Peanut Butter French Toast Bake
Elvis Presley may have popularized the peanut butter and banana sandwich (I believe he had bacon in his), but I bet if he had my Peanut Butter and Banana French Toast Bake he’d make it popular too! I bet he’d love my Peanut Butter and Jelly Cookies too!
Even though peanut butter sandwiches are one of the most popular American foods, I didn’t eat it much as a kid. Maybe that’s why I like it as an adult, particularly in desserts and baking.
This morning I was on a quest to make something with my over-ripe bananas. I love this Banana Cake Recipe, but I also wanted to use my bags of bread ends that I was saving. I was leaning away from Banana Bread Pudding, because I’ve made that a few times recently, and I also wanted something for breakfast.
Classic French toast doesn’t work so well with the ends of bread, but they’re great for a baked French toast casserole. I didn’t have a lot of time, so this French toast casserole had to be quick and easy—no overnight French toast type of thing!
I didn’t even use the oven! My pan fit in the toaster oven so that’s where it was cooked. But of course, you can use a regular oven for your Peanut Butter Banana French Toast Bake.
Peanut Butter Banana French Toast Bake Recipe
1 ¼ cups 1% milk
½ teaspoon cinnamon
2 packets Splenda
9 slices of bread, ends OK
2 large bananas, sliced
1 cup peanut butter
1. In a bowl, whisk together eggs, milk, cinnamon, and Splenda until well combined.
2. Dip 3 slices of bread into the egg mixture and lay on the bottom of an 8 x 8 baking pan. Cut the slices to cover the bottom of the pan as best you can.
3. Using a rubber spatula, spread an even layer of peanut butter on the bread.
4. Add another layer of the bread dipped in the egg.
5. Cover the bread in a layer of sliced bananas.
6. Add final layer of egg dipped bread.
7. Pour any remaining egg mixture over the top.
8. Bake in oven for 30 minutes until egg is cooked. Should be soft, but not runny.
Serving Peanut Butter French Toast Bake
You can cut this in 6 pieces and serve it in large rectangular pieces like a cake. Or you can also slice it after it is cut. I did this when I reheated it in the microwave and it was perfect in 30 seconds.
Just like the Maple Pecan French Toast Casserole, this is a great breakfast to serve to a crowd. You can make it days before so you can just heat and eat when the crowd shows up. And meal prepped ahead it makes a quick weekday breakfast just like our Potato Quiche with Broccoli and Cheddar, or Buttermilk Oat Waffles.