This is the recipe from the box of Nilla wafers at least 20 years ago….before they made it a “healthier version!” This is so good because you actually make the custard.


  1. 35-45 Nilla Wafers
  2. 5-6 medium size ripe bananas sliced
  3. 3/4 cup sugar divided
  4. 1/3 cup all purpose flour
  5. Dash salt
  6. 4 eggs, separated, at room temperature
  7. 2 cups milk
  8. 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  9. Optional : top with additional nilla wafers or try my never fail meringue


  1. Combine 1/2 cup sugar,flour and salt in top of double boiler. Stir in 4 egg yolks and milk; blend well.

  2. Cook, uncovered, over boiling water, stirring constantly; 5 minutes or until thickened. Remove from heat; stir in vanilla.

  3. Spread small amount on bottom of 1 and 1/2 quart casserole dish; cover with layer of nilla wafers. Top with layer of sliced bananas. Continue to layer wafers, bananas and custard to make 3 layers of each, ending with custard.

  4. Now you can stop here and just add additional wafers to the top and enjoy or make a meringue to cover the top by beating the egg whites until stiff but not dry; gradually add remaining 1/4 cup sugar and beat until stiff peaks form. Cover top of pudding spread to cover entire surface. Bake at 350 degrees for 10-12 minutes or until slightly browned. Cool slightly and eat or refrigerate.

  5. If you don’t have much luck making meringue, reference my recipe for Never Fail Pie Meringue.

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