Welcome to the first meal of the Fourth of July Eatery Series. Start this Independence day off right with some red, white and blue deliciousness! Alright, it’s not the most healthy meal in the world, but hey, it’s the holiday–calories don’t count, right? Right??? … No? Just me? Oh well. You’re entitled to a treat here and there, and this one is downright good eatin’!
Here’s What You’ll Need:
- 1 (10 ounce) package frozen strawberries, thawed
- 1 cup fresh blueberries
- 1 (8 ounce) package cream cheese (I use the 1/3 less fat variety), softened
- 1 tbsp brown organic sugar
- 2 cups unsweetened coconut milk (if you want it creamier, feel free to use whole dairy milk)
- 2 eggs, beaten
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- Some Pam canola spray
- 8 slices of some oaty/grainy type bread (I use whole grain Oatnut bread–adds a rich flavor)
What to Do:
- Preheat oven to 170 degrees F (or the lowest temperature your oven has. You’re not trying to bake anything, this is solely for keeping the finished product warm until ready to serve.
- Whisk the milk, eggs, vanilla, and cinnamon in a mixing bowl until smooth.
- Heat a large skillet without any oil until you start to see some smoke. Don’t burn down the house, or anything, but it’s better to start off with a hot skillet or your french toast slices will toast inconsistently.
- Spray the skillet with two or three sprays of Pam Canola Spray once hot. Spoon egg mixture onto one side of a slice of bread, coating thoroughly. Cook until a dark golden brown on one side, about 1 minute on medium-high heat. Flip and repeat. Place toasted slices on baking sheet and place in oven to keep warm until ready to serve.
- Combine strawberries (undrained) and blueberries in a bowl; set aside.
- In another bowl, mix the softened cream cheese and sugar until smooth.
- Spread some of the cream cheese mixture over each slice of french toast, then top with a spoonful of the fruit mixture.
This recipe should make approximately 8 slices of french toast. If your not the kind of person who likes a whole lot of toppings, eat the French toast without it–it’s still good. One slice of French toast sans toppings is approximately 151 calories. With toppings–247/slice. So, if you’re counting calories, one slice isn’t so bad. However, since these are yummy, I dare you to stop at just one!
Eh, voila! No–that’s French … Erm … Get ‘er done? This is how we do? Yeah, let’s go with that. Serve up with some bacon (I use turkey bacon) and you’re off to quite the patriotic start. 😉
Peace, Love, and Live Life Full!