Banana Bread French Toast for Dinner

Banana Bread French Toast

This recipe for banana bread has been my go-to for over a decade. My mom gifted me with a cookbook for Christmas one year and it is filled with recipes for bread, desserts, cake, meals and more. The best part about this recipe book is that the recipes are all delicious and easy to do. I have yet to cook or bake one of the recipes that is bad. For dinner tonight, we decided to try something completely new, I made French Toast out of Banana bread.

Like most kitchens, on our counter we have a banana tree. This banana stand gets used daily, either by bananas being pulled off to eat or by bananas just sitting there waiting to be eaten. Whatever the case, we seem to always have bananas sitting on the tree in some state of ripeness. Sometimes the bananas stay WAY too long and get WAY too many spots and are at high risk of peeling themselves open and then falling down onto the countertop. Can you relate? Your people eat three a day or one a month. It is like there is no in-between. Therefore, we had bananas that were doomed to be made into bread, which, in my opinion, is not a bad way to go.

banana bread french toast with syrup and butter on white plate
Banana bread French toast!

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As today is Labor Day, I was not able to go grocery shopping like a typical Monday. So, what was left in our fridge but two dozen eggs, ham slices, milk, syrup and some other random foods. By the end of our grocery week our kitchen pantry levels are pretty sparse, and I hope we are not the only family that has this predicament every once in a while. As we always have a good stockpile of flour, making breads and bread-foods is quite easy. For example, I quite often make breads for grilled cheese or sandwiches when I just cannot get to the store.

Banana Bread Recipe

Ingredients for Banana Bread

3 very ripe bananas
3/4 cup brown sugar
dash of salt
1 egg
1/4 cup melted butter
1 tsp baking soda
1 Tbsp water
2 cups flour
Cinnamon and Vanilla (Optional)
Non-stick spray
4X8 pan

all the ingredients on countertop to make banana bread
Ingredients you will need.

Banana Bread Directions

1. Peel three bananas and then place them into a large bowl. Using really ripe bananas is key to making a delicious banana bread! We had six bananas that were super ripe, so this recipe was doubled and made two loaves.

six bananas peeled in a KitchenAid bowl
Nice and ripe bananas!

2. Mash bananas with a fork or mix with the KitchenAid mixer with the paddle attachment. I LOVE my KitchenAid mixer for this recipe because it mixes and makes the batter in only a few minutes.

bananas mashed in mixer bowl
It only takes a few passes of the mixer to mash super ripe bananas.

3. Add a dash of salt and then mix to combine.

salt added to bananas in bowl
Just a dash will do!

4. Mix 1 egg into the bananas. This was a doubled recipe, as there are two eggs. The easiest way to add eggs to a batter is by cracking an egg into a separate bowl and then add it to the batter, this helps avoid any shells in the mix.

eggs added to bananas in bowl
I doubled this recipe so mixed in two eggs.

5. Melt 1/4 cup butter in a microwavable dish and then slowly add to the bowl and combine. Warm butter needs to be added at a tiny amount at first to acclimate the mixture to the warmth; and so, it does not start to cook the eggs prematurely, no one wants premature scrambled eggs.

6. In a separate bowl, mix together 1 tsp baking soda with 1 Tbsp water, and when combined pour into bowl and mix into the banana bread contents.

water and baking soda mixed together in small bowl on countertop
1 tsp baking soda and 1 Tbsp water.

7. If desired, add 1/2 tsp vanilla and a dash of cinnamon, then mix to combine.

jar of ground cinnamon on countertop
You can’t go wrong adding a dash of cinnamon!

8. Pour 1 cup of flour into the bowl and mix on slow until just combined.

9. Add the second cup of flour and then mix on slow.

10. Pour the batter into a sprayed pan and then spread it out with a spatula. My favorite spatulas are from Rachel Ray, and I have had them for so many years, and they are sturdy, silicone, dishwasher safe and the tops even come off for easier cleaning. Check out the prices on this amazing orange spatula set on Amazon as they are often a different price. Plus, the quick shipping, easy returns and low prices are just the best.

banana bread mixture spread out between two separate baking pans
I doubled this recipe and made two loafs.

11. Bake the banana bread at 375 degrees for 45 minutes, then removed from the oven when a knife inserted in the middle comes out clean.

two loaves of banana bread baked and cooling on stovetop
SO DELICIOUS!!

