Caramelized Banana Cheesecake Stuffed Coconut French Toast Casserole

Caramelized Banana Cheesecake Stuffed Coconut French Toast Casserole

Prep Time: 10 minutes Soak Time: 1 hour Cook Time: 1 hour Total Time: 1 hour 10 minutes Servings: 12

A french toast casserole filled with caramelized bananas and covered with toasted coconut flakes and coconut syrup.

ingredients
    For the caramelized banana cheesecake filling:
  • 1/4 cup butter
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 2 ripe bananas, peeled and sliced
  • 16 oz cream cheese, warmed
  • For the coconut french toast casserole:
  • 1 pound bread (brioche, challah, french bread, or italian bread), day old, cut into 1 inch pieces (gluten-free for gluten-free)
  • 8 eggs, lightly beaten
  • 1 (14 ounce) can coconut milk
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1 teaspoon orange zest (or lemon zest)(optional)
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla extract (optional)
  • 1 cup sweetened coconut flakes
  • For the coconut syrup:
  • 1 (14 ounce) can coconut milk
  • 1/2 cup sugar
directions
    For the caramelized banana cheesecake filling:
  1. Melt the butter and brown sugar in a pan over medium heat until the sugar has melted into the butter and everything is simmering, about 5 minutes.
  2. Add the bananas, mix, bring back to a simmer and cook until the bananas are a nice golden brown and caramelized, about 5-10 minutes.
  3. Mix the caramelized bananas into the cream cheese.
  4. For the coconut french toast casserole:
  5. Place half of the bread in the bottom of a greased 13×9 inch pan, followed by the caramelized banana cheesecake filling, and the remaining bread.
  6. Mix the eggs, coconut milk, sugar, orange zest, and vanilla extract, and pour the egg mixture over the bread, cover, and let it chill in the fridge for a few hours to overnight.
  7. Sprinkle the toasted coconut flakes on top and bake in a preheated 350F/180C oven until the top is golden brown and the middle is no longer wet, about 45-60 minutes.
  8. Let cool a bit, slice and enjoy topped with the coconut syrup.
  9. For the coconut syrup:
  10. Heat the coconut milk and sugar in a small saucepan and simmer until the sugar has melted, about 5 minutes.

Option: Serve with frech sliced bananas!

Nutrition Facts: Calories 538, Fat 39g (Saturated 27g, Trans 0.4g), Cholesterol 154mg, Sodium 350mg, Carbs 49g (Fiber 3g, Sugars 27g), Protein 12g

Nutrition by: Nutritional facts powered by Edamam
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