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[butts] - n. 1. A young woman who is smitten with food 2. A young woman who strives for balance

Crispy, Banana Nut French Toast

Crispy, Banana Nut French Toast

In case you missed it, I am obsessed with bananas. Banana pancakes, banana oatmeal bowls, banana on everything and anything and I will probably eat it.

The other day when I was watching Food Network (my family and I watch this almost every night during dinner… we cannot get enough), Guy Fieri took a bite of some lady’s French toast and declared he was in Flava Town.

I tried to think back to the last time I had eaten French Toast. Was it at a restaurant? My home? I love the dish- the thick, crispy toast, softened with some fresh maple syrup. But I also was a bit surprised watching the woman on TV make her toast- does all French Toast have that same ingredient list? Buckets of sugar in the batter and cooked in tons of butter?

Don’t get me wrong- it looked and probably tasted divine. But for me, I know I couldn’t stomach more than a few bites of that toast. And for a balanced lifestyle, having that every day is probably unsustainable for most people.

But, I was inspired. Who says French Toast has to be something we shy away from? Why can’t I eat it on a daily basis if I wanted to? I thought about my “Three Ingredient” pancakes and how those are a really nutritious dish I could eat every day if I wanted. Plus, I love bananas. So, I tried something and I think it was pretty dang successful.

The result? A nutritious French toast recipe you can eat every morning if you wanted to. With hints of banana and some optional nutty crunch, these two recipes will leave you wanting more and more and more.

Try making them and leave your comments below! Try them with different nuts or even with different toppings. I would love to know how you make these your own.

INGREDIENTS

  • 1/2 banana
  • 1 egg
  • cinnamon
  • 2 slices of whole wheat sourdough toast (or any kind you prefer)
  • optional: sliced or crushed almonds
  • olive oil

DIRECTIONS

Heat your pan or griddle on medium high for about two to three minutes, coating with a thin layer of olive oil. As the pan heats, mash the banana in a bowl until smooth and then whisk in egg and cinnamon.

Coat both sides of the toast in the liquid batter, making sure the bread is pretty soaked. OPTIONAL STEP: before placing in pan, follow by coating both sides of bread in almonds. If they start to fall off, just sprinkle some on when they are in pan- they will stick better as the liquid starts to solidify with the heat. Place bread in pan, and flip when golden and crispy (about 2 minutes each side).

Serve with warm maple syrup, honey, nut butter, more cinnamon, more BANANA, or anything your body desires.Enjoy!

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