French Toast Directions

*Pro-Tip: To make French toast out of banana bread, you first need to let the fully cooked loaf cool to the touch before you can cut it into slices. I let ours rest for twenty minutes and then cut the loaf into just shy of 1-inch slices.*

1. In a large bowl, crack a dozen eggs and then mix them with 1/2 cup milk, 1 tsp vanilla and 1 tsp cinnamon.
2. Warm a large griddle or skillet to 350 degrees.
3. Dip the slices of banana bread one at a time into the egg mixture and then carefully lay them on the griddle to cook. Make sure you wash your hands after dipping the slices into the egg to avoid any cross-contamination.

banana bread slices dipped in egg mixture then on skillet cooking

4. Cook 3-5 minutes on each side or until the faces of the bread are cooked.

cooking banana bread into French toast

5. Remove the fully cooked French toast from the griddle and then rest them on a serving plate.

plate of banana bread French toasts

6. Finally, serve with butter, syrup, peanut butter, chocolate syrup, banana slices or your favorite toppings.

plate filled with banana bread French toasts

For example, this was our families first time having banana bread French toast, so we tried it many ways! I can literally smell that picture! You guys, this banana bread French toast was the most delicious French toast ever, I am not kidding.
We ended up with only two pieces left, and those are the butt ends of the loaf. The pieces ended up being SO moist, the egg was seared on the outside perfectly and not soggy, and adding the butter and syrup just made it so delicious. As requested, banana bread French toast will be added to our menu planner! If you have littles, or big kids, and you want to surprise them with a delicious meal that is more like dessert, I recommend you making this banana bread French toast and please, let me know how you like it! I am so thrilled with how it turned out.
Enjoy!
~Monica

Banana Bread Recipe

Ingredients

3 very ripe bananas
3/4 cup brown sugar
dash of salt
1 egg
1/4 cup melted butter
1 tsp baking soda
1 Tbsp water
2 cups flour
Cinnamon and Vanilla (Optional)
Non-stick spray
4X8 pan

Banana Bread Directions

1. Firstly, peel bananas and then place into a large bowl.
2. Secondly, mash bananas with a fork or mix with a KitchenAid mixer with the paddle attachment.
3. Add a dash of salt and then mix to combine.
4. Crack an egg into a bowl then mix the egg into the bananas, doing so helps reduce any shells in the batter.
5. Melt 1/4 cup butter in a microwavable dish and then slowly add to the bowl and combine.
6. In a separate bowl, mix together 1 tsp baking soda with 1 Tbsp water, then pour this mixture into the KitchenAid mixing bowl and combine.
7. If desired, add 1/2 tsp vanilla and then a dash of cinnamon.
8. Pour 1 cup of flour into the bowl and mix on slow until just combined.
9. Add the second cup of flour and then mix on slow, making sure to not overmix.
10. Pour into a sprayed pan and spread it out with a spatula.
11. Bake at 375 degrees for 45 minutes or until a knife inserted comes out clean.

two loaves of banana bread in pans

French Toast Recipe

Pro-Tip: To make French toast out of banana bread, you first need to let the fully cooked loaf cool to the touch before you can cut slices. I let ours rest for twenty minutes and then cut the loaf into just shy of 1-inch slices.

French Toast Ingredients

12 eggs
1/2 cup milk
1 tsp cinnamon
1 tsp vanilla
Loaf of banana bread, sliced

Banana Bread French Toast Directions

1. In a large bowl, crack a dozen eggs and then mix them with 1/2 cup milk, 1 tsp vanilla and 1 tsp cinnamon.
2. Warm a large griddle on 350 degrees, then slice the banana bread.
3. Dip the slices of banana bread one at a time into the egg mixture and then carefully lay them on the griddle to cook.
4. Cook 3-5 minutes on each side or until the faces of the bread are cooked.
5. Remove the French toast from the griddle and then rest them on a serving plate.
6. Serve with butter, syrup, peanut butter, chocolate syrup, banana slices or your favorite toppings.
For example, this was our families first time having banana bread French toast, we tried it many ways!

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Published by Monica's Scratch Kitchen

I have not always had the skills to cook and bake from scratch. As a young wife, I bought every meal frozen or boxed and presented it to my husband with a flourish, believing myself a decadent cook. As our budget shrunk, and our family grew, I looked for ways to stretch our money to nourish our kids with the best for their hungry appetites. Hoping to find recipes and meals that they would love to eat. Through the last 5 years, I have learned so many cooking and baking lessons, and experienced many wins and failures. Come along with me on this journey as I share my recipes that work, how to make them on the cheap, and my tips and tricks to get my kids to eat homemade deliciousness! I will also share updates to our house that we have done in the last year since our move. With one income, we do most of the work ourselves and with amazing family and friends to help out, cutting costs but keeping style and money in the bank! I am a wife and mother of 3 boys and 1 princess. When I was a kid, I remember being asked what I wanted to be or do when I grew up. My response was, "a mom", and I am proud to grow up and be a mom to 4 amazing kids! Samuel is 11, Matthew is 8, Levi is 4, and Elliana is almost 2. We have been blessed to have kids who love to explore foods, to try new recipes, and enjoy helping us around the house. With 4 kids, you better believe they help clean! My husband Tyler and I have been married almost 13 years. We love our kids, we love outdoors, camping, canoeing, grilling, watching movies, and just hanging out making memories. A few years ago I gifted Tyler with his own "menu" book, where we write meals and foods we have loved to eat. Weekly our family decides what our meals will be and I make up a grocery list with what we need. It literally is my favorite chore! I love to shop, so shopping for food on a budget is my biggest win! Thank you for taking the time and visiting my site, Subscribe so you do not miss a post! Keep coming back to hear about new recipes, updates on our home, fun times with our kids, and how to make homemade deliciousness! ~Monica

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