Banana Bread French Toast


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Looking for the best bread for french toast? Look no further than banana bread. Banana Bread French Toast is subtly sweet, tender, and moist. Top it with fresh bananas and a drizzle of maple syrup. 

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Are you ready to make next-level French toast? This is it. Next time you make buy some banana bread, make a batch of Easy Banana Bread, or have some leftover banana bread in the pantry, save a couple of slices to make yourself this fun, delicious breakfast. Banana bread is so packed with flavor and tender texture that it makes for an incredibly fun breakfast or brunch. 

Not in the mood for flipping your French toast? Try Banana French Toast Casserole

What is Banana Bread French Toast?

This incredibly fun breakfast is made with slices of banana bread dipped in a custardy french toast batter and seared in a pan. It’s a classic French toast method, but made with a slice of banana bread as the base. Honestly, it barely needs anything on top, but it’s great with slices of fresh banana, a dusting of powdered sugar, and even a dollop of fresh cream. 

As it turns out, almost any bread can be transformed into French toast. If you like the idea of banana bread in your French toast, definitely check out Croissant French Toast too!

Ingredients for Banana Bread French Toast

  • Banana Bread – Store-bought or homemade banana bread works just fine. Like most banana bread, this will hold up best if it’s a couple of days old, but even fresh banana bread works just fine. 
  • Eggs, Milk, Sugar and Cinnamon – Classic French toast ingredients
banana bread in a loaf pan
stirring french toast mixture

Recipe Tips

  1. Use thick slices. Slice the banana bread fairly thick so that it holds together as it sears on the skillet.
  2. Don’t let it soak too long in the custard. For thicker, stale bread, it’s helpful to let it soak in the custard, but not with banana bread. When dunking the banana bread in custard, work quickly so that the banana bread doesn’t soak up too much of the liquids and fall apart. 
  3. Keep spices and sugar to a minimum. You want the banana bread flavor to shine through, so flavor the custard with just a small amount of sugar and a pinch of cinnamon. 
  4. Use a nonstick skillet or griddle. Avoid any sticking to the pan. 
  5. Keep the heat relatively low. You’ll want low-medium heat to avoid any burning
cooking french toast on a griddle
two slices of banana bread french toast on a white plate


Can I use store-bought banana bread?

Absolutely! Any type of banana bread, homemade or store-bought works just fine. 

Can I use pumpkin bread?

Yes! Any quick bread can be made into French toast using this recipe. When I shared this recipe on Instagram, I got so many suggestions. Pumpkin bread, zucchini bread, even Panetonne would be great.

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Banana Bread French Toast

Looking for the best bread for french toast? Look no further than banana bread. Banana Bread French Toast is subtly sweet, tender, and moist. Top it with fresh bananas and a drizzle of maple syrup.
Prep: 5 minutes
Cook: 10 minutes
Total: 15 minutes
Servings: 4


  • Mixing Bowls
  • Whisk
  • Griddle or Large Nonstick Pan


  • 1 loaf banana bread, cut into 8 thick slices
  • 3 large eggs
  • 3/4 cup milk
  • 1 teaspoon sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • Salted butter, for greasing the pan
  • Fresh bananas and maple syrup, for serving


  • In a large bowl, whisk together the eggs until frothy. Add milk, sugar, and ground cinnamon until even.
  • Heat a griddle or large nonstick skillet to low-medium heat.
  • When the griddle is hot, grease it generously with butter. Working with one slice of banana bread at once (and supporting it on both sides with forks so that it doesn’t fall apart in the custard), dip it in the custard. Let the excess custard drip off and then transfer the banana bread to the hot griddle. Cook the French toast on both sides until golden brown, about 3 minutes per side.
  • Serve warm with fresh bananas and maple syrup on top.


Calories: 444kcal | Carbohydrates: 65g | Protein: 11g | Fat: 16g | Saturated Fat: 4g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 4g | Monounsaturated Fat: 7g | Trans Fat: 0.01g | Cholesterol: 190mg | Sodium: 410mg | Potassium: 273mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 3g | Vitamin A: 844IU | Vitamin C: 2mg | Calcium: 102mg | Iron: 2mg

Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.

Author: Jess Smith via Inquiring Chef
Cost: $4.00
Calories: 444
Keyword: banana bread, breakfast, brunch, French toast, kid-friendly recipe, make with kids
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Jess is the recipe creator and photographer at She spent nearly a decade as the Chief Recipe Developer for the award-winning meal planning app Cook Smarts. Her colorful, healthyish recipes have been featured in popular online publications including Parade, Hallmark, and HuffPost.

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