Apr 20, 2011

Bananas Fosters Topped Overnight French Toast




Dessert for breakfast? This make-ahead baked French toast casserole topped with Bananas Fosters will wow your guests this Easter! Put out some bowls of fresh berries and fruit and your guests wont even know this is a lightened up French Toast.

This was inspired by my Lightened Up Crème Brûlée French Toast. I had brought it to my cousins Kat's for New Years morning and she being the dessert queen that she is decided to make Bananas Fosters to top it off. It was heavenly so I wanted to recreate that day with a lighter version of it.

I tested this out on all my family members and everyone loved it. It's almost like a bread pudding, you could probably even enjoy this for dessert. Hope you enjoy! You can easily double this recipe for a bigger crowd.







Overnight Bananas Fosters French Toast
Gina's Weight Watcher Recipes
Servings: 8  • Serving Size: 1 slice with bananas • Points: 6 pts • Points+: 8 pts
Calories: 294.8 • Fat: 4.9 g • Protein: 10.5 g • Carb: 59 g • Fiber: 1.6 g    


Ingredients:

  • cooking spray
  • 10 oz Challah bread, sliced 1 inch thick (Hawaiian or Brioche would work)
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 cup egg substitute
  • 1-1/2 cups fat free milk
  • 1 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/4 cup agave or white sugar
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp Meyers rum or rum extract (optional)
For the Banana Topping:
  • 1 tbsp light butter
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar (packed)
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1 tbsp Meyers rum or 1 tsp rum extract (optional)
  • 4 medium ripe bananas, sliced

Directions:

Spray a 13 x 9-inch baking dish with cooking spray. Arrange bread slices in one layer in baking dish, squeezing them slightly to fit.

In a large bowl whisk together eggs, egg substitute, milk, vanilla, 1/2 tsp cinnamon, agave or sugar, salt and rum until combined well and pour evenly over bread. Cover and refrigerate at least 8 hours or overnight for best results.

Preheat oven to 350° F. and bring bread to room temperature.

Bake uncovered, in middle of oven until puffed and edges are pale golden, 40 to 45 minutes.



Meanwhile while it's baking, in a large deep sauté pan melt light butter over low heat. Add brown sugar, cinnamon, vanilla and rum and stir until sugar is dissolved. Add a few drops of water if needed and let sauce simmer about 2 minutes. Add sliced bananas and remove from heat. Keep covered until french toast comes out of the oven.



When french toast is cooked, divide among 8 plates and top with bananas. Enjoy!!


65 comments :

  1. Ahhhhh, you're killing me (in a good way)!!! This looks ssoooo YUMMY!!!! I have made the french toast before and LOVED it.... ate it for all three meals that day... hahaha!!! Now, I am sitting at work praying my Panera's has Challah bread when I get off work!!!

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  2. This looks so good! Do you know what the banana topping would be just by itself? I would put this on anything, like pancakes or oatmeal. :)

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  3. OMG!! Wish I wasn't fat!! I'd be eating this today:( I will print and give to family though in case they wanna make it. Not my fault if somebody else makes it right?

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  4. can i just use an extra egg if i don't have any egg substitute?

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  5. wow...looks so naughty but good! A lightened up Bananas Foster French Toast, I've got to try this one!

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  6. This sounds so wonderful. I love baked french toast for breakfast. The creme brulee recipe sounds great too! I usually make one with blueberries and orange juice but I can't wait to try this! Thank you! :)

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  7. wow...I never thought that the creme brulee french toast could get better...I was wrong! :)

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  8. Wow!!!!!!! I will have to try this for sure!!!

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  9. Amazing! My friend's birthday is next week, and he loves bananas foster. I think I will need to make this the morning after his party.

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  10. Taylor I calculated it all together, great idea though, if I get a chance I will check.

    Glenda, this is lightened up, as long as it fits into your points for the day your good! I really posted this for Easter. This is not something I would eat every day.

    Use egg whites in place of egg substitute.

    You are going to love this!

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  11. Oh my gosh! This looks delicious. Combining 2 of my boyfriend's favorite dessert's together. I'm definitely going to have to make this for him.

