Are you ready to make banana french toast with crispy edges and fluffy centers? I’ve got just the recipe.
My kids adore french toast, and while making some the other morning, I decided to add two lonely bananas to the egg and milk batter. It turned out to be one of the best batches ever!
Can You Make French Toast with Bananas?
Bananas make GREAT french toast and not just as a topping. In this recipe, they are blended into the batter so every bite of toast is infused with delicious flavor while the natural sugars caramelize and help the edges turn golden-crisp.
I guarantee this will be your new favorite way to use overripe bananas, and it’s just as easy to whip up as regular french toast. So, grab a cup of coffee, and let’s get breakfast started.
Banana French Toast Ingredients
Here’s everything you’ll need to make an epic batch of banana french toast:
- Ripe bananas: are sweeter and have a more intense flavor. You’ll also need a less ripe banana to slice and top over the toast.
- Eggs: essential for fluffy french toast.
- Vanilla extract: compliments the banana and cinnamon.
- Cinnamon: is it french toast without cinnamon?
- Milk: use regular milk or your favorite non-dairy option.
- Thick bread: is sturdier and soaks up the banana-egg mixture without getting soggy.
- Cooking spray or butter: to grease your cooking surface.
- Maple syrup: to drizzle over your stack of french toast.
If french toast is a breakfast staple in your house, you should also try my recipe for french toast without milk. It’s great for mornings when you find no milk in the fridge, but the kids still want crispy slices of toast.
How to Make French Toast with Bananas
To make this french toast happen, you’ll need a blender to turn the bananas, milk, and eggs into a smooth batter, but it goes quick. Here’s what to do:
Add the bananas, eggs, vanilla, cinnamon, and milk to a blender and blend until smooth. Transfer the mixture to a large baking dish.
- Soak the bread
Place the bread into the mixture and let the slices soak for 2 minutes on both sides. Meanwhile, heat a large non-stick pan or griddle over medium heat.
- Cook until golden
Once the griddle is hot, spray with oil or grease with butter. Place 3 to 4 slices into the pan or more on a griddle and cook for 2 to 3 minutes until the bottom is golden. Flip and cook for an additional 2 minutes until the middles are puffy and the liquid is absorbed.
Stack the french toast onto a plate, top with the sliced bananas, and drizzle with maple syrup.
Success Tips for Perfect Banana French Toast
Before you start cooking, check out these tips so your banana french toast turns out perfect every time:
Use hearty bread
Bread like Texas toast, Brioche, Challah, and French bread are sturdy and can hold more of the egg mixture without getting soggy. In a pinch, you can make this recipe with regular sandwich bread, but the slices will only need to soak for about 30 seconds on each side.
Don’t let the bread soak too long
Let the bread sit in the egg mixture long enough so it soaks up just enough egg batter, but it’s not completely drenched.
Grease the cooking surface
Even if you are using a nonstick surface, you’ll want to add cooking spray or butter so the edges are golden instead of black and burnt.
Fluffy Banana French Toast
- 2 small ripe bananas
- 4 eggs
- 1 ½ teaspoons vanilla extract
- 1 ½ teaspoons cinnamon
- ¼ cup milk
- 8 slices of thick bread
- Oil spray or butter, for cooking
- Maple syrup, for serving
- 1 banana, sliced, for serving
- In a blender, place banana, eggs, vanilla, cinnamon, and milk. Blend to combine into a smooth mixture.
- Pour mixture into a large 9×13 baking dish. Place bread slices in the mixture (depending on the bread used, you might need to do this in batches).
- Leat the bread slices soak up the mixture for a couple of minutes, flip, and soak up the mixture on the other side.
- Heat a large non-stick pan or griddle over medium heat. Once hot, spray with oil or melt butter. Place 3 to 4 bread slices on the pan or more on a griddle, and cook for 2 to 3 minutes, without moving the bread, until the bottom is golden and flips easily.
- Flip the banana french toast slices and cook the underside for an additional 2 minutes, until the middles are puffy and the liquid mixture it absorbed is cooked through. Remove onto a plate and repeat the process with the remaining bread slices if necessary.
- Serve with maple syrup and banana slices, optional.