Improv Challenge: Banana French Toast

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Even thinking about bananas gives me a tingly feeling in the back of my throat and makes my ears itch. I don't know how to explain it better than that. I can't eat a plain banana. I can mix it into cereal or put it on top of ice cream or use it in a baked good, but I just can't eat them plain.

Don't you love that I share all this weird stuff about me with you? 

I didn't start a post talking about bananas for no reason. They, along with nutmeg were the ingredients for the improv challenge this month. It's becoming a habit lately to wait until the last minute to make something. I need to stop this. So Sunday morning I was browsing around in the pantry, trying to figure out what I could eat when the bananas on the counter reminded me that I needed to make my improv challenge recipe. 

It had been forever since I ate french toast and I figured stuffing it with bananas was too common so maybe I could do a play on bananas foster and use it as a topping. This is what I came up with. 



Banana French Toast
Source: A Cookaholic Wife Creation 
Servings: 2

Ingredients:
Bananas:
    • 1 tsp. butter
    • 2 ripe bananas, cut into slices
    • 1 tsp. cinnamon
    • 1 tsp. sugar
    • 1/4 tsp. nutmeg
French Toast:
    • 4 slices bread
    • 2 eggs
    • 1 tbsp. milk
    • 1/2 tsp. cinnamon
    • 1/2 tsp. sugar
    • 1/2 tsp. vanilla extract
    • 1/4 tsp. nutmeg
    • powdered sugar or syrup

Directions:
1. Combine the bananas, cinnamon, sugar and nutmeg together in a small bowl. Toss to coat. 
2. Whisk the eggs and milk together in a shallow dish, then whisk in the cinnamon, sugar, vanilla and nutmeg. 
3. Heat two skillets over medium heat. Spray both with non-stick cooking spray. 
4. In one, melt the butter then add the bananas. Cook, stirring frequently for 3-5 minutes or until the bananas are lightly caramelized. Keep warm. 
5. Dip bread into egg mixture and coat both sides. Place in the skillet and cook for 1-2 minutes per side or until golden brown. Repeat with other slices of bread. 
6. Plate the french toast and top with the bananas. Sprinkle with powdered sugar or drizzle syrup on top. 

Cooking the bananas in cinnamon and sugar definitely took away the starchy-tartness that usually makes me unable to eat them. And since I rarely eat a warm breakfast, this was a much needed treat. 

14 comments:

  1. This looks delicious! You're the opposite of me - you like bananas cooked and I like them raw!

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  2. I think a lot of us went the Breakfast/Foster route this month. Your French toast looks delectable!

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  3. Amazing! I love that you've combined the banana and nutmeg with french toast. Breakfast is one of our favourite meals, can't wait to try this out! I made fried bananas for the Improv Challenge... more of a dessert item.

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  4. This looks soooo good! What a great idea! Sounds like I will be making these this weekend!

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  5. Oh, wow...I love French toast and the caramelized bananas make it even more wonderful!!!

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  6. OMG! I thought I was the only one in the world. I can't be near a person eating a banana because even the sound of it makes me sick. It's wierd because I can eat it when it's cut into pieces and I love it in my smoothies and everything. I have been like this since I was little. I am so happy- I Am Not Alone. HaHa

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    1. And here I was thinking I was the only person too. :)

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  7. I love caramelized bananas and really don't care for them raw so this french toast is right up my alley! Love all the spices and those lovely bananas on top.

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  8. French Toast is my favorite breakfast food. I prefer this over pancakes and waffles, and yours look delicious!

    I'm your newest follower via GFC. Come visit me over at My Sesame Seed Buns sometime!

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  9. Mmmm... Your French toast looks great! I don't like bananas by themselves either! Nice choice for the challenge. :)

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  10. I make pancakes all the time but not French toast as much - thanks for giving me a reason to amend that and make this part of my weekend breakfast rotation!

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  11. Delicious and I love bananas foster.

    My Improv Cooking Challenge entry this month: Baked Bananas, hope that you'll stop over and check the recipe out.

    Lisa~~

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  12. Yum! What a delicious way to eat bananas foster.
    Mimi

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