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9 Spice Rum Banana Stuffed French Toast With Mango Maple Syrup

(rum spiced banana is what you see oozing out of the slice on the right!)

I suppose French toast is just French toast. Lots of eggs, some cinnamon, nutmeg, milk and butter… Oh and the bread of course. Nothing novel. Especially we if we carefully dust a pinch of confectioner’s sugar on top of the perfectly browned slice.

But, I love French toast in all its simplicity. It must be something about the end result: a buttery slice of bread, framed in eggs (which must always be cooked in butter) and a plate that exudes amazing aromas.

French toast is not a Latin staple. In fact, I’ve never heard of any one single family making it in their Latin country. For me that means French toast was super special in our home when I was a child. When my mother figured out what it was in the early 80s (probably through a Betty Crocker cookbook or an all Americana diner in Miami), it quickly became a breakfast must-have in our home.  My mother, being the creative energy and the master chef that taught me most of what I know today in cooking basics, used to invent and offer all 5 children a colorful variety of flavors of French toast (among other indescribable yumminess).

The combinations usually involved her favorite fruit–mango (see here to understand her love affair with mangoes), bananas (which my sister loves in bunches and can devour at least 4 a day) and peanut butter — that one ingredient my two younger brothers lived off and was the necessary base for every sandwich.

While this post is happening faster than I can get dressed (I’m talking less than 45 minutes start to finish), I was inspired at the 11th hour to participate in a contest I Can’t Believe It’s Not Butter is hosting called “ToastMaster.” The idea is to create a toast recipe using their product; one inspired by a memorable experience or a recipe you just love. I quickly went to my childhood and all those staples in our kitchen. I thought it’d be incredibly delicious and a great homage to my mom’s continued creativity and selflessness in always designing something special for us to enjoy by infusing all of those elements. She took an all American favorite and made it her own. Hence, I loved the idea of creating a Latin fusion version of an American classic  by incorporating flavors well-indulged on a daily basis as kids.

Not to mention that our entire family has switched to butter alternatives as away to support mami’s efforts in lowering her high cholesterol. She settled with ICBNIB long before I was even cooking professionally. Participating in this contest made all the perfect sense. Plus, it totally challenged my ability to whip something up in less than an hour, including plating, photographing and editing (see note below!)

All that aside, I still had to take my last minute creation over the top and really exhibit some Latin inspiration. I added a splash of rum in there, because after all I am Cuban and a Cuba Libre makes sense at any hour of the day in our culture (Rum and Coke). At least it does to Caribbean islanders bearing the hottest weather!

This came to me at 9 am and it’s done! And, I love it! I think you may already know the spiced rum banana mixture had a sparkle effect, but the mango maple syrup is what did it for me. It gave it that perfect touch of sweetness and texture against the perfectly toasted bread. If you are so ambitious to try it, please let me know! I’d love to hear what you think!

* This post and recipe are part of the requirements to be entered into the ToastMaster Ambassador contest. I have not been compensated for this post. All inspiration for the recipe was drawn from real life experiences! For me, that’s what cooking’s all about 🙂

* And because all of this happened in less than 45 minutes, I’m on my way to the kitchen to rephotograph it. Because it really was beautiful. I work under pressure, as always. Today just didn’t need to be that day! 🙂

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9 Spice Rum Banana Stuffed French Toast With Mango Maple Syrup


  • 3 eggs
  • 1/4 cup 2% milk (optional)
  • 2 slices white, brioche or whole grain bread (I used whole grain for this recipe)
  • 1 tsp. cinnmaon
  • 1 tsp. nutmeg
  • 2 Tbsp. I Can’t Believe It’s Not Butter
  • 1 ripe banana, sliced
  • 2 tsp. sugar
  • 1 heaping Tbsp. maple peanut butter
  • 1/8 cup 9 Spice Cruzan rum
  • 1/4 cup fresh mango, mashed
  • 2 tbsp. maple syrup
  • dash of confectioners sugar
  • pinch of salt


For banana mixture:

In 8″ skillet, melt butter. Add bananas, peanut butter, rum, sugar and pinch of salt. You will get flames so be careful in handling your skillet. Bring to boil, breaking down the bananas using a wooden fork or spoon. Using same spoon, stir until bananas have cooked down and rum has infused. You want to end up with a semi-thick mixture with some chunkiness in the bananas. Set aside and cool.

For toast:

Whisk eggs in medium bowl. Add milk, nutmeg and cinnamon. Combine well. Drench each slice of bread until fully covered in egg mixture. Using stovetop grill pan, melt 2 tbsp. of ICBNB and grill one slice of toast. Top first slice with banana mixture. Top with second slice and press down using a spatula. Cook on each side until bread is golden brown and egg is cooked through, approximately 4-5 minutes on each side.

For syrup topping:

Mash mango using fork until broken down but still a bit chunky.  Stir in maple syrup until both are well combined. You may add a pinch of cinnamon or nutmeg here.

To plate:

Slice french toast diagonally. Pour mango syrup and dust with confectioner’s sugar and a dash more cinnamon! Taste the spiced banana while it oozes out!

