Mother’s Day is just around the corner and what better way to celebrate than with the ultimate brunch dish? Combining the beloved New Orleans dessert with a Sunday favorite, Bananas Foster French Toast with Banana Bread is an instant classic.
Warm sticky bananas hugged in a buttery rum sauce, thick slices of cinnamon kissed banana bread dipped in a spiced vanilla custard will have your family flocking to the table. Just add a Cheesy Ham Hashbrown Casserole and mimosas, and you have a feast fit for a queen.
Why You’ll Love This Recipe
- Make Ahead – You can make the banana bread ahead of time and enjoy it as is and then create this recipe later in the week. This makes it easy to split up the prep while also enjoying the banana bread recipe in two completely different ways.
- Easy Process – There is nothing complicated about either the banana bread portion of this recipe, or creating the bananas Foster French toast. This is a perfect recipe for any level of baker and also a great way to get the kids into the kitchen.
- Accessible Ingredients – Looking for a way to use up those almost too ripe bananas? This is it. Besides bananas all you need is baking staples like flour, eggs, and sugar. You probably already have almost everything to create this towering stack of French toast at home!
All good things start with a dash of rum, including this fully loaded Bananas Foster French Toast with Banana Bread. Combining easily accessible ingredients with a simple process, this is going to be your new favorite way to enjoy banana bread.
- Flour – No need for anything fancy. Regular AP flour works for this recipe or a gluten free flour such as Bob’s Red Mill 1 to 1 Baking Flour.
- Baking Powder
- Cinnamon – Cinnamon brings warmth and spice to both the banana bread itself and also the custard mix for the French toast giving you a double dose of aromatic spice.
- Kosher Salt – Enhances all of the natural flavors of the ingredients.
- Bananas – You will want extremely ripe bananas for the banana bread and a firmer but ripe banana for the Bananas Foster topping.
- Sugar – Enhances the natural sweetness of the bananas and also sweetens the custard mixture for the French toast.
- Unsalted Butter – Along with the banana brings moisture to this banana bread recipe. It also adds richness to the Banana’s Foster sauce.
- Vanilla Extract – The higher the quality the vanilla, the more pronounced the flavor. Used in the banana bread itself and also the custard mix and topping.
- Walnuts –Give texture to both the banana bread and also the Bananas Foster sauce.
- Milk – Combined with eggs, this is the base for the custard sauce.
- Brown Sugar – Gives the topping its sticky, rich caramel flavor and texture.
- Spiced Rum – Gives the caramel portion of the sauce depth and warmth.
How to Make Bananas Foster French Toast with Banana Bread
This French toast recipe can be broken down into three easy components, baking up your banana bread, creating your custard and making the French toast, and then sauteing up the decadent and delicious Bananas Foster topping. Feel free to make the banana bread a day or two in advance which makes preparing this that much easier!
Time needed: 1 hour and 20 minutes
Homemade banana bread is transformed into French toast and topped with a decadent Bananas Foster sauce.
Preheat the oven to 375 degrees. Spray a loaf pan with nonstick baking spray and set aside.
- Wet Ingredients
Add your eggs and sugar to a bowl and mix until the sugar is mostly dissolved and the eggs are a little lighter in color. Add the bananas, vanilla, and butter and mix to combine.
- Dry Ingredients
Add all of your dry ingredients except for the nuts and mix until just combined. Fold in your walnuts.
Pour the banana bread batter into the prepared loaf pan. Allow it to bake for 30-40 minutes or until the top is lightly browned. Let cool completely.
Add all of the ingredients for the custard mix to a bowl and mix together until fully combined.
- French Toast
Slice the banana bread. Heat a large skillet over medium heat and melt a couple tablespoons of butter. Dip the bread into the custard mixture making sure both sides are fully coated. Add the bread to the hot pan, making sure not to over crowd. Let each side cook for about 3 minutes or until golden brown.
- Banana Foster
Now to the main event! heat a skillet over medium heat and add the butter, rum, salt, sugar, and vanilla. Allow it to cook while stirring until the sugar dissolves. Add in the nuts and bananas and cook for two minutes. Top your French toast!
Not a fan of walnuts? No problem! Feel free to make this same recipe with pecans.
