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No-Bake Banana Split Pie Recipe

Updated on September 22, 2017
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Dan has been a homeowner for some 40 years and has nearly always done his own repair and improvement tasks. He is a licensed electrician.

"Rotten egg" pie - the dessert of choice at our family holiday dinners.
"Rotten egg" pie - the dessert of choice at our family holiday dinners. | Source

Banana Split Pie

I suppose I'd better start by explaining the caption in that luscious photo above. Banana split pie has been a dessert staple at our family holiday dinners for as long as I can remember. An easy to make delicious pie that requires no baking, the recipe has been passed down through at least four generations without any real change, although the family name was changed to "Rotten egg pie" about 50 years ago. Apparently as small children my siblings and I wanted to know what was in it; we were told that it contained raw eggs and sure enough Mom put the egg in. Unfortunately what we heard was "rotten" eggs, not "raw", and Rotten Egg Pie it has been ever since.

The recipe is a very good one to help introduce children to cooking, as it is very easy to make and most children will love the result of their work. I am no chef myself, so this great dessert is my contribution to the extended family Thanksgiving and Christmas dinners each year. There is always an excessive number of desserts at our 30 person dinner, with probably 20 different dishes. Nevertheless the 4 "Rotten egg pies" I make always disappear early on. My "rotten egg pie" wins every year as the best holiday dessert recipe.

Give it a try. It is very, very rich and a little goes a long way, so don't make too many. One pie per person should be enough (it's that good).

Ingredients

  • 1 Graham cracker crust, 9"
  • 1/2 cup Butter (preferred) or Margarine
  • 1 egg, fresh, not rotten please
  • 1 teaspoon Extract of Vanilla
  • 3-4 Bananas
  • 1 ounce Semi sweet chocolate, Coarsely grated
  • 1/2 cup walnuts or pecans, Chopped into large pieces
  • 1 1/2 cups powdered sugar
  • 1 teaspoon lemon juice

Cook Time

Prep time: 30 min
Ready in: 30 min
Yields: 1 9" pie

Tip: Make your own graham cracker crust. Homemade crusts are far tastier than store bought and very easy to make.

Instructions

  1. Butter must be soft before using; set it out several hours before using to warm. Do not attempt to soften it in a microwave; it has always resulted in the production of "Rotten egg soup" instead of a pie.
  2. Beat butter with a power mixer until creamy. Add egg and slowly add powdered sugar with the mixer on a medium speed. Continue beating for 3 minutes. Do not over mix at this stage as it will also result in banana split soup rather than pie; beat the sugar mixture just until it begins to get fluffy. Blend in vanilla.
  3. Peel and slice bananas crosswise and sprinkle lightly with lemon juice to keep the bananas fresh. Use 2 bananas if they are large, 3 if they are on the small side. I prefer to chop the chocolate square with a knife rather than grate it as it provides small "chunks" of chocolate. If necessary, chop walnuts (or pecans or other nut) into fairly large pieces.
  4. Fold bananas, chocolate and nuts into the sugar mixture. Do not mix with a power mixer, just gently fold the ingredients together. You want those banana slices to stay as intact as possible.
  5. Spoon into the pie crust and smooth. Cover and refrigerate for several hours or overnight.
  6. Just before serving, garnish with the last sliced banana and a few maraschino cherries if you like them - the cherries add to the appearance and my family likes them so they get added. Sprinkle with more chocolate or nuts if desired. Bon Appetit: you have one of the best holiday dessert recipes ever.
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Various ingredients for "rotten egg" pie.Too much powdered sugar added at once will result in a cloud of sugar everwhere.Just turning fluffy, and time to stop mixing.Bananas sliced and ready to add.Nuts are chopped and chocolate square sliced into chunksMixture has all been carefully folded together, ready to go in the crustMixture spooned into the graham cracker crust and smoothed even.  Time to cover and refrigerate this banana split pie
Various ingredients for "rotten egg" pie.
Various ingredients for "rotten egg" pie. | Source
Too much powdered sugar added at once will result in a cloud of sugar everwhere.
Too much powdered sugar added at once will result in a cloud of sugar everwhere. | Source
Just turning fluffy, and time to stop mixing.
Just turning fluffy, and time to stop mixing. | Source
Bananas sliced and ready to add.
Bananas sliced and ready to add. | Source
Nuts are chopped and chocolate square sliced into chunks
Nuts are chopped and chocolate square sliced into chunks | Source
Mixture has all been carefully folded together, ready to go in the crust
Mixture has all been carefully folded together, ready to go in the crust | Source
Mixture spooned into the graham cracker crust and smoothed even.  Time to cover and refrigerate this banana split pie
Mixture spooned into the graham cracker crust and smoothed even. Time to cover and refrigerate this banana split pie | Source
5 stars from 4 ratings of Banana Split Pie

© 2010 Dan Harmon

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      Dan Harmon 2 years ago from Boise, Idaho

      Actually, I've done that with a layer of cream cheese between two layers of pie. Quite good although I prefer the original.

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      frogyfish 2 years ago from Central United States of America

      Sweet. Treat. Neat! And I think I could add a 3 oz pkg of cream cheese to make this a bit less, um, fattening? Your recipe sounds delicious and I must remember this...but I do think I'll add the cheese too. OK? Thanks for a great new 'split' pie!

