Peanut Butter Pudding Pie

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.

pudding pie with a fork and bite out of it

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
  • milk
  • 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.

side view of a pudding pie with peanut butter crumbles

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 ¾ 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. 
peanut butter pudding pie with peanut butter crumbles

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.
Overhead view of a peanut butter pie with a slice out of it

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.

Peanut Butter Pudding Pie with Whipped Cream
Peanut Butter Pudding Pie with Whipped Cream

No Bake Peanut Butter Pudding Pie

4.88 from 8 votes
The vanilla pudding in this Peanut Butter Pudding Pie keeps this simple pie from being too rich. You’ll love the peanut butter and vanilla combination!
Servings 8 servings
Prep Time 15 minutes
Set Time 5 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes

Ingredients
 

  • 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

Instructions
 

  • In a small bowl, crumble together the peanut butter and powdered sugar. 
  • Sprinkle ¾ 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.

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Notes

Use a store-bought pie crust, or your own favorite pie crust recipe. You could also use a graham cracker crust!
Note: We do not recommend freezing this pie, but you can make it up to 2 days in advance and store it in the refrigerator.
The calories shown are based on the pie being cut into 8 pieces, with 1 serving being 1 slice of pie. Since different brands of ingredients have different nutritional information, the calories shown are just an estimate. **We are not dietitians and recommend you seek a nutritionist for exact nutritional information.**

Nutrition

Serving: 159g | Calories: 453kcal | Carbohydrates: 54g | Protein: 7g | Fat: 24g
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Calories 453
Keyword comfort food, no bake, old fashioned recipe

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  1. My husband would love this! It’s so simple, yet looks so yummy. Thanks for sharing at Simple Supper.

  2. This looks like a delicious and simple dessert! I can’t wait to give it a try:) Your dessert plate is very pretty by the way:)

    1. Thank you, Shannon! And the little plates were 59 cents from Goodwill 🙂 I was so excited to find those!

  3. Oh how I would enjoy a big piece of this yummy pie. Thanks so much for sharing at Weekend Potluck. We would love for you to link back to the party within your recipe post. (It makes you eligible to be featured and recipes like this one require special attention=). Please come back soon.

  4. 5 stars
    This pie is awesome! At work we used to order one from the local restaurant which is very similar to this. We would sit around and try to guess how to make it. Seeing it here we realize this is it and how simple it is ! It is so good for the peanut butter lover. And the fact that it takes very little effort even better 🙂

  5. 5 stars
    So glad I found this recipe and was able to save it to Pinterest! My husband looooooves this pie- I originally found a similar recipe in a magazine years ago and it’s been his birthday or Father’s Day treat many times since. Your recipe looks basically the same except that I always used cook n’ serve vanilla pudding mix with the milk cut back to about 1 1/2 cups so that it sets up firmer. The peanut butter crumbs are the best! Thanks for posting 🙂

  6. 5 stars
    Great recipe I have made for years! I will sometimes add 1/3 block of Neufchâtel cheese and some whipped topping to the pudding mix to give it a little different flavor or use sugar free/fat free pudding, f/f milk and lite whipped topping to cut calories. Thank you for sharing- I made two today!

  7. 5 stars
    Delicious recipe, even better than I thought it would be! My husband is (semi, I know the pudding mix has dairy) vegan and diabetic, so we used SF pudding mix, monk fruit with the peanut butter and oat milk. The pie set up fine. This is a keeper!

  8. 5 stars
    Absolutely decadent. Had extra pastry shells and stumbled upon this recipe. Shared with neighbors who said best dessert they ever tasted! Thanks for sharing a simple dessert to make in a hurry.

  9. 5 stars
    This pie was great! I took your recipe and added apple to it. I peeled the outside off and then grated the apple to the top of the pie above the pudding before the whipped cream and it was delicious. Everyone love it!!

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