There is a small breakfast cafe I frequently visit when I'm home that has some of the best French toast I've ever had. Normally, I will choose pancakes over toast when it comes to delicious morning carbohydrates, but when made just right, French toast can be so incredibly satisfying and a true delight to have on a weekend morning.
What makes their recipe so sought out is the use unique feature of granola that perfectly encrusts every bite of the chewy thick bread. I imagine this concept was not a mistake, I mean, who wouldn't enjoy sweet cinnamon bread dipped in a nutty bed of luscious oats and grilled until golden brown?
I recently decided to attempt a recreation of this recipe, albeit a little more nutritious with the use of whole grain bread and all natural Nuts About Granola. The result was a real success! Peanut Butter Granola gives the bread a decadent flavor but still holding true to the wholesomeness of the recipe. Kick up your French toast with the simple addition of granola and be prepared to escape into a delightful morning.
Whole Grain Peanut Butter Granola French Toast
4 slices of whole grain French bread (cut 1 inch thick)
1/2 cup fat free milk (or non dairy milk alternative)
1 tbsp cinnamon
1/2 tsp vanilla
1 cup Plain Jane granola
In a shallow bowl, whisk eggs into milk. Add the cinnamon and vanilla and set aside.
Place the bread in a baking pan and pour milk mixture over the bread, making sure that all parts are covered. Let the bread sit for 20-30 minutes to soak up most of the liquid.
Place the granola on a plate. Remove one slice of bread from the pan and dip each side into the granola, pressing down to ensure that the granola sticks to the bread.
Heat a large non-stick skillet over medium high heat. Melt the butter in the pan and add the bread, one slice at a time. Cook on one side for 4 minutes, flip and cook on the other side for an additional 4 minutes.
Repeat process with all bread slices.
Top with fresh fruit and all natural maple syrup.