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Banoffee Pie is a popular dessert in Britain with a caramel toffee filling topped with bananas, whipped cream, and chocolate shavings. This is such an insanely delicious pie that you won’t be able to get enough of! 

Banoffee Pie

Banoffee Pie

I have been over the moon excited to share this post with you today. This has been in the works for a while now, and if you have been following along on my Instagram stories,  you will know that I have partnered up with to get my own results and find out more about my ancestry and where I came from.

The process could not have been easier and I was anxiously awaiting to get my results and dig deep into what my ancestry background is.

AncestryDNA can help you uncover your ethnicity and connect with relatives through the largest DNA network in the world.

You also have a Ancestry Family History membership where you can discover your ancestors, and uncover stories through 20 billion historical documents including military registrations, marriage certificates, census and voter lists city directories and more!

a family portrait

Guess what!? My results came!! I am 47% Great Britain.

As soon as I got my results I couldn’t wait to call my mom to share. She told me that my ancestors the Lavenders’ are from Great Britain. My grandpa’s mother is Laura Mae Lavender.

My ethnicity plotted in a world map

What an neat experience to hear about my great grandmother and where I came from. She also showed me a picture of my grandpa as a boy with my great grandmother and tears filled my eyes.

We got to reading her journal and the stories that she wrote. It was her desire to go to be sealed in the Salt Lake Temple to her husband and her little boy, Leigh, that was my grandpa. She had a heart condition that they didn’t know about and died suddenly at the age of 26.

I  have tears as I am writing this post because this experience was such a special one. Seeing the pictures of my grandpa who I was so close to and remembering all of the fun times that we had together as I was growing up before he passed away.

(My great grandmother Laura Mae Lavender with my Grandpa Leigh Sherman)

I loved every minute of discovering more about myself and where I came from.

My husband also did an AncestryDNA test and is 47% Finnish. I make this Finnish Pancake for his birthday every year,  as it has been apart of their families traditions.

His mother literally came on the boat from Finland. He has such a cool ancestry heritage and it is so fun discovering more about ourselves from a simple- to use- test!

Since food is such an important part of culture as traditional cuisine is passed from one generation to the next, I immediately started doing research on popular foods in Britain.

My husband served his mission in Paris, France and has visited all over Europe including where my ancestry results were from.

He told me about this amazing pie that had a cookie crust layer filled with toffee, topped with bananas and whipped cream.

That sounded like a dessert that I would love and was apart of my ancestry! ha! So I did some research and today I am bringing you the famous Banoffee pie!

Where did Banoffee Pie come from?

Nigel Mackenzie invented the world-famous banoffee pie. You could easily think that it is American, but it was invented in Britain at The Hungry Monk Restaurant.

Banoffee Pie

How do you make banoffee pie?

  • Make the crust: To start, combine graham cracker crumbs and press in the bottom and along the sides. Chill the crust until firm.
  • To make the filling:  Melt the butter in a medium sized saucepan over medium heat. Stir in the brown sugar and melt over medium low heat. Add the condensed milk and bring to a boil stirring continuously. The toffee will start to darker. Pour the filling over the crust and and chill for an hour or until firm.
  • Make it look beautiful: Top with sliced bananas, fresh whipping cream, and chocolate shavings.

making Banoffee Pie

How do I make homemade whipping cream?

Pour heavy whipping cream and sugar into a bowl or stand mixer. Beat for about 1 minute or until stiff peaks form.

How is traditional banoffee made?

Traditional Banoffee pie uses Digestive Biscuits as the crust. But since they are not easily available in the US, a graham cracker, or shortbread crust is a great substitute. Everything about this pie became my very favorite from the first bite. The buttery graham cracker crust and the soft caramel toffee center is to die for. I am so glad that I was able to discover this amazing dessert and learn more about where I came from.

Banoffee Pie

What is the best way to get an AncestryDNA kit?

I really didn’t know a lot about my ethnic heritage before taking my AncestryDNA test – but I loved the entire process from start to finish. Now, I can fill out my family tree and dig even deeper into the huge data base that they provide. This was such an amazing experience for our entire family and something that you have to do for yourself!

They have their lowest price onsite right now until August 20th, 2018. AncestryDNA kits are available for $59 –  40% off the original price of $59 (excludes tax and shipping). Click here to purchase your own AncestryDNA kit!

