Holy cow, amazing. I did make a few small changes. First, I made it with a graham cracker crust because I had a bunch of graham crackers going stale on top of my fridge. I can imagine it would be fantastic with the pastry crust but I think that I might prefer it this way....Also, I was afraid that the vanilla custard might be too thick so I gave in and added a bit more milk thinking it would firm up a lot more when chilled---a mistake, it did firm up some but my custard remained a tad too soft, still great though. Also, I hate coolwhip, so I used real whipped cream. I think that the light whipped cream in a can would be great, too.
Black Bottom Banana-Cream Pie
ischade Posted: 07/24/10
haileej88 Posted: 03/28/09
I couldn't believe how easy and wonderful this pie was! I will definitely make it again. I took it to Sunday dinner at my in-laws and it was devoured! It is the perfect blend of bananas, cream and chocolate. You have to try this one!
itsgigi Posted: 06/26/10
I have made this recipe since it was first published and each time everyone oohs and aahs! Even the crust was good, considering it was low in fat, although I have cheated some and made my own crust. I will continue to serve it at holiday gatherings or whenever we need a banana fix!
writestuff1 Posted: 11/24/09
I saved the original issue of Cooking Light that contained this recipe because I LOVED this pie. I've made it every year for Thanksgiving, and everyone thinks it's great. This year I looked everywhere for the magazine, but couldn't find it. I was so excited to find the recipe here, exactly as I remember it! Flaky crust, chocolate, banana, vanilla custard, whipped topping...what's not to like?!
denah3837 Posted: 06/19/11
I made this for Father's Day... I really enjoyed it although I love anything with bananas and chocolate! My family seemed to like it too. I used Pillsbury pie crust to save time and it turned out great. I would definitely make this pie again.
Laurie12345 Posted: 06/10/11
I have made this numerous times with great results every time! The custard by itself is even great as a "vanilla pudding." I have always loved banana cream pie but the addition of the melted chocolate is TO DIE FOR!! Sometimes I cheat when I am short on time and buy a frozen crust and then bake it. You can't go wrong with this one!
twocoolrivers Posted: 05/21/11
I've made this recipe over and over for all kinds of occasions - it's always a hit - even with people who profess not to be banana fanatics.
szedkatz Posted: 08/13/11
This really is an outstanding pie, I make it without the chocolate and its just a great light banana cream pie recipe!
tperes Posted: 08/29/11
Good and easy -- Nice change from banana pudding.
Emz101 Posted: 11/02/11
This recipe was pretty good. I made the crust recipe and I found it to be very dry so I had to add some extra water to moisten it up, I was a little worried the dough would become to tough because it took so long to incorporate all the flour. In the end it wasn't really like regular pie crust, more like a crispy cookie crust. I am not a fan of chocolate and banana together but everyone else enjoyed it, I would leave it out just for me. The pudding part was pretty good, I think that 2 tsp. of vanilla was a little much though, it gave it an alcoholic taste almost, I would only put in 1 tsp next time. I also didn't use whipped topping cuz I think its gross, a little bit of real whipped cream on each slice instead of smothering it was wonderful.
dlnolta Posted: 03/26/12
I'm not sure what went wrong, but this recipe was a huge failure for me. It tasted great, but I could not get the custard to set up. Maybe more corn starch next time, or maybe using regular milk and cream cheese, but I was trying to keep it light, which is why I chose this recipe. I stuck to the recipe instructions to the letter, but even after 12 hours in the fridge, the custard would not set up. I finally tried putting it in the freezer to set up, and it froze solid. I ended up throwing it out.....
inwinecountry Posted: 01/20/13
This turned out great. It was time consuming but well worth it. I don't know how to make chocolate curls so I used a veg peeler that created chocolate dust to sprinkle on top. I used real whipped cream because that's what I had on hand. I wasn't going to make the chocolate bottom but am glad I did because I think that's what made it really good. I never make pies so this was a good start. I discovered some awesome, organic pie crusts at my local store. They're Wholly Wholesome brand. I usually make everything from scratch unless premade is just as good. Now that I found these, I will never make a crust from scratch.