Banana Bread French Toast

Banana bread French toast is exactly what it sounds like. It’s made from—yep, you guessed it—banana bread! On top are vanilla-infused maple syrup and dollops of lemon sour cream. Pro tip: Don’t think about the calories.

A stack of four slices of banana bread French toast dripping with maple syrup and topped with sour cream

This behemoth stack of French toast, made from thickly sliced banana bread, is quick and easy and crazy satiating. It’s accompanied by a lovely vanilla-infused maple syrup, which almost rivals the banana bread French toast itself in ingenuity. (If you’re the lazy or uber efficient sort, you can make a bigger batch of syrup to keep on hand at all times. Simply split an entire vanilla bean, scrape the seeds into a bottle of maple syrup, close it, and shake it up a bit. It’ll be ready in a matter of hours or, for a more intense flavor, days. Keep it on hand for last-minute breakfast emergencies.)–Renee Schettler

Banana Bread French Toast

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  • Serves 1
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  • For the French toast
  • For the gloppy toppings


For the French toast

In a bowl, beat the eggs, milk, and cinnamon until well combined.

Thoroughly coat the slices of bread with the egg mixture, turning to coat all sides and allowing any excess to drip off. There’s no need to let the bread soak, as this recipe is all about instant gratification.

In a large nonstick or cast-iron skillet, melt the butter over medium to medium-high heat until barely foamy. Cook for about 2 minutes on each side.

Make the gloppy toppings

While the French toast is in the skillet, warm the maple syrup and the vanilla bean—both the seeds and the pod—in a small saucepan over medium-low heat for a few minutes. Remove and discard the pod.

Then whip the lemon zest and sour cream until thick–really thick–so the cream won’t just melt into the hot French toast upon contact.

Stack the French toast on a plate and smother it with the maple syrup, allowing the syrup to drip down the sides of the stack. Glop a big spoonful of lemon sour cream on top. Grab your fork. Originally published February 24, 2012.

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Recipe Testers' Reviews

This recipe is a GREAT use for the end of a loaf of banana bread. The optional lemon sour cream really added a nice extra dimension to the overall appeal of this take on French toast. Ingredients you already have on hand, easy and quick to prepare, AND out of the ordinary—well suited to brunch for guests.

For nondairy diners, I would suggest almond or peanut butter thinned with honey as a topping. When I prepare this next time, I will decrease the thickness of the bread from 2 to 1 1/2 inches, just for ease of eating.


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  1. I tried out a new recipe for banana bread from my sister last weekend. It was pretty good, but became fabulous when I turned it into french toast with this recipe. The Sour Cream/Lemon Sauce was kick ass. I doubled or tripled the amount of lemon zest.

    Banana Bread French Toast

  2. Oh wow. I make a pretty mean French toast (if I may say so myself) and I always buy banana bread. I never thought of putting them together. Clever idea! But I like my banana bread pretty moist.

    1. Perhaps you could slice your uber moist banana bread and leave it out on the counter overnight prior to turning it into French toast? That may help ensure the French toast isn’t soggy, Glutton on a Budget. (Love your blog, by the way. Love it.)

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