Serves 1-2

78 thoughts on “9 Spice Rum Banana Stuffed French Toast With Mango Maple Syrup

  1. Bren, this is so not right!! 🙁 You know how hard I’m fighting the battle of the bulge and here you are sending these sinful, irresistible delicacies my way. Ah, Frenc
    h toast! You know how I love all things French … except the French themselves (well, to be fair, Parisians give the whole country a bum rap). At any rate, I’ll have to try these now… and then walk 3 miles a day -which I’m doing now- at a brisk pace … for a month!!!!! 🙂

  2. David: you just need to come on down here so we can cook; I mean so I can cook for you all day long. You’ll gain some good weight but you can burn it off easily as much as you’re walking these days!

    Rosa: Thanks! It was so good, I ate all up as soon as I hit “publish!”

    Sherri Jo: Ha! just stare… go back to working out. and do some for me, too!

    Eliana: Delicioso, mija! 😉

  3. The spiced rum banana mixture sounds incredible! Reading this post just made me so hungry!

    Best of luck with the contest!

  4. Bren! I love French Toast like you wouldn’t believe! If I had my way, I’d have it every single day. I have to try this one. Especially with the rum! Beautiful. 🙂

  5. Oh, my! I am not normally a huge French Toast fan, but I am craving those so much after reading your post and drooling over the pics. YUM! :Off to amend my grocery list:

  6. Emma: The rum was subtle but still distinguishable. It was all so good. I can’t think of what I’d tweak other than maybe the bread? But the wheat option was healthy and added some crunch.

    Elle: Girl, you and me both! Interestingly enough, I never find a really good one while out eating. I hate to admit that I don’t mind IHop’s! 🙂 ha.

    Sujeiry: No foodie!?!! Oh no! We have to convert you!

    Joscelyn: It’s def a great recipe to impress your weekend brunch guests! I see a lovely weekend at the Hampton’s, serving this up. So fancy!

    Dulce: not a huge fan of FT! I think this will change your mind. Deveras…if you try it let me know. If it’s too much, just make a plain one… 😉

  7. My mouth is watering! It sounds absolutely amazing! I have a sneaky suspicion you will WIN!!! You nailed it girl! Great childhood story! I especially LOVE this line…”Latin fusion version of an American classic.” Well done!! Best of luck chica!

  8. I heard your man-friend (as you called him the other day) talk about this and I love it. I don’t think I’d ever come up with something like this. But my husband is Mexican so he might actually enjoy it since it seems to have a generous amount of mangoes! yum!

  9. WOW! Me encanta.

    When you talk about french toast not being a staple in Latin American countries you brought back a memory of mi abuelita. Growing up, the only french toasts I knew were the ones she made. Little did I know that it was totally her version! Here it goes: bread, spread lots of butter, sprinkle sugar and cinnamon and put in the toaster!! LOL! They were quiet fantastic in their simplicity.

  10. Lazaro: and I did this morning! well, for brunch actually!

    Yvette: I hope your suspicion is right! Can you imagine! How fabulous and fun will that be. Especially since this all came together to fast!

    Michele: I’m sorry you missed brunch this morning. You’re close enough so you can come by anytime. It’s worth the drive.

    Ana: LOL! LOL! I’m with you. That was our version of French Toast, tambien. Pant tostado, mantequilla y alomejor un poco de canela!

    Rachel: thanks! Kinda sexy, too!

    Maybelline: gracias, chica

    Presley’s Pantry: I somehow have made it my favorite breakfast/brunch food. Eggs and milk!? Genial.

    Jason: well run for me too cuz I just made some more today. not ashamed at all.


  12. Not the Biggest fan of Bananas but after watching you make this and getting to taste it first hand I must admit I have found a new love for the taste. I try to eat at least 3 a week now. I love your sweets and delicious food. Making your brother proud

  13. Bren’s French Toast should be on the list of the top ten most desired international gourmet comfort foods! This sweet & savory dish is an absolute mouth-watering light fare, believe it or not! AND good for you! Loaded with Protein, Vitamin A, C, Potassium, Calcium & Iron, this yummy dish has it all. Try it with guava nectar with a splash of champagne! Brunch perfect!

  14. I had the pleasure of having this yummy french toast cooked for me by Bren and let me tell you it is pure deliciousness. I highly recommend that you try this yourself you won’t be disappointed.

  15. I, too, had the pleasure of indulging in this deliciousness. All I want to know is….when do I get more? 🙂 This was a gooooood French Toast, with Bren flair. 🙂

  16. Mami: ay como te lo quise cocinar cuando estuve en casa… tantats otras delicias de cocinar! :0 next time. te prometo.

    DuoDishes: Thanks girl. Didn’t win the grand challenge but it was a good experience! And hey, I did knock out the quick-fire.

    Rohan: hahaha. I love that. Try it. You’ll love me for it.

    Brother: boy be quiet you know you love you some bananas…do you not recall that’s all you and J used to eat with pb? 3x a week will def interfere with your diet plans but if you use whole grain bread you’ll minimize the damage; but it’s so worth it as you know! 😉

    Amanda: Yup!

    Mariana: Thanks!

    Melanie: awww, ur so sweet. that’s pretty big for you to say…. especially since I know you’ve eaten out and about quite a bit… prolly as much as I do! Well except for in the UK. Thanks for having some with me. Next time we will pop the bubbly.

    Michele: yes you did and love the 9 you gave it! Or was it an 8.5!??! hahahaha. I think the bread makes all the difference… I love it even though I didn’t win the challenge!

    Chris: Hahaha. anytime girl, anytime. You’ve seen my kitchen! I need to work down the ingredients. It’s massive in there!

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