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I am not much of a breakfast person even though I've heard time and again how good breakfast is for you and how you NEED to eat breakfast. I do. I eat breakfast. Things like oatmeal, yogurt, cereal, and all that good for you stuff. It's simply for self-preservation and to ease my breakfast-hating soul.
But BRUNCH...brunch is a concept that I am wholeheartedly behind. 100%. I truly do adore breakfast foods in all varieties but NOT at 6am in the morning. Come later in the day and if I see a waffle or french toast I will hunt you down, tackle you, and eat all the food. No apologies. Do NOT get between me and my breakfast food after 9am!
These banana bread french toast sticks are one of my favorite brunch recipes. They are so stinking pretty and easy that they appeal to my lazy Saturday morning soul as much as my brunch-loving soul (come-on, isn't everyone complex? and complicated?). I make up a batch of banana bread using Tastefully Simple Hearty Banana Bread Mix and turn it into a tower of dipping deliciousness that my family loves. Loves.
Let me tell you a trick to getting great Banana Bread French Toast sticks...
Slice your banana bread into sticks and then let them dry out overnight.
Using fresh and moist banana bread will give you a giant french toast nightmare of mush. They will fall apart on you because they are just to0 moist and soggy. But...drying out the bread gives room for the egg mixture to moisten the bread and do it's thing without a mushy mess.
I would love to tell you to use your leftover banana bread for french toast but we all know that that is an oxymoron...
there is no such thing as leftover banana bread.
Plan on making a batch or two of fresh banana bread the day before you want brunch (in my case, I make a batch of Friday for Saturday brunch) and stash it away from sneaky fingers.
My favorite french toast recipe includes a bit of Triple Sec for an extra vibrant kick and I have included my recipe below. But, if you have a favorite recipe pull it out and put it to use...it will be fantastic! Be sure to fry up your sticks in butter for the best results, and serve your sticks with dipping syrup. We are big fans of Tastefully Simple's Blackberry Syrup for just the right touch of fruit flavor and fun.
P.S. For a couple more Tastefully Simple recipes here on NellieBellie try:
3 Ingredient Pumpkin Chai Donuts: these are one of Levi's favorite after school snacks and are easy enough that HE loves making them himself.
Gluten-Free Chocolate Chip Cookie topped brownie: We don't think gluten-free means missing out on fast and delicious treats. These brownies are ridiculous in ALL the good ways!
- 1 loaf pan banana bread sliced into about 1 inch thick sticks
- 4 eggs
- 2/3 cup milk or cream
- 2 teaspoons cinnamon
- 1 teaspoon vanilla
- 1/4 cup Triple Sec
- Mix all ingredients together, minus the bread, being sure eggs are properly beaten.
- Dip sticks into batter and cover all sides letting sit in the egg mix for a couple seconds.
- Fry in melted butter for about 2 minutes on all sides in frying pan on medium heat, until golden brown.
- If desired, sprinkle with powdered sugar and serve with Blackberry Syrup.