Sunday, March 2, 2014

French Toast Sticks

4ft requested french toast and who am I to break his little 9-year-old little heart and tell him no he had to have a waffle instead? (Serious hardship to be this kid, right?) So I decided if I was going to eat white bread (with the possibility of it making me sick), I was going to really make the white bread worth my while. So he got nom-a-licious filled French Toast Sticks instead. 

I really like these because they don't have a lot of extra sugar in them AND you don't need syrup. They are delicious plain. The banana gets creamy from being baked and melts into the chocolate peanut butter so it's kind of crepe-like. I also like these because you can pick them up and eat them with your fingers -- who needs a fork? Less dishes for the win! And the best thing yet is you can fill them with whatever. The skies the limit. A berries and cream one (using fruit and cream cheese), peanut butter and jelly ones, cinnamon apple, Nutella -- you name it. For an added treat you could always roll them in cinnamon/sugar after they come out of the oven and call them dessert instead -- like a yummy filled churro.

4ft loved them, in case you were wondering, and was not upset that he didn't have just standard toast drowning in syrup. He ate his and then finished mine -- he thought they were that splendiferous. (Oh, and they didn't hurt my stomach -- not sure why because bread normally does. Weird.)

French Toast Sticks

1/4 cup original soy milk
2 eggs (beaten)
1/2 scoop vanilla protein powder
1/2 tsp cinnamon
1 TBS splenda
2 TBS vanilla sugar-free syrup
8 TBS PB2-Chocolate (made per directions)
2 medium bananas
16 slices of whole grain white bread (crusts removed)

1.) Preheat oven to 375 degrees Fahrenheit
2.) In a medium bowl, combine soy milk, eggs, protein powder, cinnamon, splenda, and sugar-free syrup. Mix well.
3.) Slice the bananas in half, then cut lengthwise and then in half lengthwise again -- making 16 banana "sticks"
4.) Flatten the bread, one slice at a time, with a rolling pin as thin as possible.
5.) Spread the PB2-Chocolate equally between the 16 slices of bread, place a banana stick on each slice and roll up the bread.
6.) Prepare baking sheet with parchment paper and nonstick spray.
7.) Dip each roll in the egg mixture and place fold side down on baking sheet. Make sure the rolls aren't touching.
8.) Bake for 10 minutes at 375 degrees. Flip over and bake for another 10 minutes or until french toast sticks are golden brown.
9.) Eat immediately.

Nutritional Info per Serving (makes 8 servings)
Calories: 186
Protein: 10
Fat: 3
Carbs: 34
Sugar: 9

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