Tuesday, April 29, 2014

Sugar Free Banana French Toast Bake

 

 

 

Every week, I buy a loaf of whole wheat bread for sandwiches or toast and every week, I have some of the loaf leftover and on the verge of going stale. Such is the life in an empty nest household, so I decided to look for a quick, simple recipe for french toast. I love making a batch that I can keep in the fridge and reheat throughout the week. It seems like such an indulgence for breakfast, but really doesn't have to be :-)

Looking through recipes, I wasn't really finding what I was looking for, so I decided to combine a few recipes and make my own version. One recipe I looked at even suggested using leftover whole wheat hamburger buns for the french toast, which I thought was a great use of those stale buns we inevitably have after a cookout. I also easily made this recipe sugar free, by using Splenda and sugar free maple syrup.

This was a delicious way to prepare that french toast I crave, even on the busiest of mornings. The bananas help add to the sweetness and the cream cheese (low fat) is a delightful and unexpected twist. Please note - this recipe should be left overnight, but in a pinch you can refrigerate it for 2 hours before baking and it will be just fine.

 

Recipe for Sugar Free Banana French Toast Bake


4 slices whole wheat bread, cubed in 1 inch pieces

4 ounces low fat cream cheese

1 large banana, sliced

3 eggs, beaten

1 1/2 cups low fat milk

1/8 cup Splenda for baking

1/8 cup sugar free maple syrup

1/4 tsp cinnamon


In an 8 x 8 baking dish, coated with cooking spray, place bread cubes. Tuck cream cheese, cut into small pieces, throughout the bread cubes. Place sliced bananas on top. Whisk together, eggs, milk, Splenda, maple syrup and cinnamon. Pour mixture over top of bread cubes and cover baking dish. Place in fridge overnight. Bake covered for 30 minutes at 350 degrees. Uncover and bake an additional 25 to 30 minutes. Let sit 10 minutes before serving with additional sugar free maple syrup. Enjoy!


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16 comments:

  1. Oh my, that looks delicious. I so miss not being able to eat bananas.

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  2. That looks just scrumptious!!! Will try it soon!

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  3. I will try this always have left over bread and sometime over ripe bananas.
    Thanks

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  4. I will DEFINITELY be trying this out...LOVE French toast and LOVE bananas! YUM OUT!

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  5. Looks delicious and I love overnight french toast but we always make it for special occasions. The lowfat/lowcalorie version would be great during the week.

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  6. I've pinned this one to make for my next weekend guests (one of which is a diabetic). Perfect!

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  7. I really excited to read this blog. I am also from chef background and love to enjoy reading and learning new things.
    Personal Chef Los Angeles

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  8. Vicki, the Pres loves French Toast...I think he would really love this...thanks...:)JP

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  9. Yum, I love french toast! Thanks for sharing! I am one of our newest followers!

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  10. Love French Toast and this sounds delicious! Thanks for sharing with SYC.
    hugs,
    Jann

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  11. I'm a fan of French toast so will try this recipe soon. Thanks!

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  12. Oh yum, I will definitely make this. Thanks tons for linking to Inspire Me.

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  13. This sounds fantastic - I love French toast and have never tried using bananas! I do appreciate you sharing with Home and Garden Thursday,
    Kathy

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  14. This sounds really great, it's easy for me to transfer to a gluten and dairy free option. I love french toast, and just made it for the first time in over 15 years! I am a banana girl so this addition is nice. Thanks for sharing at Sunday's best, hope to see your creativeness at Sunday's Best tomorrow. PS - I pinned this!

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  15. Looks so yummy!

    - Alma, The Tablescaper

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