What’s better than a hot loaf of homemade banana bread? Turning that banana bread into the ultimate recipe for Banana Bread French Toast!
Get ready to experience banana bread like you’ve never experienced it before. I’m talking about one recipe, three ways. The option you choose depends entirely on how badly you want to swap your slim-fit jeans for anything with an elastic waistband. (Full-on spandex over here, please!)
Option 1: Keep it simple by baking this tried and tested recipe for basic banana bread. If you’re feeling a bit wild, stir in ½ cup of any of the following: pecans, walnuts, chocolate chips, peanut butter chips or sweetened coconut flakes.
Option 2: Get your streusel on by sprinkling the batter with a quick-fix crumble topping. In a small bowl, combine ½ cup all-purpose flour, ½ cup packed light brown sugar and 4 tablespoons butter (slightly softened and cut into pieces). Work the mixture together with a fork until it resembles pea-sized crumbles and sprinkle it atop the batter before baking.
Option 3: Ready to make the jump from JV to Varsity? Start with either Option 1 or Option 2, then slice, batter and fry the bread for the ultimate Banana Bread French Toast.
My pick? I’d stir in pecans, walnuts, chocolate chips, peanut butter chips and toasted coconut, crumble on the streusel topping, batter and fry the slices, and then top them with fresh fruit and a drizzle of maple syrup. Go big or go home, right?
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- 2 cups all-purpose flour
- 3/4 cup sugar
- 3/4 teaspoon baking soda
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 3 ripe bananas, mashed well (about 1 ½ cups)
- 1/4 cup buttermilk
- 6 large eggs, divided
- 6 Tablespoons unsalted butter, melted and cooled, plus additional for frying
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 3/4 cup whole milk
- 2 teaspoons cinnamon
- Maple syrup, for serving
- Preheat the oven to 350°F.
- Line a 9x5-inch loaf pan with parchment paper so that it hangs over on the longer sides then grease the parchment paper with cooking spray.
- In a large bowl, whisk together the flour, sugar, baking soda and salt.
- In a separate medium bowl, whisk together the mashed bananas, buttermilk, 2 eggs, melted butter and vanilla extract until well combined.
- Lightly fold the banana mixture into the dry ingredients with a rubber spatula just until combined.
- Scrape the batter into the prepared loaf pan. Bake the banana bread for about 55 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted comes out clean.
- Allow the banana bread to cool fully, then use the parchment paper overhangs to life it out of the pan. Slice the loaf into 1/2-inch-thick slices.
- In a medium shallow pan, whisk together the remaining 4 eggs with the whole milk and cinnamon.
- Heat a large non-stick pan over medium heat. Add 2 to 3 tablespoons of butter to the pan.
- Dip one of the slices of banana bread into the egg mixture, coating it on both sides. Allow the excess liquid to drip off then add the bread to the hot pan.
- Cook the French toast for about 3 minutes per side, then repeat the coating and frying process (adding more butter to the pan as needed) with the remaining slices of bread.
- Top the French toast with maple syrup and serve.
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Banana bread recipe adapted from Cook's Illustrated.
Can you substitute all purpose flour for wheat flour?
Hi Christine! I wouldn’t recommend substituting more than 25 percent with whole-wheat flour or the texture of the banana bread will suffer.
Everyone in my family loved this!
Awesome! Thanks so much for rating it, Jane!
It looks yummy
Thanks so much, Thandeka!
Just finished making this, it exceeded my expectations!!!! My whole family loved it, I made the bread in the morning, let it cool for an hour while I prepped the other breakfast items. Loved how it came together quickly. This ones a keeper!
A liberal teaspoon of rum or rum extract makes banana bread heavenly….takes it to a whole new level!
I love banana bread :)
Here’s anther recipe you might like.
Thanks for sharing,
Just made this! Amazing! My husband has a new breakfast favourite :)
Made this recipe today and my family went nuts! Love your stuff! :)
I think ill take option 3 and elastic wasitband? haha dont even get me started :P
Want to try the banana bread french toast also.
Just stopping to say that I have bought your book today and I can’t wait to read it.
Thank you so much, Marie! I can’t wait to hear your thoughts :)
This is my kind of breakfast!
Wow wow wow, genius!!! Taking banana bread to the next level!!
WOW, this takes banana bread and french toast to a whole other level. Cannot wait to try this! Oh, and I’ve officially ordered your book, can’t wait to get that in the mail!
Thank you so much, Rachel! I can’t wait to hear your thoughts on the book. And don’t hesitate to be in touch if you ever have questions :) I’m at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Be still my heart! Banana bread french toast…pure genius! I love french toast…faster than pancakes and a quick delivery method for pure maple syrup. ;)
New follower (we met at FBF), and I’ll definitely be back.
Hi Denise! Thanks so much for your sweet comment and it’s so great to be in touch after FBF :)
“Moo moo, party of one” LOL! Looks amazing. I’m with you. I can’t wait to try this.
Thanks, Rachel! I’m loving all of the new content features on your site :)