This Banana Bread Stuffed French Toast is a decadent and delicious way to start your day! Thick banana bread slices sandwich a sweet ricotta mixture, and the entire thing is topped with a rich and creamy custard. Brunch never tasted so good!
This stuffed french toast recipe is perfect for using up leftover banana bread, or any other thick sliced bread you have on hand. It’s great for a fun and easy brunch, or for a special occasion like Mother’s Day or a birthday. It’s also a fun way to get your kids involved in the kitchen. They’ll love spreading the cheese and adding the custard – and they’ll love eating it even more!
Why You’ll Love This Stuffed French Toast Recipe
- Great way to use up leftover bread. Whether you have some slightly stale banana bread, challah, brioche, or any other thick sliced bread, this recipe will turn it into a delicious breakfast or brunch!
- Rich and creamy. The ricotta cheese filling adds a wonderful texture and flavor to the stuffed french toast. And that custard… It’s like having a cheesecake for breakfast, but better!
- Totally customizable. Easy brunch recipes are meant to be 100% yours. No need to follow a rigid recipe here. You can use any kind of berries you like, or even other fruits like bananas, peaches, or apples. And you can completely change the flavor profile by using anything other than banana bread. Get creative!
- Fun brunch recipe. This stuffed french toast is perfect for celebrating a special occasion, or just making an ordinary weekend brunch more special. It’s a treat that everyone will love.
Ingredients For Banana Bread Stuffed French Toast
- Leftover bread. I used slices of stale banana bread, but you can use any bread as long as it’s about an inch thick.
- Ricotta. I like the texture of part skim ricotta for this filling.
- Vanilla extract
- Toppings. I love mixed berries and a little powdered sugar, but you can use any toppings you’d like.
How to Make Banana Bread French Toast
- Prepare. Preheat your oven to 350 and grease an 8×8 baking dish with cooking spray.
- Make the ricotta mix. Combine the ricotta, sugar, and cinnamon in a bowl and mix it until completely combined.
- Make the custard. Whisk together the milk, eggs, and vanilla in a separate bowl or large measuring cup.
- Combine. Spread the ricotta mixture on 4 slices of banana bread. Place the slices, cheese-side up in the baking dish, and top with the remaining slices of banana bread. Top with the custard.
- Bake. Bake the banana bread stuffed french toast for 40-45 minutes or until the center is completely set and golden brown.
- Cool and serve. Let the stuffed french toast cool for at least 10 minutes before serving. Cut and enjoy!
Recipe Tips And Variations
- Stale bread is best. Even though it sounds a little weird, stale bread works way better than freshly made bread. You’ll want to use slices that are at least 3 days old so they hold up well to the baking. Otherwise, fresher banana bread will just fall apart.
- Try full fat ricotta. While I like a slightly thinner cheese filling, a full-fat ricotta will add more creaminess and richness. You can also add some lemon zest for some extra fresh flavor.
- Use a water bath. While this recipe absolutely doesn’t need it, try to use a water bath next time you bake it! This is a technique where you place the baking dish inside a larger pan with a small amount of hot water. This helps the stuffed french toast cook evenly and prevent it from drying out. If it’s good enough for cheesecake, it’ll work here too!
- Toppings, toppings, toppings. While I love the combo of fresh berries and powdered sugar, feel free to get super creative with your toppings! Some rich maple syrup and whipped cream would be pretty amazing, as would some chopped nuts and chocolate chips!
Banana bread french toast is a complete meal all on its own – trust me! With that said, I love pairing it with a side of my air fryer bacon almost every time. And if I’m serving this at a larger brunch or get together, it’s fun to add other easy brunch recipes like breakfast enchiladas, a western omelet, or an egg white frittata. Top it all off with a tasty coffee drink like a Starbucks London fog drink or a coffee frappe!
How to Store Leftovers
You can store the leftover banana bread stuffed french toast in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 3 days. To reheat, you can microwave it for a few minutes or bake it in the oven (preferred) at 350°F for 10 to 15 minutes, until warm. You can also freeze the leftover french toast for up to 3 months. To thaw, you can either leave it in the refrigerator overnight, or microwave it on low power for a few minutes. Then, you can reheat it as described above. Enjoy!
More Easy Brunch Recipes
Banana Bread Stuffed French Toast
- 8 slices stale leftover banana bread or any other thick sliced bread (slices should be close to 1-inch thick)
- 2 cups part skim ricotta cheese
- 1/4 cup sugar
- 1/2 tablespoon ground cinnamon
- 1 cup milk
- 3 whole eggs
- 2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
- 2 cups mixed berries
- powdered sugar (optional)
- Preheat oven to 350.
- Grease a 8×8 baking dish with cooking spray; set aside.
- In a mixing bowl, combine ricotta cheese, sugar, and ground cinnamon; mix until thoroughly combined.
- Spread ricotta mixture onto each slice of bread.
- Place 4 bread slices, cheese-side up, in prepared baking dish.
- Cover with remaining bread slices, cheese-side down.
- In a large mixing bowl, whisk together milk, eggs, and vanilla until blended.
- Pour over bread.
- Bake for 40 to 45 minutes, or until center is set and top is golden brown.
- Let cool for 10 minutes.
- Top with berries and powdered sugar.
Nutritional info is an estimate and provided as courtesy. Values may vary according to the ingredients and tools used. Please use your preferred nutritional calculator for more detailed info.