Monday, March 2, 2015

Celebrate Banana Cream Pie Day with this Recipe from GayLea!

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If I’ve said it once, I’ve said it a million times, there’s a day for everything.


For example, May 5 is International Bereaved Mother’s Day (which I acknowledge because unfortunately, I have lost a child), August 13 is Left Handers Day (I’m a Southpaw), November 12 is Prematurity Awareness Day (The Kids were born at 30 weeks gestation), and July 13 is National French Fries Day. And today is no different because…

Today is National Banana Cream Pie Day!

Pies been around since the ancient Egyptians. The early pies were predominately meat pies. Often these pies were made using fowl and the legs were left to hang over the side of the dish and used as handles. I don’t know about you but I’m glad that some things have evolved.

Bananas have been popular in North America since the late 1880. The first recipe for Banana Cream Pie appeared in 1901 out of Chicago, IL and published in the Women’s Exchange Cook Book. And then there was that time that we completed the banana peel test to see if Artemis was sick*.

Gay Lea has added their own flare with a modern twist to this household favourite by including flaked coconut in the base and a dollop of their deliciously creamy Coconut Whipped Cream to top off the pie! A little bit of pie heaven.

Banana Cream Pie Day with Gay Lea Coconut Whipped Cream

Banana Cream Pie w/ Gay Lea Coconut Whipped Cream

Prep Time: 1 hour

Cook Time: 2 hours

Servings: 8-12

Banana Cream Pie w/ Gay Lea Coconut Whipped Cream


  • Crust:
  • 1 1/2 cups All Purpose Flour
  • 1/3 cup Cocoa Powder
  • 1/3 cup Granulated Sugar
  • 1/4 cup Sweetened Flaked Coconut
  • 1/2 tsp Salt
  • 3/4 cup Cold, cubed Gay Lea Salted Butter
  • 1 egg yolk
  • Filling:
  • 2 1/2 cups milk
  • 2/3 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/3 cup cornstarch
  • 2 egg yolks, beaten
  • 2 tbsp Gay Lea Salted Butter
  • 1 tbsp vanilla extract
  • 3 bananas, thinly sliced
  • 1 canister Gay Lea Real Coconut Whipped Cream
  • Toasted coconut (to garnish)


  1. Crust: Pulse flour with cocoa, sugar, coconut and salt in a food processor. Pulse in butter until finely crumbed. Whisk egg yolk with 2 tbsp (30 mL) ice water; pulse into flour mixture until it clumps together.
  2. Press dough evenly into the bottom and 1 1/2 inches (4 cm) up the sides of a 10-inch (25 cm) springform pan. Prick with a fork. Freeze for 15 minutes. Preheat oven to 375°F (190°C). Bake, on a lower rack, for 15 minutes or until set. Cool to room temperature.
  3. Filling: Whisk milk with sugar and cornstarch in a heavy saucepan set over medium heat. Bring to a boil, stirring often, until thickened. Whisk some of the hot milk mixture into egg yolks. Whisk back into remaining milk. Cook, whisking, for 1 minute. Remove from heat; stir in butter and vanilla.
  4. Line cooled shell with bananas. Pour hot filling over top to cover bananas completely. Cool to room temperature; chill for at least 2 hours or up to 2 days. Just before serving, remove ring and arrange on serving platter. Pipe coconut whipped cream to cover custard completely and garnish with toasted coconut.


Note that Cook Time refers to Cool Time. This pie does not need to be cooked.

To make individual pies: Divide dough between eight, 5-inch (12-cm) mini pie plates or foil pot-pie pans; pressing evenly into bottom and up sides. Arrange on a baking sheet; bake for 15 minutes. Cool to room temperature. Divide bananas and custard between the cooled shells. Chill until set. Garnish with whipped cream and toasted coconut.

If pie isn’t your thing or you have some whipped cream leftover (as if!), there are a bunch of other things you can do with this lactose-free product. Try adding it to your morning coffee or check out all the other recipes on Gay Lea’s website.

Banana Cream Pie Gay Lea Coconut Whipped Cream

Gay Lea Foods Co-operative is a Canadian company that was started in 1958, when a group of Ontario farmers came together with a common vision. Since then they have kept their values while continuing to offer fresh products. And, they want you to experience them for yourself!

Starting today, head over to Websaver and get a $2 off coupon for Gay Lea Coconut Whipped Cream**.

Celebrate Banana Cream Pie Day with GayLea!

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* Note that this is 100% a joke.
** While quantities last. To be used at retail distributors of the product in Canada only.


Prize: Prize Pack including; Ceramic Pie Plate, 4 dessert plates and stand, Metal whisk, Measuring cups, Spatula, 4 napkins, 4 dessert forks, Pie server knife, 2 vouchers for free Gay Lea Coconut Whipped Cream (expire November 30, 2015). Approximate prize value is $90CDN.
Eligibility: Canada Only (including Quebec). Age 18+
Duration: The contest will run from Monday, March 2 until Monday, March 23, 2014, inclusive.
Shipping: Included in the prize.
Entry Method: Giveaway Tools Form.
Disclosure: Disclosure: Journeys of The Zoo received compensation in exchange for sharing this product with you.

