Upgrade your breakfast game with our peanut butter banana stuffed french toast. It has crispy edges, gooey peanut butter centers, and is made with soft brioche—it’s dairy-free, stuffed, dipped, and pan-fried without any cream cheese!
The best stuffed French toast without cream cheese
French toast is a classic breakfast recipe that I will never get bored of. I just love it! From protein french toast to brioche french toast casserole to french toast bagels – there are so many fun ways to enjoy French toast!
Now, let me share my absolute favorite rendition of French toast – the irresistible stuffed French toast! While many recipes opt for cream cheese, I’ve chosen to break the mold. This dairy-free, gooey, and delicious peanut butter and banana stuffed French toast recipe will become your new go-to breakfast.
I first developed this recipe four years ago, in 2020, so it’s time to give you guys some new, updated pictures. But don’t worry, the delicious recipe is still the same and is #1 on Google for a reason.
Each soft piece of brioche (or Texas toast) is stuffed with peanut butter and banana slices. If I had to compare this recipe to something, it’s as if you made a peanut butter sandwich into French toast. That was a bad analogy, but you get the point. Once cooked, the french toast has crispy, buttery edges, and the peanut butter centers are warm and gooey. This is the best breakfast ever, and it only takes 15 minutes!
Why you’ll love this easy recipe:
- Stuffed: This French toast is stuffed with gooey peanut butter.
- Quick & Easy: This recipe takes under 15 minutes to make.
- Customizable: You can use your favorite type of milk, nut butter, fruit, and bread.
- No Cream Cheese: Unlike traditional recipes, this French toast is stuffed with peanut butter, not cream cheese.
- Dairy-Free: This recipe is 100% dairy-free.
- Restaurant-Quality: Enjoy crispy edges, gooey centers, and a buttery flavor at home!
- Gluten-Free Option: Use gluten-free bread to make this recipe 100% gluten-free.
- Try these French toast bagels or brioche French toast casserole next!
This is seriously the stuffed French toast recipe! It’s made without cream cheese, stuffed with gooey peanut butter, and made with 8 basic ingredients. Here is a list of everything you need so you are prepared:
- Milk: I personally love almond or oat milk, but you can use any milk. It gives the batter that creamy goodness, adding a touch of richness.
- Eggs: For protein! You can also make this recipe egg-free; I left substitutions in the section after expert recipe tips.
- Maple Syrup or Honey: Add maple or honey for some natural sweetness. Don’t worry; both are refined sugar-free.
- Vanilla Extract: It’s a simple addition that goes a long way in elevating the dish.
- Cinnamon: For a cozy flavor. Adjust the amount based on your preference.
- Peanut Butter: You can use creamy or crunch peanut butter for this stuffed French toast recipe. I personally use all-natural peanut butter since it’s sugar-free, but you can use any kind.
- Bananas: Use ripe, slightly spotty bananas for natural sweetness.
- Bread: I recommend a softer bread like Texas toast or brioche. Texas toast offers a thicker slice for a hearty bite, while brioche provides a softer and sweeter option. The choice depends on your preference for texture and taste.
Kitchen tools needed
Here is a quick list of kitchen utensils you’ll need to make this 15-minute stuffed French toast recipe:
- Shallow bowl
- Pan or griddle
- Measuring cups and spoons
How to make peanut butter stuffed French toast
This peanut butter-stuffed French toast is easy to make in under 15 minutes. Here are detailed step-by-step instructions with pictures for visual reference so any level cook can make them; scroll to the bottom of this post for the full recipe and ingredient measurements.
Whisk together milk, eggs, maple syrup, cinnamon, and vanilla extract in a shallow bowl. Then, heat a pan on the stovetop over medium-low heat.
Meanwhile, spread a thick and even layer of peanut butter on half of the bread slices (about 2 – 3 tbsp each). Place a small amount on the second slice to help the bananas stick.
Evenly place banana slices on the second piece of bread (the one with only a small amount of peanut butter). Create sandwiches and lightly press down to secure them.
Grease the heated pan or griddle with a bit of butter.
Then, dip both sides of the sandwiches into the milk mixture, ensuring they are evenly coated. ONLY dip when you are ready to place onto the heated pan. If you’re cooking in batches, then wait to dip the sandwiches.
Add the sandwiches to the heated pan and cook for 2 – 4 minutes on each side, until golden brown with slightly crispy edges.
Finally, remove from heat, cut in half, and top with fresh bananas, strawberries, whipped cream, and maple syrup. Enjoy your homemade stuffed French toast without cream cheese!
Expert recipe tips for stuffed French toast
- Thick Bread Slices: Opt for thick slices of bread, such as Texas toast or brioche. This ensures the bread holds up when stuffed and soaked.
- Grease your Pan: I love using a little butter to ensure crisp, golden edges, and I love the flavor. But you can also use coconut oil or vegan butter!
