Slow Cooker Banana Nut French Toast Casserole

For a fresher complement, serve with a side of seasonal fruit or a light citrus salad to cut through the richness. If serving at brunch, a good strong coffee or a mimosa would pair beautifully with the sweet and nutty flavors of the casserole.


1 loaf French bread, cut into 1-inch cubes (about 10 cups)
4 large eggs
1 cup whole milk
1/2 cup heavy cream
1/3 cup granulated sugar
1 tsp vanilla extract
1 tsp cinnamon
1/4 tsp nutmeg
3 ripe bananas, sliced
1/2 cup chopped walnuts
Additional walnuts and banana slices for garnish


1. Grease the inside of a slow cooker with butter or non-stick spray.
2. Place the bread cubes in the slow cooker and scatter the sliced bananas and chopped walnuts evenly over the bread.

3. In a medium bowl, whisk together the eggs, milk, heavy cream, sugar, vanilla extract, cinnamon, and nutmeg until well combined.
4. Pour the egg mixture evenly over the bread, bananas, and walnuts in the slow cooker, ensuring that all the bread is coated.
5. Cover and cook on low for 4 to 5 hours, or until the bread is puffed up and the eggs are set.
6. Serve the casserole warm, garnished with additional banana slices and walnuts if desired.

Variations & Tips

For a different twist on this classic dish, you can substitute pecans or almonds for walnuts, or add chocolate chips for a chocolaty flavor. If you’re looking to keep it dairy-free, almond or coconut milk can be used in place of regular milk and cream. Adding a tablespoon of orange zest to the egg mixture can offer a delightful citrus note that pairs wonderfully with the banana.