If you crave a little sweetness and decadence at breakfastime, you can't do any better than this indulgent French toast bake. Chocolate-hazelnut spread, French bread, and fresh bananas make this recipe too good to pass up.

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Ingredients

  • 8 1/2-inch slices soft French bread

  • ½ cup chocolate-hazelnut spread

  • 1 ½ cups sliced bananas

  • 4 eggs, lightly beaten

  • 1 cup milk

  • ⅓ cup half-and-half

  • Powdered sugar (optional)

  • Maple syrup, warmed

Directions

  • Grease a 2-qt. rectangular baking dish. Spread half of the bread slices with chocolate-hazelnut spread. Top with bananas and remaining bread slices. Cut sandwiches into quarters. Place, cut sides up, in prepared baking dish.

    In a medium bowl combine eggs, milk, and half-and-half. Pour egg mixture over sandwich pieces. Cover and chill 2 to 24 hours.

    Preheat oven to 375°. Bake, uncovered, 40 to 45 minutes or until golden and a knife comes out clean. If desired, dust with powdered sugar and serve with warm maple syrup.

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Nutrition Facts

382 calories, 14 g fat (5 g saturated fat, 1 g polyunsaturated fat, 2 g monounsaturated fat), 132 mg cholesterol, 274 mg sodium, 53 g carbohydrates, 2 g fiber, 28 g sugar, 10 g protein.

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