Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Oatmeal French Toast

Brunch is often the highlight of my weekend. I don't know if it's the idea of combining two meals into one, or the fact that drinking is encouraged before noon, but I love it. When cooking at home, I always try to whip up something based on what I have on hand. Sometimes it works and sometimes it flops. My system goes something like this: 1) Find ingredients, 2) Combine ingredients that work together, 3) Figure out how to make it healthier. This delicious creation was the result of indecisiveness: French Toast or Oatmeal? We shall have both! And this my friends, was not a flop.
What makes this bite better? Add fiber to meals whenever possible to keep you fuller longer. Oats, flax meal and nuts all snuck into this dish to provide extra fiber and protein.
Loaf of bread (preferably a day or two old)
4 eggs
1/4 c Milk
1 tsp Cinnamon
1/4 tsp Nutmeg
1/4 tsp Salt
1 c Oats
1/4 c Flax meal
Butter, as needed
Nuts, fruit and maple syrup (optional)
Directions: Cut the bread into 1-inch pieces (thicker if you like). Mix eggs and milk in a large bowl. Add salt, cinnamon and nutmeg. On a separate plate combine the oats and flax meal. Heat a skillet to med-high and add 1T of butter. Coat the bread in the egg mixture, ensuring it soaks all the way through. Place the bread into the oats mixture, coating on both sides and then place it in the pan. Heat on both sides until cooked through and crispy on the outside. Work through the loaf and keep the pieces in the oven on warm until you are done. Top with fruit, nuts and maple syrup, if desired. Serve and enjoy :)
Note: You may have to adjust ratios based on the size of the loaf and staleness of the bread.

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