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Hawaiian Bread and Maple Banana Baked French Toast
  • prep: 5 min
  • cook: 30 min
  • total: 35 min
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  • Summary

    Assembly takes just 5 minutes, but French toast can be prepared as a make-ahead/overnight recipe if desired. Hawaiian Bread is so light, soft, and fluffy, and is the perfect sponge to soak up a sweet, buttery marinade. The marinade contains brown sugar, maple syrup, vanilla, cinnamon and spices, and gently and warmly flavors the bread and the diced banana bits. While baking, the bread caramelizes, and develops a slightly crusted exterior, yet retains a soft, tender interior. The bananas turn extra chewy and their flavor intensifies and takes on hints of maple. The smell of maple syrup, bananas, and bread baking is almost as good as the way the French toast tastes.

    Ingredients

    • 1/2 cup unsalted butter, melted
    • 2 large eggs
    • 1/2 cup milk or cream (regular, soy, almond, cashew, etc.)
    • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
    • heaping 1/3 cup maple syrup
    • 1/4 cup light brown sugar, packed
    • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
    • 1 tablespoon cinnamon
    • 1/4 teaspoon allspice
    • 1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
    • 1/4 teaspoon salt, optional and to taste
    • optionally add: about 1/2 cup raisins, blueberries (fresh or frozen), diced apples, peaches, or mangoes; coconut flakes
    • 1 pound Hawaiian Bread, diced in 1 1/2- to 2-inch pieces, or use Challah (If making this as an overnight/make-ahead option, use French bread, a French Baugette, or a crusty and hearty bread that can stand up to overnight soaking without disintegrating)
    • 2 medium ripe bananas, diced small (about 1 1/2 cups loosely measured banana bits)

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    Nutrition

    Nutritional Info
    ESHA
    • Servings Per Recipe: 4
    • Amount Per Serving
    • Calories: 7 % Daily Value *
    • Total Fat: 0 g 0.09%
    • Saturated Fat: 0 g 0.19%
    • Trans Fat: 0 g %
    • Cholesterol: 0 mg 0%
    • Sodium: 146 mg 6.07%
    • Calcium: 1 mg 0.14%
    • Potassium: 5 mg 0.14%
    • Magnesium: 0 mg 0%
    • Iron: 0 mg 0.08%
    • Zinc: 0 mg 0%
    • Total Carbohydrate: 0 g %
    • Dietary Fiber: 0 g 0.22%
    • Sugar: 0 g
    • Protein: 0 g
    • Alcohol: 1 g
    • Omega 3 Fatty Acid: 0 g
    • Omega 6 Fatty Acid: 0 g
    • Vitamin A 0.02%
    • Vitamin C 0.08%
    • Vitamin D 0%
    • * Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your Daily Values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
    Diabetes Exchanges
    • Exchange - Fat0
    • Exchange - Fruit0
    • Exchange - NonFat Milk0
    • Exchange - Other Carbs0
    • Exchange - Starch0
    • Exchange - Vegetables0
    • Exchange - Lean Meat0
    • Exchange - Alcohol0
    MyPlate Info
    • MyPlate - Grain Total0 oz-eq
    • MyPlate - Vegetable Total0 c
    • MyPlate - Fruit0 c
    • MyPlate - Dairy0 c
    • MyPlate - Protein Total0 oz-eq