1 loaf of Bread – unsliced
In a small frying pan, melt the butter. Slice the banana into the pan. Saute for 1 minute. Add the brown sugar, cinnamon, maple syrup and chopped walnuts. Stir until all ingredients are well combined. Remove from heat.
In a casserole dish or shallow bowl , mix the eggs, milk, vanilla, cinnamon and a pinch of salt. Whisk together until all the ingredients are combined.
Assembling the French Toast:
Slice 2 pieces of bread 1 ½ inches wide. Cut a pocket in the center on one side . Fill each piece of bread with ½ the filling. Gently squeeze together. Lay the bread in a baking dish with the egg mixture. If there is not enough egg mixture to completely cover the top of the bread, turn the bread over to coat both sides.
Let the bread sit in the mixture for 10 minutes. Meanwhile heat a griddle to 400°. Grease the griddle with cooking spray or butter.
Cook the bread on the griddle until it is brown on both sides.
Top with sliced bananas, chopped walnuts and maple syrup.
**Bread alternatives: 2 slices any bread, croissant, rolls, any flavored bread or bread like cake