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Strawberry Banana French Toast Casserole Recipe {Secret Recipe Club}

by Jeanette on March 12, 2012 ·
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This Strawberry Banana French Toast Casserole is the perfect breakfast or brunch recipe that will brighten up any day.
Strawberry Banana French Toast Casserole © Jeanette's Healthy Living

I’ve been keeping a secret the past few weeks. You see, I made this Strawberry Banana French Toast Casserole for my son who had his wisdom teeth pulled three weeks ago and wanted to share it with all of you, but I wasn’t allowed to until today. Today is “reveal day” for Group B of the Secret Recipe Club, created by Amanda of Amanda’s Cookin, and hosted by Suzanne of Thru the Bugs on My Windshield.

After my son had four of his wisdom teeth removed, I was faced with the challenge of coming up with soft foods that he could eat and enjoy. After the first day, he had already declared he would not eat another cup of yogurt or pudding. So, the next six days I spent a lot of time creating and cooking soft foods that tasted good and looked good. A few moms told me they just gave their kids pudding and jello, and I thought my son would be perfectly happy having an excuse to just eat sweets for a week. But, I was totally wrong. He told me he wanted “real” food.

Fortunately, I came across this recipe for Strawberry Banana French Toast Casserole on Successful Together. It sounded like the perfect recipe for my son…a soft delicious breakfast that included whole grains, fruit and protein. I made half the recipe using white whole grain bread (for my son who had his wisdom teeth removed), and the other half using gluten-free bread for my youngest who is allergic to wheat. Made in individual ramekins, this french toast casserole was a hit with both of my boys.

Strawberry Banana French Toast Casserole © Jeanette's Healthy Living

So far, everything I’ve tried for the Secret Recipe Club has come out really well, and I’ve had the opportunity to delve deeper into some blogs more intimately and get to know the person behind the blog. This club has grown so rapidly that Amanda has created four different groups that have a different reveal day during each month. The idea behind the Secret Recipe Club is to give bloggers the chance to try each other’s recipes without the other bloggers knowing it until everyone posts their results.

This month I was assigned to Angie, the blogger behind Successful Together. So, who is Angie? Angie lives in Anderson, SC with her loving Hubby and their three Furbabies. She loves to save money with coupons, and helps keep her life on track with Weight Watchers. Angie became a lifetime member of Weight Watchers in September of 2008 and has been able to keep off the 40 pounds she lost. Congratulations Angie!

From looking through Angie’s recipe index, you will notice that she loves pancakes, oatmeal and french toast. She also loves strawberries, bananas, and the combination of chocolate and peanut butter.  In fact, it took me a while to figure out which of Angie’s recipes to try. Her Banana Cinnamon French Toast with Strawberry Sauce, Chocolate Cherry Oatmeal, and French Toast Oatmeal Pancakes all sounded fantastic. For anyone who uses the Weight Watcher’s point system, Angie provides Weight Watcher points for all her recipes.

Just yesterday, I was reaching out to my Facebook fans for help pulling together some healthy recipes for our local food pantry. Angie happened to answer back – what a coincidence! I am featuring her Banana Cinnamon French Toast Casserole on one of the recipe cards. I am hoping to put together new recipe cards for our local food pantry every 2 weeks, so if any of you have easy healthy recipe ideas using pantry ingredients, please provide links or recipes in the comments section. Thanks!

Strawberry Banana French Toast Casserole Recipe

Rating: 51

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 25 minutes

Total Time: 35 minutes

Yield: 2-3

Strawberry Banana French Toast Casserole Recipe

Adapted from Success Together to be dairy-free and gluten-free if needed. Because one of my sons is gluten-free, I made half the recipe using white whole wheat bread and the other half using gluten-free bread, then baked each in separate ramekins.

