Banana Stuffed French Toast

Cooking the bananas before rolling them in bread softens the fruit in banana-stuffed French toast.

CASA GRANDE -- Warm, sweet bananas rolled in French toast and topped with syrup or powdered sugar is a combination likely to please most kids.

And while there are plenty of recipes for banana-stuffed French toast online, most do not cook the bananas before rolling them in the toast.

When I found a recipe online, on a YouTube site called Ayesha’s Kitchen, that cooked the bananas before rolling them in the bread, I had to give it a try.

In the kitchen with me when I prepared the banana-stuffed French toast recipe were three neighborhood children, Matthew and Colin Villa and Kenny Swoboda. Matthew is a middle-schooler who loves to cook and hopes to become a chef someday. Colin and Kenny have fun in the kitchen and enjoy trying new foods.

Their job was to help out in the kitchen and to determine if the online video we’d found was easy to follow and most importantly, did the resulting recipe taste good.

It’s long been said that breakfast is the most important meal of the day, and a 2019 study by the “Journal of the American College of Cardiology” backs up that claim by suggesting that skipping breakfast may increase a risk of heart attack or stroke in aging adults.

For growing kids, starting the day with a morning meal is also crucial as they head off to school and various activities. But due to limited time in the morning, feeling rushed and a perceived lack of variety, some kids skip breakfast.

In a recent survey of more than 14,000 people, breakfast cereal maker Kellogg’s found that while 89% of moms said they wanted their children to eat a morning meal, only 40% said their kiddos did eat breakfast every day.

French toast and pancakes rank high on the list of popular morning foods.

When we put the banana-stuffed French toast recipe to the test, we found that cooking the bananas softens the fruit and releases some of the sugars, giving the filling a warm, sweet and slightly mushy texture that’s appealing to children.

We served it up without any added syrup and only a sprinkling of powdered sugar. Adding fruit to the meal gives French toast or pancakes a good nutritional boost.

All the kids ate it and asked for more.

The recipe was simple to follow. The kids did much of the work themselves with some supervision and preparing the French toast took very little time, but it does take a bit longer than traditional French toast.

And all three of the kids determined banana-stuffed French toast is a yummy way to start the day.

Banana-stuffed French toast

Ayesha’s Kitchen

2 bananas, sliced

8 slices of bread

2 eggs, beaten

Cinnamon to taste

Salt and pepper to taste

2 tablespoons ghee (I used butter)

Slice bananas and sautée in butter or ghee until soft.

Beat egg and add cinnamon. Add salt and pepper.

Using a rolling pin, roll each slice of bread until thin. Place a spoonful of the warm bananas in the center of the bread and roll the bread.

Dip the rolled bread in the seasoned egg mixture and fry each side of the French toast roll until golden brown.

Top with extra sautéed bananas, syrup and sugar.

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Melissa St. Aude is the Arts & Entertainment editor at PinalCentral. She can be reached at mstaude@pinalcentral.com.

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