions to getting perfect whipped cream every single time. I promise, it’s so easy, and the results (and taste testing opportunities) are worth it!

Once your whipped cream is ready, you’re all set to finish up the final layer of your banoffee pie.

spreading whipped cream onto banoffee pie
  • Using an offset spatula or knife, spread your whipped cream on top of the chilled dulce de leche.
  • Once the whipped cream is evenly distributed over the pie, place it back in the fridge to chill for at least 1 hour.

Once your pie has finished chilling, you’re ready to get to the BEST part of all: eating!


When I went into this pie adventure, I was not quite sure what to expect the end product to taste like.

I knew I liked all the components separately, but I didn’t really know how it would all come together and whether or not it would impress me, wow me, or just “yeah, ok, yum” me.

I was actually completely blown away by just how good this pie was. It reminded me of a slightly sweeter (in a good way) banana cream pudding.

slice of banoffee pie on a plate with a bite taken out of it

All those textures happening at one time, the smooth bananas and whipped cream, the crunchy and buttery graham cracker bits, and the creamy dulde de leche that got into every bite… It blew me away with how good it was. It may even be in my “top 10 desserts of all time” list now.

Banoffee Topping Ideas

While you can totally eat this pie as is, it’s not at all uncommon to add toppings for both presentation and flavor.

Some popular toppings I’ve seen are shaved chocolate, banana slices, toffee bits, peanuts, and even a warm drizzle of additional dulce de leche. If you want to get crazy, you can pick any combination of those toppings to enjoy with your banoffee pie.

If you’re serving this to company, you could even set up a topping station with bowls of crushed peanuts, toffee bits, banana, chocolate, or anything else your heart (and tastebuds) desires!

How to serve the Best Banoffee Pie Recipe

This banoffee pie is best served cold. The longer it sits, the runnier the dulce de leche will be, so be sure to eat up once it’s sliced and served (I don’t think you’ll have a problem making that happen).

How to Store Banoffee

Store banoffee pie covered tightly and in the refrigerator.

Banoffee Recipe FAQs

What is Dulce De Leche?

Dulche de leche translates to “candy made from milk.” It is is a thick and sugary caramel-like sauce that’s made by slowly heating sweetened milk and is often found on and in desserts like cookies, cakes, and cupcakes.

What does banoffee pie taste like?

While it may seem this banoffee pie is ultra sweet, it’s not. The bananas offer a subtle, natural sweetness, and the graham cracker adds a lot of flavor without being too sweet. The sweetness of the creamy dulce de leche is just enough to balance out the smooth flavor of the whipped cream and every bite has every single component in it.

What country is banoffee pie from?

Banoffee pie originated in Britain in the 1970s.

Why is my banoffee pie runny?

If your banoffee pie is runny, you likely didn’t chill it long enough for the dulce de leche to set. While this pie is gooey, the filling should not spill out so quickly that it makes a mess.

How do you keep bananas from turning black in banoffee pie?

Be sure that all of the bananas in your banoffee pie are covered with whipped cream so they aren’t exposed to air which can turn them brown. A little browning is fine, but too much brown can mean they will be mushy.

side view of sliced banoffee pie
slice of banoffee pie on a plate with a bite taken out of it

I’m anxious to share more of my pie recipes with you, so stay tuned to see what I’ll be sharing each month. I know one thing for sure: it’s going to be one delicious year!

If you love this banoffee pie, you’ll love these pies, too: cranberry curd tart, shoofly pie, apple pie, fresh peach pie, and Butterfinger pie.

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Banoffee Pie

A traditional English dessert made with bananas, dulce de leche, and whipped cream atop a crunchy graham cracker crust.
Prep Time20 minutes
Bake Time10 minutes
Chilling Time2 hours
Total Time2 hours 30 minutes
Recipe Author Lynn April
Servings: 10 slices



  • 1 and ½ cups (150g) graham cracker crumbs about 10 full graham cracker sheets
  • 5 Tablespoons (72g) unsalted butter melted
  • ¼ cup (50g) granulated or firmly packed brown sugar


  • 2 to 3 large bananas cut into approximately ¼" slices
  • 1 jar/can (about 13oz/369g) dulce de leche1


  • 1 and ½ cups (360mL) cold heavy whipping cream
  • 1 and ½ Tablespoons powdered sugar or granulated sugar2
  • 1 and ½ teaspoons vanilla extract


  • Preheat the oven to 350°F (177°C).


