We’re trying new heart-healthy recipes every month and will share the results with you. All recipes are from Club Red, UVA’s heart health club for women.
Cinnamon French Toast
This healthier French toast still satisfies a sweet tooth.
Early one Wednesday morning, I stumbled out of bed and remembered I had agreed to provide breakfast for the entire office.
Fortunately, this cinnamon French toast recipe turned out to be a pretty easy — and tasty — dish to quadruple on the fly.
I didn’t develop a sweet tooth until I was an adult, which means I never really appreciated breakfast. Years before childhood obesity dominated headlines, my parents gave me my choice of sugar-coated cereals for breakfast. On weekends, we had pancakes, waffles or French toast, drowning in syrup.
As an adult, I understand I can’t eat like that every day. But I wish I had enjoyed the sugar more when I had the chance.
This recipe is a nice compromise. If you’re craving butter and powdered sugar, it’s not going to do the trick. But it’s a filling breakfast with a touch of sweetness. Fresh fruit is just as good as those sugar-soaked fruit toppings you’ll get at a restaurant, and you can slice it the night before. And while I was skeptical about using fat-free milk, this dish was plenty flavorful.
Best of all, it only took about 20 minutes to make breakfast for 20. Most of the ingredients are things I already keep around the house. I did use eggs rather than the suggested egg substitute.
Trying different breads would add some additional flavor and nutrition to the dish.
I still miss the sugar-coated cereals of my childhood. But this French toast makes a tasty breakfast that adults and kids will both enjoy.
Stars: 4 out of 5