Today I will show you how I make my delicious banana French toast recipe. It is super flavorful and makes the perfect sweet breakfast for chilly winter days.
This recipe is incredibly easy, relatively quick, and a ton of fun to make. You can even get the kids involved and teach them how to prepare it too!
What Is Banana French Toast?
There are hundreds of different banana French toast recipes out there. Essentially, any recipe that mixes together French toast and banana (in any way, shape, or form) can be called banana French toast.
For today’s recipe, I am going to incorporate these two elements in a very fun and unique way.
We will be making a delicious egg mixture seasoned with cinnamon powder, nutmeg, and a little bit of sugar. It helps create a warm hearty flavor that will also caramelize the toast better.
Then, we’ll be cutting out some holes in the bread slices. That is where we will add banana slices instead. You can create more holes if you’d like to, but I like that I get a piece of banana in all quarters of the slice.
This recipe is extremely easy to make and very fun. It is versatile and you can really play around with the seasonings and toppings.
What can you serve with banana French toast?
There are loads of toppings and accompaniments that will work with this banana French toast.
I serve mine with fresh banana slices, blueberries, and maple syrup. But let’s look at some other fun options that you can try.
An easy common topping for banana French toast is whipped cream and syrup. But, you can also go a healthier route.
Add virtually any type of sliced fruit to your French toast. And preparing the fruit in different ways can also help add additional flavors. For example, grilled peach slices or caramelized pineapple chunks are both amazing cooked fruit options.
Then, you can also incorporate some chopped nuts or seeds. They are nutritious and add a nice crunch to every bite.
And finally, don’t forget about some fresh mint leaves. If you want to make it more savory, you can use rosemary or thyme instead. They both go great alongside some crispy bacon slices.
Tips And Tricks For This Recipe
- If you’d like you can use a pumpkin spice mix instead of cinnamon and nutmeg. Still, I would add a bit of sugar to the egg mixture to round off the flavor.
- Do not let your bread slices soak for too long. They should just absorb some of the egg mixture. It takes a little bit less than a minute per side. If you soak the bread for too long, it will become too soggy to handle.
- Do not use high heat when you make banana French toast. If the heat is too high, it will cook the outside of the bread before the inside is done cooking. Then, once the French toast is removed from the heat, the moist inside will start leaking out, making the slices soggy.
- People often ask whether or not they can store French toast. However, French toast is not good after it has been stored.
How do you make French toast not soggy?
The key to crisp soft French toast is to use medium heat. If your heat is too high, it could cause the outside to cook while the inside remains wet. Using a lower heat will also help prevent the toast slice from burning.
What is the best bread to use for this banana French toast recipe?
You can technically make French toast with any type of bread. But generally, white soft loaves of bread work the best. They can absorb the most egg to create an uber flavorful slice.
White sandwich loaves are hand-down the best easy-to-find and affordable option. But, you can also use brioche, challah, or country loaves.
Should you use oil or butter for banana French toast?
I like to use butter because it provides the toast with a light and smooth taste. But you can also use oil if you like. The benefit of using oil is that it won’t burn as you cook the toast and it won’t overwhelm the flavor of the seasoned egg mixture. But remember to use neutrally flavored oil. Otherwise, the oil (like olive oil) will create a strange flavor to the bread.
Delicious Banana French Toast Recipe
For the French toast
- 2 large eggs, room temperature
- 1 tbsp light brown sugar
- 1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
- 1/8 tsp ground nutmeg
- 3/4 cup whole milk, room temperature
- 4 white sandwich loaf slices
- 1 medium ripe banana, sliced
To finish off
- 2 tbsp Butter
- 2-3 tbsp light brown sugar
- 1 medium ripe banana, sliced
- 1 cup blueberries
- 2 Tbsp Maple syrup or any syrup of your choice, for drizzling
Prepare the elements
- To start, add your large eggs into a mixing bowl. Then, add the granulated brown sugar, cinnamon powder, and nutmeg.
- Beat the eggs very well using a fork or horseshoe whisk. Make sure the eggs are broken up and that the mixture is uniform.
- Next, add the milk. Again, whisk together the ingredients very well. Set the mixture aside.
- Now move on to the bread. Use a small round cookie cutter to cut out four discs from each slice of bread. Keep the bread discs aside.
- Finally, peel and slice the bananas. The slices shouldn't be thicker than the slice of bread.
Cook your banana French toast
- Transfer the egg mixture to a shallow bowl.
- Add the bread to the egg and allow it to soak for 30 seconds per side. Work with one slice at a time only.
- Preheat the butter in a frying pan over medium heat. Then add the toast bread.
- Add a bit of brown sugar to each hole of the bread slice. Next, add a slice of banana to each hole, followed by more of the egg mixture.
- Allow the slice of French toast to cook for a couple of minutes until it becomes crispy and brown. Flip it over and allow it to cook on the other side.
- Repeat the steps until all your banana French toast slices are completely cooked.
- Finally, soak and cook the bread discs.
- To assemble your banana French toast breakfast, stack the toast on top of each other. Then, garnish the stack with the fried bread discs, fresh banana slices, and some blueberries. And don't forget some maple syrup!