Caramelized Banana & Cream Cheese Filled French Toast


As promised, here is this killer french toast recipe I made a few days ago. This stuff is beyond delicious. I could not stop eating it. It falls under the ridiculous category right along side these little bad boys.

I got an email a few weeks ago from one of my friends in Ottawa {hi Dawn!} telling me about the best french toast she’s ever had and explained the ingredients and how it’s made. Well, it left my mind for a week or two and then came back to my remembrance {with a vengeance} early this week!

So, from what I remembered in that email, I did my best to re-create it.

Sweet merciful, is this good. And not just good….goo-ood. Divine and heavenly. Seriously. Seriously. I’m not that big on bananas, but when you caramelize them and then put them with cream cheese and cinnamon? AND THEN smother the whole thing in butter and syrup?! You will just die. And then take another bite and die again.

For reals, guys. You all need to make this. Right now. I posted this recipe today for a reason. Tomorrow is Saturday! A perfect day to sleep in, relax and enjoy a decadent breakfast. You might even have time to go for a nice long run to burn off all those extra calories too! Haha! Just kidding.

I take full responsibility for all the calories you will inevitably consume with this meal. You’re welcome! :)

Have a great weekend!

Caramelized Banana & Cream Cheese Filled French Toast
yield: 4 servings
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Ingredients:

for the filling-
2 large bananas
2 tablespoons butter
2 tablespoons brown sugar
4 oz. cream cheese, softened
2 tablespoons granulated sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla
1/4 teaspoon cinnamon

for the french toast-
8 slices bread
4 eggs
1 cup milk
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 teaspoon cinnamon
pinch of salt

butter, for frying

Directions:
In a large skillet heat butter and brown sugar over medium-low heat. Slice bananas on the diagonal and place into hot pan. Cook 5 minutes per side or until bananas have caramelized. Remove from heat.

Mix cream cheese, sugar, vanilla and cinnamon together until combined. Spread an even layer of the cream cheese mixture over each slice of bread. Place bananas in a single layer on one slice and top with another slice of bread to create a sandwich. Repeat until there are 4 sandwiches created.

In a pie plate or other shallow dish, whisk eggs, milk, vanilla, cinnamon and salt together. Preheat large skillet to medium heat and melt 1 tablespoon of butter. Dip each sandwich in egg mixture right before placing into the hot pan to cook. Cook 2 minutes per side or until golden brown. Serve warm with butter and syrup.

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26 Responses to “Caramelized Banana & Cream Cheese Filled French Toast”

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    Erin — May 13, 2011 at 2:59 pm

    I love weekend Breakfasts like this!

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    Katrina — May 13, 2011 at 4:30 pm

    Wonderful breakfast! Yum!

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    Amber @ FromTheHeartsOf — May 13, 2011 at 7:16 pm

    Lauren,

    Love this! I am always looking forward to seeing your ‘latest’, and this surely didn’t disappoint. Thanks for sharing!

    Amber

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    Lauren at Keep It Sweet — May 13, 2011 at 7:44 pm

    So glad you posted this recipe because it really does sound amazing! Now I just need a good excuse to make it:-)

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    natalie (the sweets life) — May 13, 2011 at 7:45 pm

    oooh yum! I dreamt up a similar recipe that I plan to try tomorrow…glad to know it’s so yummy!

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    Barbara Bakes — May 13, 2011 at 10:17 pm

    What a great way to start the weekend!

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    Marilyn Brennan — May 14, 2011 at 5:54 am

    Wow, this is a great idea. Sounds perfect!

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    Yi @ Yi Reservation — May 14, 2011 at 6:34 pm

    Oh my, this french toast looks fantastic!
    I’ve been on a bread making spreed so I’ll have plenty of leftover bread to try my hands on this recipe.

    Thanks for sharing!

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    Jacqueline — May 14, 2011 at 7:52 pm

    Made this for a Saturday morning leisurely breakfast and with a side of home cured Canadian bacon, it was delicious! Thank you for a much easier take on stuffed french toast.

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    honeywhatscooking — January 7, 2012 at 5:22 pm

    this looks sensational. i don’t know why it took me so long to see this recipe – being that it is from May. I’m bookmarking. Thanks! You come up with amazing recipes – I’m assuming it is yours. :-)

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    LauraLee — January 8, 2012 at 5:51 pm

    OMG!! My 9y/o did most of the work and she is so proud how these turned out! So good!!

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    • Lauren — January 9th, 2012 @ 3:28 am

      How awesome is that? Love that your 9 year old made this!

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    Anna D. — February 19, 2012 at 8:03 pm

    Made this bit of heaven this morning and was in love. Even my husband, who really isn’t into sweet breakfasts, ate 1.5 of these!! Thank you for the recipe :)

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    Katie @ ohshineon — April 22, 2012 at 5:17 pm

    I’m definitely going to be making these soon… they look absolutely sinful :)

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    omg!! cant wait to try this — April 25, 2012 at 6:27 am

    looks so good!

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    Jocelyn — May 13, 2012 at 8:05 am

    I tried it w strawberry cream cheese and it was delicious

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    Andrea — May 18, 2012 at 7:51 pm

    I made this for breakfast this morning (even after waking up a half hour late and having to be to work early!) and I really loved it! I’ve always wanted to caramelize bananas but I guess I’ve just never gotten around to it! This recipe was so good! I topped mine with extra sliced banana, walnuts, and maple syrup! I’ll be making this again for sure and will try strawberries next time! Thanks!

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    Holly — July 29, 2012 at 2:39 pm

    I made these this morning and they were such a hit!
    I like to add crunch to a lot of my recipes, so I actually chopped up hazelnuts and coated the sandwich in the crumbs after the egg. They were delish. Thank you for sharing!

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    Yuliya — June 28, 2013 at 11:45 am

    omg how i wish i had bananas right this second. guess ill have to do jst plain french toast today, and tomorrow this one!

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    Dana — September 20, 2013 at 6:58 am

    I adore your recipes because most are so simple, yet turn out incredible!! I can’t wait to make this! I know my husband’s going to die when he eats this! YUM!

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    Ginger — September 29, 2013 at 6:53 am

    I was searching for a nice stuffed french toast and came across this so HAD TO try it. I used my home made yeast bread and this was a very good start to a Sunday morning. I like the fact that this wasn’t too sweet. Thanks for sharing.

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    samuel — October 9, 2013 at 9:36 am

    found this today, made it for me and my brother. and just finished eating it. it came out amazing. great meal. filling an delicious , a strawberry filling is next on my list. thank you.

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    Adrienne — January 11, 2014 at 6:04 am

    These were delicious but we found them REALLY sweet, even after I halved the sugar. Will make again, but perhaps not carmelize the bananas that are going into the toast, just a few for the top.

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    Sharon — January 21, 2014 at 7:27 am

    Wondering if this could be done ahead and refrigerated, and then baked the next morning? What do you think?

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    • Lauren — January 21st, 2014 @ 4:21 pm

      I think it would work but I wouldn’t soak the stuffed bread in the egg mixture until you’re ready to fry them up the next morning.

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