Banana Pudding Mini Pie

I love trying new things in the kitchen! I have never used a culinary torch, but I had been dying to get one. So when Jo Chef offered me a culinary torch for a review of their product I happily obliged.  Besides just a review I thought I would combine it with a recipe! I thought a Banana Pudding Mini Pie recipe with a meringue topping would be just the thing to try the torch out on.

My recipe is a little different than your standard banana pudding recipe. I added cream cheese and vanilla cake mix because who doesn’t like sugar on sugar. I’ve had a mixed relationship with meringue toppings. I’ve had pies where I don’t think they really mixed it enough or added weird things to it. A good meringue is simple and fully incorporated and mine was just that. The browning with the torch also brought out my inner pyromaniac that I didn’t know I had 😊 haha.

The Jo Chef torch worked great for what I needed it to do and browned the meringue perfectly! It didn’t leave any weird fuel like taste and was a lot of fun to work with. If you’re in the market for a butane culinary torch I would recommend it. Furthermore, for less than $40 its basically a mini flame thrower and that’s a lot of fun too 🤣.

Banana Pudding Mini Pie

Delicious banana pudding with a tasty toasted meringue topping!
Prep Time35 minutes
Chill Time30 minutes
Total Time1 hour 5 minutes
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Banana, Banana Pudding, Dessert, Southern
Servings: 4 ramekins
Author: Sophie May



  • 3.4 oz vanilla Jell-O pudding 1 packet
  • 2 C whole milk
  • 14 oz sweetened condensed milk 1 can
  • 4 oz cream cheese softened
  • 1 C vanilla cake box mix


  • 1 stick salted butter melted
  • 2 C vanilla wafer crumbs
  • 1/2 T white sugar
  • 1/2 T brown sugar


  • 4 large egg whites
  • 1/4 tsp cream of tartar
  • 1/2 C sugar


  • bananas
  • Nilla wafers



  • Beat pudding mix and milk with a hand mixer for ~ 2-5 minutes or until soft-set.
  • Add in your sweetened condensed milk and mix until combined.
  • Add in your cream cheese and mix until combined.
  • Add your vanilla cake mix and mix until combined.


  • Combine the ingredients in a bowl until fully incorporated.

Build Them

  • Press your crust into the bottom of either a muffin tin (~1 heaping T) or a ramekin (~1/2 C).
    Banana Pudding Mini Pie
  • Layer your mini pies with your desired bananas, pudding, and Nilla wafers.
  • Refrigerate while you make your meringue.


  • Put all of your ingredients into a bowl and mix with a hand mixer until stiff peaks form (~12 minutes).
  • Top your mini pies with your meringue*. You can refrigerate this if you like.
  • Use your culinary torch to brown the meringue.
  • ENJOY!


*If you want the meringue fancy you can put it in a piping bag.

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