French toast sticks with pineapple orange topping (from Canada's food guide)
Wake up to this delicious French toast. Using bran flakes adds a creative crunch to traditional French toast. Jazz it up with a tropical fruit topping made with pineapple and orange.
Prep time: 10 min
Cook time: 10 min
125 mL (½ cup) skim milk
2 mL (½ tsp) grated orange rind
5 mL (1 tsp) vanilla
2 mL (½ tsp) ground cinnamon
250 mL (1 cup) bran flakes, crushed
4 slices whole grain bread
Pineapple Orange Topping:
5 mL (1 tsp) soft non-hydrogenated margarine
5 mL (1 tsp) granulated sugar
1 large navel orange, peeled and chopped
250 mL (1 cup) diced pineapple
In a large bowl, whisk together milk, eggs, orange rind, vanilla and cinnamon. Place bran flakes in a plate. Dip a slice of bread in egg mixture and coat both sides well. Dip one side of the bread into bran flake mixture.
Heat a nonstick skillet or griddle over medium high heat and spray lightly with cooking spray. Cook coated bread slices, bran flake side down, for about 3 minutes or until golden. Turn over and cook for another 2 minutes or until golden. Repeat with remaining bread slices. Place French toast on a baking sheet and keep warm in a preheated 120°C (250°F) oven.
Meanwhile, in another nonstick skillet, melt margarine and sugar over medium- high heat. Add orange and pineapple and bring to a simmer for 2 minutes to warm through.
Cut each French toast slice into 4 sticks and serve pineapple orange topping on the side or on top.
Make extra pieces of French toast and freeze uncut. Just pop them in the toaster to reheat on busy mornings.
Change up the topping by using your favourite fruit like strawberries, blueberries, raspberries, apples or pears.
Turn this breakfast fave into dinner by serving up hard boiled or poached eggs. Serve it with a green salad for a quick and easy meal.
Try using less of the ingredients that are high in added sodium, sugars or saturated fat. Adding salt or sugars directly to your recipe? Remember, a little often goes a long way.
Recipe developed by Emily Richards, P.H. Ec. for Health Canada and the Heart and Stroke Foundation.
Source: © All rights reserved. Canada’s Food Guide: Recipes. Health Canada. Reproduced with permission from the Minister of Health, 2022.