Cinnamon Sugar French Toast Bites

MOTHER’S DAY BRUNCH

What else does a mama do on Mother’s Day morning besides give their sweet baby a million kisses and dream of staying in bed all morning?! Scroll through their Insta and Pinterest feeds, of course!

This Mother’s Day is kind of a weird one, as it’s just Tan & me, but everyone deserves to feel special on Mother’s Day, so I wanted to pretend we were at brunch, without the hassle. Hassle as in, brunch with a toddler is as peaceful as opening a tiger’s cage at the zoo, so I didn’t mind staying at home and enjoying a “lazy” [there’s no such thing as that with an almost 2-year old] morning. I saw French Toast pop up on my Pinterest feed, and decided that’s exactly what I wanted to make, since I had all the ingredients already. I wanted something toddler-friendly, so went with French Toast bites and HOLY MOLY they were DELISH!

Since it’s Mother’s Day & I was out of coconut sugar, we got to splurge on the real thing [shame on me, I know!] CleanISH eating mama, remember?! But for the most part, this can be a super healthy version of French Toast, and was absolutely incredible! Toddler AND mama approved!

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HEALTHY[ER] CINNAMON-SUGAR FRENCH TOAST BITES

INGREDIENTS:

  • 4 slices of whole grain Ezekiel bread, toasted [or stale]
  • Ground cinnamon
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/4 cup coconut milk
  • Brown sugar or coconut sugar
  • Granulated sugar [or an additional tablespoon of coconut sugar]
  • 100% pure maple syrup
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract

Fried Banana Topping:

  • 1 ripe banana, sliced
  • 1/2 tablespoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 tablespoon coconut sugar or brown sugar
  • 1/2 tablespoon coconut oil

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DIRECTIONS

  1. Toast Ezeikel bread slices until crispy. Or, if using stale bread, slice into chunks.
  2. While waiting for bread to toast, in a small mixing bowl, combine 1/2 tablespoon ground cinnamon with 1 tablespoon brown or coconut sugar. Add tablespoon granulated sugar [or another tablespoon of coconut sugar]
  3. Slice each piece of bread into chunks. Each slice can yield about 9 mini squares [3×3]
  4. In a medium-sized bowl, mix 2 eggs, coconut milk, 1 tablespoon ground cinnamon, 1 tablespoon brown sugar, and vanilla. Whisk together until well blended
  5. Heat skillet until warm and add 1/2 tablespoon coconut oil
  6. Dip chunks of bread into ‘batter’ until coated evenly
  7. Place each chunk on skillet, flipping sides until semi-crispy
  8. As soon as sides are browned and no longer soggy, throw chunks into cinnamon-sugar mixture, until evenly coated
  9. Place coated French Toast bites to side, and get ready to make banana topping
  10. With skillet still warmed, add 1/2 tablespoon coconut oil
  11. In small bowl, mix 1/2 tablespoon ground cinnamon with 1 tablespoon brown or coconut sugar.
  12. Add sliced bananas and coat evenly, until banana slices are well ‘battered
  13. Toss each sliced banana into skillet, and let “fry” until each piece is browned and semi-crispy on each side
  14. Add bananas with any other choice of fruit to French Toast bites and serve!
  15. Top with Greek yogurt, melted berry compote, peanut butter, or syrup.
  16. Enjoy!

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