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cereal coated strawberry stuffed french toast

New year, new you.  Today, I’m sharing the perfect New Year’s Day brunch – a Crispy Strawberry Stuffed French Toast with a mimosa, should you need a “hair of the dog”.  This is a lighter and healthier version of stuffed french toast – packed with sneaky nutrition that you or your kids won’t even notice.

Whenever I make french toast, I always put a coating on the exterior to make the bread extra crispy.  Rolled oats, pulverized nuts, or cereal.  Cereal is the easiest option I think and the tastiest.  For this version, I used one of my absolute favorite cereals: Great Grains Raisins, Dates & Pecans.  I am particularly drawn to this cereal because it has three of my favorite ingredients mixed with crispy flakes and clusters.  Super yum.

The cereal adds bonus nutrition to the toast and offers the crispiest, crunchiest coating ever.  Texture is everything when it comes to French toast.  I like my bread to soak for awhile (about 20 minutes) until it is really soggy, so adding that crisp texture is really key.

When you think of a French toast recipe, white bread, eggs, milk and loads of sugar probably come to mind… not so great for you.  An easy way to make it healthier is to swap out the white bread and choose something seeded and whole grain.  That’s an easy one. I’m gluten-free, so I picked up a loaf of bread from my local bakery, I prefer to slice it myself since I like it nice and thick.

No added sugar is in this recipe; the sweetness comes from nature in the form of strawberries (in both preserves and fresh form) and dates and raw honey.  The inside stuffing is SUPER yum and SUPER loaded with healthy goodness.  The combination is strawberry preserves with low fat cottage cheese, chia seeds (because I put them in everything) and vanilla protein powder.  Yes! I sneak protein powder into all of my French toasts and pancakes!

Once you let the bread slices soak up that eggy goodness, press both sides into the cereal, which I pulverized half of in the food processor.  Drop the slices into a skillet with melted coconut oil and watch it crisp up like magic.  Feel free to get creative with the type of cereal you use as a crust, but don’t be afraid of cereal with dried fruits like the one I’m using.  They caramelize and add another great texture to the dish.

With 2017 just around the corner, what menu changes are you planning on making?  You certainly don’t have to give up your favorite foods like french toast, just lighten them a bit and add extra nutrition like I did with these!  Breakfast is the most important meal of the day – the time to give your day a real jumpstart – so load up on healthy options like this:

 cereal coated strawberry stuffed french toast

One loaf of bread
coconut oil, for cooking
raw honey, for drizzling
sliced strawberries, for garnish

STUFFING

  • ½ cup 1% cottage cheese
  • ½ cup strawberry preserves
  • 1 Tbl chia seeds
  • 40g vanilla protein powder
  • ½ cup diced strawberries

BATTER

  • 4 eggs
  • 2 cups milk
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • pinch of salt
  • ½ vanilla extract

COATING

 

DIRECTIONS

  1. Assemble the stuffing ingredients in a bowl, combine thoroughly, and set aside.
  2. In a long shallow dish (I use a casserole pan), bring together all of the batter and whisk. Set aside.
  3. In a food processor, pulverize about 1 1/2 cups of cereal.  Mix with 1 1/2 cups of cereal in it’s regular shape.  Then, add in the diced dates, toss to coat.  Set aside.
  4. If your loaf is intact, cut into 6-8 thick slices.  Place into batter and allow to soak for 20 minutes, flipping once.
  5. When ready to cook, press the batter-soaked slices onto a plate of cereal
  6. Heat a Tbl of coconut oil in a large nonstick pan over medium-high heat.  Brown each slice on each side for about 2-3 minutes, checking to make sure nothing is burning.
  7. Assembly time!  On a plate or platter, place a slice of french toast.  Top with a couple heaping spoonfuls of stuffing mixture.  Top that with another slice of French toast.  Drizzle honey over top and garnish with a sliced strawberry.  Serve immediately.

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3 Comments

  1. December 30, 2016 at 5:39 pm — Reply

    This looks delicious! What a great way to use the cereal in this post (and tasty one too!) Love your healthy take!

    • January 3, 2017 at 1:25 pm — Reply

      Thank you! It is super delicious!

  2. January 14, 2017 at 7:39 am — Reply

    This french toast looks amazing! I love that it’s crunchy on the outside and contains a high-protein filling!

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