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Whole Wheat Orange Challah French Toast

I love breakfast food.   In fact, I could (and have) eaten it as all 3 of my meals.  Nutritionally speaking, there is no rule about eating breakfast for lunch or dinner.  My kids swap and have lunch for breakfast sometimes (let’s just say rice and beans is one of Ethan’s breakfast favorites).  Ok, so back to the french toast.  This right here was our breakfast this morning which I made in advance last night.  I discovered whole wheat challah a few years ago in @wholefoodsmarketnyc.  I buy a brand by @zomick’s which is DEEElicious!  and already contains sugar, so I do not add anything additional to this recipe nor do I eat it with syrup or anything sweet.  This french toast is so good, in it’s own or served with fresh fruit or my blueberry sauce (search for blueberry sauce on my blog CookingforTots.com).   The addition of orange zest makes these extra special and flavorful.  Now, if you can’t find whole wheat challah, you can go for the regular white type or even use whole wheat bread.  If using whole wheat bread, don’t soak for too long as they tend to get too mushy and fall apart before getting to the griddle.  Enjoy!!

Ingredients
3 large eggs
1 1/2 cups low fat or whole milk
Zest of one orange
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
1 loaf whole wheat challah
Unsalted butter for the pan

Directions
1. In a large shallow bowl, whisk together the eggs, milk, orange zest and vanilla.

2. Slice the challah in 3/4-inch thick slices. Soak half the loaf in the egg mixture to start.
Glaze a griddle with a bit of unsalted butter

3. Add the soaked bread and cook for 2 to 3 minutes on each side, until nicely browned. While bread is cooking, soak the other half of the loaf.

4. Serve with my low sugar blueberry sauce, fresh fruit or light cream cheese as a spread.

Cranberry Banana Oat Muffins

If you’ve been following my posts, then you know that I love baking muffins, especially with banana.  Truthfully, I take a weekly, if not twice weekly, trip to my local fruit stand to buy a bunch of bananas in hopes that there will be leftover for baking on the weekend!  I love to bake with super ripe bananas…and I mean the black, even slightly mushy ones.  Those produce the most amazing naturally sweet flavor in baking any banana baked good and worked perfectly for these muffins.

Another ingredient that I enjoy baking with is cranberries.  Not only are these tiny gems packed with nutrition, but they provide a burst of flavor to any dish you put them in, especially in baking.  In this case, I used dried cranberries which already have some sugar added to them.  By nature, cranberries are low in sugar and high in acid so they are usually sweetened with added sugars for palatability. Since I did not add any sugar to this recipe, I’ve included the cranberries as dried for that sweet/tart flavor that is just incredible in these banana muffins!

My kids and husband loved these muffins.  Let’s just say I baked one dozen yesterday and have only 2 left!  Those 2 will make the perfect snack for Austin and I during our trip to the playground this morning.

*Oh and here is a tip to making these gluten-free!  Simply replace the whole wheat flour with all-purpose gluten-free flour!

Ingredients:

1 cup whole wheat flour

1 cup quick or rolled oats

1/4 cup finely ground flaxseed

1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder

1 teaspoon baking soda

1/4 teaspoon salt

1 teaspoon cinnamon (optional)

3 large banana (or 4 small), very ripe and mashed well

1 1/4 teaspoons vanilla extract

1/4 cup unsweetened applesauce

1/4 cup coconut oil

1/2 cup dried cranberries

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
  2. Line a muffin tin with liners and lightly spray with cooking spray.  
  3. In a mixing bowl, combine flour, oats, flaxseed, baking powder, baking soda, cinnamon and salt.
  4. In a separate bowl, beat the egg and egg white, then add the oil, vanilla extract and applesauce.
  5. Add the mashed banana, and combine thoroughly.
  6. Stir the flour mixture into the banana mixture until just combined. 
  7. Fold in the dried cranberries.
  8. Bake for 20-22 minutes or until inserted toothpick comes out clean.

Banana-Berry Muffins

This morning, as I woke super early with my older son (and then realized it was even earlier since the clocks were turned back one hour!), I decided to do some baking.  Luckily I had a few very ripe bananas on hand and decided to make these banana muffins with the addition of blueberries and walnuts, so delicious!  Ah, there is nothing like the smell of freshly baked banana muffins.  The aroma still lingers throughout my entire apartment.  These muffins are made with no added sugar, using only the natural sweetness from ripe bananas and blueberries.  I also added walnuts to a few and I find walnuts enhance the flavor and add the perfect crunch but you can leave them out if you prefer or in the case of any nut allergies.  My 18 month gobbled up 2 of them!  I also used unsweetened applesauce in place of butter BUT these do taste even more amazing cut in half and with a little unsalted butter spread on them.

Ingredients

3 1/2 ripe medium bananas, mashed (the darker, the better!). If the bananas are small, use 4.

1 teaspoon baking soda

1 teaspoon baking powder

1/4 teaspoon salt

1 1/2 cups whole wheat flour

1 egg

1/3 cup unsweetened applesauce

1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract

3/4 cup frozen or fresh blueberries

1/3 cup chopped walnuts (optional)

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Line a muffin tin with liners.
  3. In a mixing bowl, add the flour, baking soda, baking powder and salt
  4. In a separate bowl, combine the mashed bananas, applesauce, egg and vanilla extract.
  5. Slowly pour in the flour mixture and whisk until smooth and just combined.
  6. Next, fold in the blueberries and walnuts if using
  7. Pour batter into muffin liners and bake for 18-22 minutes or until inserted toothpick comes out clean.
  8. Serving suggestion: my kids love these as is, but my husband and I really enjoyed them cut in half with a smear of unsalted butter! Enjoy!