Maple Vanilla French Toast

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My boys, who are now 3 years old and 20 months old, LOVE French Toast. And I love making healthier versions of food they love. This morning I made Maple Vanilla French Toast, and topped it with sliced bananas, walnuts and a drizzle of organic 100% Maple Syrup (NOT the artificial stuff, blechh!). I used Asheville Girls Vanilla, but you can always make your own, as is the preferred way of The Prairie Homestead.

**I was ecstatic when I learned about Asheville Girls Vanilla, who’s slogan is “A bean in every bottle”. Even the 100% Pure Vanilla Extract you buy at the stores has a very stringent smell, and that comes through in your cooking, especially when adding it to something like French Toast or pancakes. Asheville Girls Vanilla is extremely smooth smelling, and departs a wonderful and authentic vanilla taste to your food. I will also be giving a bottle of this vanilla extract away soon, so keep your eyes peeled!**

The following recipe is for 2 servings

French Toast

2 slices of homemade bread (I used the Special Winter bread from the Oster Breadmaker cookbook, which uses Molasses as a natural sweetener, which I prefer to cane sugar, and some whole wheat flour instead of all white flour.)

2 large eggs (farm fresh is best)

1/2 cup milk (raw if you have it)

1 teaspoon REAL vanilla extract

1 Tablespoon 100% Maple Syrup (organic or local if you can)

Cinnamon and nutmeg for dusting

100% pure coconut oil (you could also use real butter, this is used only to cook the french toast)

Topping

1 banana

2 Tablespoons of chopped walnuts

2 Tablespoons 100% Maple Syrup

Heat pan and melt coconut oil or butter, just enough to keep the bread from sticking. (I used a cast iron skillet, my hands down favorite cooking surface) Beat together eggs, milk, vanilla, and maple syrup. Soak bread slices. When droplets of water dance on hot pan surface, place bread slices. On the exposed side of bread dust lightly with cinnamon and nutmeg. Flip. While french toast is finishing cooking, slice bananas. Top each slice of French Toast with 1/2 the banana and 1 Tablespoon each of walnuts and maple syrup. Serve!

For variations on toppings you could use natural peanut or almond butter with syrup, fresh berry compote with fresh whipped cream, or fruit preserves. Limitless possibilities, just use your real food imagination!photo-13 copy copy

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