Bananas Foster French Toast Casserole

This Bananas Foster French Toast Casserole is dangerously delicious for anyone who loves french toast. Just imagine traditional french toast layered with caramelized bananas, topped with a brown sugar crumble, and baked to perfection. Sounds like my kind of brunch!

Pouring syrup on piece of Bananas Foster French Toast Casserole.

Being from southern Louisiana I am very familiar with Bananas Foster. This traditional New Orleans dessert created in 1951, takes bananas and flambes them in butter, brown sugar, cinnamon, rum, and banana liqueur — and let’s not forget the dollop of vanilla ice cream. I still crave this dessert every time I visit home.

Overhead shot of Bananas Foster French Toast Casserole.

Although you would typically include rum in any recipe named “bananas foster”, I excluded it from this recipe. Since any alcohol is burned away during the cooking process, it wouldn’t be harmful if you added it in. However, I just wanted to make this recipe a little more family-friendly for those who shy away from recipes that contain alcohol.

There seems to always be a debate between pancake and waffle lovers, but french toast can almost be placed in a category of its own. It is actually one of first breakfast dishes I learned to make as a kid in the kitchen with my mom and I still feel like a kid when preparing it myself.

Bananas Foster French Toast Casserole

French toast is typically made with a buttery bread loaf dipped in egg, milk, cinnamon and sugar. And this recipes stays true that technique.

But taking french toast a step further, I wanted to figure out a way to incorporate both Bananas Foster and French Toast in a way that almost reminded me of bread pudding. And that’s how I came up with this idea.

How to make French Toast Casserole:

You’ll begin this process by cutting the French bread loaf into cubes.

Cutting french bread for Bananas Foster French Toast Casserole.

Note: This casserole version uses french bread loaf which is why the soaking process (a later step) is important. Unlike using brioche or regular white bread, French bread loaf may not be as soft.

Chunks of french bread

In a large bowl, add eggs, heavy whipping cream, sugar, brown sugar, evaporated milk, vanilla extract and cinnamon then whisk until smooth. Place this to the side once done so you can start on your bananas foster sauce.

Whisking egg mixture

For the Bananas Foster , pre-heat your cooking pan to medium heat then add butter. Once the butter melts, add brown sugar and sugar and stir while cooking until it begins to caramelize. Slice your bananas and add to the same pan along with cinnamon. Immediately add your whipping cream.

Adding sliced bananas to pan for bananas foster.

You’ll start to see the sauce come together with creamy texture. Remove the sauce from the heat and slowly stir in the vanilla extract. Now it’s time to start layering your casserole.

Layering french toast casserole

In the baking pan, add a layer of the cubed French bread then top it off with egg mixture. Pour half of the Bananas Foster sauce over this layer. Next, layer everything again repeating the same steps (bread, bananas foster, egg mixture).

Layering bananas foster on Bananas Foster French Toast Casserole

Once everything is in the baking pan slightly push the ingredients ensuring all bread is completely covered and soaked. Cover and refrigerate for 2 to 4 hours.

Ready to chill in the refrigerator for 2 to 4 hours.

When it’s ready for the oven, you’ll want to prepare your brown sugar crumble. Add the flour, cinnamon, brown sugar and butter into a bowl and mix together with a large fork. You are looking for a crumbly texture here, so add additional flour (1 tablespoon at a time) until it reaches this point.

Adding the brown sugar crumble

Spread the crumble mixture evenly over the top and bake this dish at 350 degrees for 50 minutes. You can decrease the cooking time in 5 minute increments for a more “wet” texture. I prefer my french toast more firm, so 50 minutes works perfectly.

Bananas Foster French Toast Casserole

Once you remove this from the oven you can serve with your favorite syrup to enjoy. I grew up with the old school pure cane syrup and this recipe pairs very well with that type. Quite honestly, I found is great without adding any syrup.

When you want to make a big impression on the family for breakfast time give this Bananas Foster French Toast Casserole a spot on your breakfast table and you will not be disappointed. This breakfast item is not only great for breakfast, but also as late night dessert. ūüôā

Bananas Foster French Toast Casserole covered in syrup.

Looking for another pancake idea? Try out my Sweet Potato Pancakes and Light & Fluffy Lemon Ricotta Pancakes too!

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Bananas Foster French Toast Casserole

Bananas Foster French Toast Casserole


  • Author: Eric Jones
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 50 minutes
  • Total Time: 1 hour
  • Yield: 8 1x

Description

Bananas Foster French Toast Casserole – french toast layered with caramelized bananas, topped with a brown sugar crumble, and baked to perfection.


Ingredients

Scale
  • 1 lb. French Bread Loaf
  • 8 Large Organic Eggs
  • 2 cups Whipping Cream
  • 1/3 cup Sugar
  • 1/3 cup Brown Sugar
  • 1/2 cup¬†Evaporated milk
  • 1 tbsp. Vanilla Extract
  • 1/2 tsp Ground Cinnamon

For the Bananas Foster Sauce:

  • 3 Organic Ripe Bananas
  • 1/2 cup Butter
  • 1/3 cup Brown Sugar
  • 1/3 cup Sugar
  • 1/4 cup Whipping Cream
  • 1/4 tsp Ground Cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp Vanilla Extract

For the Crumble Topping:

  • 1/3 cup All Purpose Flour
  • 1/3 cup Brown Sugar
  • 1/2 tsp Ground Cinnamon
  • 3 tbsp Butter (Soft)

Instructions

  1. Cut the French bread loaf into cubes.
  2. In a large bowl, add eggs, whipping cream, sugar, brown sugar, evaporated milk, vanilla extract and cinnamon and whisk until smooth. Set to the side.
  3. For the Bananas Foster sauce, heat cooking pan to medium heat then add butter. Once the butter melts, add brown sugar and sugar. Stir. 
  4. Slice your bananas and add to pan along with cinnamon. Add your whipping cream. Stir until creamy. Remove from heat and add in the vanilla extract.
  5. In a baking pan, add a layer of the cubed French bread then top off with egg mixture. Pour half of the Bananas Foster sauce over the top then layer everything again repeating the steps.
  6. Once everything is in the baking pan, slightly push the ingredients into the mixture to allow the bread to soak into the mix. Cover and refrigerate for 2 to 4 hours.
  7. When ready to bake, add the flour, cinnamon, brown sugar and butter into a bowl and mix together with a large fork until it begins to crumble. Spread the crumble mixture evenly over the top of casserole.
  8. Bake this dish at 350 degrees for 50 minutes. Serve immediately. 
  • Category: Breakfast
  • Method: Oven Baked
  • Cuisine: American

Nutrition

  • Calories: 686
  • Sugar: 21.6g
  • Sodium: 587mg
  • Fat: 29.2g
  • Carbohydrates: 93.3g
  • Fiber: 5.4g
  • Protein: 20.3g
  • Cholesterol: 251mg

Keywords: Bananas Foster French Toast Casserole, French Toast Casserole, Bananas Foster French Toast, French Toast

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  1. Oh my word this was delicious!!!! Had my kids home from school & made this for breakfast and everyone was making yummy noises! yum yum yum!! Thank you for posting! First recipe of yours that I’ve made, but be sure I’ll be back for many more!

    1. Eric Jones Author says:

      That is great to hear, Diane! I’m so glad everyone enjoyed it! And more excited for you to try more recipes. I appreciate you sharing this experience with me.

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