Breakfast is the most delicious meal of the day. I love creating big breakfasts for my family on Sunday mornings, with all the fixings. Some of my best memories growing up were Sunday breakfasts with my family. Bacon, hash browns, eggs and French Toast. Sometimes my dad would make waffles if we were extra special, but my favorite was always French Toast. As I got older my tastes changed and I fancied crepes filled with Nutella and bananas. It’s still a toss up over which breakfast dessert I prefer more, but today both of my favorite things are going to make a delicious little breakfast baby. Nutella and banana slices stuffed between two pieces of bread and dipped into a light crepey batter, then grilled up on the griddle and served with powdered sugar. Nutella and Banana Stuffed French Toast : Not your everyday meal, obviously, but a nice treat for a birthday, holiday breakfast or special occasion!
I first tried crepes with my cousin Julie at this little creperie in Walnut Creek, CA when I was like 23. I was instantly hooked, and when I moved to LA I was often found at 3rd Street grabbing some there as well. Eventually I got smart and learned to just make them myself, and saved like $500 a year in crepe fees. OK maybe that number is a bit high, but you know what I mean.
Well my little brain got to thinking recently, what if I could combine two lovable breakfast favorites into 1 super duper breakfast amazing treat? And thus Nutella and Banana Stuffed French Toast was born. My disclaimer is that this dish is VERY rich, and 1/2 a slice of stuffed French Toast is probably what a serving should be, but gorge at your own risk!
Nutella & Banana Stuffed French Toast Recipe
- 4 slices of day old, or slightly stale bread
- 2 eggs
- 1/4 cup flour
- 1/4 cup milk
- 2 tbsp melted butter (plus more for the griddle)
- 1 tbsp sugar
- 1 tsp vanilla
- pinch of salt
- 1 banana
- Powdered sugar for garnish
In a medium sized bowl, mix flour, salt, sugar and melted butter together. Add milk and stir together until incorporated and smooth. Add eggs and whisk until frothy. Set aside to thicken up.
To assemble the French Toast, start by spreading a bit of Nutella to the center of each slice of bread, leaving 1/2″ of an edge. Top 2 slices of bread with sliced bananas, and top with remaining 2 slices of bread. So you will have a stack like, bread, Nutella, banana, Nutella, bread. Press down lightly to “seal” the sandwiches.
Heat a large skillet on medium with a bit of butter. You can also use vegetable or coconut oil, I just like the layer of flavor the butter gives the finished result. Dip the sandwiches into the egg batter, and carefully turn to coat. Gently lay the battered sandwiches in the grill and cook about 3-4 minutes on each side until crispy and golden brown.
Remove from the pan, slice into triangular halves and dust with powdered sugar. Serve warm.
What are your favorite breakfast recipes?