3 large eggs, separated
3/4 cup granulated sugar, divided to 1/2 and 1/4 cups
1/3 cup all-purpose flour
1/2 tsp salt 3 cups whole milk
1 teaspoon of pure vanilla extract
1 box of Nilla Vanilla Wafers
6 ripe bananas, sliced (4 or 5 if you don’t like it as chunky)
1/4-1/2 cup chocolate morsels depending on how much you like
- Separate the eggs and set aside.For pudding mixture, in the top of a double boiler, whisk together 1/2 cup of the sugar with the flour, salt, and milk. Whisk in the yolks and cook over medium heat, stirring constantly, until thickened and mixture reaches 170 degrees. Remove from heat, stir in the vanilla and set aside, to cool slightly.
In a 1-1/2 quart baking dish begin layering. Rather than neatly layering mine neatly I poured wafers in the dish and just covered the bottom (about 1/2 the box). Then I put scattered the sliced bananas over that (again nothing perfect or neat and this was about 1/2 the bananas). Repeat layering wafers and bananas one more time. Sprinkle chocolate chips over top. Pour pudding mixture from double boiler over the bananas, wafers, and chocolate chips. Set aside.
Prepare meringue by whipping the egg whites with the remaining 1/4 cup of sugar and add to top of the pudding, spreading to the edges. I whipped on high for about 5 minutes. Place into a preheated 350 degrees F oven for 15 to 20 minutes or until the peaks of the meringue brown. Remove and let sit for about at least 1 hour, or refrigerate for up to 4 hours before serving. Garnish with a sprinkling of crushed wafers just before serving, if desired.