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  12. O-M-G!! I must have this in my belly!

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  13. the dessert queen sooooo approves! and I missed it???? wow! xoxo

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  14. Looks and sounds great, that's a perfect breakfast for me, totally my cup of tea ;)

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  15. Just found your site recently. LOVE IT!!!!! I'm on my 7th week of WW (20 lbs gone!!) and will definitely be trying some of your recipes. Thanks so much!!

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  16. I made your lightened up banana bread and used it as the bread for french toast and topped it with this.. yummmmm :) Thanks for all your great recipes! My family and I LOVE them!!!

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  17. Angela, wow!! What a great idea!! Why didn't I think of that :)

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  18. This looks amazing, I bet you can't even tell it is light!

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  19. Could you use the Banana recipe in this for a revamped banana creme pie?

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  20. Gina, I just adapted this using 14 slices of Wonder Smart Wheat in place of the Challah (we have an excess of bread right now!)...Thanks for sharing - I'm so glad I won't be cooking for my father & brother on Easter morning...and I can stay OP!!!

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  21. This is so awesome!! I made it this morning for Easter breakfast. Think it will be a tradition now. Thanks for all your hard work in making these delicious recipes for those watching our weight that don't want to sacrifice good taste. I tell everyone about your site!!

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  22. I combined all of the nutritional information in Recipe Builder and it worked out to one point per serving. Each serving is an eighth of the total yield, roughly half a banana.

    Though I could be wrong...

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  23. Danielle, for just the bananas?

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  24. Gina,

    I made this recipe for my family, Easter morning and they loved it! The sweet banana topping was unbelievable. My husband and his parents are all on Weight Watchers, so this was a perfect recipe for everyone. I'm adding this recipe to my recipe collection, because I think I'll be requested to make it again. Thank you for making my life a little easier.

    Mel

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  25. This recipe is amazing and fairly easy to make. Thanks Gina!

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  26. I'm so happy you all enjoyed this, we all did too!!

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  27. This was absolutely delicious! It was also very easy; what a blessing for a busy Easter morning! :-) Thank you for this one. I agree with an earlier commenter - I'd love to make the bananas foster for a dessert by itself!! I can't believe it's only 1 point. I'll try to figure it out myself to be sure.

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  28. Fantastic recipe - Made it for Easter morning. Loved by all!! Thanks Gina!

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  29. This looks incredible!! You never disappoint Gina! :)

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  30. Oh trust me, it is!!! I think I will be making the for Mother's Day Brunch!!

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  31. Hi Gina
    I went to my local grocery store to pick up the Challah bread, and even though I had never heard of this kind before, neither had the bakers! Any other name for it or substitutes?

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  32. So funny Lau, it's ALWAYS in my supermarket! I think it's Jewish. You can use Hawaiian bread or Brioche.

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  33. I made this for Mother's Day - outstanding as usual! I might make the topping by itself just for ice cream/yogurt. I couldn't find Challah anywhere. After calling my local Panera bread, they made it for me on special order for $2.29. I just had to order it 3-4 days in advance.

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  34. Delicious! This looks perfect and tastes even better!

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  35. I could hardly sleep last night in anticipation for this lushus breakfast. IT DID NOT DISAPPOINT. I had to make a couple of changes 1. cut the recipe in half 2. used sliced french bread. Very good!

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  36. So glad I found your site!! I am going to modify this recipe to cut out all the sugar but I still think it will taste yummy! :-)

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  37. Omg!! I just died and went to heaven!! Amazing! Usually I like to modify recipes, but this one was perfect as is!

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  38. Found your site by googling a picture for Chicken Parmesan 4 days ago... my lucky day~JackPot!

    This website is so fabulous, I am not a good cook outside of just traditional Mexican cooking, but you have allowed me to explore and try new things!

    My 1 year old little Lucy loved the Mac&Cheese with Spinach and Healthy Chicken Nuggets, even my every so picky 9 year old loved it. Your are 3 for 3, both recipes where a big hit plus I also made the breaded shrimp; first time in my life i've bought shrimp to cook.

    This is next on my list to excited.
    Thank you for making me a good cook! :-)

    I hope you and your family are blessed many times over.

