Whisk together eggs, milk, vanilla, cinnamon, salt, and optional almond extract until throughly blended. (Alternatively, use an immersion blender quickly pulse ingredients together). Pour into a shallow bowl wide enough for bread.
Preheat skillet. Set a large skillet over medium heat and melt about a tablespoon of butter.
Working with one slice of bread at a time, dip bread into egg mixture*. Turn to coat other side of bread. Allow any excess liquid to drain.
Cook bread on hot skillet until browned on one side, about 2 minutes. Before flipping, sprinkle two pinches of sugar on exposed side of bread. Flip and brown the other side, another 2 minutes. Repeat with remaining bread. Add additional butter to skillet as needed.
Immediately serve warm French toast with sliced bananas, fresh blueberries, and maple syrup.