Sunday, September 25, 2011

Strawberry Lime Fronch Toast

Waking up late on a Sunday and craving a warm sweet breakfast is the highlight of my weekend. I lay in bed thinking of my fridge contents and start to stir things up in the bowl of my mind. As soon as I decide, I jump up, make my breakfast, and come back for my Sunday morning writing and watching of health related shows or instant Netflix. Today I decided on using my sprouted bread for my favorite recipe, french toast. It's easy, quick, and delicious.

It is incredibly simple to alter the recipe to fit what's in your fridge. If you don't have lime, don't add it. Maybe you have a lemon extract instead, add that. Get creative! Don't have strawberries? Use apple slices or pears. Here is a jumping off point; now dive in.

What You Need
3 T Whole Wheat Flour 
1 T Baking Powder
1 C Soy Milk 
1 tsp Agave
1 tsp Vanilla 
1 tsp Earth Balance, melted
Juice of one key lime or half a regular lime 
1/4 C flax egg= 1/8 cup flax meal+ 1/8 cup water
4 Slices Sprouted Cinnamon Raisin Bread (I used Trader Joe's brand) 
4 Strawberries, thinly sliced
2-4 T Soy Cream Cheese 
Agave (Optional Decoration)

Earth Balance for greasing pan

What To Do
Heat pan on medium with enough Earth Balance to moisten the bottom.
Mix dry ingredients. Stir in milk, flax egg, agave, vanilla, and lime juice. Dip bread in mixture until fully saturated. Place on pan for 2-3 minutes on each side. DO NOT flip too early! It will ruin the crispy crust on your bread and you'll lose your delicious flavor. You can use the edge of the spatula to check the status, and then continue to flip if it's a golden brown.

Top one slice of bread with a spoon of cream cheese and sliced strawberries. Place another hot slice on top of that to melt the cream cheese. This will make it taste like cheesecake! Top with more cream cheese, strawberries, and drizzle with agave nectar.

Health Tips
Flax meal is incredibly healthy for you. Adding it to your regular french toast recipe will add fiber, antioxidants, and lignans. Lignans help protect against breast cancer by binding to the receptors and interfering with cancer promoting effects. Add flax to any of your baking recipes that require eggs!

Cut the Calories 
If you want to cut the calories on this recipe, leave out the soy cream cheese and all agave. Use lime juice and more strawberries to garnish.

Calories: 150 kcal/slice, 25 kcal/4 strawberries, 60 kcal/T cream cheese, 60 kcal/T agave
Total per serving: 300 calories 
Simple. Delicious. Healthy.

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