This deliciously decadent banana bread French toast is perfect for your next breakfast, brunch, or special occasion. It doesn’t get any better than toasted banana bread loaded with bananas, whipped cream, and golden caramel sauce!

banana bread French toast recipe

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Toasted banana bread

Is there anything better than banana bread for breakfast or brunch? YES! And it’s banana bread French toast. With this easy recipe, you get the best of both worlds: sumptuous, moist banana bread and crispy, warm French toast. You’re going to love this perfectly sweet and delicious treat!

Making French toast is a great way to breathe new life into leftover banana bread. In this post, I’ll walk you through how to make French toast with banana bread, as well as a few serving suggestions to round out your breakfast.

banana bread French toast ingredients

Ingredients

Banana bread French toast looks oh so fancy but comes together with a super simple list of ingredients. Scroll down to the recipe card below for the exact quantities. Here’s what you’ll need:

  • Banana bread: 2-to-3-day old, stale banana bread is perfect for this recipe. By the way, if you’re looking for good recipes, try our condensed milk banana bread or Bisquick banana bread. I bake them all the time and my family loves them.
  • Milk: Any type of milk will work. I like whole milk, but 2% or skim is fine too. You can also use a dairy-free alternative such as almond milk or oat milk.
  • Eggs: You need 3 large eggs so the banana bread has enough liquid to soak up before frying.
  • Vanilla extract: You can’t go wrong with a touch of vanilla when it comes to banana French toast.
  • Butter: For the best taste, fry in butter. Alternately, use cooking spray, vegetable oil, or coconut oil.

I didn’t add any sugar because banana bread is usually plenty sweet. Plus, you can load up your French toast with sweet toppings. Still, feel free to add 2-3 tablespoons of white granulated sugar for a hint of sweetness.

banana bread French toast

How to make banana bread French toast

This banana bread French toast will have you scraping your plate clean and asking for seconds. It’s the perfect recipe for leftover banana bread and will be a hit at your next family breakfast or brunch. Let’s make it!

step 1 mix egg mixture

#1 Step: Mix egg mixture

  • In a large mixing bowl, whisk together the milk, eggs, and vanilla extract. Make sure the ingredients are well combined and smooth after whisking.
  • Tip: Choose a mixing bowl that is wide enough for a slice of banana bread to lay flat on the bottom of the bowl.
step 2 preheat pan

#2 Step: Preheat pan

  • Heat a large nonstick pan or skillet over medium heat. Add a tablespoon of butter and let it melt before frying your banana bread.
step 3 dip banana bread

#3 Step: Dip + fry

  • Dip a slice of banana bread into the egg-milk mixture, making sure to get both sides fully coated.
  • Then place the bread carefully into the hot pan. Cook each banana bread for 2 to 3 minutes per side, until crispy and golden brown. Repeat until done.
step 4 fry French toast

#4 Step: Garnish + enjoy

  • Serve the banana bread French toast warm and top with your desired garnishes. It’s absolutely delicious with whipped cream, banana slices, walnuts, and a drizzle of caramel sauce.
banana nut French toast

Tip for success

There are a couple of tips I want to share with you that will make your banana bread French toast perfect!

  • Cut the banana bread thick: The thicker the slices are, the chewier and more delicious your French toast will be after you fry it.
  • Let it soak: After you’ve mixed the custard mixture, flip the banana bread a couple of times, so it soaks up all the moisture and flavors. And be sure to let any excess liquid drip from the slices.
  • Cook slowly: Be patient when it comes to cooking your banana bread. If you fry the banana bread at too high of a temperature, you might burn the outside while the inside is still soggy. Instead, fry the French toast on medium to low heat and let it cook from the inside out.
  • Substitutes for banana bread: This easy French toast recipe also works with other sweet breads like pumpkin bread, apple bread, or peanut butter bread.
toasted banana bread

Toppings for banana bread French toast

Now that you’ve whipped up a delicious batch of banana bread French toast, it’s time to top these yummy slices with even more yumminess. Here are a few tasty ideas to try:

  • Bananas: Enjoying your fried banana bread with fresh bananas is a no-brainer. Just cut a banana into round coins and serve alongside your French toast.
  • Caramelized bananas take it one step further. Cut 2 bananas into slices and roll in 4 tablespoons of brown sugar. Melt 2 tablespoons butter in a pan and cook the bananas until golden brown.
  • Cinnamon sugar: We all know cinnamon and bananas go well together. Sprinkle cinnamon sugar over your warm French toast for extra flavor and sweetness.
  • Whipped cream: Fluffy whipped cream pairs beautifully with hot French toast.
  • Ice cream: I love the contrast between the warm toasted banana bread and cold ice cream. Choose any flavor you like. My personal favorite is butter pecan.
  • Sweet sauce: Drizzle your banana French toast with maple syrup, caramel sauce, or chocolate sauce.
  • Nuts: Add crunch and texture. Chopped walnuts, pecans, and almonds are tasty options.
  • Chocolate chips: For chocolate aroma and added texture, sprinkle a handful chocolate chips over your leftover banana bread French toast.
  • Other fruit: Garnish your dish with strawberries, peaches, blueberries, raspberries, or any fruits that go well with bananas.
banana bread French toast bake

