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French Toast with Caramelized Bananas

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The Perfect Blend

Published by Ten Speed Press

French Toast with Caramelized Bananas
This image courtesy of Anson Smart

Editor's Note: When it comes to making a special breakfast, a bowl of cold cereal usually won't cut it. Do you want to whip up something for breakfast that's fancier? Then get ready to pull out all the stops and make this recipe for French Toast with Caramelized Bananas. While this recipe is rich, it's also easy to make and is ready to be served within an hour. This breakfast recipe will give everyone in your family a great start to their day. The next time brunch is at your home, consider including this french toast recipe in your menu!

For a decadent breakfast, brunch, dessert, or (dare I say it?) snack, you can’t beat this phenomenal French toast. So simple, so delicious, so creamy, so crispy you may never blend your batter using dairy milk and eggs again. The coconut and nut boosters increase the indulgence, and the rum lobs the flavor into “to-die-for” territory. Caramelized bananas are always a hit, but this fried bread will get cozy with any fruit. Bon appetit!

Serves4

CostModerate

Easy

Total TimeUnder One Hour

Kid FriendlyYes

EquipmentBlender

MealBreakfast

Ingredients

  • French Toast
  • 1 cup (240ml) unsweetened almond or macadamia milk (strained if homemade)
  • 1 ripe medium banana
  • 2 tablespoons pure maple syrup, plus more to serve
  • 1 teaspoon natural vanilla extract
  • 1 tablespoon white (or black) chia seeds
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1⁄4 teaspoon natural salt
  • 8 slices gluten-free sandwich bread
  • 1⁄4 cup (60ml) coconut oil (in liquid form), plus more as needed
  •  
  • Caramelized Bananas
  • 2 medium bananas, thickly sliced on the diagonal
  • 1⁄4 cup (37g) coconut sugar
  • 1 to 2 tablespoons coconut oil (in liquid form)
  • Pure maple syrup, to serve
  •  
  • Optional Boosters
  • 1⁄4 cup (60ml) bourbon or rum
  • 2 tablespoons crushed raw pecans or walnuts
  • 1 tablespoon unsweetened dried shredded coconut

Instructions

  1. Set the oven to its lowest temperature or the “warm” setting.

  2. To make the French toast, pour the milk, banana, maple syrup, vanilla, chia seeds, cinnamon, and salt into your blender and blast on high for about 30 seconds, until well combined. Pour the mixture into a large shallow baking dish and let rest for about 5 minutes to thicken slightly. In batches, place slices of the bread in the baking dish and let soak on one side for 8 to 10 seconds. Flip the slices and let soak for another 8 to 10 seconds, until evenly moistened.

  3. In a medium skillet (that fits two slices of bread) or on a large griddle (that holds all of the slices) over medium heat, warm 1 to 2 tablespoons of coconut oil per two slices of bread. (Resist the urge to use less coconut oil, or the bread won’t get crispy.) Add the bread and fry for 4 to 6 minutes on each side, until golden brown and crispy on the edges; you may need to add more coconut oil after you flip the bread. If cooking in batches, transfer the French toast to a lined baking sheet and place in the oven to keep warm, and repeat to fry the remaining bread, adding more coconut oil to cook each batch.

  4. While the last pieces of toast are cooking, make the caramelized bananas. Combine the banana slices and the coconut sugar in a zipper-lock bag, seal, and shake to coat evenly. In a skillet over medium-high heat, warm the coconut oil, add the coated bananas and the bourbon booster, and fry for about 2 minutes on each side until nicely caramelized.

  5. Serve two slices of French toast on each plate, topped with one-quarter of the caramelized bananas, one-quarter of the crushed nut boosters, and one-quarter of the coconut booster. Pass maple syrup at the table.

Nutritional Facts (per serving)

calories 476 kcal | fat 26.4 g | saturated fat 16.4 g | sodium 414.3 mg | carbs 60.5 g |
fiber 6.1 g | sugars 29.4 g | protein 6.5 g | calcium 78.6 mg | iron 1 mg

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This recipe looks totally delicious especially with the rum booster. I think everyone in my family would love this but I am wondering if some substitutions can be made. Specifically, can the chia seeds be left out without altering the taste too much and also, could regular milk be used instead of almond milk. We do have a vegetarian though not a vegan, so I'm not worried about that aspect.

Hi Sandi! I think those substitutions could be made with no trouble - the almond milk is likely just to make the recipe vegan, and the chia seeds themselves don't add much flavor. Thanks so much for reading, and if you make it, let us know how it goes!

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