Banana Bread French Toast

Banana Bread French Toast

The Spruce / Tara Omidvar

Prep: 5 mins
Cook: 20 mins
Total: 25 mins
Servings: 12 servings
Yield: 12 slices
Nutrition Facts (per serving)
296 Calories
11g Fat
43g Carbs
6g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: 12
Amount per serving
Calories 296
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 11g 15%
Saturated Fat 6g 30%
Cholesterol 115mg 38%
Sodium 273mg 12%
Total Carbohydrate 43g 16%
Dietary Fiber 2g 7%
Total Sugars 22g
Protein 6g
Vitamin C 4mg 19%
Calcium 55mg 4%
Iron 2mg 9%
Potassium 262mg 6%
*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.
(Nutrition information is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate.)

Two of the most amazing sweet breakfast treats combine in this super easy French toast recipe: banana bread and French toast. We love making banana bread with leftover bananas. It's a great way to avoid food waste, plus it's super tasty. We tend to gravitate toward one of our favorite, spiked recipes: bourbon banana bread because it makes for a super moist and very flavorful bread. But, of course, any banana bread will do.

The French toast part of the recipe is very simple: eggs, milk, and a little sugar and vanilla. The bread itself has so much flavor, so you don't need to spice up the egg mixture. Of course, you can spice up the egg mixture if you like. Normally, you can find French toast with cinnamon or a little nutmeg.

Some great additions we like to add to the top of our French toast include powdered sugar, real maple syrup, and walnuts. If you don't have any banana bread, you can always use any other kind of quick bread, like a chocolate chip or zucchini bread. Either would work wonderfully with this recipe as well.

It's important to have your oven at a nice warm temperature of about 250 F. This way while you are cooking the batches of french toast, you can keep the already cooked pieces warm. Just place the already cooked pieces on an oven proof plate or pan lined with parchment paper. Don't worry, they won't dry out int he short amount of time it should take you to finish cooking the rest of the French toast.

If you aren't in the mood to make a batch of French toast from scratch in the morning, try making this gingerbread French toast bake or a Bananas Foster French toast casserole the night before. Both are great ways to have the most important meal of the day already prepared before you even wake up.

Ingredients

  • 1 loaf banana bread, thickly sliced into 1- to 1 1/2-inch slices

  • 4 large eggs

  • 3/4 cup whole milk

  • 1 pinch salt

  • 2 teaspoons sugar

  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract

  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon

  • 1 tablespoon unsalted butter, or nonstick cooking spray, optional

  • Confectioners' sugar, for garnish

  • Walnuts, for garnish

  • Maple syrup, for garnish

Steps to Make It

  1. Gather the ingredients.

    Banana Bread French Toast ingredients

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  2. After cutting the banana bread, beat together the eggs, milk, salt, sugar, vanilla, and cinnamon.

    beat together the eggs, milk, salt, sugar, vanilla, and cinnamon in a bowl

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  3. Heat a griddle or a large, heavy-bottomed skillet on high heat. Spray with nonstick cooking spray or add a tablespoon of butter. 

    butter in a skillet

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  4. Dip a few pieces of the banana bread into the egg mixture, coating both sides.

    banana bread soaking in the egg mixture

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  5. Place the banana bread facing down on the hot griddle, turn the heat to medium-low (this helps prevent the French toast from burning or caramelizing too quickly). Cook for about 2 minutes per side. Remove and keep warm in a 250 F oven. Repeat the cooking with the remaining pieces of banana bread. 

    french toast cooking in a pan

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  6. Serve the warm banana bread with a sprinkling of confectioners' sugar, a drizzle of maple syrup, and walnuts if desired.

    Banana Bread French Toast on a plate

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