This recipe is the trifecta of breakfast dishes: quick, delicious, and healthy. It is super simple to make, and you likely have all the ingredients on hand. If not, feel free to substitute where needed (I provided some of my favorite recommendations!). I love this breakfast and my toddler does too – it’s good for all ages. Get ready to add this breakfast to your weekly rotation.
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Key Ingredients To Make Healthy Banana Peanut Butter French Toast
Bread is the key to making a delicious French toast. The ideal bread is crusty (the crisp that forms on the edges when this is done is amazing) and not too sweet. My absolute favorite bread to use in this recipe is whole wheat sourdough, particularly from Bread Alone. I buy this bread weekly.
Another alternative if you are looking to buy your bread online and are interested in gluten-free bread is the sourdough bread from Great Low Carb Bread Co. I have not tried it myself but I love the accessibility of it (they ship to you), and they offer a regular/thicker cut versus thin cuts, which would be better for French toast.
If you don’t have a “healthier” bread on hand don’t worry! The rest of the ingredients are whole ingredients. This recipe only makes a few slices, so use any bread you have on hand. You can always try another type of bread next time.
Bananas are the key to a sweet flavor without needing to add extra sugar. I recommend using extremely ripe (darker the better) bananas. The riper they are the more sugar they contain, as well as more antioxidants (check out this article from Livestrong for more benefits on ripe bananas). Using ripe bananas also allows you to mash them more easily to make the coating for the French toast.
Peanut butter and banana are like cookies and milk: a great combination. If you want to choose a healthy peanut butter it is important to look for one without additives. The fewer the ingredients the better. Justin’s peanut butter (from Amazon) is a good option, containing only dry roasted peanuts and palm oil. You can also substitute peanut butter in this recipe for other nut or seed butters (or omit – it will still be good!).
Healthy Banana Peanut Butter French Toast Storage
French toast is best served immediately when it is still warm. The crusty edges and caramelized banana are hard to recreate when you reheat it! That being said, you can store this in the fridge for 1-2 days. I wouldn’t recommend freezing it, although I have not tried it. Since this recipe is so quick and simple, and only makes enough for 1-2 people, I’d recommend making it as needed and serve fresh.
Healthy Banana Peanut Butter French Toast
- 1 medium banana overripe preferred
- 2 large eggs
- 2 tbsp milk dairy or non-dairy
- 1 tbsp peanut butter
- 1/4 tsp cinnamon
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- 3-4 slices bread whole wheat sourdough if available
- 1 tsp light tasting olive oil can substitute with other preferred neutral oil or butter
- Peel and mash banana with a fork in mixing bowl large enough for your bread. Add eggs, cinnamon, vanilla extract, milk, and peanut butter. Mix well with spoon so it becomes a thick liquid (lumps are fine). Option to use an immersion blender or regular blender if you prefer.
- Drench bread in mixture and make sure it's fully covered. To avoid mushy bread don't soak too long, about 10-15 seconds per a side.
- Add oil to frying pan and heat on medium heat. Fry each side until lightly browned (approximately 2 minutes per a side). Look for a dark crust to know when to remove from the pan.
- Remove bread from pan and plate. Repeat drenching and frying for 3-4 slices of bread (number of pieces will depend on size of bread). Add blueberries or your other favorite toppings.
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