French toast is a classic breakfast staple. There are so many creative ways to modify it to make it your own.
This Toddler Banana French Toast is not only healthy for your toddler, but for all household members as well! This recipe is packed with healthy ingredients and skips on the sugary syrup or add ons what you normally find on french toast.
I’m always on the hunt for creating the perfect toddler meals that are filled with good balanced nutrition. I can honestly say that not only did my own toddler love this french toast, but I joined him in eating some and they were delicious!
Looking for more toddler friendly breakfast ideas? Check out:
Healthy Scrambled Tofu for Toddlers
Toddler Friendly Blueberry Pancakes
ABC – Apple Banana Carrot Muffins
What’s in Banana French Toast:
Banana – Okay, this is obvious, it is called “Banana French Toast”. Banana is a great source of potassium and has a delicious, naturally sweet flavor which makes it a favorite among toddlers.
Whole Wheat Bread – whole wheat bread is of course healthier than white bread. It has extra fiber as well as other vitamins and minerals that are not found in white bread.
Eggs – are a great way to contribute to protein intake as well as essential fats.
Milk – using milk here adds some moisture to the french toast. It also has the added benefits of proteins as well (gotta get that protein in!)
Vanilla extract – this is just a great way to add in a little more flavor. Vanilla and banana pair very well together as well as…
Cinnamon – another great spice that really brings out the banana flavor.
Maple syrup – This is optional to serve with your french toast but it does give it a great flavor. The idea is to eliminate processed sugars so maple syrup is always my go to syrup choice.
Of course there are other options if you don’t have some of these things readily available or if little one has a food allergy.
Whole Wheat Bread – you can easily swap out for a gluten free bread instead of using whole wheat bread. Gluten free bread still has a great texture and taste that would still make a great french toast!
Eggs – the main purpose of the eggs in the french toast is as a “binder”. The other option here would be to use cornstarch. Just mix your liquids together first and add in no more than a tablespoon of cornstarch. If you add more it could hide the flavor and we don’t want that!
Milk – this french toast can easily be made dairy free by subbing in a vanilla flavored almond milk, coconut milk, oat milk or even cashew milk. Whatever your milk preference.
The great thing about french toast is that you can add just about anything on top of them.
Fruits: Just about any berry will pair amazingly with banana. Blueberries, Strawberries, raspberries, etc. Those will also be a great way to contribute to extra nutrients for little one.
Spices: you can also play with some different spices here as well, I just only like adding about a ¼ of a teaspoon of spices tho so I don’t overpower the flavor of the bananas. The idea is to enhance the flavor of the banana. Some other spices to try are nutmeg, clove, allspice, ginger, or cardamom.
How to Make Toddler Banana French Toast:
The thing I love so much about french toast is how simple and quick it is to make. When you have a little one at your feet demanding your attention, it’s always nice to have a quick meal up your sleeve to appease them.
To make the french toast, first grab your griddle, skillet or pan you’ll be using and a non-stick spray. Set the temperature on low so it starts to warm up. Then mash your banana up in a shallow bowl until its mush. I recommend using either one large ripe banana or 2 smaller ones. Then add your eggs, milk, vanilla and cinnamon to the shallow bowl and whisk together until combined.
If you’re using a large griddle skillet, you can cook these all at the same time or you can also just make them once slice at a time in a non-stick pan. Spray your pan and keep the heat on medium-low so it doesn’t burn your french toast. Then you’ll simply dip your bread into the liquid mixture, making sure it coats it well, and place on your griddle or skillet and cook for 2-3 minutes each side. Serve with maple syrup if desired.
Can you freeze french toast?
If you want to make this french toast ahead of time to have it more readily available, you can always make it ahead of time. Just simply make your toast, allow it to cool completely and wrap in a plastic wrap tightly and freeze for 1-2 months.
Reheating french toast:
Its super easy to reheat the french toast after being frozen, just pop it in your toaster for 3-4 minutes (kind of like an eggo waffle) and voila! Easy breakfast ready to go for your little one!
BLW Baby & Toddler Banana French Toast recipe:
This recipe is great for babies to practice self feeding. simple cut the french toast into small squares and its perfect food for babyled weaning.
- 4 slices of whole wheat or gluten free bread
- 2 eggs or egg substitute
- 1-2 ripe bananas
- 1/3 cup of full fat milk or milk substitute
- 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
- 1/4 tsp cinnamon
- ¼ cup maple syrup for serving (Optional)
Yields: 4 slices of french toast
Prep time: 10 minutes
Cook time: 16 minutes (4 minutes total for each french toast piece)
- Prepare your griddle, skillet, or non-stick pan by setting heat to low to get it warmed up.
- Take banana and mash it in a shallow bowl until it is mush. (I did this with the back of a fork and it worked perfectly)
- Add milk, eggs, vanilla extract, and cinnamon to the mashed banana and whisk together until combined.
- Dip your bread sliced in the mixture until coated over and the mixture has soaked into the bread.
- Cook for 2-3 minutes on each side.
- Serve with maple syrup (optional)