Banana Instant Pudding Pie

Cook’s notes: This recipe is quite easy and very flexible. When you have ripe bananas, and it’s too hot to bake banana bread, pudding pie is a great alternative. This lovely summer dessert can also be made with strawberries instead of bananas. The plain yogurt cuts the sweetness of the instant pudding. Also, I was very excited to find the truwhip brand whipped topping in my local market: it has better ingredients that a standard brand of whipped topping. It’s still a treat, not health food, but pudding pie needs whipped topping.

For a tropical-tasting pie, use whipped coconut milk for the topping.

1 x 9-inch graham cracker pie crust
2 to 3 ripe bananas, peeled and sliced
1 cup milk (we like 2%)
1 cup plain, fat-free yogurt
1 box instant vanilla pudding
Whipped topping or whipped cream

Place banana slices in the graham cracker crust. Whisk the milk and yogurt together. Whisk in the pudding mix. Pour pudding over the bananas. Refrigerate for about an hour. Serve immediately with whipped topping.