Pumpkin Banana Mousse Tart

Still looking for that perfect Thanksgiving dessert? Here’s one that I tested out in this year’s search: Pumpkin Banana Mousse Tart.

From Ms. Barefoot Contessa, a spiced graham cracker crust holds a custardy, pumpkin-banana filling. This can be made into one big tart or several little ones.

Only the crust is baked. The filling is simmered in a bowl over bubbling water until hot and thickened.

I chalk this one up as a great substitute for the same-old, same-old pumpkin pie. The banana flavor is definitely evident, but it pairs well with the pumpkin and added orange zest. It was a big hit in our house. I made a smaller tart (9-inch) for the teachers at school and made three little ones for us to sample at home (which my family thanked me for!)

You can get fancy with your whipped cream decorations or keep it simple with a layer on top.

This recipe can be found HERE.

43 Responses to “Pumpkin Banana Mousse Tart”

  1. postedNov 20, 2008 11:46 AM
    Clumbsy Cookie

    And the flavours must be really good too! Awesome idea girl!

  2. postedNov 20, 2008 11:57 AM
    Jennifer Hamilton

    I love that this is NO bake. I did a mix of banana and pumpkin in my oatmeal recently and was pleasantly surprised how wonderful the combo turned out to be!
    Your tart looks incredible :)

  3. postedNov 20, 2008 11:58 AM
    Culinarywannabe

    I never would have combined pumpkin and banana, but I always love the texture bananas give to anything. This is a nice twist!

  4. postedNov 20, 2008 12:36 PM
    Robin Sue

    Whoa this looks fantastic. The pumpkin banana combo sound fantastic. Beautiful look tart!

  5. postedNov 20, 2008 12:44 PM
    Medena

    Pumpkin and banana, sounds really good. Love new flavors, combos, and such! Looks great too!

  6. postedNov 20, 2008 12:56 PM
    Manggy

    Oh, I didn’t know pumpkin and banana could work together! This is really unique and sounds delicious, Lori!

  7. postedNov 20, 2008 1:07 PM
    Mary Coleman

    i love this! makes me think of putting bananas and pumpkin together in a muffin…hmmm..you got me thinking at this hour!

  8. postedNov 20, 2008 2:09 PM
    lisaiscooking

    I’ve seen Ina make this, and I’ve wanted to try it ever since. Yours looks fantastic!

  9. postedNov 20, 2008 2:16 PM
    Katherine Aucoin

    I can imagine how good tghe pumpkin and banana taste together and with the icing – totlal YUM.

  10. postedNov 20, 2008 2:23 PM
    ~~louise~~

    I’m not sure I can wait to share this recipe for Thanksgiving. I think I’ll just grab this link for my Mickey Mouse post. His b-day was just the other day and I celebrated with Mousse!

    Thanks so much for posting this is GREAT!

  11. postedNov 20, 2008 2:39 PM
    Maria

    Looks so elegant and of course tasty! I like the pumpkin and banana idea!

  12. postedNov 20, 2008 4:58 PM
    Snooky doodle

    interesting recipe . Never seen a pumpkin and banan pie :) Looks nice and creamy though.

  13. postedNov 20, 2008 5:05 PM
    Leslie

    Banana and Pumpkin???? How perfect is that??? hmmmmmmmm

  14. postedNov 20, 2008 5:23 PM
    Ingrid

    Hmmm, I wouldn’t have thought banana and pumpkin together but looks and sounds like ti works! Thanks for sharing it with us.
    ~ingrid

  15. postedNov 20, 2008 5:35 PM
    Erinn @ Sunday Dish

    Oh, I love the idea of the pumpkin and banana together. And simple is gooood. Yummy, thanks for sharing.

  16. postedNov 20, 2008 5:45 PM
    gkbloodsugar

    Such an original flavour combination.
    Great job!

  17. postedNov 20, 2008 6:18 PM
    That Girl

    I was worried about the banana overpowering the pumpkin, glad to hear it doesn’t.

