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Baked Banana French Toast

This easy overnight recipe makes a delightful breakfast or brunch entrée. The flavor is reminiscent of banana pudding, so I’ve also served it for dessert.—Nancy Zimmerman, Cape May Court House, New Jersey
  • Total Time
    Prep: 20 min. + chilling Bake: 55 min. + standing
  • Makes
    12 servings


  • 2 cups sliced ripe bananas
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 9 cups cubed French bread
  • 1 package (8 ounces) cream cheese, cubed
  • 9 large eggs
  • 4 cups 2% milk
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1/4 cup butter, melted
  • 1/4 cup maple syrup
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon


  • In a small bowl, toss bananas with lemon juice. Place half of bread in a greased 13x9-in. baking dish; layer with cream cheese, bananas and remaining bread.
  • In a large bowl, whisk eggs, milk, sugar, butter, syrup and cinnamon; pour over bread. Cover and refrigerate for 8 hours or overnight.
  • Remove from the refrigerator 30 minutes before baking. Bake, uncovered, at 350° until a knife inserted in the center comes out clean, 55-65 minutes. Let stand 10 minutes before serving.
Nutrition Facts
1 piece: 348 calories, 16g fat (9g saturated fat), 196mg cholesterol, 361mg sodium, 40g carbohydrate (20g sugars, 1g fiber), 13g protein.

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  • wolfmommy
    Apr 1, 2014

    Try it with blueberries. EXCEPTIONAL!

  • eyeball4
    Apr 1, 2014

    your bananas can't be too ripe or they will be watery.

  • MMG-J
    Apr 1, 2014

    This was delicious; we all loved it! I'm planning to make it again for Easter. Since I didn't have a lemon handy, I substituted a little orange juice.

  • lambasio
    Dec 1, 2013

    I was so excited to make this recipe, but extremely disappointed when my husband and I had our first bite. It was very watery; bananas have a tendency to get watery and this recipe was no exception. The egg part of the dish was not undercooked, which would have been an obvious explanation for the wateriness. The texture was off, and the overall flavor was just awful. So disappointing. I had to throw it all out as it was inedible.

  • Pearl411
    Sep 10, 2013

    A real keeper. Yummy!

  • margek1
    Sep 10, 2013

    it was so good, can still taste it