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Caramelized Banana French Toast Recipe

Posted July 16, 2014 by Stephanie
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I once knew someone who was allergic to bananas. Okay, I say “knew” very loosely – I knew someone who knew of them. A friend of mine worked in a building where Banana-Allergic girl worked. It was kind of crazy. There were NO BANANA signs everywhere. It was pretty intense. Apparently they had a couple of banana lock downs, I kid you not.

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I am not allergic to bananas and I have no great passion for them either way. I do know a couple of intense banana haters and lovers, but they’re kind of take or leave it for me. However, when you toss them in a buttery, brown sugar sauce and throw them on top of french toast, I’m totally in. French toast makes anything instantly desirable.

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Guys, as I was writing this post I realized I have an obsession with French toast. Okay, I know I say that I’m obsessed with a lot of things, but I think my French toast obsession is a real one. I looked through my archives and found 8 French toast recipes so I went ahead and made a French toast category. Because, French toast. You can check it out here if you love French toast as much as I do!

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Caramelized Banana French Toast Recipe
serves 2

French Toast

  • 2 eggs
  • 1/3 cup milk
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 4 thick slices of day old bread (french or challah work well)
  • butter or oil

Caramelized Bananas

  • 1 firm banana, sliced
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 1 tablespoon brown sugar
  • 1/8 teaspoon cinnamon
  • roughly chopped roasted hazelnuts, to garnish

Beat eggs, milk and cinnamon together in a shallow bowl. Dip slices of bread into egg mix allowing the bread to soak up eggy goodness. Melt a pat of butter in a large skillet over medium to medium-high heat. Add the soaked slices of bread and fry until golden brown on both sides, flipping once.

While your toast is getting golden, caramelize the bananas. Melt butter in a medium saucepan over medium heat. When the butter is melted, add the brown sugar and cinnamon and stir until the sugar dissolves. When the mixture is bubbling at the edges, add the bananas and stir to coat. Let bubble until caramel is thick and bubbly. Serve bananas on top of french toast. Sprinkle with roasted hazelnuts to finish. Enjoy!

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  1. I LOVE FRENCH TOAST TOO! Why is it so goood? It just is. I’m not a huge banana lover (lol), but even I could get on board for this.

  2. ugh..your killing me here – this is DIVINE. i am definitely craving a serve now! thanks!

  3. Bryan says:

    My neighbor works for Chiquita Bananas and drops us a dozen plus bananas weekly. Most end up rotting because the two of us can’t eat quite that many bananas. This recipe will put the bananas to good use and save waste.

    1. xmouskewitz says:

      Peel them and stick them in a bag in the freezer for smoothies and you can even use them for baked goods after thawing.

    2. Yukiko says:

      Or you could turn them into two-ingredient pancakes. To my taste they are too sweet, but if you like sweet pancakes, give them a try. Two-ingredient ice cream is also worth trying (frozen bananas + frozen strawberries) :D

  4. This is just amazing! I can almost taste it just looking at these photos!

  5. Sophie says:

    AMAZING. This will make a banana-lover out of me, too!

  6. Okay, wait, what? Let’s go back to your story — she was so allergic to bananas that she couldn’t even be in the same room as one?! That’s insane!

    Also, re: your description of caramelized bananas, tossed in sugary, caramelized sugar? Absolutely perfect.

  7. Donna says:

    Just popped in to see what you were cooking and… get ready for it…I am allergic to bananas! Yes, I admit, sounds hard to believe but I am, epi pen in the purse, it can get ugly very quickly!

    Looks decadent – however, I’ll stick with your “savory” french toast recipe!

    (be kind to us BAP’s)

    1. steph says:

      oh no! that’s so sad. i know how hard it can be to be allergic to something. everyone should be kind to BAPs!!

      PS-you could totally do this with something else, like peaches or apples :)

      1. Donna says:

        Without a doubt change it up with other fruits…blueberries are favorites! But I adapted your savory recipe to include green chiles, can’t do much better than that!

        We enjoy trying your recipes and reading the stories behind them!

  8. Gaby says:

    I love breakfast!!! Your pictures are beautiful!!

  9. Jennifer B. says:

    I love french toast, but don’t love bananas. However, I’m totally with you that caramelized bananas, especially those that top french toast, are the greatest things ever. Consider it an obsession of mine too.

  10. cynthia says:

    ahaha a French Toast category I LOVE IT. Ummm but what I love a million times more — this caramelized brown sugar banana business. With HAZELNUTS. Ugh I always end up typing in all caps whenever I visit, I just can’t help it. This looks sooooo good <3 you have breakfast on lock, Steph!

  11. I got excited as soon as I spied bananas and some type of nut from the pic in Facebook! Ooh, hazelnuts! My gawd, french toast will never be the same.

  12. You had me at caramelized. Then hooked me at every word following it. Delicious!

  13. Tieghan says:

    I am a huge french toast eater too and I also am a huge banana person. Especially the caramelized variety!! So this is my kind of breakfast for sure!

  14. Maryna says:

    Ideal breakfast!!! Super yummy photos)!

  15. I don’t have a french toast addiction but I do have a bit of waffle crush. As I don’t have a waffle maker (yet) its more a platonic faraway adoration but these things you put on top of a french toast I would spoon on top of waffles!

  16. This is an over the top awesome breakfast dish. I am salivating. I had to pin it.
    French toast recipes are just getting better and better!

  17. FRENCH TOAST IS THE BEST. I know someone who is allergic to bananas too, and I never even knew before that bananas were something you could be allergic to!

  18. WOO HOO!! What a fabulous weekend breakfast. Digging this hard!

  19. Caramelized bananas are delicious. You can give a bananas foster flavor with rum extract. I also like to stuff French Toast with bananas and cheesecake filling.

  20. irodim says:

    Made this for breakfast this morning and I went to heaven at the first bite! Absolutely yummy! Thank you for the recipe!

  21. Shelby says:

    Love this recipe! I love bananas and French toast so I think it’s perfect that I found your recipe to make :) Definitely a great idea to put the two together! I’ve never caramelized bananas before so that might be sort of tricky, but I hope when I attempt this recipe that it works out and tastes delicious! I love the pictures you included; they make this recipe look even more delicious. Adding almost any type of fruit to French toast is amazing. And bananas are so good on almost anything too. Great recipe! Hopefully my attempt will look as good as your pictures you posted :)

  22. Kate says:

    The first time I made caramelized bananas with this recipe they turned out perfectly. And now I tried again and it just will not come out bubbly, I stir it and added the right amount of everything but butter just disolves around sugar and then it burns, I tried 3 times in a row :(

    1. Stephanie says:

      hi kate,
      does the sugar dissolve into the butter? maybe turn down the heat when you’re making the caramel? are you using a different pan than the first time?

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