Did you really think that I could pass up a Monday and NOT give you comfort food?! This Sprouted French Toast with Caramelized Bananas is the perfect “feels like a cheat meal but is actually pretty healthy for you” meal. It has all the qualifying elements: it’s sweet, hearty, keeps you full, and you get your whole grains and fruit knocked out in one meal!
I’ve always been a sweet breakfast person. I remember growing up, most of my breakfasts consisted of Toaster Strudels, big bowls of Honey Smacks or Pop Tarts (only the brown sugar + cinnamon kind, duh!) So, needless to say, french toast is a big love of my life.
By now, I have trained myself to love the eggs I have each morning for breakfast and all of their savory goodness. However, on special occasions, bread related breakfasts are always on tap. Pancakes? Sure. Waffles? Okay! French toast? YASSSSSSSS. Note the extra enthusiasm there, folks.
There is just something about that eggy, cinnamon-y mixture that you dip the bread in. The way it gets crispy and golden brown on the outside, but soft and sweet on the inside. Topped with maple syrup and butter, stick a fork in me! I’m done.
And when you decide on a whim to caramelize bananas to smother the french toast in, well golly, I really AM done.
So let’s break this down, shall we?
This french toast is made with sprouted bread <3 Not brioche or white bread, but sprouted! I really recommend that you use sprouted bread for this recipe. It gives it a super hearty flavor not to mention the extra nutrients you get!
The caramelized bananas are a real joy. I feel like I’m channeling my inner grandma when I tell you that they’re nature’s candy. They are made without ANY refined sugar. I basically took some coconut oil, a little bit of honey and cinnamon and put that in a pan and let it bubble up and melt together. Then I cut up some bananas and let it do its thang – aka, let them simmer for a few minutes, turning them periodically. My house smelled like a banana bread explosion – in a good way.
Ahhhh. The finished product. Sprouted French Toast with Caramelized Bananas. This crispy sweet and golden bread is basically begging for some maple syrup on top. And because ya girl don’t do anything halfway – maple syrup it is!
These are a delight. I’m planning on making these as B FOR D tonight. (Breakfast for dinner, y’allll.) But I know these would be extra wonderful paired with a mimosa during brunch!
Caramelized Banana Sprouted French Toast
- 4 pieces sprouted bread (I use either Ezekiel or Alvarado St.)
- 2 large eggs
- 1/2 cup whole milk
- 1 splash vanilla extract
- 1 tsp cinnamon (divided)
- 1 tbsp brown sugar
- 3 small bananas
- 1 tbsp coconut oil
- 2 tbsp honey
- 1 tbsp butter
Mix together milk, eggs, vanilla and brown sugar in a large bowl. Set aside.
Cut bananas into diagonal slices. Heat the coconut oil on low to medium heat in a skillet. Allow it to almost melt and then add in the honey. Stir together and let melt together for about a minute or so. Add in the bananas and coat them with 1/2 tsp cinnamon. Let them cook on low-medium heat for about 3-4 minutes, turning them periodically.
Meanwhile, dip one piece of bread into the egg mixture. Let it soak for about 15 seconds. Heat another skillet on low-medium heat. Add 1/4 tsp butter and fry for 2-3 minutes, flipping halfway. Bread should be golden brown and crispy. Repeat with the other slices of bread.
Serve hot. Top with caramelized bananas, maple syrup or honey! Enjoy.