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Banana Nut French Toast


For a heartier take on banana-nut bread, spread a mixture of bananas, brown sugar, and walnuts between slices of golden brioche before battering and frying. Line up the resulting French toast sandwiches on a large platter, and top with the remaining warm banana mixture before serving.

  • Servings: 6

Source: Martha Stewart Living, April 2001


  • 1 1/2 cups walnut halves
  • 6 large eggs
  • 1 1/2 cups heavy cream, half-and-half, or milk
  • 2 tablespoons pure vanilla extract
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • Pinch of ground nutmeg
  • Pinch of salt
  • 6 ripe but firm bananas, peeled and cut into 1/4-inch rounds
  • 1 1/2 cups packed dark-brown sugar
  • 12 slices of bread, (1/2 inch thick), such as brioche or challah, preferably day old
  • 8 tablespoons (1 stick) unsalted butter
  • 4 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • Pure maple syrup, for serving (optional)


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Place walnut halves on a rimmed baking sheet, and toast until lightly browned and fragrant, about 10 minutes. Set aside. When cool, chop walnuts coarsely.

  2. Whisk together eggs, cream, vanilla extract, cinnamon, nutmeg, and salt in a medium bowl, and set aside. Combine bananas, dark-brown sugar, and toasted walnuts in another bowl. Lay out 6 slices of bread on work surface. Top each slice with 1/3 cup of the banana mixture. Top with remaining bread slices; press gently to seal the sandwiches.

  3. Place sandwiches in a shallow baking dish (or two dishes) large enough to hold them in a single layer. Pour egg mixture over bread, and soak 10 minutes. Carefully turn sandwiches over, and soak until bread is soaked through, about 10 minutes more.

  4. Reduce oven temperature to 250 degrees. Place a wire rack on a baking sheet; set aside. Heat remaining banana mixture in a small skillet over medium-low heat until sugar is melted and bananas are soft and slightly translucent, about 3 minutes. Add 4 tablespoons butter, and stir to combine; keep warm.

  5. Heat 2 tablespoons butter and 2 tablespoons vegetable oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Fry half of the sandwiches until golden brown, 2 to 3 minutes per side. Transfer to wire rack, and place in oven while cooking remaining sandwiches. Wipe out skillet, and repeat with remaining butter, oil, and bread. Keep in oven until ready to serve. Cut into triangles, and serve with warm banana mixture and maple syrup, if desired.

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    28 JUN, 2016
    oh...amazing can see more french toast recipes on
  • Laurylyn
    2 JAN, 2013
    Amazing!!! Everyone LOVED IT at my annual holiday brunch. I did not make sandwiches, I just used the Challah to make fairly thick slices, then cut them in half to make triangles. Used the filling/topping all over the top!
  • Minkyboodle
    14 OCT, 2012
    Oh and I didn't use any oil at all. It doesn't need it.
  • Minkyboodle
    14 OCT, 2012
    I just made this french toast for my roommate's birthday brunch and it was amazing! I made a half recipe since there are only two of us and there are still leftovers. I used milk and cut the amount of butter in half as another reviewer recommended and they were still plenty rich. Added a bit of Jameson to the syrup for depth of flavor. If you are trying to find a special-occasion, delicious, yet still easy french toast, this is it!
  • poopak16
    9 MAR, 2011
    I made it with 8 breads, I took it to my friends home, and it was great. next time I gonna make more. thanks.
  • quietlilactress
    5 FEB, 2011
    i liked the topping, but i thought the french toast was too soggy on the inside since they were thick and the bread soaked up so much of the egg mixture. i would just make regular 1 piece slices of french toast and use half of the amount of filling to pile on top.
  • hischild12
    8 APR, 2010
    This is quite possibly the most creative and delicious version of french toast I have ever eaten. I subsituted golden brown sugar for the dark brown, and it turned out just as wonderful!
  • mlm30
    15 JUN, 2008
    This is an amazingly delicious meal. I would suggest cutting the amount of butter and vegetable oil in half throughout the recipe. I cooked it this way and it turned out great! This is a must for any special occassion!