Banana Bread French Toast: Two Ways

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I am obsessed with breakfast. I wake up early every morning just so I can have enough time to cook a couple of eggs or some oatmeal and sit down with a cup of coffee before work. If all else fails, I’m at least grabbing a granola bar as I’m running out the door, because skipping breakfast is NOT an option.

Anyway, I spend a lot of time thinking about breakfast. And a couple of weeks ago, I was at work when an idea suddenly popped into my head:

French toast is the best.
Banana bread is ALSO the best.
So what if you put them together?!?

Of course, no idea is ever original, and as it turns out, I am hardly the first person to think of this breakfast mash-up. But nevertheless, once it was in my head I HAD to try it as soon as possible.

So I threw together some banana bread during the week and experimented over the weekend. The result: Two rights do not always make another right…but here, they totally do. If you’re a purist, this might not be the recipe for you. But if you like French toast, you like banana bread, and you like sweet, delicious breakfast food, you should definitely give this a try.

Ingredients

  • 2 slices store-bought or homemade banana bread (I love to try different kinds of banana bread, but for this I just used this easy recipe. You want one that’s more bread-like than cake-like.)
  • 2 eggs
  • About 1/2 cup milk
  • A pinch of salt
  • A small pat of butter

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Directions

(Optional: Lay the slices of banana bread out on your counter, covered with a paper towel, for 12-24 hours. This isn’t necessary, but I found that it helped the banana bread—which is denser than regular bread—soak up more of the egg/milk mixture.)

  1. Whisk the eggs, milk, and salt together in a small bowl.
  2. One by one, dunk the slices of bread into the egg/milk mixture. Turn to coat and let soak for up to 30 minutes. (Again, the more time to soak, the better)
  3. Melt the butter in a pan over medium heat.
  4. Carefully transfer the bread into the pan with a spatula, and cook for 2-3 minutes (until golden brown) on each side.
  5. Top with fruit & any other desired toppings, and enjoy!

OPTION ONE: Fresh berries & powdered sugar

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Option one was my favorite. Since the banana bread I used was pretty sweet, I felt like maple syrup would be overkill. The tartness of the berries was perfect. (Also, I don’t think there’s a breakfast in existence that isn’t improved by fresh berries.) But, if you use a less sweet banana bread and/or you’re feeling something a little more decadent, might I suggest….

OPTION TWO: Sliced banana & Nutella

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Either way, this is a simple and yummy way to mix up your brunch routine. And, let’s be honest, any excuse to eat Nutella is worth a try. Happy brunching!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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