Transforming Food Waste: Banana French Toast

Transforming food waste into creative new meals can have multiple benefits for a kitchen: reducing cost, eliminating garbage and compost, adding more nutrients to dishes, and  'sneaking' fruits and vegetables into recipes. 

We will be sharing a series of blog posts with our online community that highlight some of the ways we transform our food waste. First up is our delicious Banana French Toast recipe that re-purposes over-ripened bananas and stale bread.  Our clients love our french toast and it's a great way for us to use up ingredients in our kitchen. While our bananas are eaten up quickly by our clients, we still usually have some leftover. Instead of throwing them away, we love to use them in this recipe! 


Banana French Toast


Serves 100


100 slices of bread (we only use multigrain) 

45 eggs

12 cups milk

½ box brown sugar

6 tbsp Cinnamon

4 tbsp Vanilla

¼ cup oil for greasing pans or Pam spray

12 or more over ripe bananas


Preheat oven to 350 degrees. 

Combine eggs, milk, brown sugar, cinnamon, mashed overripe bananas, and vanilla.   Dip bread into egg mixture and let it sit for long enough to absorb some of the mixture.  Lay bread slices onto greased sheet pans.  Put into hot oven for 15 to 20 minutes.  Remove and keep warm in 200 degree oven.  Serve hot with jam or jelly (or cooked sliced fresh, leftover, apples, if not using bananas).