10 Essential Instant Pot Recipes

Chocolate-Banana-Pecan French Toast

Prep: 10 minutes
Cook: 35 minutes
Yields: serves 4 to 6

Not just for soups and stews, you won't believe how handy Instant Pots are for baked goods! They cook up quickly with a delicate, tender finish like in our standout Chocolate-Banana-Pecan French Toast. Anything but basic, this decadent dish will be the talk of your next brunch. For this recipe, you'll also need a 7-inch springform pan or a round baking dish.


Butter for greasing pan
3 ripe bananas, additional for serving
1 cup milk
1/4 cup cream cheese
3 eggs
1 tsp. vanilla extract
1 tsp. cinnamon
pinch salt
6 to 8 slices challah or brioche slices, 1/2-inch thick, cut into quarters
1/2 cup chopped toasted pecans
1/2 cup chocolate chips
Optional: maple syrup, banana slices, whipped cream or confectioners sugar for serving


Grease a 7-inch springform pan or round baking dish with butter. Puree bananas, milk, cream cheese, eggs, vanilla extract, cinnamon and salt. Layer 1/3 bread slices in prepared pan, sprinkle with 1/3 chocolate chips and pecans, repeat with a second layer and finish with a third layer of bread. Pour egg mixture over the top, pressing to submerge.

Top with remaining chocolate chips and pecans. Cover pan with foil to avoid excess water entering. Pour 1 cup water in bottom of Instant Pot, place prepared French toast pan on the trivet and lower into the Instant Pot. Cook on High Pressure for 30 minutes. Carefully quick-release steam and use oven mitts to remove trivet and French toast from Instant Pot. Let cool slightly before serving.

Chef's Tip: This rich dish also makes a fun dessert served topped with your favorite ice cream. No sweet tooth? No problem! Skip the chocolate chips and serve topped with berries for a lighter touch.

Credit: Julie Hartigan/Tom's Guide

Julie Hartigan
Julie Hartigan is a professional chef and food writer who has developed recipes for publications including Weight Watchers, Saveur, and Real Simple. She has also appeared on CBS New York and The Chew. You can find more of her recipes at cookingwjulie.com.