  18. postedNov 20, 2008 6:26 PM
    Halie

    Looks luscious!

  19. postedNov 20, 2008 6:52 PM
    anudivya

    What awesome flavors. Looks so pretty!

  20. postedNov 20, 2008 7:46 PM
    CookiePie

    Pumpkin and banana – what a great combo! Looks so pretty, too :)

  21. postedNov 20, 2008 7:53 PM
    Reeni

    This looks really terrific. I bet those bananas really freshened up the pumpkin flavor.

  22. postedNov 20, 2008 8:16 PM
    Jessy and her dog Winnie

    That looks awesome!

  23. postedNov 20, 2008 8:23 PM
    Pam

    Pumpkin and banana, what a great combination!

  24. postedNov 20, 2008 9:38 PM
    Megan

    I LOOOOOOOVE your blog! Everything on here looks so incredibly delicious!

  25. postedNov 20, 2008 10:16 PM
    ~Dana

    This looks fabulous!!!!

  26. postedNov 21, 2008 12:09 AM
    dessertobsessed

    omg!! this looks sooooooooooooooo good! and its pretty! love the combo of pumpkin and banana!

  27. postedNov 21, 2008 12:45 AM
    Cakespy

    Ooh, and unlikely–but VERY delicious-looking–combination! i’ve got to give this one a try. It looks amazing!

  28. postedNov 21, 2008 12:59 AM
    Adam

    Beautiful pic… I wish all my pies looked like that :) I’m always up for a new way to invent pumpkin pie, this is a sweet idea!

  29. postedNov 21, 2008 1:29 AM
    Heather

    i love the flavor combo! sounds delicious!!

  30. postedNov 21, 2008 1:49 AM
    Josie

    Yay!! I am glad you liked it :)

  31. postedNov 21, 2008 2:37 AM
    Bunny

    Now that’s a new combination, pumpkin and banana, well new to me anyway. Good one!!

  32. postedNov 21, 2008 2:44 AM
    We Are Not Martha

    I definitely do not need any more Thanksgiving recipes, but I will be making this at another time!! So sad pumpkin season is almost over :(

    Sues

  33. postedNov 21, 2008 8:06 AM
    noble pig

    Hey this is cool and different. I would have never thought to pair pumpkin and banana and no bake…that’s even better.

  34. postedNov 21, 2008 9:42 AM
    Nina Timm

    Fall or not, I would love to try a slice of this!

  35. postedNov 21, 2008 12:27 PM
    VeggieGirl

    Oh my, faaabulous!! And I love Ina Garten :-D

  36. postedNov 21, 2008 1:30 PM
    Grace

    i love the contrast of the bright white and dark orange–it makes for a beautiful tart, to be sure. interesting combo–i personally think that bananas are magical ingredients that put a nice spin on whatever they’re paired with. :)

  37. postedNov 21, 2008 5:11 PM
    Jon

    Holy Heck, that banana pumpkin mousse sounds delicious.

    Pardon my language.

  38. postedNov 21, 2008 5:56 PM
    jesse

    Beautiful, beautiful pie! And I love your pictures too… *sigh* I want a bite now.

  39. postedNov 21, 2008 8:48 PM
    Abby

    Yum! Nice to see a different take on pumpkin pie!

  40. postedNov 22, 2008 1:58 PM
    Tarah at Genesis of a Cook

    Oh wow! I love the combination! It sounds amazing, but I bet it taste better than can be described. I’ll have to try this ;]

    Beautiful photos!

  41. postedNov 22, 2008 5:37 PM
    Deborah

    This sounds delicious – and so different!!

  42. postedNov 23, 2008 2:12 AM
    Alexa

    I wouldn’t have thought about putting the banana with pumpkin but I bet it adds to the creamy texture. Sounds intriguing!

  43. postedNov 26, 2008 10:49 AM
    Peter M

    This looks beautiful and the only thing I can think of adding is some toasted coconut on the frosting – nothing more!

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