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  39. @Chef Laur I went to checked all the grocery stores in my area that I am familiar with and no one carried it. I went to my local Kroger and said I have to ask the lady in the bakery what is the deal with this bread. She told me that it's expensive and it sells really slow so she doesn't order it much. But she placed a special order for me. Try asking someone in the bakery to order it. I'm picking my order up tomorrow can't wait to try it :)

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  40. Okay so ?I finally got a chance to make this and my children LOVED IT!! My husband also enjoyed this. I made it as a dessert but next time I will make it for breakfast. YUM!!

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  41. Oh My! Made the "banana topping" part of this recipe and served over light vanilla ice cream. Absolutely delicious.

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  42. I made this to be special Christmas morning breakfast with Brown and Serve turkey sausage (another 3 pp+). Great treat! Yummie. Only hubby and me so I halved. Next text, how will the 3 leftover portions "travel" that is work for a microwaved second breakfast or lunch tomorrow!

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  43. jennifer gambino12/31/11, 10:46 AM

    Had this today for a special New Year's Eve morning breakfast, and it was fabulous!! Thanks, Gina!

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  44. Somehow I missed this recipe when it was originally posted so I am SO glad to see it now. Bananas Foster is my FAVORITE dessert (just had it for NYE). I am going to make this and serve either with NF Frozen Vanilla Yogurt OR FF Cool Whip.

    Not sure if the 1 PointsPlus for just the topping was right but will check it out.

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  45. Looks delicious, definitely going to make this! How do you recommend storing extras and reheating?

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  46. I've made this twice now......nobody knew it was "diet"! Very good!

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  47. If bananas are the top five foods not to eat how does it get to a dessert and is good to eat.

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  48. Stephylynn021/3/12, 11:06 PM

    I just wanted to say I made this on Christmas morn and it was a hit! We all loved it! And yes we reheated it like 2 days later and it was still wonderful :)

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  49. This recipe is FABULOUS!!! Made it with some light raisin bread too! Making more today!!! Thank you!! :o)

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  50. Challah bread is kosher and meant for Shabbat dinners on Friday night for practicing Jews! But every other day it is a sweet and fluffy bread that pairs great with anything especially honey! Can't wait to try this recipe, you had me at the bread!!! : )

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  51. If I double the recipe do I still use one 13x9 pan or two separate ones?

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  52. This is in the oven at this very moment! Can't wait to find out how yummy it is!!!

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  53. Yummy! Made this morning and it was amazing...No left overs with a family of four!!!

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  54. This was a perfect Easter morning breakfast for my family!! Loved it!!

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  55. This was awesome, you are awesome... thank you for your work. You make it soo easy to be on WW. I have a husband who looks at a big mac and loses weight, while I run marathons and gain weight. Its time for you to get a show on food network, a shoe deal, and run for congress. I'm a fan!

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  56. Im just curious where you ladies live that couldnt find the challah..Im Jewish and live in NYC so you can get it really at any store or bakery.So to me it's so interesting that you cant get it
    Thanks

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  57. Amazing recipe. I bet it would be really good with apples in place of bananas. The topping reminded me of cracker barrel fried apples.

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  58. I couldnt find the Challah either. I know I have seen it before but the one particular place I was had never heard of it, so I had to get the Hawaiian. I'm wondering how much that will affect the calorie count? I'm sure it will be delicious. It's going in the oven tomorrow morning.

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  59. This is a delicious recipe. It is still light but tastes as good as any typical heavy breakfast. My family loved it!

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  60. Yum, must try this... I'd be the one trying to fit some unsalted peanut butter in there somewhere <3

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  61. Made this Christmas morning and Oh.My.Word. We all decided it's our new Christmas morning tradition! Had been looking up lots of decadent recipes and they were all just over the top fattening, so thought I'd look for a skinny sub just in case you had something and you, of course, did not disappoint! Love this!

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  62. This recipe sounds great.. but I'm not big on banana's, do you think would turn out ok with pineapple?

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  63. God! You need your own cooking show if you don't have one.

    Thank you for posting all of these recipes! I can cook guilt free and enjoy :)

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