Bananas Foster French Toast Breakfast Casserole

Bananas Foster French Toast Breakfast Casserole and a slice of the casserole on a plate

The Spruce / Diana Chistruga

Prep: 25 mins
Cook: 60 mins
Total: 85 mins
Servings: 6 to 8 servings
Yield: 1 casserole
Nutrition Facts (per serving)
567 Calories
21g Fat
82g Carbs
14g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: 6 to 8
Amount per serving
Calories 567
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 21g 27%
Saturated Fat 11g 53%
Cholesterol 251mg 84%
Sodium 439mg 19%
Total Carbohydrate 82g 30%
Dietary Fiber 2g 8%
Total Sugars 50g
Protein 14g
Vitamin C 3mg 13%
Calcium 165mg 13%
Iron 3mg 16%
Potassium 345mg 7%
*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.)

Bananas Foster is an epic dessert from New Orleans. Usually served via table-side flambé and completed with a generous helping of ice cream, it is a decadent and richly flavored course that is normally reserved for special occasions. But not to worry; we've created a French toast breakfast casserole version that you can easily make at home.

With all of the same amazing flavors of the traditional fancy dessert, but geared toward breakfast, this casserole dish is an excellent option for a weekend brunch or the holidays. Just throw this recipe together the night before and pop it in the oven on Christmas morning, and you'll have a delicious and warm breakfast for everyone to enjoy while opening gifts.

Ingredients

Caramel Syrup:

  • 6 tablespoons (3 ounces) unsalted butter

  • 1 cup brown sugar

  • 2 tablespoons corn syrup

  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract

  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon

French Toast:

  • 2 medium bananas, ripe, thinly sliced, plus additional bananas for serving

  • 1/4 cup dark rum, optional

  • 1 loaf challah bread, or other rich or eggy bread, cut into cubes

  • 8 large eggs

  • 1 1/2 cups milk

  • 2/3 cup sugar

  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted

  • 1 1/2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract

  • 1 pinch salt

  • Whipped cream, for serving

Steps to Make It

  1. Gather the ingredients.

    Bananas Foster French Toast Breakfast Casserole in bowls

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  2. In a small saucepan combine the butter, brown sugar, and corn syrup to make the caramel mixture. Stir the mixture and heat until the sugar has completely dissolved and the mixture starts to bubble about 3 to 5 minutes.  

    Butter, brown sugar and corn syrup mixture in a saucepan on a burner

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  3. Stir the vanilla and cinnamon into the sugar mixture and then pour it into a 9 x 13-inch baking dish.

    Caramel syrup in a baking dish

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  4. Layer the sliced banana on top of the sugar mixture. Drizzle the rum over the bananas at this time, if using. 

    Caramel mixture and bananas in a baking dish, with rum poured on top

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  5. Place the cubed bread over the top of the bananas in an even layer. 

    Bread cubes on top of the bananas, caramel sauce and rum in a baking dish

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  6. In a medium bowl, whisk together the eggs, milk, sugar, melted butter, vanilla extract, and salt until thoroughly beaten.  

    Eggs, milk, sugar, melted butter, vanilla extract, and salt mixture in a bowl with a whisk

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  7. Pour the egg mixture over the bread cubes. Press down on the cubes so that they submerge more fully in the egg mixture.

    Bananas Foster French Toast Breakfast Casserole ingredients in a baking dish

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  8. Cover with aluminum foil and refrigerate for at least 5 hours, ideally overnight. When you are ready to serve, preheat the oven to 375 F and take the French toast breakfast casserole out of the refrigerator. Leave the French toast on the counter while the oven preheats. 

    Bananas Foster French Toast Breakfast Casserole wrapped with aluminum foil

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  9. Bake the French toast, covered for 45 to 60 minutes. Monitor the casserole and check to make sure that the egg mixture is thoroughly cooked and not runny. Remove the aluminum foil for the last 5 to 10 minutes for a crunchy top.

    Baked Bananas Foster French Toast Breakfast Casserole in a baking dish

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  10. Remove the casserole from the oven and top with additional caramel syrup (can make ahead of time or right after you take it out of the oven), additional sliced banana, and whipped cream. Alternatively, you can also flip the pan upside down onto a plate so that the caramelized bananas are displayed on top. Then top with additional bananas, whipped cream, and caramel syrup. 

    Bananas Foster French Toast Breakfast Casserole with bananas and caramel syrup and whipped cream in a bowl

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Glass Bakeware Warning

For premade casseroles or leftovers that are in a glass baking dish and have been refrigerated, do not place directly into a hot oven as the glass can shatter. Instead, place any cold glass bakeware into a cold oven to warm up while it preheats. Or, allow the bakeware to rest outside of the fridge for 30 minutes to reach room temperature while the oven preheats.