- Patience is Key: Cook the stuffed French toast over medium-low heat to allow the insides to heat through without burning the outer layers. Be patient for that perfect golden-brown finish.
- Dip Just Before Cooking: Dip the stuffed sandwiches into the milk mixture just before placing them on the pan. This prevents the bread from becoming too soggy and ensures a crispy exterior.
- Use Almond Butter or Nutella: Easily substitute peanut butter for almond butter or Nutella.
- Nut-Free: Or make this stuffed french toast nut-free by using sunflower butter.
What to serve with stuffed French toast:
Top your stuffed French toast with a dollop of whipped cream or Greek yogurt and a sprinkle of powdered sugar and fresh berries. If you’re feeling fancy, throw some chopped nuts like pecans or walnuts for that extra crunch.
To balance the sweetness and add extra protein, serve it with eggs, bacon, sausage, or avocado toast. It’s the perfect combo of sweet and savory to kickstart your day!
Variations & ingredient substitutions:
- Milk: Try different types of milk like 2%, skim, almond, oat, or even coconut milk.
- Nut Butter: Substitute peanut butter with Nutella, almond butter, or any favorite nut spread.
- Eggs: You can substitute the eggs with an alternative like 1/4 cup of mashed bananas, yogurt, apple sauce, or plant-based milk to create an egg-free French toast.
- Bread: Explore different bread types such as cinnamon raisin bread, challah, or even whole grain or gluten-free bread.
- Toppings: Personalize with a range of toppings – from fresh fruit like berries or banana slices to a chocolate or caramel sauce drizzle.
Frequently Asked Questions
How do I prevent soggy French toast?
Don’t soak the bread in the egg mixture for too long, and cook over medium-low heat to allow the inside to cook without burning the exterior.
Can I use any bread for stuffed French toast?
While you can use various types of bread, it’s best to use thick slices of bread like brioche, Texas toast, or challah to absorb the egg mixture without becoming too soggy. You can also use a simple whole wheat or white bread if that’s all you have on hand!
How long should I soak the bread in the egg mixture?
Soak the bread slices for a maximum of 20 seconds on each side. This allows the bread to absorb the mixture without becoming overly mushy.
Can I use a different type of filling?
Absolutely! Add banana slices, strawberries, blackberries, blueberries, apple slices, or jam to the center with the peanut butter. You can even use almond butter, Nutella, sunflower, or cashew butter for the spread.
Can I make French toast without eggs?
Yes, you can! Substitute the eggs with an alternative like 1/4 cup of mashed bananas, yogurt, or plant-based milk to create an egg-free French toast.
Can I freeze stuffed French toast?
No, I do not recommend freezing stuffed French toast. The texture will not hold up.
How to store and reheat stuffed French toast:
Storing: Allow any leftover stuffed French toast to cool, then store it in an airtight container or wrap it tightly with plastic wrap. Keep it in the refrigerator for up to 1-2 days.
Reheating: When ready to enjoy again, preheat your oven to 350°F (175°C), place the stuffed French toast on a baking sheet, and bake for about 8-10 minutes until heated. Alternatively, you can use a toaster or toaster oven for a quick reheating option. Do not reheat in the microwave; it will get soggy!
If you love this recipe, try these next!
- Protein French Toast
- French Toast Bagels
- Nutella Waffles
- Banana Foster Pancakes
- Oat Milk Pancakes
- Blueberry Pancakes
- Brioche French Toast Casserole
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Peanut Butter Stuffed French Toast
- ¾ cup milk, almond, oat, or cow’s
- 2 large eggs
- 1 tbsp maple syrup or honey
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- ½ – 1 tsp cinnamon, based on your flavor preference
- ½ – ⅔ cup peanut butter, crunchy or creamy
- 2 bananas, sliced
- 10 – 12 slices of your favorite bread, I highly recommend Texas toast or brioche
- In a shallow bowl, whisk together milk, eggs, maple syrup, cinnamon, and vanilla extract.
- Heat a pan on the stovetop over medium-low heat.
- Meanwhile, spread a thick and even layer of peanut butter on half of the bread slices (about 2 – 3 tbsp each). Place a small amount on the second slice to help the bananas stick.
- Evenly place banana slices on the second piece of bread (the one with only a small amount of peanut butter). Create sandwiches and lightly press down to secure.
- Grease the heated pan or griddle with a little butter.
- Dip both sides of the sandwiches into the milk mixture, ensuring they are evenly coated. ONLY dip when you are ready to place onto the heated pan. If you’re cooking in batches, then wait to dip the sandwiches.
- Add the sandwiches to the heated pan and cook for 2 – 4 minutes on each side, until golden brown with slightly crispy edges.
- Remove from heat, cut in half, and top with fresh bananas, strawberries, whipped cream, and/or maple syrup. Enjoy!
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