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.

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43 Responses to “Pumpkin Banana Mousse Tart”

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    Clumbsy Cookie — November 20, 2008 @ 11:46 AM

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

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    Jennifer Hamilton — November 20, 2008 @ 11:57 AM

    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 :)

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    Culinarywannabe — November 20, 2008 @ 11:58 AM

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

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    Robin Sue — November 20, 2008 @ 12:36 PM

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

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    Medena — November 20, 2008 @ 12:44 PM

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

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    Manggy — November 20, 2008 @ 12:56 PM

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

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    Mary Coleman — November 20, 2008 @ 1:07 PM

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

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    lisaiscooking — November 20, 2008 @ 2:09 PM

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

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    Katherine Aucoin — November 20, 2008 @ 2:16 PM

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

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    ~~louise~~ — November 20, 2008 @ 2:23 PM

    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!

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    Maria — November 20, 2008 @ 2:39 PM

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

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    Snooky doodle — November 20, 2008 @ 4:58 PM

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

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    Leslie — November 20, 2008 @ 5:05 PM

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

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    Ingrid — November 20, 2008 @ 5:23 PM

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

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    Erinn @ Sunday Dish — November 20, 2008 @ 5:35 PM

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

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    gkbloodsugar — November 20, 2008 @ 5:45 PM

    Such an original flavour combination.
    Great job!

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    That Girl — November 20, 2008 @ 6:18 PM

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

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    Halie — November 20, 2008 @ 6:26 PM

    Looks luscious!

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    anudivya — November 20, 2008 @ 6:52 PM

    What awesome flavors. Looks so pretty!

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    CookiePie — November 20, 2008 @ 7:46 PM

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

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    Reeni — November 20, 2008 @ 7:53 PM

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

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    Jessy and her dog Winnie — November 20, 2008 @ 8:16 PM

    That looks awesome!

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    Pam — November 20, 2008 @ 8:23 PM

    Pumpkin and banana, what a great combination!

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    Megan — November 20, 2008 @ 9:38 PM

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

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    ~Dana — November 20, 2008 @ 10:16 PM

    This looks fabulous!!!!

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    dessertobsessed — November 21, 2008 @ 12:09 AM

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

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    Cakespy — November 21, 2008 @ 12:45 AM

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

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    Adam — November 21, 2008 @ 12:59 AM

    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!

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    Heather — November 21, 2008 @ 1:29 AM

    i love the flavor combo! sounds delicious!!

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    Josie — November 21, 2008 @ 1:49 AM

    Yay!! I am glad you liked it :)

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    Bunny — November 21, 2008 @ 2:37 AM

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

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    We Are Not Martha — November 21, 2008 @ 2:44 AM

    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

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    noble pig — November 21, 2008 @ 8:06 AM

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

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    Nina Timm — November 21, 2008 @ 9:42 AM

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

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    VeggieGirl — November 21, 2008 @ 12:27 PM

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

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    Grace — November 21, 2008 @ 1:30 PM

    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. :)

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    Jon — November 21, 2008 @ 5:11 PM

    Holy Heck, that banana pumpkin mousse sounds delicious.

    Pardon my language.

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    jesse — November 21, 2008 @ 5:56 PM

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

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    Abby — November 21, 2008 @ 8:48 PM

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

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    Tarah at Genesis of a Cook — November 22, 2008 @ 1:58 PM

    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!

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    Deborah — November 22, 2008 @ 5:37 PM

    This sounds delicious – and so different!!

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    Alexa — November 23, 2008 @ 2:12 AM

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

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    Peter M — November 26, 2008 @ 10:49 AM

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