Breakfast

Easy Banana French Toast

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I love cooking breakfast on the weekends. Weekdays are filled with so much running around and getting out the door that we are lucky with the oatmeal or toast we get. But weekends, I love to relax a bit and cook something that sticks to the ribs. Of course, it doesn’t hurt that this recipe is sooo easy. If you have a banana lover in the family, you have to give this a try!

Recipe tips

There are a few important things to note with this recipe.

1. Don’t skip the Almond extract. I know the recipe does not call for much, but it adds another layer of flavor to the french toast that you will miss. If you don’t have it, snag a bottle here- this is what I use:

2. Bread matters. Don’t use that wheaty seedy bread that you may use normally. Been there, done that and it is gross. You want a thick cut bread, like french bread. Something that will soak up that egg batter and puff up a bit after it’s cooked.

3. Cook on a lower setting for longer. Do not make the mistake of cooking it too high and then burning the outsides while leaving the middle uncooked. Medium-low heat for longer is the way to go.

Detailed Instructions

It is important to “preheat” your pan. There is nothing more annoying than cooking your first two pieces perfectly and then burning the next few because the cooktop finally came to temperature. Preheat your cooktop and pan to medium low heat.

While the pan is heating up lets prep the egg mixture. First, mash your bananas. It should be a consistency like you see when making banana bread. See mine below:

Next, add in the almond extract and stir well. Then, mix in the eggs and milk and stir until well combined. Add the cinnamon if you like too. I am a cinnamon lover, so I add it whenever possible to every recipe. Your final egg mixture should look something like this:

Now you are ready to soak your bread! Make sure to stir your mixture well in between each piece of bread. If you don’t, you will end up with an uneven distribution of banana chunks and some pieces will have more banana flavor, while others have less. Give the bread a good minute in the mixture to make sure it has really soaked it up well. Turn it over and ensure that it is evenly coated on both sides.

Once you have done this, add the french toast to the pan and cook. Again- on medium low. (have I stressed this enough?) One thing that I find really handy is that I also set my oven to 170 degrees F and as my french toast is cooking, I add it to a pan in the oven. This keeps all the pieces nice and toasty while I am finishing the others. Once they are all finished, arrange them as you like and top with the remaining banana pieces and ta-da you are finished. Serve with butter, syrup etc and even your spouse’s favorite coffee mug.

Easy Banana French Toast

Breakfast American
By Kelsie Rudnick Serves: 4
Prep Time: 15 minutes Cooking Time: 20 minutes Total Time: 35 minutes

An upgrade from your standard french toast, this recipe is a must have for all banana lovers.

Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 bananas + 1/2 banana for garnish
  • 5 eggs
  • 2-3 TBS milk
  • 1/4 tsp almond extract
  • cinnamon to taste
  • 8 pieces french toast bread

Instructions

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1.Pull out a pan and set your cooktop to medium low heat

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2. Mash bananas to mushy consistency (see photo above)

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3. add almond extract and mix well

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4. add in eggs and milk and stir until well combined

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(optional) add cinnamon as desired

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5. add bread in egg batter one at a time. Allow plenty of time for bread to soak up the batter and ensure the mixture is coated well from both sides.

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6. add french toast to pan and cook on medium low heat until cooked through

 

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2 Comments

  • Reply
    Karen Hranac
    February 26, 2020 at 3:20 pm

    I am literally so excited to try the banana French toast recipe. And with almond extract, oh my goodness~ Thanks Kelsie! Trader Joe’s vanilla bean maple syrup will be the finishing touch!

    • Reply
      kelsie@thethriftykitchen.com
      February 26, 2020 at 7:26 pm

      Karen, That sounds amazing! Can’t wait to hear what you think of the recipe!

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