If you love peanut butter, you’ll love this simple no bake Peanut Butter Pudding Pie. Don’t worry…the vanilla pudding keeps it from being too rich. It has just the right amount of peanut butter flavor!
My dad loves pudding. In fact, one of dad’s favorite dessert choices is probably a piece of unfrosted cake with lots of pudding dumped on top.
Now I love desserts, but that’s not my favorite choice. At all. As you know, the best dessert for me has to include peanut butter. So today I’m sharing a recipe we can all love. A Jello pudding pie. Peanut Butter Pudding Pie.
Easy No Bake Pie
This old fashioned Peanut Butter Pudding Pie recipe was a hit. It comes from one of my most loved Amish cookbooks. And better than that? It’s easy. A no bake dessert that can be ready in about 20 minutes. For summer picnics or potlucks…or just a quick dessert after your favorite dinner entree.
Peanut Butter Pudding Pie Ingredients
I can name the ingredients for this pie on one hand, meaning it is super easy and has pantry staples for when supplies are runing low:
- peanut butter
- powdered sugar
- instant pudding mix
- pie crust
Simple as that. Well, and whipped cream- I guess that’s a necessity. You can’t go wrong with bucket loads of whipped cream on top of your pie, right? Pile it high, friends.
What crust is best for pudding pie?
And as for the pie crust? You have options.
- pre-baked pie shell
- unbaked pie shell (and then bake it)
- graham cracker crust
- or your own fantastic pie crust recipe
Whatever works best for you. I can’t resist a homemade pie dough, so I chose that route. But I also love the ease of store bought pie crust or graham cracker crust. That way you can make this really fast if you’re running short on time.
How to Make Pudding Pie
Assuming you already have your pie crust made, there are just 4 easy steps to this recipe.
- Prepare the crumble. In a small bowl, crumble together the peanut butter and powdered sugar. Sprinkle 3/4 of the peanut butter mixture on the bottom of the baked pie shell. Save the rest to garnish the top of the pie.
- Mix the pudding. In a small bowl, mix one small package of vanilla instant pudding with the two cups of milk. Whisk until smooth.
- Let the pudding set. Pour the pudding over the crumbled peanut butter mixture in the pie shell. How long does pudding pie take to set?Allow the pudding to set for 5 minutes. You can put it in the fridge to help that process.
- Top the pie. Spread the whipped topping over the pudding and then sprinkle the remaining peanut butter crumbs on top.
Variations to This Pie
So what can you do to make this pie your own? Try these options:
- Low Calorie Pudding Pie: Use sugar free pudding and fat free Cool Whip. If you want to save even more calories, skip the crust and serve in small bowls!
- Chocolate Peanut Butter Pie: Use chocolate pudding instead of vanilla. Or add a chocolate syrup drizzle to the top of the pie.
- Cheesecake Peanut Butter Pie: Use cheesecake pudding instead of vanilla.
What if I don’t have milk on hand?
If you don’t have milk, you can use evaporated milk. Please note that nut milks such as almond and cashew will not set up with instant pudding. You’ll have to use cook and serve pudding if you want to use a nut milk.
Go ahead and try it! If you love peanut butter and are looking for a flavorful but not too rich recipe, this is it.
No Bake Peanut Butter Pudding Pie
- 1/2 cup creamy peanut butter
- 3/4 cup powdered sugar
- 1 9″ pre-baked pie crust (or use your favorite pie crust recipe)
- 1 small package vanilla instant pudding (3.5 ounces)
- 2 cups 2% milk
- 8 ounces whipped topping
- In a small bowl, crumble together the peanut butter and powdered sugar.
- Sprinkle 3/4 of the peanut butter mixture on the bottom of the baked pie shell. Save the rest to garnish the top of the pie.
- In a small bowl, mix one small package of vanilla instant pudding with the two cups of milk. Whisk until smooth.
- Pour the pudding over the crumbled peanut butter mixture in the pie shell. Allow the pudding to set for 5 minutes.
- Spread the whipped topping over the pudding and then sprinkle the remaining peanut butter crumbs on top.
- Cover loosely and store the pie in the refrigerator.
Other Pie Recipes
If you love pies, give one of these other classic, old fashioned pie recipes a try: