Mile-High Banana Cream Pie


1 cup flour

1 cup finely
chopped pecans

½ cup softened butter

8 oz. package cream cheese

1 cup powdered sugar

16 oz. cool whip

1 small banana pudding mix

1 ⅓ cup cold milk

3 large firm bananas, sliced


Combine flour, butter and pecans. Press on bottom and up the sides of a 9" pie plate.

Bake at 350 for 25 minutes. Cool completely.

Fold in ½ of the cheese.

In a bowl, mix cream cheese and sugar until fluffy.

Fold in 1 cup cool whip.

Spread over crust.

Arrange bananas on top.

Whisk pudding mix and milk together until thick.

Pour on top of bananas.

Refrigerate until set. Top with remaining cool whip and garnish with extra pecans. Enjoy!

EJ Dairies Inc., located in Crown Point, IN, is operated by EJ Hein and family. George Hein started farming in 1948 in Merrillville, IN with his first registered Holstein. In 1959, he retired, and his son Edward A. took over. In 1963, he moved the operation to its current location. Edward J. started farming row crops in 1975. Upon his fathers death in 1980, he bought the dairy and began with 20 registered cows and 40 heifers. Over the years and with the help of his family, the businesses have grown. In 2010, the dairy operation expanded to a second location in Francesville, IN.

The Crown Point location is the birthing center. It houses all fresh cows, calves, heifers, and dry cows. The Francesville location milks 1,000 cows three times daily with a double 16 parallel parlor. EJ’s youngest son, Stephen, manages the dairy operation. He is a 4th generation dairyman. He and his wife Vanessa have two children, Hayden and Addyson. EJ’s other son, Michael, manages the 5,000 acres of row crops, while his daughter Amy runs the family trucking company. EJ also has two other daughters, Katie and Kelli, that work off the farm. The entire family is active with the Lake Co. Fair and the local 4-H program. Several 4-Her’s lease cattle from the Hein’s to exhibit at the fair. We hope to expand the dairy in Francesville in the coming year, and hopefully someday there will be a 5th generation at the helm!