Serving suggestions

What to serve with banana bread for breakfast? Round out your banana bread breakfast with fruit salad, scrambled eggs, crispy bacon, potato hash, and egg muffins. Banana walnut French toast really goes well with all of your sweet and savory breakfast favorites!

Storage instructions

How to store banana bread French toast

Let your fried banana bread slices cool entirely. Then transfer them into an airtight food container and seal. Store in the refrigerator for 2 to 3 days.

To reheat: I love reheating French toast in the toaster. Simply toast on medium until nice and crispy.

Can you freeze banana bread toast?

Yes, banana nut French toast is a great breakfast to freeze for later. Follow these easy steps:

  1. First, let the banana bread cool completely.
  2. Wrap 2 slices (1 serving) in plastic wrap (cling film) and place in a freezer-safe bag.

Store in the freezer for 2 to 3 months and let defrost overnight in the fridge.

Yield: 4 servings

Banana Bread French Toast Recipe

banana bread French toast

This deliciously decadent banana bread French toast is perfect for your next breakfast, brunch, or special occasion. It doesn’t get any better than toasted banana bread loaded with bananas, whipped cream, and golden caramel sauce!

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes

Ingredients

  • 3 large eggs
  • 1/2 cup 120 ml / 4 fl oz milk (any kind)
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 8 thick-cut slices banana bread
  • 2 tbsp butter (or as much as needed to grease the pan)

Instructions

  1. Mix egg mixture. In a large mixing bowl, whisk together the milk, eggs, and vanilla extract. Make sure the ingredients are well combined and smooth after whisking.
    Tip: Choose a mixing bowl that is wide enough for a slice of banana bread to lay flat on the bottom of the bowl.
  2. Preheat pan. Heat a large nonstick pan or skillet over medium heat. Add a tablespoon of butter and let it melt before frying your banana bread.
  3. Dip + fry. Dip a slice of banana bread into the egg-milk mixture, making sure to get both sides fully coated. Then place the bread carefully into the hot pan. Cook each banana bread for 2 to 3 minutes per side, until crispy and golden brown. Repeat until done.
  4. Garnish + enjoy. Serve the banana bread French toast warm and top with your desired garnishes. It’s absolutely delicious with whipped cream, banana slices, walnuts, and a drizzle of caramel sauce.

Nutrition Information:

Yield:

4

Serving Size:

1

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 183Total Fat: 12gSaturated Fat: 7gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 5gCholesterol: 170mgSodium: 171mgCarbohydrates: 12gFiber: 0gSugar: 6gProtein: 7g

Banana bread French toast bake

If you want to make this ahead of time, turn the recipe into a leftover banana bread French toast casserole! Let me show you what to do:

  1. Grease a 9×13-in / 23×33 cm casserole dish well with butter.
  2. Cut 1 loaf of banana bread into 1-in / 2.5 cubes and arrange in the greased baking dish, creating an even layer.
  3. Whisk together 5 eggs, 2 cups milk, 1 teaspoon vanilla extract, and 5 tablespoons of sugar until well combined.
  4. Pour the egg mixture over the banana bread pieces. You can bake your French toast casserole right away or cover it with plastic wrap and refrigerate it overnight.
  5. When you’re ready to serve, preheat the oven to 350°F / 180°C / gas mark 4. Let the soaked banana bread warm up on the counter while your oven preheats.
  6. Then bake for 25 to 35 minutes, until the custard is cooked and the top looks golden brown. Enjoy!
banana toast recipe

Reasons to love banana nut French toast

  • Uplevel your regular French toast: Making French toast with banana bread is a game-changer. It’s so flavorful and looks good enough to be served at a restaurant.
  • Quick + easy: 5 ingredients, a hot pan, and 20 minutes are all you need to whip up this recipe.
  • Avoid food waste: This banana bread French toast is a delicious opportunity to use up banana bread that is past its prime and would go to waste otherwise.
  • Make it your own: You can serve toasted banana bread with a plethora of toppings. Top it with any type of sauce, fruit, or sweet garnish you’d like.
banana walnut French toast

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