Recipes

Cocoa-Cinnamon French Toast

My son’s favourite meal of the day, hands down, is breakfast. I can’t seem to shovel his oats and yoghurt in fast enough every morning but I also need to ensure that I’m not giving him the same thing, day in and day out, if I want to turn him into an adventurous little eater.

I tried this recipe for a healthy and nutrient-packed version of the traditional French Toast on a lazy Sunday morning at home, when I wasn’t  rushed to run out of the door, and could take time watching him feast on it (and the unholy mess he created).

The batter could in actual fact make double the amount of French Toast but I prefer having extra batter for the bread to soak up. For this recipe I recommend using multigrain, brown, seeded and low GI bread given that these varieties contain essential nutrients and minerals that are needed in energy metabolism along with other health benefits, which aren’t provided through nutrient-empty refined/white bread choices.

This is such an easy and flavour-packed breakfast that the whole family could enjoy it together and seeing the delight on my son’s face was totally worth the mess he left behind! If your little ones are slightly older you can get them involved in the preparation and cooking, something that I find works extremely well with fussy eating toddlers or pre-schoolers who generally steer away from trying anything new.

*What you’ll need: 

  • 2 free-range eggs
  • 1/4 cup unsweetened milk of your choice
  • 1/4 tsp cocoa powder
  • 1/2 tsp powdered cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp vanilla essence
  • 2 slices Low GI bread (or any other brown/seed/multigrain variety)
  • 1 small knob butter (coconut oil can also be used instead)
  • 1/2 cup fresh/frozen berries (thawed)
  • 1 small banana sliced

Method:

  • Combine the eggs, milk, cocoa powder, cinnamon and vanilla essence in a medium size mixing bowl.
  • Mix with a whisk and add the bread slices.
  • Allow the bread slices to soak up the batter for a minute or two.
  • Melt the knob of butter on a medium-high heat in a pan.
  • Then add your bread slices.
  • Allow the slices to brown on each side, turning each slice after 3 minutes.
  • Arrange on a plate and top with the macerated berries and banana.
  • Babies older than one could also get a drizzle of honey added to theirs.
  • Cut the toast into smaller pieces (toast fingers are the easiest for little hands to hold).
  • Now hand your little ones a toast finger at a time and allow them to taste and explore!
*The above recipe will need to be adapted should your child have an allergy to any of the above-mentioned ingredients. 
*Always supervise your child when they are eating. Don’t leave them alone, not even for a minute.

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