Have fun with your toppings! While the bananas Foster sauce takes this French toast recipe over the top, you don’t have to add it. You can keep it traditional with a drizzle of maple syrup or dress it up as dessert with ice cream or whipped cream. Don’t forget the sprinkle of cinnamon!
How to Make This Recipe Dairy Free
You can make this recipe with either all dairy ingredients or make it completely dairy free. Use your favorite plant-based butter and oat milk for the French toast. Make sure to use an unflavored dairy free milk.
How to Make This Recipe Gluten Free
It’s easy to make this a gluten free banana bread. Use a 1 to 1 baking mix. The measurements will be the same. Bob’s Red Mill makes a great flour and is my go-to for both sweet and savory dishes.
How to Store Banana Bread
This recipe for bananas Foster French toast is epic and over the top, and it starts with the banana bread itself. You can make this banana bread just because, or make it for this recipe. Keep it tightly wrapped in plastic wrap and stored in an airtight container such as a zip top bag, and it will last for up to five days. Allow it to cool completely before wrapping.
How to Measure Bananas
We’ve all made banana bread or seen recipes that call for half a cup or a cup of bananas. But how much do you actually need when it comes to measuring bananas themselves? When it comes to measuring bananas, a recipe can state whether it’s chopped, or mashed, as in most banana bread recipes. However, they both measure slightly differently! Keep in mind that when adding bananas to a recipe more banana doesn’t equal more flavor. Instead, it could leave you with a dense or mushy finished product. Instead, you want to use the ripest bananas possible for the most intense banana flavor.
Here is an easy guide to use the next time you need to measure out fresh banana for a recipe.
- 1/2 banana: 1/3 cup chopped | 1/4 cup mashed
- 1 banana: 2/3 cup chopped | 1/2 cup mashed
- 1-1/2 bananas: 1 cup chopped | 3/4 cup mashed
- 2 bananas: 1-1/3 cups chopped | 1 cup mashed
- 3 bananas: 2 cups chopped | 1-1/2 cups mashed
- 4 bananas: 2-2/3 cups chopped | 2 cups mashed
Top Tips for Bananas Foster French Toast with Banana Bread
- Allow your butter to come to room temperature before mixing your banana bread batter.
- For the best texture, don’t overmix the banana bread. This will prevent it from becoming dense.
Bananas Foster French Toast with Banana Bread
- 1 mixing bowl/mixer
- 1 Loaf Pan
- 2 skillets
- 2 1/3 cups 1.1 Gluten Free flour
- 1 tbsp baking powder
- 3/4 tsp cinnamon
- 1/2 tsp kosher salt
- 3 ripe bananas large
- 1 1/3 cups sugar
- 3/4 cup unsalted butter, room temperature
- 2 eggs
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- 1/2 cup walnuts, chopped
- 1 egg
- 1 cup milk
- 1 tbsp sugar
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- 1 tsp cinnamon
- 2 tbsp butter
- 1/4 cup brown sugar
- pinch of salt
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- 1/2 cup walnuts
- 1 banana, sliced
- 1/4 tsp cinnamon
- 1/4 cup spiced rum
- Preheat the oven to 375 degrees. Spray a loaf pan with nonstick baking spray and set aside.
- Add the eggs and sugar to a mixing bowl and mix until the sugar is mostly dissolved.
- Add the bananas, butter, and vanilla and mix to combine,
- Add the remaining ingredients except for the walnuts and mix until just combined.
- Fold in the walnuts.
- Spread the batter into the prepared loaf pan.
- Bake for 30-40 minutes until the top is golden brown. Let cool completely.
- Add the ingredients for the custard to a bowl and mix to combine.
- Slice the banana bread.
- Heat a large skillet or griddle over medium heat. Add a couple tablespoons of butter and melt.
- Dip both sides of the banana bread into the custard.
- Place the dipped bread into the pan. Allow the first side to cook for 3 minutes.
- Flip and cook the second side another 3 minutes, or until golden brown.
- Top with the Bananas Foster Sauce and enjoy!
- Add the butter, vanilla, rum, salt, and sugar to a skillet over medium heat and stir until the sugar has dissolved.
- Add the bananas and walnuts and cook for two minutes.