Sourdough Banana Bread French Toast: Your New Favorite Breakfast

There’s a place nearby that makes one of my favorite brunch options EVER. It’s this banana bread French toast that is topped with a house-made spicy blueberry jam, and it’s to die for.

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The first time I tasted it, I was like, “WHOA, why have I never tried this idea at home before?”

If you know me at all, you know I have a serious obsession with banana bread. It’s my favorite easy-to-make recipe in the entire world, and I could eat a slice every day for the rest of my life (if my hips would suddenly decide to never gain weight again…).

At first, I thought this type of French toast might be entirely too heavy for early morning dining, but it’s really not as over the top as you might think. And it’s so scrumptious.

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The thickly sliced baked treat is sweet and a little tangy, since this recipe uses the leftovers from my sourdough banana bread recipe. It has just the right balance, and you get this gorgeously moist and tasty interior that’s warmed all the way through…

Every single bite just melts in your mouth, with the occasional crunch of the walnuts dotted throughout each slice for an experience that is pure textural bliss.

Ever since I tried that dish at my favorite local brunch spot for the first time, I’d been jonesing to make it at home.

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My mom made the best French toast in the world when I was growing up… but now all that has changed (please don’t tell her I said that!). Now, all I have eyes for is this fantastic recipe.

It seriously couldn’t be easier to make. All I can say is, be ready to experience banana bread in a whole new way.

A small and shallow baking dish (I use an 8-by-8-inch cake pan) is going to be your best friend here, to whisk together the eggs, milk, and warming spices. It’s much easier to use a pan like this versus a bowl, so each slice has enough space to soak up the egg mixture when you dredge it.

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Get out your bread knife and carefully create nice and thick slices of that homemade goodness. I like to make mine about an inch thick, because you want to really taste that banana flavor in every bite.

After that, you simply dredge and cook the slices up in a large skillet until they are golden brown.

I love to serve the warm slices with sliced fresh fruit, homemade whipped cream, and some maple syrup. But don’t be afraid to try fresh berries, powdered sugar, or homemade jam instead. Just go with whatever strikes your fancy.

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Pair all that with a big mug of coffee or some orange juice, and you’re ready to start the day. Serving up Bloody Marys or mimosas instead? Even better.

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Sourdough Banana Bread French Toast


  • Author: Meghan Yager
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 6 minutes
  • Total Time: 16 minutes
  • Yield: 2 servings 1x

Description

Sourdough banana bread French toast is exactly what it sounds like. It’s the most tasty breakfast, made from any leftover banana bread you have on hand.


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Ingredients

  • 2 large eggs
  • 1/4 cup raw goat’s milk (or whatever milk you prefer)
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cardamom
  • 12 teaspoons coconut oil
  • 4 slices sourdough banana nut bread

Instructions

  1. In a small, shallow baking pan, whisk together eggs, milk, vanilla, cinnamon, nutmeg, and cardamom until combined.
  2. Heat coconut oil in a large skillet over medium heat. 
  3. Dip bread in the egg mixture one slice at a time, covering both sides.
  4. Place each slice into the skillet, and cook in batches of two at a time until the bread is golden on both sides, flipping halfway through. This will take about 2-3 minutes per side.
  5. Repeat with the remaining bread.
  6. Top as desired with fresh fruit and maple syrup, and serve immediately.

  • Category: French Toast
  • Method: Stovetop
  • Cuisine: Breakfast

Keywords: French toast, banana bread, sourdough

Cooking By the Numbers…

Step 1 – Slice Bread and Measure Ingredients

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Slice 4 pieces of sourdough banana nut bread, each about 1 inch thick. You could use another kind of banana bread for this recipe, but I love the sweet tanginess of this version, and it’s a great way to use up any extra sourdough starter that you may have on hand.

Measure out all of the remaining ingredients as listed on the ingredients list. Goat’s milk has more potassium and calcium than regular cow’s milk, and I used it because that’s what I had in the fridge. But feel free to use whatever type you like!

Step 2 – Make Dredging Liquid

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Add the eggs, milk, vanilla, cinnamon, nutmeg, and cardamom to a small, shallow baking pan. Whisk to combine.

Step 3 – Dredge Slices

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In a large skillet over medium heat, melt the coconut oil.

Dip each slice into the egg mixture, and cover both sides.

Step 4 – Cook

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Add two slices to the hot skillet and cook in batches, until the slices are golden brown on both sides. Flip halfway through, cooking for about 2 to 3 minutes per side.

Repeat with the remaining bread. Top as desired, and serve immediately.

To make this recipe for a crowd, double it as needed.

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I like to provide a selection of whipped cream, butter, fresh berries, sliced bananas, and pure maple syrup for my brunch guests. Take a look at what’s in season at this time of year, and choose your favorites to make this recipe your own!

Want to Enjoy French Toast Made Ahead of Time?

If you want to make this French toast ahead of time, you can totally cook it and then freeze it.

Simply cook it on the stove according to the instructions described above, and allow it to cool completely on a wire rack. Then place a sheet of wax paper between each slice.

Horizontal image of two plates with a stack of bread slices, whipped cream, and sliced yellow fruit with metal forks, a scattering of nuts, and a bowl of more sliced fruit on a blue tablecloth.

Finally, wrap the stack up tightly in aluminum foil, and place the package inside a heavy-duty freezer bag. You can freeze these for up to 1 month, and reheating is simple.

To reheat, place the French toast slices in a single layer on a baking sheet and cover them with foil. Bake for 8 to 10 minutes at 375˚F. This is the best way to eat French toast in the middle of the week without any real cooking required!

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What’s your favorite way to top French toast? Tell us in the comments below. And once you try the recipe, be sure to come back and rate it to let other readers know how much you enjoyed it!

Photos by Meghan Yager, © Ask the Experts, LLC. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED. See our TOS for more details. Originally published by Shanna Mallon on February 22, 2013. Last updated: May 20, 2020 at 15:11 pm. With additional writing and editing by Allison Sidhu.

Nutritional information derived from a database of known generic and branded foods and ingredients and was not compiled by a registered dietitian or submitted for lab testing. It should be viewed as an approximation.

About Meghan Yager

Meghan Yager is a food addict turned food and travel writer with a love for creating uncomplicated, gourmet recipes and devouring anything the world serves up. As the author of the food and travel blog Cake 'n Knife, Meghan focuses on unique foodie experiences from around the world to right at home in your own kitchen.

15 thoughts on “Sourdough Banana Bread French Toast: Your New Favorite Breakfast”

  1. This is absolutely incredible! Your pictures are gorgeous and this sounds like a perfect lazy weekend breakfast. This is a really special dish – definitely pinning this to try!

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  2. I never knew sourdough banana bread existed (silly me!) but I’m always looking for new ways to use my sourdough starter. Cannot wait to try this (and of course turn it into French Toast!!)

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  3. Hey Shanna – came across an old post and want to try it out w my sourdough starter which I’ve kept going since testing the sourdough einkorn english muffins 😉 Just wondering, is this a room temperature starter you used above or can it be used straight from the fridge? I assume room temp but just wondering. Thanks – I plan to make this this weekend!

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    • Hey, Christa! Hi! Man, it’s so hard to remember! My gut says that it was a fed starter, at room temp; hope that helps! If you get time, let me know what happens!! -s

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