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I love having breakfast completely prepared the night before and just having to pop it in the oven in the morning. One of my favorite overnight breakfast casseroles is my baked Bananas Foster French toast with caramelized bananas. It’s right up there with my strawberry brioche French toast and my stuffed raspberry French toast. The bananas make it so decadent – just like eating Bananas Foster for breakfast!

Overnight Bananas Foster baked French toast in a skillet

Overnight French toast is made by soaking bread in milk and cream overnight so that that all of the liquid is absorbed. In the morning, you bake the recipe and end up with a super moist French toast that is almost like bread pudding.

To give the French toast a Bananas Foster flavor, I add caramelized bananas. Bananas Foster is a dessert where warm bananas fried in brown sugar, butter, and a little rum are served over ice cream.

Caramelized bananas in a skillet with a yellow spatula

For the French toast version, you could add the caramelized bananas as a French toast topping after it’s done baking – but in my recipe, I love to put them on the French toast before baking. That way, you get some baked in to every bite!

How to Make Overnight Bananas Foster French Toast Casserole

The two best breads to use for French toast are challah and brioche. They are both enriched breads, which means that they have eggs and fat in addition to flour, water, and yeast. Challah typically uses oil as the fat and brioche uses butter. While I absolutely love challah French toast, once I discovered brioche, there was no turning back.

Start by ripping brioche apart into a 6 cup baking dish such as a 10″ round or an 8″ square baking dish . The whole point is to break the bread up so it isn’t one big piece. The size of the pieces you end up with doesn’t really matter. Although many people prefer to use stale bread in their French toast, I find that fresh brioche works perfectly in this recipe. The end result is really moist, but not soggy.

Tip: I like baking in cast iron because it yields a rustic presentation, but any oven-safe dish is fine.

Ripping brioche bread into a skillet

Top with caramelized bananas. Be sure to include all of the caramel sauce in the pan along with the bananas.

Read my guide to making caramelized bananas to learn more about how to prepare the topping. Did you know that you can make them in the microwave? It is super easy! Frying them is the best method, but in a pinch, the microwave works just fine.

Bananas on brioche in a cast iron skillet

Pour a mixture of eggs, milk, heavy whipping cream, sugar, spices, and vanilla over the top of the bread and caramelized bananas.

Then, cover the dish and refrigerate overnight so it’s ready to bake and serve in the morning.

pouring liquid over baked French toast casserole

Bake until there is no liquid remaining. If you see any liquid pooling at the top of the dish, it’s not done yet.

Tip: Food cooked in more shallow bakeware cooks more quickly. Since bakeware varies by brand, always keep an eye on your French toast as it nears completion to make sure it doesn’t get too dried out.

Bananas Foster baked french toast right out of the oven

Serving Instructions

Bananas Foster french toast on a plate with a dollop of whipped cream

Bananas Foster French toast is sweet enough that it doesn’t need any topping, but if you want it to be extra decadent, it is SO good with a dollop of whipped cream on top!

Tip: Ideally, serve baked French toast hot out of the oven. Like a souffle, you’ll find that the French toast will look prettiest right out of the oven and will deflate some as it cools. If you need to reheat it, microwave individual pieces for about one minute or heat the whole casserole dish covered in the oven at 250 F for 30 minutes.

This French toast lasts about one week in the refrigerator or several months in the freezer if removed from the casserole dish and sealed in an airtight container.

Best Tips for Making Brioche French Toast

  • Use fresh brioche for soft and custardy French toast.
  • Whisk all of the wet ingredients really well so there are no separate cooked egg bits in the French toast.
  • Food cooked in more shallow bakeware cooks more quickly. Since bakeware varies by brand, always keep an eye on your French toast as it nears completion to make sure it doesn’t get too dried out.
  • Serve straight from the oven if possible. Like a souffle, you’ll find that the French toast will look prettiest right out of the oven and will deflate some as it cools.

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Overnight Bananas Foster Baked French Toast Casserole

This MUST-TRY overnight Bananas Foster baked French toast casserole is a showstopper! It is loaded with caramelized bananas!
Course Breakfast
Cuisine American
Keyword baked french toast, baked french toast recipe, bananas foster French toast, french toast casserole, overnight French toast
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 55 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 5 minutes
Servings 6 servings
Calories 433kcal

Ingredients

Caramelized Bananas Ingredients

  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter room temperature
  • 4 bananas medium-sized and sliced - about one cup of sliced bananas
  • 1/3 cup brown sugar

Brioche French Toast Ingredients

  • 8 ounces brioche ripped into chunks
  • 4 large eggs
  • 1 cups whole milk
  • 1/4 cup heavy whipping cream
  • 2 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon

Instructions

Caramelized Bananas Instructions

  • Melt butter in a skillet on medium heat.
  • Add bananas and brown sugar and stir until sugar is completely melted and bananas are coated in the sugar.
  • Continue stirring for another three minutes or until sauce formed by the brown sugar thickens. Watch closely to make sure that the sugar doesn't burn.
  • Remove from the heat.

Brioche French Toast Instructions

  • Grease a 6 cup baking dish or oven-safe skillet such as a 10" round or an 8" square baking dish.
  • Evenly distribute the brioche in the dish and top with caramelized bananas and all of the caramelized sugar it is sitting in.
  • In a large bowl, whisk together the remaining ingredients and pour evenly over bread.
  • Cover the casserole dish and refrigerate overnight.
  • When ready to bake, preheat the oven to 350 F.
  • Bake for 90 minutes or until no liquid remains.

Notes

For An Oven-Baked or Microwave Alternative to the Caramelized Bananas:
  • Use the same ingredients.
  • Place bananas in an oven-safe or microwave-safe baking dish, cut the butter into small pieces and distribute them evenly over the bananas.
  • Top with the brown sugar.
  • Bake at 400 F for 20 minutes or microwave on high for two minutes (microwave time may vary based on the power of your microwave).
  • Use a spoon to cover any bare spots on the bananas with caramel sauce before using.

Nutrition

Nutrition Facts
Overnight Bananas Foster Baked French Toast Casserole
Amount Per Serving
Calories 433 Calories from Fat 180
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 20g 31%
Saturated Fat 11g 55%
Cholesterol 201mg 67%
Sodium 241mg 10%
Potassium 399mg 11%
Total Carbohydrates 54g 18%
Dietary Fiber 2g 8%
Sugars 27g
Protein 10g 20%
Vitamin A 17.2%
Vitamin C 8.3%
Calcium 11.5%
Iron 6.9%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
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Busy mornings during weekdays? Prepare your breakfast the night before with this easy to make Overnight Bananas Foster French Toast Casserole. Pop it in the oven in the morning and you'll have a decadent breakfast in 20 minutes!
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