Breakfast & Brunch

Banana Bread Baked French Toast

July 31, 2013

Hopefully the title for this next recipe doesn’t send you running for the hills! Isn’t that a mouth full? Banana bread baked French toast… Sounds a like a lot of work, right? What if I told you most of the prep is done the night before, which leaves you with practically NO work in the morning?!

That’s right folks! All you have to do is take this already prepared dish from your refrigerator to the oven when you wake up. Using banana bread instead of the typical French loaf takes this dish to an entirely new level of awesome! It adds a hint of the yummy banana flavor to the already delicious custard treat!

banana bread baked french toast

Banana Bread Baked French Toast

  • 3 C. banana bread croutons*
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/2 C. heavy cream
  • 1/8 C. maple syrup
  • 1-1/2 t. vanilla extract
  • 1/2 t. cinnamon
  • Powdered sugar for sprinkling
  1. The night before: Pour your banana croutons into a large bowl. In a medium sized measuring cup, whisk together the eggs, cream, syrup, vanilla, and cinnamon. Pour over the bread and toss to coat. Divide into 3-4 large ramekins and transfer to the refrigerator for the night, or at least 4 hours.
  2. The morning of: Preheat your oven to 375 degrees. Bake your French toast for 25-30 minutes, or until golden brown. Top with syrup or powdered sugar.

Using the dried out banana bread keeps the bake from becoming overly mushy, which is important when you have a picky four year old. He prefers his French toast crisp on the outside, and slightly softened in the center. I think I managed to please him once again. The proof is in the empty bowl that was left on the breakfast table! I didn’t even have to add syrup to his serving.

banana bread baked french toast easy recipe

Double to recipe and put into a larger pan for overnight guests, and you are sure to be the talk of the year… the hostess with the mostest… cream of the crop… ok… I’m getting  carried away. Next time I think I might sprinkle each one with brown sugar for a caramelized effect, or maybe top with peanut butter.

*find the recipe for banana bread croutons here.


Comments (21)

  • marissa | Rae Gun Ramblings Reply

    July 31, 2013 at 8:33 am

    Okay on my list for the weekend: make banana bread!

  • Amber @ Dessert Now, Dinner Later! Reply

    July 31, 2013 at 8:50 am

    OH! I was wondering what the croutons were for! Yummy! Great idea!

  • Audra @ Painless Meals Reply

    July 31, 2013 at 9:06 am

    Oh my goodness, so creative! Banana Bread Croutons! I’m intrigued!

    • Jesseca Reply

      July 31, 2013 at 5:50 pm

      check out that post from monday

  • Holly Waterfall Reply

    July 31, 2013 at 12:35 pm

    How wonderfully brilliant! I see creative recipes like this and wonder, “why didn’t I think of that?!” This looks so delicious and would be sure to please any crowd.

    • Jesseca Reply

      July 31, 2013 at 5:49 pm

      Thanks holly!

  • Lisa @ Charlie The Cavalier Reply

    July 31, 2013 at 1:05 pm

    This would be a great for me!

  • Kami Reply

    July 31, 2013 at 1:09 pm

    I’m going to make this for a dessert! It looks fabulous!

    • Jesseca Reply

      July 31, 2013 at 5:49 pm

      It should be classified as a dessert. But I love anything sweet first thing in the morning :0)

  • Paula@SweetPea Reply

    July 31, 2013 at 1:13 pm

    This looks delicious and I’ll bet that it smells so good while baking.

    • Jesseca Reply

      July 31, 2013 at 5:48 pm

      It does for sure! If we were going to sell our house this would be what is cooking while doing walk through’s. Don’t they say that a great smelling house sells faster??

  • Jess Reply

    July 31, 2013 at 1:56 pm

    This is pure genius-ness! Yummy!!

    • Jesseca Reply

      July 31, 2013 at 5:48 pm

      Thank you! I thought it was a little cleaver :0)

  • Alison Moore Smith Reply

    July 31, 2013 at 2:32 pm

    I am NOT a banana bread (or any bread with “stuff” in it) fan, but I am telling you the REST of my family would FLIP over this. The question is: am I selfless enough to cook it for them! 😉

    • Jesseca Reply

      July 31, 2013 at 5:47 pm

      I hear ya. It took me a long time to start to like banana bread. My son is a huge fan though, so I’ve slowly started to like it!

  • Kathleen Clegg Reply

    July 31, 2013 at 2:46 pm

    I can think of lots of people in my family who would love this! I wonder if I used Gluten Free flour if it would be as good?! I may have to try that out and see. 🙂

    • Jesseca Reply

      July 31, 2013 at 5:43 pm

      I like King Arthur gluten free. I’ve tried a lot of the other flours and that one seems to have a better flavor.

  • Yvonne Reply

    July 31, 2013 at 8:39 pm

    This looks yummy!! Love your photos 🙂

  • Pamela Campbell` Reply

    August 2, 2013 at 9:31 am

    Well, I guess I will have to try this one and not up in Utah but here in California. Don’t know if it will taste as good as wen you make it but I just have to try it.

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  • Calvin Reply

    May 13, 2015 at 1:39 pm

    Omg this is delicious! No it’s not fancy, but it sure is yummy! I took others advice and added more onion (medium diced), a dollop of mayo to the egg mixture. Plus I bought all white tuna $1.28 a can. So easy and really good. My friend and kids loved it. I loved it too 🙂 Great Lenten meal. Thanks for sharing.

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