This easy healthy banana french toast bake is a delicious way to use up your ripe bananas creating a fantastic brunch dish everyone will love! Low in sugar and fat, this french toast casserole takes minutes to throw together.
French toast bake is a super tasty way to enjoy your morning eggs! I came to this conclusion after making my easy French Toast Casserole with Blueberries not long ago. No matter how many ingredients you add to your French toast casserole it won’t burn as it no doubt would if you made it in a frying pan. It’ll stay fluffy on the inside and nicely crisped up on the top.
Especially if you use rolls (soft buns) rather than bread. Rolls are light and they absorb the egg mixture very quickly so you won’t need to prepare anything the night before. I’ve used rolls in all my French toast recipes and the results have always been great! See for example this low sugar, delicious Chocolate Raspberry French Toast Skillet. You may also like these Strawberry Vanilla French Toast Muffins.
This banana French toast casserole is pretty uncomplicated and I’ve included a few photos to guide through the steps.
How to make healthy banana French toast bake
Tear up the buns and place in your casserole dish.
Mash the bananas using a fork, then add the eggs and milk and stir until well combined.
Pour the mixture over the bread, stir thoroughly and leave aside for 5 minutes. Give another stir, sprinkle with the wheatgerm (omit if using wholewheat buns), and sugar, drizzle with the butter and bake for 30 minutes. Remove from the oven and tuck in!
Why is this Banana French toast casserole healthy?
This baked French toast casserole recipe is pretty low in both fat and sugar so it’s quite healthy. I only used a bit of melted butter for drizzling so the top would crisp up. Plus I used low in fat, semi-skimmed milk. As for the sugar, apart from the bananas, which are naturally sweet, you’ll only need a bit of sugar to sprinkle over the top. Last but definitely not least is the addition of the wheatgerm in this banana French toast recipe. Wheatgerm is packed full of goodness and sprinkled over the top will also add colour and a subtle nutty flavour.
Add the wheatgerm for extra fibre only if you are using white buns. If you choose wholewheat buns there is no need to add the wheatgerm.
I recommend mashing the bananas using a fork, not pureeing. You’ll be able to better appreciate the sweet baked banana pieces tucked in between the bread chunks.
More recipes for using up ripe bananas
Ripe bananas never go to waste in my house. I actually sometimes let them get overriped just so I can make a banana bread! I’ve used them to make this nutritious Banana Bread with Quinoa, as well as this aromatic Ginger Pear Banana Wholewheat Bread.
Healthy Banana French Toast Bake
- 3 medium rolls/buns, white or wholewheat
- 3 very ripe medium bananas
- 3 large eggs
- 1/3 cup semi-skimmed milk
- 1 tbsp demerara sugar
- 1 tbsp wheatgerm, if using white buns
- 2 tbsp melted butter
- Preheat the oven to 375 F/ 190 C/gas mark 5. You will need a medium size casserole dish approx. 6 cm deep.
- Tear up the buns and place in your casserole dish (they should be nice and snug).
- Mash the bananas using a fork, then add the eggs and milk and stir until well combined. (You can whisk the eggs a little before adding into the mixture)
- Pour the mixture over the bread, stir thoroughly and set aside for 5 minutes. Give another stir, sprinkle the wheatgerm (omit if you are using wholewheat buns), sugar, drizzle with the melted butter and bake for 30 minutes.
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