  • If you’re starting out with full-sheet graham crackers, use a food processor or blender to grind them up. You can also crush them in a zipped top bag with a rolling pin. If you're starting with pre-crushed graham cracker crumbs, place them in a medium size bowl.
  • Add the melted butter and sugar to the food processor or blender and pulse a few times until mixture is coarse and sandy. If you used a bowl, add the melted butter and sugar to the bowl and stir until everything is combined.
  • Press the mixture into the bottom and up the sides of a 9 or 10 inch pie dish, using the bottom of a flat measuring cup to insure the crust is tight and compact.
  • Bake the crust for 8-10 minutes. Remove from the oven and allow to cool for at least 15 minutes (and up to 2 days, covered in the refrigerator) before adding the filling.


  • Arrange banana slices in 1-2 layers in the cooled graham cracker crust. Try to make it so that there are no holes and you can't see to the bottom of the crust.
  • Pour the dulce de leche on top of the bananas, then use a spatula to spread it out evenly. If you're having trouble pouring your dulce de leche, simply warm it in the microwave for a few seconds to loosen it up.
  • Chill the pie for at least 1 hour before adding the whipped cream topping.


  • When you are ready to top the pie, use a medium size bowl with a handheld mixer or the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the whisk attachment to make the whipped cream.
  • Pour the heavy cream, sugar, and vanilla into the bowl. Turn the mixer to medium-high speed and whip until medium peaks form (about 4-5 minutes). For more detailed instructions on this step, see my homemade whipped cream post.
  • Spread the whipped cream evenly over the top of the chilled dulce de leche layer, then chill for at least 1 more hour before serving.
  • Cover and store leftover pie in the refrigerator for up to 5 days. I do not recommend freezing this pie.


  1. Dulce de leche: you can use store-bought dulce de leche, but it is so simple to make it yourself. See my homemade dulce de leche for instructions on how to do that.
  2. Sugar: I prefer powdered sugar for my homemade whipped cream as it dissolves more quickly, but granulated sugar works just fine, too. The weight for 1 and ½ Tablespoons of powdered sugar would be 12g and granulated sugar would be 19g.
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Nutrition Disclosure

All nutritional values are approximate and provided to the reader as a courtesy. Changing ingredients and/or quantities will alter the estimated nutritional calculations.

Serving: 1slice | Calories: 273kcal | Carbohydrates: 23g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 20g | Saturated Fat: 12g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 5g | Trans Fat: 0.2g | Cholesterol: 55mg | Sodium: 95mg | Potassium: 151mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 13g | Vitamin A: 715IU | Vitamin C: 2mg | Calcium: 41mg | Iron: 1mg
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  1. 5 stars
    I couldn’t wait to make this and it did NOT disappoint! Easy instructions and it turned out perfectly. Thanks, Lynn!

  2. 5 stars
    I have never made my own banoffee pie, just had it at restaurants. As soon as I saw this come up in my email I had to give it a try. SO YUMMY!!!

  3. 5 stars
    This was incredibly delicious, Lynn! We are a Gluten-free household, so I used a gluten free graham cracker crust, store bought dulce de leche and followed your recipe for homemade whipped cream. The bananas with the dulce de leche was perfect 👌

  4. 5 stars
    I’ve never heard of a Banoffee pie before this recipe, but I’ll definitely be making it again! The recipe is so easy to follow and the pie is delicious!

  5. 5 stars
    So I’ve made banoffee pie before and decided to try this recipe to see how it compared. My goodness that graham cracker crust alone was worth it. The toffee filling was pretty standard but I like the pie plate method as you can leave it and do other things while it cooks. I added some shaved chocolate on top of my whipped cream and that made it just right. Great dessert if you want to try something new and if you love bananas!

  6. 5 stars
    Making this banoffee pie was sooo super simple with your easy to follow instructions. The pie was divine!!

  7. 5 stars
    SO delicious! Made it for a party and there were no leftovers! Everyone was asking for the recipe. This is a keeper!

  8. 5 stars
    The recipe is so detailed esp Dulce de leche and whipping cream making, It gave me the courage to try making a pie for the first time. Thank you for this recipe and everyone in my team gobbled it up in 5 mins.