FLASHBACK POST: Go Ahead, Indulge: Peanut Butter Banana French Toast | Recipe

Originally published February 25, 2010 on Bacchus & I

This may be the best recipe I ever post.

Inspired by a Bobby Flay creation on Iron Chef, working to highlight the special ingredient, peanuts, I made my own version of the meal while living abroad in Spain.  Staying in the L’eixample area of Barcelona, I was on my own, in my own kitchen for the first time, traveling around Europe with my friends.  Life was beautiful!  The only problem with Spain, as far as I could tell, was that everything closed on Sundays. And when I say everything, I mean EVERYTHING.  That is, of course, except churches.

What this meant for me was that if I forgot to go shopping Saturday, I’d be hungry Sunday.  Finding myself in this predicament on several Sundays I was often left with nothing in my kitchen but bread, peanut butter and eggs.  Lucky for me, I had seen Iron Chef, Battle Peanut right before I departed for Europe and had some idea what I could do to forge these ingredients into a dish that would keep me full for quite awhile and also be insanely delicious.  I have to admit, this is one of the best concoctions I think I’ve ever put together, muy muy rico, and I’m excited to share my recipe for Peanut Butter Banana French Toast with you (estoy muy emocianda compartir esta receta contigos…still have it…I think).

If you ever need something completely indulgent for breakfast or dessert, I recommend you turn to this recipe.  And best of all, there are several variations to fit any craving.  Here is the basic recipe:

  • 2 pieces of bread (preferably Challah or another light, sweet bread.  Basic white bread will do!)
  • Appx. 1/4 cup peanut butter
  • 1 tbsp butter
  • 2 eggs
  • half a banana
  • maple syrup and/or powdered sugar

1.) Combine eggs one tablespoon peanut butter in a bowl and mix until smooth.

2.) Spread remaining peanut butter on both slices of bread and top with sliced banana. Put the sandwich together.

3.) Melt one tablespoon of butter in a frying pan over medium heat. 

4.) Dip the peanut butter banana sandwich in the egg batter. Place the dipped sandwich in the pan and cook both sides until browned. Be sure to brown the edges of the sandwich as well- you don’t want any raw egg! When all sides have browned, place on a dish and top with your topping of choice: maple syrup, powdered sugar, strawberries, chocolate, the list goes on.

Other variations to try: Peanut Butter & Nutella, Peanut Butter, Banana & Nutella (The Ultimate!), Peanut Butter & Honey.

To see Bobby Flay’s more elaborate Peanut Butter & Banana French Toast, click here.