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      Dan Harmon 3 years ago from Boise, Idaho

      LOL Thanks for dropping by, Janshares. If you like sweets, you'll like this one and it really is a snap to make. Good luck!

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      Janis Leslie Evans 3 years ago from Washington, DC

      I had to stop by to see what the hubbub was all about. A pie without baking? My kind of dessert for sure. Congrats on the success of this hub, wilderness. This "Rotten Egg Pie" sounds worth a try for someone who doesn't bake. I love banana pudding so I know this will be yummy. Voted up, useful, funny, awesome, and 5 stars. Love your humor.

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      Dan Harmon 3 years ago from Boise, Idaho

      It is great for kids, all right. My 6 year old grandson helped me make a pair for Christmas and even the 4 year old got to lick the beaters and dump the sliced bananas in.

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      healthmunsta 3 years ago

      Hey wilderness, this is an easy recipe and looks good too! I pinned it so I can try it later when I meet up with my siblings - it's a great kid friendly recipe. Gotta rate 5 stars! Thanks!

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      Dan Harmon 5 years ago from Boise, Idaho

      You're more than welcome. If you like rich desserts you will love this one.

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      Linda Crampton 5 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

      This pie sounds so delicious and so easy to make! I love desserts that I don't have to bake. I found this hub from Susan's post on Facebook, and I'm very glad that I did! Thanks for the recipe.

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      Dan Harmon 5 years ago from Boise, Idaho

      Good to hear you liked the hub, Cloud. It was fun to write and the "work" after was even better. Somebody has to get rid of those rotten eggs and I guess it's me. Although my son visited and helped considerably...

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      Dan Harmon 5 years ago from Boise, Idaho

      @Natasalh: That will teach you not to follow my links! :)

      @Janis, Susan, Judi: Yes, simple is the name of the game here. That's all I do in the kitchen as well - simple - and this holiday dessert fits the bill to a tee.

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      Mike Pugh 5 years ago from New York City

      I gave this hub 5 thumbs up because I love the overall presentation of it, the intro write up, great imagery, and also it was funny the whole renaming of this awesome yummy looking recipe for "Rotten Egg Pie" LOL

      Lovely job on this recipe hub here, thanks to Just Ask Susan, I located it on Facebook, and walla I have arrived. Cool stuff!

      Oh, I also like the way you write as well and it was very understandable, and well written too, so you just scored yet another follower today, Chat with ya soon.

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      Susan Zutautas 5 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      This sounds good and I'll be trying it soon. Love desserts that are simple to make.

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      Janis Goad 5 years ago

      This looks amazing, and so simple. I only do simple in the kitchen. This one's a keeper. Thanks, Dan!

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      Natasha 5 years ago from Hawaii

      I have to admit, I didn't click from your pie crust recipe to see this, even though I was tempted, because I didn't have the time. But then it popped up on my feed! Man, this looks awesome. Some years I get designated to make pies - if this is one of those years, I'll have to make this one!

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      Judith Hancock 5 years ago from UK

      Pinning it - my daughter wants to make a dessert with no help from me - this should be perfect!

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      Sonia Perozzi 5 years ago from California

      Yum! I so want to try this, I love banana anything!

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      Penelope Hart 5 years ago from Rome, Italy

      This looks divine. It is pinned - and I'll be able to find it when I like. Voting and sharing.

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      htodd 6 years ago from United States

      Great post!

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      Dan Harmon 6 years ago from Boise, Idaho

      You are more than welcome. It is one that we really enjoy a few times a year - it is far too rich to have very often but is very good and very easy to make.

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      LensMan999 6 years ago from Trans-Neptunian region

      Hello wilderness will surely try this recipe. Because its too easier to prepare at home and also quickly without backing even. Really appreciable recipe. I am going to try it for sure. Thank you so much.

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      Dan Harmon 6 years ago from Boise, Idaho

      You'll have fun with her. My granddaughter is 8 and we made one for New Years - it was great working with her, and she learned about licking the beaters!

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      Tony McGregor 6 years ago from South Africa

      My almost nine-year-old is starting to show a bit of interest in cooking, so I'll get her onto this one!

      Look forward to the experience!

      Love and peace

      Tony

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      Dan Harmon 6 years ago from Boise, Idaho

      It is good, at least if you like very rich desserts! And the holidays is one time the family always enjoys this particular pie - it's a tradition in our family now.

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      Peg Cole 6 years ago from Dallas, Texas

      Banannas and pie? What could be any better? Thanks for an easy to follow and delicious sounding recipe. Just in time for the holidays!

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      Dan Harmon 6 years ago from Boise, Idaho

      That's me, too. I'll be taking a couple of banana split pies to the family get together for Thanksgiving.

      Thanks for the comment.

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      Denise Handlon 6 years ago from North Carolina

      YUM If it weren't so close to Halloween I'd be whipping this out this w/e.

      I guess I will have to save it for Thanksgiving. :) Nice job.

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      Dan Harmon 6 years ago from Boise, Idaho

      If you like sweets, give it a try. Obviously mostly sugar, and not particularly healthy, but who cares for a holiday dessert?

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      Tina Truelove 6 years ago

      This does sound great. It looks appealing too!

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      Dan Harmon 6 years ago from Boise, Idaho

      It is good, but very, very rich. A little piece goes a long way, at least for an hour or so. Then, it's back for more!

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      Michael Adams1959 6 years ago from Wherever God leads us.

      oh man, this sounds great will have to try