Take your two favorite breakfast sweets (banana bread and french toast, duh) and make them into the best unique french toast recipe you’ll ever have: banana bread french toast AKA french toast made with moist banana bread instead of regular bread.
Banana Bread French Toast
We went there. We made french toast out of thick slices of banana bread. And, my friends…it is even better than you would imagine. Tender, moist, sweet, buttery and absolutely scrumptious. This banana bread french toast is going to be gracing our weekend brunch spreads for years to come.
What is banana bread french toast?
I haven’t been this excited for a recipe in a while and that’s saying something considering our kitchen has been graced with fudgy brownie cookies, white chocolate maple nut blondies, and s’mores cookies in the past week. This unique french toast recipe is not only super easy to make, but also ridiculously tasty. All the moist, tender, flavor of classic banana bread is only made better by dipping it in a custardy french toast batter and grilling it up in butter. I mean…YUM.
Ingredients for this unique french toast recipe
You’ll only need 6 ingredients to make this decadent breakfast treat. We highly recommend serving it up with pure maple syrup, freshly whipped cream and sliced bananas, but it’s just as tasty on it’s own! Here’s your grocery list:
Banana Bread: Any french toast recipe needs some sort of bread obviously! We used one loaf of store bought banana bread to keep things super easy. You can usually find one in the bakery section of your grocery store!
Eggs: A high ratio of eggs to milk will give you a custardy french toast.
Milk: We usually use whole milk to make french toast to keep it super rich and tasty, but you can use whatever you on hand! From almond milk to skim milk to cream, whatever will work!
Vanilla: A little splash of vanilla is always a good idea. It will enhance the flavor of this unique french toast recipe.
Salt: A little salt goes a long way in deepening the flavor of sweet treats. Just a pinch will take this sweet breakfast recipe from good to great.
Butter: I like to make french toast in butter because it leaves each slice with a nice crisp, buttery finish on the edges. That being said, you can always use cooking spray or oil if you prefer!
Should I use store bought banana bread or homemade banana bread?
You can absolutely use homemade banana bread if you want to go all out gourmet, but this banana bread french toast will be just as delicious with a store bought loaf of banana bread too. You could also make this banana bread french toast with any other quick bread of your liking! It would be equally delicious with pumpkin bread, zucchini bread, or really any other breakfast bread in loaf form. The options are endless, but I assure you, you will love this unique french toast recipe!
Tips for the best banana bread french toast
Thanks to store bought banana bread, this banana french toast is a super easy brunch recipe to whip up. These tips will guarantee you perfect french toast every time.
Use stale bread: Bread that is slightly on the staler side always works best for soaking up the french toast batter.
Keep the heat consistent: It’s easy for a pan to get too hot when you’re]==\
griddling up french toast or pancakes. That’s why I like to “preheat” the pan to a steady, medium low heat before we even get started on cooking rather than cranking the heat at first to get going right away and then frantically turning it down as your french toast starts to burn.
Use a nonstick pan: There is nothing worse than french toast that sticks to your pan and falls apart when you try to flip it. I prefer to use a nonstick pan when making pancakes or french toast to prevent any burnt messes from happening.
Make sure your griddle is well greased: Ditto to the above! Make sure to grease your skillet in between uses to prevent any sticking and keep things running smoothly.
1 standard loaf of banana bread, sliced into 1 inch slices
Set a frying pan over medium heat.
Using a sharp, serrated knife, cut the banana bread into 1/4 inch thick slices (about 12 to 16 slices depending on how big your loaf is). Set aside.
In a large bowl whisk the eggs until light and fluffy. Add the milk, vanilla, cinnamon, and salt. Mix until fully incorporated.
Dip each piece of bread into your egg mixture, soaking about 20 seconds on each side. Only prepare one to two pieces at a time so that the bread doesn’t get too soggy.
While the bread is soaking, melt two tablespoons of butter in the hot frying pan. Depending on the size of your skillet and bread place one to two pieces of bread into the hot skillet, leaving space between each piece. Fry each side for about 2 minutes or until it lightly browns. Repeat with remaining bread. Serve with whipped cream, maple syrup, and sliced bananas.
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