Ingredients

  • 4 slices bread (gluten-free or whole grain), crust trimmed, cut into cubes
  • 1 banana, mashed
  • 6 strawberries, diced
  • 1/2 cup almond milk
  • 3 eggs
  • 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • maple syrup for serving

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Lightly grease a small baking dish or individual ramekins with spray oil. Place cubed bread in baking dish(es). Mix mashed banana, strawberries, milk, eggs, cinnamon and vanilla together in a medium bowl. Pour milk mixture over bread cubes and toss gently until bread is evenly coated.
  2. Bake for 20-25 minutes or until cooked through.
  3. Serve with maple syrup.
http://jeanetteshealthyliving.com/2012/03/strawberry-banana-french-toast-casserole-recipe-secret-recipe-club.html


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Comments

  1. It is beautiful!!!! Glad you liked it and you were able to find something that was helpful to your family :-) I really do love your presentation :-)

    • Jeanette Jeanette says:

      My kids really enjoyed this recipe Angie – thanks! It was fun visiting your blog and getting to know you better this month as part of SRC!

  2. This looks wonderful and the pictures are beautiful!

  3. Yum! These look and sound amazing!

  4. This looks amazing! Your red ramekins are gorgeous. Can’t wait to try this for breakfast!

  5. I love the red! This sounds fantastic – and I’m so glad it’s strawberry time again!

  6. Great SRC post! I could go for some of these right now even though I don’t have any wisdom teeth to take out!

  7. Oh my! This sounds perfectly delightful! Great choice! I made the Bhature bread; I love being in SRC

  8. Mmm looks delicious! I love your photos – the red is so pretty!
    Jo-Anna

  9. Bright and delightful! I love these mini casseroles.

  10. Gorgeous photos! I love baked french toast recipes like this, especially with strawberries! YUM!

  11. I love the individual portions and healthy tweaks. Looks mouth watering.

  12. I no longer have my wisdom teeth, but I’ve gone through what your son went through. Oh, how I would have loved this French toast casserole while my mouth was healing! I hope he’s doing better now.

  13. omg this looks great and healthy too!

  14. Pinned! Can’t wait to try this it sounds wonderful. And your son sounds just like the kind of kid a food blogger would be proud to have around–someone who knows when he needs “real” food. Hope he recovered well.

  15. This looked so good in the thumbnail, I had to come see about it! It sounds very healthy and delicious… nice choice for SRC!

  16. This looks delicious, Jeanette. And soft enough for someone with pulled wisdom teeth!

  17. Hi Jeanette,
    Your Strawberry Banana French Toast Casserole looks delicious and would be a very special breakfast or brunch treat. This is a great recipe! It is fun cooking with you at the SRC and hope you have a great week.
    Miz Helen

  18. This looks so good! What a combination of flavors. They’re all my favorites. Yum!

  19. What a sweet mom you are and what a wonderful dish you made!! Gorgeous, gorgeous photos as well!

  20. What a gorgeous dish. I’m sure that if this were served at a brunch, people would be raving about it.

  21. Looks delicious and the colors just pop, YUM!

    If you haven’t already, I’d love for you to check out my Group ‘A’ SRC entry: Broiled Sushi.

    Lisa~~
    Cook Lisa Cook

  22. This breakfast has all the ingredients I absolutely love. Kudos to Angie – and yay for you – for such a flavor-filled meal.

  23. Oh, I definitely wouldn’t mind getting my wisdom teeth pulled if my mom made me baked French toast like this. Look so, so delicious and I love that it’s healthy-ish.

  24. wow, that baked French toast looks awesome. My eldest son is one of those kids who’d eat pudding for a week straight without complaining :-)

  25. What a lovely breakfast idea. It’s reminiscent of bread pudding but for breakfast! Great idea.

  26. YUM! I need to make this ASAP!

  27. yummy!! my girls love fruit overload with their french toast..I am sure they would LOVE this!!

  28. Amazing way to start off any day! Great find, Jeanette!

  29. This is a great alternative to regular old french toast, which I somehow always neglect when I’m thinking of breakfast ideas. Love the addition of the fruit and that you used almond milk. Great choice!

  30. this looks delicious!!! i love the strawberry banana combo here. hehe and i like how it doesn’t have too much added sugar!

  31. Going on my “must make” list for sure! This looks amazing Jeanette, and I’m sure my whole family will love it!

  32. Jeanette Jeanette says:

    Glad you all are liking this French Toast recipe – it was really good and I plan on making it many more times.

