Banana Cashew French Toast- oooh la la!

The thing about french toast is that I’ve always had trouble justifying it. Oh, I know it’s delicious, but delicious isn’t always enough- especially first thing in the morning when my will-power is at it’s highest. If I’m going to eat french toast, it’s gotta be healthy, or at least healthier than just bread, eggs, milk and fat. And so I started experimenting- first with banana because crispy, caramelized banana is divine. Second with cashew because of all the nuts out there, they are my favorite. And third, with coconut, because in my opinion coconut is the perfect food!  The end result is a french toast recipe that bulks up on substance and that I have absolutely no trouble eating in the morning.

So to make this delightful dish start by thawing two bananas. You could use fresh ones, but really, the frozen ones mash better and are sweeter. Once thawed, mush them up good and then beat in two eggs. Chop about 1/4 c. cashews nice and fine and throw them in the mix. Next add about 1/4 unsweetened shredded coconut. Finally, add about 1/4 c. milk (that’s it! It will be very thick).

Preheat your griddle to 350F and coat it with melted butter (very important). Now, here comes the messy part- put a slice of bread into your banana mixture and rub the stuff all over it. Imagine you’re giving your bread a full body massage. You’ve heard it said that the better the food- the bigger the mess. Well that is definitely true in this case. Once your bread is slathered in goop and heaving with goodness, hoist it onto the griddle and let it cook for about 5 minutes. Be careful when you flip these babies because they want to come apart- don’t let them. Be quick!

I eat these wonderful toasts with nothing but butter. The bananas are so sweet you don’t even need syrup (bonus!). Unless they are weird, your kids will love them. Here’s to the start of a beautiful day!


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