French Toast Sticks with Berry Syrup
Rich in fiber, whole wheat bread and berries give this breakfast classic (and your morning!) a healthy boost.
|Serving size:||6 slices cut of French Toast, each ¼-inch stick serving|
|Prep time:||10 minutes|
|Cook time:||10 minutes|
|Total time:||20 minutes|
Large frying pan
Large saucepan with lid
Whisk or fork
Measuring cups and spoons
Recipe adapted from California SNAP’s CalFresh
For the French Toast
6 slices whole wheat bread
1/3 cup low-fat milk
1 tablespoon 100% orange juice
1 teaspoon (regular or imitation) vanilla extract
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1 cup (fresh or frozen) fruit, thawed
For the Berry Syrup
2 cups (fresh or frozen) berries, thawed
1 tablespoon sugar free pancake syrup
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- Before you begin, wash your hands, surfaces, utensils, and fresh fruit (if using).
- At least one hour before cooking, if using frozen fruit, place frozen fruit in refrigerator 1 hour ahead of time to defrost. When finished defrosting, retain juice from defrosted berries. Do not drain.
- Cut each bread slice into four long strips length wise, for a total of 24 long sticks.
- In a shallow bowl, beat eggs, milk, orange juice, vanilla, and cinnamon together, using a fork or whisk.
- Carefully add the bread sticks to egg and milk mixture to soak—turn to coat all sides. Then, carefully remove egg-soaked bread pieces, gently shaking off extra liquid.
- Lightly spray a frying pan with non-stick spray and warm over medium heat. Lay soaked bread pieces in a single layer on the frying pan. Cook until brown, or for about 2 minutes. Flip sticks over with a spatula.
- Repeat step 6 until all French toast sticks have been cooked.
- While French toast sticks are cooking, place berries, syrup, and cinnamon in a saucepan. Simmer over medium heat. Stir occasionally until berries are mostly broken down, about 3 to 5 minutes. Remove from heat and cover until ready to use.
- Serve berry syrup over French toast sticks. Place fresh fruit on top of French toast sticks.
- Try using your favorite fruit for topping, such as strawberries, blueberries, or bananas.
- Use your favorite fruit, canned and in juice, for this recipe’s syrup. Try fruits like canned peaches, pears, or mandarins.