  33. Yum! I’d maybe sub something for the bananas since I’m not a huge banana fan. Yay for SRC! I hope you’ll stop by Seasonalpotluck.com this month. Its artichoke month, and I’d love if you’d link up your artichoke recipes! http://bit.ly/zRfNjo

  34. Too funny! I made strawberry banana bread for my reveal yesterday! We both had berries & bananas on the brain!

  35. This looks delicious! My friends and I are going to try it this weekend. Is the recipe about a serving for one person, or more?

  36. Sommer@ASpicyPerspective says:

    Holy yum!!! This looks utterly amazing Jeanette.

  37. Hey Jeanette! This is such a wonderful recipe! And you have such a beautiful blog, glad to be your new follower!

  38. One of my teens is due for wisdom teeth removal – will have to keep this yummy recipe in mind! LOVE your red dishes – where did you find them?

    I hope you’ll stop by and visit my SRC post for Chewy Oatmeal Raisin and Almond Cookies

    :)
    ButterYum

  39. I am sure my little girl will love this too. She’ll adore the berries on top. =)

  40. YUMMY is the word — I could lost in those french toast. No joke ;)

  41. Jeanette, my son caught a peek of this dish on my screen, and he is begging to make it! We’ll be fixing it up this weekend!
    If you’re still looking for healthy and easy recipes for your local food pantry, a good one might be Turkey & Black Bean Enchiladas. It’s a quick, easy, healthy take on enchiladas, using mostly pantry ingredients, and it’s a huge hit with my kids. Here’s the link if you’d like to check it out — http://supermommameals.com/2012/03/04/black-bean-turkey-enchiladas-in-your-own-kitchen/.
    Such an awesome idea on the recipe cards! Rock on!

    • Jeanette Jeanette says:

      Thanks for the recipe Laura – if you think of more recipes, please pass them along!

  42. Your photos are absolutely stunning, and I bet this dish is every bit as delicious as it is beautiful! I can see why your sons loved it!

  43. What a beautiful and innovative recipe Jeanette ~ I don’t think I’ve ever come across French toast Casserole before… how fun!

  44. Oooh yum, this sounds divine. I love the combination of banana and strawberries here. I want to just dive in.

  45. Hi Jeanette!

    I was already drooling looking at your picture and then I checked the ingredients included and I decided that I have to make this! I can just imagine the soft flavoures of the almond milk and the spicy cinnamon, yumm!!! XD

    Your son had to take out his wisdom teeth? must have been paining like hell… poor fellow. Was kind of brilliant to come up with that dish recupe then.

  46. I am allergic to strawberries, but this is such a beautiful recipe! I am sure I could sub the fruit :)

  47. I really love the colors, this is the type of breakfast I would love to have and besides it has everything you need to start the day

  48. oh wow, this looks and sounds amazing! Like the perfect breakfast :)

  49. Your recipe calls for almond milk. I’m not sure if we have almond milk here, will it come out the same with soy milk or skim milk?

    • Jeanette Jeanette says:

      Kelly, you can substitute your favorite milk. I just happen to have almond milk all the time, so that’s what I used.

  50. This looks so yummy

  51. This looks super yummy! What type of bread should I use? Like bakery bread or could I just use reg. whole wheat slices bread? What does cubes mean? :)

  52. Has anyone made this with a vegan egg substitute?

    • Jeanette Jeanette says:

      Erica – I have not tried an egg substitute, but it might work with ground flax seed gel. Would love to hear if you try this recipe using an egg substitute.

  53. This is awesome!! My son and I made for my wife for Mother’s day. Easy to make and tastes great! Thanks for the recipe

    • Jeanette Jeanette says:

      So glad you made this for your wife for Mother’s Day! I’m sure she appreciated such a special treat prepared by you and your son.

  54. Wow, this looks so good! And I’m a big fan of all of your photos ;-)
    How many people does the recipe serve?

  55. LOVE your red ramekins! Where did you get them?

  56. Hi

    This looks delicious ! One question : could this be made with frozen strawberries or do they have to be thawed before ? Because I don’t want it to be soggy ..ok thanks !

    • Hi Afrina – I’ve never tried using frozen strawberries for this, but if you use them, I think you should probably defrost them and pat them dry; otherwise, the casserole might be soggy.

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