Brown Sugar Banana French Toast Casserole

Brown Sugar Banana French Toast Casserole is the perfect dish for a cozy breakfast or brunch. This decadent casserole combines the classic flavors of French toast with the natural sweetness of ripe bananas and the rich, caramel-like goodness of brown sugar. It’s an easy-to-make dish that can be prepared the night before, making it ideal for feeding a crowd or enjoying a leisurely weekend morning. With its golden, crispy top and soft, custardy interior, this casserole is sure to become a family favorite.



**Step 5: Serve**

1. **Cool Slightly:**
– Allow the casserole to cool for about 10 minutes before serving. This helps the custard to firm up and makes it easier to slice.


2. **Garnish and Serve:**
– Dust the top of the casserole with powdered sugar and serve with warm maple syrup on the side. Optional garnishes include additional banana slices or chopped nuts for added texture and flavor.


**Flavor Profile:**

– This casserole offers a delightful combination of flavors: the sweet, caramelized brown sugar pairs perfectly with the creamy, custardy bread and the natural sweetness of bananas. The spices add warmth and depth, making each bite a comforting treat.


**Nutritional Benefits:**

– While this dish is indulgent, it provides a good source of protein from the eggs and milk. Bananas add natural sweetness and essential vitamins and minerals, including potassium and vitamin C.


**Tips and Variations:**

– **Nutty Twist:** Add chopped pecans or walnuts to the bread and banana mixture for extra crunch and flavor.
– **Chocolate Delight:** Sprinkle chocolate chips over the bread cubes before pouring the custard for a chocolatey twist.

– **Berry Bliss:** Swap out some or all of the bananas for fresh berries like blueberries or strawberries for a fruity variation.

– **Cinnamon Swirl:** Add a swirl of cinnamon sugar mixture to the top before baking for an extra cinnamon kick.



Brown Sugar Banana French Toast Casserole is a decadent and delicious breakfast dish that is sure to impress. Its ease of preparation and ability to feed a crowd make it perfect for special occasions, holiday mornings, or any time you want to treat yourself and your loved ones to a comforting and indulgent meal. Enjoy the rich, sweet flavors and the wonderful aroma that fills your kitchen as it bakes, and savor every bite of this delightful casserole.


Ingredients :

Brown sugar banana filling:

  • 6 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • ¾ cup light brown sugar packed
  • 2 tablespoons pure maple syrup
    pinch salt
  • 3 ripe-firm bananas peeled and sliced

    French toast:
  • 8 large eggs
  • 1 cup milk preferably whole or 2%
  • 1 cup half and half
  • 2 tablespoons light brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 tablespoon pure vanilla extract
  • One 15 oz loaf French bread cut into large cubes (preferably a day or two old)

  • ⅓ cup light brown sugar packed
  • ⅓ cup all purpose flour
  • ½ teaspoon ground cinnamon
    pinch salt
  • 3 tablespoons unsalted butter softened
  • To serve: maple syrup, caramel sauce, sliced bananas, chopped nuts,
  • and/or whipped cream

Instructions :

Brown sugar banana filling:
In a skillet set over medium heat, melt 6 tablespoons butter. Add brown sugar, maple syrup, and salt. Cook, stirring constantly for a few minutes until the mixture is smooth. If there are lumps in your sugar you might need to use a whisk. Once the mixture is smooth, remove from the heat and carefully stir in the bananas. Set aside and cool to room temperature while you prepare the French toast.
French toast preparation (allow time to soak overnight):
In a large bowl, whisk eggs, milk, half and half, brown sugar, cinnamon, and vanilla.
Grease a 2 ½ or 3 quart casserole dish and place half the bread cubes in the bottom. Spoon half of the banana-brown sugar mixture over the bread. Top with the remaining bread cubes.
Pour the custard (egg mixture) evenly over the bread cubes. Lightly press down on the top of the bread to allow the top layer of bread to absorb some of the custard mixture. Spoon the remaining banana-brown sugar mixture over the top of the French toast. Cover and refrigerate overnight. Prepare the topping.
Combine brown sugar, flour, cinnamon, and salt. Add butter, and using a spoon, work the butter into the dry ingredients until the butter is evenly distributed and the mixture resembles wet, clumpy sand.


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