Easy Bananas Foster French Toast Recipe

This Bananas Foster French Toast is a decadent simple French toast that is smothered in warm caramelized bananas.

bananas foster french toast on a platter

On a cozy weekend morning, you can often find me in the kitchen, creating some form of special breakfast for us to enjoy. My daughter, nearby watching cartoons and patiently waiting on me. My most often go-to breakfasts to make are my sourdough pancakes or this wonderful puff pancake that is one of the simplest of things to make. On extra special mornings, I make this. Bananas Foster French toast. 

Not that it is any more complicated to make. Rather I don’t always have the bananas available to make the banana topping for this next level French toast. 

This decadent French toast with warm bananas piled on top can easily be made into a dessert by adding a scoop of vanilla ice cream or whipped cream even. I like to use leftover homemade bread like this sourdough boule however, any store-bought loaf will do.

Bananas Foster French Toast Is

  • Simple to make and one of our favorite breakfast recipes.
  • A delicious twist on classic French toast.
  • Perfect for Sunday morning or special occasions.
  • A complete crowd pleaser, kids love it!
  • A great way to use leftover homemade bread or ripe bananas.
  • A delicious breakfast made with basic ingredients.

Ingredients

Bananas- Because you can’t have bananas foster without them. Use fresh, bright yellow, still firm bananas for this. Bananas that have begun to brown will not hold up well in the pan and don’t have the texture needed for this recipe.

Brown Sugar- You can use either light brown or dark brown sugar for this recipe.

Eggs– I use large eggs for this recipe. If you have medium eggs add an extra one to make sure there is enough batter.

Bread- I like to use sliced buttermilk bread or a French loaf for this recipe. French toast is also a great way to use up homemade sourdough bread loaves. Or any stale bread including white bread, or brioche bread.

Vanilla Extract- Use a good quality vanilla extract either store bought or homemade.

Cinnamon- Adds warmth and flavor to the French toast.

Nutmeg- I love to add a touch of nutmeg to the batter for added flavor. You can use pre-ground or fresh. Both are wonderful additions that pair beautifully with the cinnamon.

Milk- For batters, I opt to use whole milk or at the very least, 2% milk that way the batter is creamy in consistency. You can use half and half as well.

Butter- I tend to use either salted or unsalted butter for this as the salt in the butter is a nice balance with the sweetness in the dish. The most important thing is that you use real butter not margarine. What

ingredients to make bananas foster french toast

Directions

Begin by making the custard mixture by whisking together the milk, eggs, cinnamon, and nutmeg in a large bowl. Heat a large skillet with a tbsp. of butter over medium heat. Dip the slices of bread into the batter, allowing it to soak for a few seconds.

dipping bread into batter

Be sure to not add to the pan until the pan is properly heated and the butter is melted.

Cook each side of the French toast until golden brown. Continue adding 1 tbsp. of butter to the skillet between each batch of French toast.

flipping french toast pieces in a skillet

Place the French toast onto a shallow dish and set aside. Slice the bananas into thick slices and have them ready to add to the pan.

slicing bananas on a cutting board
butter and sugar melting in a pan

Wipe the pan out if needed and add 1/4 cup of butter for the Foster topping. Sprinkle 1/4 cup of brown sugar into the pan and mix it into the melted butter. As you stir, the sauce will form quickly.

woman adding sliced bananas to a skillet

Add the banana slices to the hot skillet and only allow them to cook for just a couple of seconds. Remove from the heat and stir them to make sure they are covered in the sauce.

sliced bananas cooking in butter and sugar

Pour the bananas and sauce over the French toast. Serve warm with real maple syrup.

bananas foster french toast on a platter

Cooking Notes

  • Use bright yellow bananas free from spots or browning.
  • Make sure the pan is heated and the butter is melted before adding the slices of French toast to the skillet.
  • Do not overcrowd the pan with bread slices. Instead cook them in batches, adding another tbsp. of butter in between batches. The butter will add flavor to the French toast as it cooks and keep your pan from sticking.
  • This recipe works great for sliced buttermilk bread, a French bread loaf, or leftover homemade sourdough bread.
  • If slicing bread from a large sourdough boule, it is a good idea to cut the slices in half for dipping and fitting into the skillet.

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Yield: 4 servings

Bananas Foster French Toast

bananas foster french toast on a platter

a decadent batter-dipped and pan-fried bread topped with caramelized bananas

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes

Ingredients

  • 8 slices of bread
  • 1 cup of milk
  • 3 large eggs
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp nutmeg
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup of butter
  • 3 firm yellow bananas
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar

Instructions

    1. Begin by making the custard mixture by whisking together the milk, eggs, cinnamon, and nutmeg in a large bowl.
    2. Heat a large skillet with a tbsp. or so of butter over medium heat.
    3. Dip the slices of bread into the batter, allowing it to soak into each slice for a few seconds. Be sure to not add to the pan until the pan is properly heated and the butter is melted.
    4. Cook each side of the French toast until golden brown. Add about a tbsp. of butter to the skillet between each batch (about a 1/4 cup total)
    5. Place the French toast onto a shallow dish and set aside.
    6. Cut the bananas into thick slices and have them ready to add to the pan.
    7. Wipe the pan out if needed and add 1/4 cup of butter for the Foster topping. Sprinkle in 1/4 cup of brown sugar over the melted butter. As you stir a sauce will form quickly.
    8. Add the banana slices to the skillet and only allow them to cook for just a couple of seconds.
    9. Remove from the heat and make sure they are covered in the sauce.
    10. Pour the bananas and sauce over the French toast.
    11. Serve warm with real maple syrup.

Notes

  • Use bright yellow bananas free from spots or browning.
  • Make sure the pan is heated and the butter is melted before adding the slices of French toast to the skillet.
  • Do not overcrowd the pan with bread slices. Instead cook them in batches, adding another tbsp of butter in between batches. The butter will add flavor to the French toast as it cooks and keep your pan from sticking.
  • This recipe works great for sliced white bread, a French bread loaf or leftover homemade white bread.

Nutrition Information:

Yield:

8

Serving Size:

1 slice

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 290Total Fat: 15gSaturated Fat: 9gTrans Fat: 1gUnsaturated Fat: 5gCholesterol: 103mgSodium: 286mgCarbohydrates: 33gFiber: 2gSugar: 14gProtein: 7g

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