If you are looking for an amazing overnight breakfast casserole, look no further than this delicious Bananas Foster French Toast Casserole. French toast with caramelized bananas that will feed a crowd.
Bananas Foster French Toast Casserole
We are a breakfast loving family. I usually have a breakfast for dinner night a couple of times per month. French toast and pancakes are always favorites along with some bacon or sausage. Since I have teenage boys, they can eat some serious french toast. Standing over the stove making batches and batches on the griddle can be a pain.
Making breakfast casseroles always saves time for me. I make our Biscuits and Gravy Casserole very often. Sometimes I will make a Easy Breakfast Braid because I do not have to spend so much time physically cooking. While working through my Facebook news feed, I noticed an amazing recipe for a Bananas Foster French Toast from Tasty. I did a google search and found the recipe here.
Since I had just purchased a bunch of bananas, I thought this would be a great breakfast for dinner idea. Wow… was I right? My kiddos love banana flavored desserts so I knew they would love this breakfast casserole. The recipe I found did not require for the casserole to soak overnight. I knew from making other french toast casseroles, it is best to let the custard base soak overnight. The flavor is better if you allow the bread to soak up all of the egg mixture.
The caramelized bananas are out of this world amazing. The banana and vanilla flavor with the sweetness is so perfect. I ate my portion with no syrup. My kids love syrup on everything so they did add the syrup. If you should decide to make this breakfast casserole, you can enjoy it with or without the syrup. I considered making a banana flavored syrup but figured I would try that at a later time. The casserole is great without any additional topping.
Fall will be here before we know it. I plan to make this Bananas Foster Casserole quite often during the fall and winter months. It is so easy, delicious, and requires so little effort that I have added it to my lists to make for Thanksgiving and Christmas breakfast. I know it will make a great addition to holiday mornings. Since it is a warm and comforting casserole, it will be great for colder weather.
Just some basic ingredients are needed for this recipe. I used a french loaf, I am sure you could use another type of tough bread too. I did allow my bread to age for 2 days. Soft bread will make your casserole very soggy. Try to use bread that has had a chance to get age. The Tasty recipe did use heavy cream. I had half and half on hand and it worked great, so feel free to use either for this recipe. I did use more bananas than the recipe because I wanted lots of bananas.
INGREDIENTS NEEDED TO MAKE BANANAS FOSTER FRENCH TOAST CASSEROLE
1 loaf French Bread
1 stick Butter
1 1/2 cup Brown Sugar, divided
2 tsp Cinnamon, divided
3 tsp Vanilla Extract, divided
5 Bananas, peeled and sliced
1/4 tsp Nutmeg
1 cup Half and Half
1 cup Milk
HOW TO MAKE BANANAS FOSTER FRENCH TOAST CASSEROLE
Grease 9×13″ baking dish. Set aside.
Cut bread into cubes and set aside.
Melt butter over medium high heat in large skillet until melted.
Add 3/4 cup brown sugar, 1 teaspoon cinnamon and 1 teaspoon vanilla.
Stir until mixture thickens a little, then add bananas and stir until coated.
Remove from heat and set aside.
In a large bowl, beat eggs.
Beat in remaining brown sugar, cinnamon and vanilla.
Add nutmeg, half and half and milk.
Whisk until blended.
Add bread cubes and gently stir until bread has soaked up liquid.
Pour bread mixture into prepared baking dish.
Pour banana mixture over bread mixture.
Cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate overnight.
Preheat oven to 350.
Remove plastic wrap and bake for about 50 minutes until golden brown.
Adapted from: Tasty!
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Bananas Foster French Toast Casserole
- 1 loaf French Bread
- 1 stick Butter
- 1 1/2 cup Brown Sugar divided
- 2 tsp Cinnamon divided
- 3 tsp Vanilla Extract divided
- 5 Bananas peeled and sliced
- 8 Eggs
- 1/4 tsp Nutmeg
- 1 cup Half and Half
- 1 cup Milk
- Grease 9x13" baking dish. Set aside.
- Cut bread into cubes and set aside.
- Melt butter over medium high heat in large skillet until melted.
- Add 3/4 cup brown sugar, 1 teaspoon cinnamon and 1 teaspoon vanilla.
- Stir until mixture thickens a little, then add bananas and stir until coated.
- Remove from heat and set aside.
- In a large bowl, beat eggs.
- Beat in remaining brown sugar, cinnamon and vanilla.
- Add nutmeg, half and half and milk.
- Whisk until blended.
- Add bread cubes and gently stir until bread has soaked up liquid.
- Pour bread mixture into prepared baking dish.
- Pour banana mixture over bread mixture.
- Cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate overnight.
- Preheat oven to 350.
- Remove plastic wrap and bake for about 50 minutes until golden brown.
Have you ever made with gluten free bread? Thanks 😊
Hello. I made this for company that is now not coming. Can I freeze this and if so should I bake it first? I appreciate your help. Hate to toss it!
Can you substitute buttermilk for half and half? I have a whole carton and want to use it up.
This was delicious. Made it for Mother’s Day Brunch. Served with both Maple and Boysenberry Syrup. It doesn’t need any syrup it’s so moist.
How many servings is this for
Hi Sue! This should yield about 12 decent sized squares. So it would be dependant on how big of eaters you have. I usually can feed 12 with some additional fruit on the side. I hope that helps.
My Liquid is not getting soaked up by the bread. Should I throw out remaining liquid?
How many ounces in the loaf of French bread? It makes a difference.
How could this be made dairy free, vegan
This looks amazing.
I love French toast, but don’t particularly like bananas. Do you think this recipe will work equally well if I used frozen peaches instead?