Banoffee Pie


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Best Ever Banoffee Pie

4.60 from 5 votes
By: Alyssa Rivers
Banoffee Pie is a popular dessert in Britain with a caramel toffee filling topped with bananas, whipped cream, and chocolate shavings. This is such an insanely delicious pie that you won't be able to get enough of!
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 1 hour
Total Time: 1 hour 20 minutes
Servings: 12


Graham Cracker Crust:




  • Combine graham cracker crumbs, sugar, and melted butter and press in the bottom of a springform pan or pie dish and press it up along the sides. Chill the crust until firm.
  • To make the filling: Melt butter in a medium sized saucepan. Stir in brown sugar and melt over medium low heat. Add the condensed milk and bring it to a boil for a few minutes stirring continuously. The toffee should start to darken. Pour the filling over the crust. Cool and chill again for at least and hour or until firm.
  • Top with sliced bananas, whipping cream, and chocolate shavings.


Calories: 467kcalCarbohydrates: 53gProtein: 5gFat: 28gSaturated Fat: 17gCholesterol: 80mgSodium: 169mgPotassium: 329mgFiber: 2gSugar: 39gVitamin A: 884IUVitamin C: 4mgCalcium: 141mgIron: 1mg

Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.

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Course: Dessert
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About Alyssa Rivers

Alyssa Rivers is the author of 'The Tried and True Cookbook', a professional food photographer and experienced recipe-developer. Having a passion for cooking, her tried and true recipes have been featured on Good Morning America, Today Food, Buzzfeed and more.

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  1. 3 stars
    I followed the recipe exactly. It is the prettiest pie I have ever made. I did not like the taste and suspect that I did something wrong. The graham cracker crust was too thick and when sliced didn’t hold together well. The toffee layer got too hard and made the pie difficult to eat. I was very careful to not cook the toffee layer too long.

  2. I am English with Scottish roots. I’ve made this pie for many years, but with a twist to your recipe. The brown sugar and butter isn’t necessary if you boil the unopened tin of sweetened condensed milk in a saucepan, then cover and place in over at 300F for two hours. Your recipe is certainly quicker than the traditional way, but it does use less sugar.

  3. 5 stars
    I have made this so many times and its more delicious each time. Family constantly request it!! So Yummy!

  4. I also have the Mormon West Pioneers in my Ancestry DNA estimate. It’s interesting the things that connect all of us.

    Also, I will be making this pie soon!

  5. 5 stars
    When in the USA, we buy Digestive biscuits from Publix Supermarkets in their international section. If using Digestives they are naturally sweeter than Graham cracker, and don’t require sugar to make the crust. Thank you for the lovely recipe, can’t wait to try it.

  6. 5 stars
    Curious as to why the pie would have a thin layer of liquid under the graham cracker crust. Followed the directions to a tee!! Your advice would be greatly appreciated! Otherwise the pie was very tasty! Thank you for sharing!

    1. HMMM! I am not sure why there would be liquid under the graham cracker. I am glad that the pie was tasty! I would just think the moisture from the cooling and thawing part.

  7. This was so interesting to learn about your family and to read about this dessert. The pie looks so yummy and delicious! The kit looks very simple and easy to do! I want to order one right now!

  8. 5 stars
    This pie is wonderful and looks so decadent. I will be making this for my family. I loved hearing about your story. I know my family also originated from Britain but I wanted to find out more. Thanks for letting us know about the 40 percent off. I just ordered my kit and will be anxiously awaiting for my results.

  9. I loved reading this post and I have always wanted to do it! I just bought my kit from reading about your beautiful experience. Thank you for sharing!

  10. Hello I love getting ur recipes. I live in brussels belgium … born and raised in Glasgow scotland . Spent time in Nyc Ft Laud and Miami and Southern california
    Thank you so much for ypur great recipes
    Merci beaucoupe

  11. Thank you for sharing about your DNA results and the banoffee pie. My brother has sent in his DNA. I look forward to see where his results send him. Our father’s ancestors came from England.
    Getting this recipe means so much to me. Can hardly wait to find out about our mother’s roots!

  12. This is a very cool post. I love studying my heritage. My heritage also includes British Ancestors, Danish Ancestors, and Scottish Ancestors. I think that it is important to know where we came from – it lends understanding to who we are and helps us through some of the challenges that we face each day. Thank you for sharing this post and reminding us of the importance of our heritage. That is so fun that you were so close to your grandpa and shared the sweet picture of him when he was young. Have a great week.