We can all agree that brunch is the best meal of the day, right? Especially here in L.A., brunch is a standing weekly meeting. Weekend brunch is an event not to be missed, and it’s rare to find me without a mimosa or a bacon-filled meal between the hours of 11 – 2 on a Saturday or Sunday. But sometimes it’s nice to bring brunch home, and that’s where the idea for this Chocolate French Toast with Caramelized Bananas came to be.
It was a Sunday morning, and I was craving some good ol’ fashioned brunch food, but didn’t necessarily want to go through the hassle of getting dressed, waiting in line, and throwing down dollar bills to for a meal that I could almost certainly make myself. I wanted brunch, and I wanted it now. So this french toast recipe was born out of a bunch of things I already had around in my kitchen, namely a loaf of sourdough bread from La Brea Bakery that I was slowly working my way though. I also had almond milk, bananas, and unsweetened cocoa powder (a recent obsession that I will never not have in my pantry), a.k.a all the makings of a great french toast.
And the best part (there are many best parts, but this point was especially important to me at the time), this chocolate french toast was ready to be devoured less than 15 minutes after I came up with the idea. Talk about quick, easy, and satisfying. Now, go forth and brunch!
- 4 tbs butter
- 4 slices sourdough bread
- 1 c almond milk
- 1 egg
- 2 tbs cocoa powder
- 1 tsp vanilla
- 1/2 tsp cinnamon
- pinch of salt
- honey (for drizzling)
- 1 banana, sliced
- 2 tbs butter
- Whisk the almond milk, egg, cocoa powder, vanilla, cinnamon, and salt together in a wide bowl. Set aside.
- Melt 4 tbs butter in a skillet over medium-low heat.
- Place each bread slice in the almond milk mixture, turning to coat both sides. Immediately place in the skillet. Repeat with remaining bread. Discard excess milk mixture.
- Lightly fry each bread slice in the butter until golden brown, about 2 minutes. Flip to cook both sides. Once done, transfer to a plate and set aside.
- Melt an additional 2 tbs butter to the skillet. Add sliced bananas, spaced apart, and cook them until golden brown, about 1 minute. Flip to cook both sides. You'll know bananas are done once they are soft and lightly browned.
- Top french toast with caramelized bananas and serve with honey.