banana and peanut butter stuffed french toast

Up until very recently, whenever someone mentioned Elvis’ favorite sandwich, I thought to myself “well, no wonder he died young!” Once I actually took a moment to consider it though, the sandwich really isn’t so bad. The basic Elvis sandwich is just bananas and peanut butter, fried like a classic grilled cheese. I’d say that the grilled cheese sandwich is far worse for you. Oh, except sometimes Elvis liked to add bacon, which, okay, is a little over the top.

I realized a few months ago that I like bananas a lot more if they’re served with a bit of peanut butter (or Nutella). That reminded me of Elvis’s favorite sandwich, but I wasn’t interested in pan-frying it. Instead, I thought it would be great as French toast.

I had never made stuffed French toast, but there are plenty of recipes for different versions of it, so I was confident that it would work. First I made the basic sandwich by smearing one side of each bread slice with a thin layer of peanut butter. I wanted peanut butter on both slices so it would glue the bananas to the bread, keeping the sandwich together. I recommend a very thin layer because peanut butter can be overpowering, as well as sticky in your mouth. I used my favorite French toast recipe for the batter, but made it a little thinner because it would only be absorbed through the non-peanut butter side of the bread slices.

It worked out pretty well. I should have let the sandwich soak in the batter a little longer, and I should have cooked them on higher heat, but the flavors were really good. And there’s really nothing unhealthy about it except for a bit of butter to fry the sandwiches. I’m guessing the drug dependency was a bigger influence on Elvis’ early demise than banana sandwiches.

Elvis French Toast (adapted from Cooks Illustrated’s French Toast recipe)

4 slices sandwiches bread (I used Country Crust Bread)
2 tablespoons peanut butter (approximately)
1-2 bananas, sliced ¼-inch thick
1 large egg
1 cup milk
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
2 tablespoons granulated sugar
¼ teaspoon table salt
1 tablespoon butter

1. Spread a thin layer of peanut butter on one side of each slice of bread. Place slices of banana in a single layeron peanut butter-covered sides of two bread slices. Top with the remaining bread, peanut butter side down.

2. Heat medium nonstick skillet over medium heat for 5 minutes. Meanwhile, beat egg lightly in shallow pan or pie plate; whisk in milk, vanilla, sugar, and salt and salt, continuing to whisk until smooth. Soak sandwiches without oversaturating, about 1 minute per side. Pick up bread and allow excess batter to drip off; repeat with remaining sandwiches.

3. Swirl 1 tablespoon butter in hot skillet. Transfer prepared sandwiches to skillet; cook until golden brown, about 2 minutes on first side and 1 minute 15 seconds on the second. Serve immediately, dusting with powdered sugar.

Comments

  1. Mollie says:

    gah! That looks really really good. I need to go eat breakfast now, and it won’t be as good as this!

  2. Carrie says:

    Wow, that looks good and I don’t even like bananas.

  3. amanda says:

    Oh that looks so good! Just wondering when you add the flour? (Didn’t see it in the directions) Is it mixed in to the egg mixture?

  4. manggy says:

    Oh, drugs, absolutely. Don’t feel guilty eating this sandwich! It’s all good! (I love bananas!) ;) Though you can probably push it over the edge by using brioche instead of wholesome bread, haha! :)

  5. Katie says:

    Wow! That looks delicious!

  6. bridget says:

    amanda – Oops, I meant to take the flour out of the ingredient list. I don’t think it’s a good addition for this stuffed French toast.

  7. Erin says:

    This looks fabulous! I love peanut butter and banana sandwiches and it looks like it makes fabulous French toast!

  8. Karen says:

    Holy moly my hubby would love this!

  9. bettylou79 says:

    You are amazing with your banana recipes! This is recipe number 3 with bananas that I love on your blog. I’m going to have to try this! Yummy!

  10. bridget says:

    bettylou – Yeah, what is with all the banana recipes I have? I swear, I don’t even like them that much, they just work in so many types of recipes.

  11. Stephanie says:

    Yummy!! I gave you an excellence award:)

  12. Erin says:

    What a fun idea! I love peanut butter and bananas together. I think my husband would love this, too. I think I might have to make this a weekend breakfast soon.

  13. Jen says:

    nom nom nom

  14. bunnies4buddha says:

    Only you could make an everyday sandwich look so sophisticated :)

  15. MGF says:

    Man that looks good.

    I was curious how it was all gonna stay together, but the peanut butter must be enough adhesive for the bananas.

  16. shinai says:

    Looks yummy! I usually make this without the French Toast option but I think it’ll try it. Lovely photos.

  17. Kayla says:

    YUM!

  18. shauna says:

    I will make this, but remove icing and just soak the bread in honey with a bit of water. Honey is my favourite way of eating peanut-butter, but bananas are much more interesting and more long-lasting for that endless hours in the office until lunch!

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