The giveaway associated with this post has ended. Check the Winners Page for details.

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336 thoughts on “Celebrate Banana Cream Pie Day with this Recipe from GayLea!

  1. Natalie

    I would love to try the recipe for peanutty shortbread bars because I’m a huge peanut butter addict!

  2. Viv Sluys

    I’d like to make the Mediterranean Quesadillas. I will probably do the, for lunch today since I have the ingredients

  3. Elizabeth Matthiesen

    Sour Cream and Poppy Seed Fettuccine sounds interesting. I love poppy seed on the crust of my bread which was a Danish speciality so I’m thinking this would be something for me too. 🙂

  4. Jo-Anne Pfoh

    being that I am a veggie and super super picky and don’t like chocolate and the fact that I usually don’t try new things I would like to try the buttery sugar cookies lol (im such a coward) or the cranberry scones 🙂

  5. Elizabeth Vlug

    This is what is wrong. I go to these sites and I lose myself. An hour later, I realize I should have been doing something else besides copying recipes/ saving recipes/ drooling over recipes. But seriously, that is a great site for some fabulous recipes. One I will be making shortly is the Butter Tart Strata. For breakfast 🙂 Love it.

  6. tanyab79

    Would love to try this recipe it sounds interesting and yummy. Puffy Broccoli and Red Pepper Frittata

  7. lisa bolduc

    latley i have been into scones, i would try the cranberry scones and add some white choc chips in there

  8. Jolene

    I have already printed out the Raspberry Sourcream Cake recipe. Ohhh I can’t wait to try so many on that site.

  9. Wayne Lecoy

    I am entering your giveaway.
    It would be great to win a $90 Prize Pack from Gay Lea.
    In response to your requirement to visit Gay Lea’s website
    and leave a comment telling you a recipe i would like to try.
    I would like to try the Cheese Shortbread Thumbprints.
    Thank you for having this giveaway!!!!!!!!

  10. René

    Parmesan shortbread sounds decadent and practical! But coconut makes everything better, so I like the pie too.

  11. Lori Bazan

    Roasted Rainbow Trout with Creamy Cucumber Relish is a must try!! What a fantastic selection of recipes!

  12. Nancy T

    Definitely the Jalapeno Cheese Shortbread – 2 of my favourite things combined (shortbread & japapenos)

  13. J

    I would love to try something with a little heat – the Jalapeño Horseradish Dip for example – because it’s something warm and perfect for this cold weather.

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  16. samantha turnbull

    definitely the Quinoa Salad with Grilled Vegetables and Cottage Cheese. similar to something i make but a new twist !

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  18. stephanie

    Thanks for including me in such a generous offer cannot wait to see who wins good luck to everyone

  19. Edmond

    Re: WOW,Muskoka Smoked Salmon Muffaletta. Divine. OMG. Wow, prize packis fab. & splendid. 2 fingers snap. It is tight, fly & off the chain. Thank you for the awesomeness, the contest, and generosity. Pick me, pick me!

  20. Jennifer Dolan

    I would love to try the Crème Brulée French Toast! Two of my favorite things rolled into one!

  21. Karin Dollery

    I love sweets and desserts so I would love to try the Anniversary Buttercream Cupcakes , they sound and look so yummy.

  22. Amber Y

    The Maple Glazed Bacon and Chive Shortbread sound yummy! I always think of shortbread in terms of sweet rather than savory.

  23. Lee-Ann

    Since I love shortbread…and jalepenos.. the Jalapeno Cheese Shortbread would be the recipe I would love to try

  24. louise

    J’adore le thé et souvent je l’accompagne d’une pâtisserie, je crois que le ” cranberry scone ” serait parfait avec un bon thé.

  25. Wanda Tracey

    This recipe looks splendid and my husband loves banana anything so he will love this pie.I looked at the recipes and I would love to also try this fabulous Quinoa Salad with Grilled Vegetables and Cottage Cheese.Thank you for this opportunity to win 🙂


    I for sure will try this recipe out for Banana Cream Pie day, my other favourite is coconut cream pie, !

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  28. Theresa Black

    Oh I would love to try the Baked Stuffed Lobster Au Gratin! I pinned it so its on my list to try and make this summer 🙂
    Thanks for the chance at this great contest!

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  30. Dianne

    I would like to make the Sour Cream Lemon Meringue Shortbread Tarts. Lemon filling and shortbread are 2 of my favorite dessert flavours.

  31. Brenda A

    I see no rules that say banana cream pie day can only take place once per year. This pie looks so yummy, and with coconut cream? Sign me up!


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