I am counting the days 'til school opens and just planning what food to pack for the kids, among other things, is raising my stress levels lately.
Honestly, I only have a few (count five fingers!) old-reliables that passed the test from my picky eaters. Now, with a first-grader and a pre-schooler to think about, I would really like to put more effort into the preparation of their food from scratch.
We all know homemade is always better than commercially manufactured foods. Of course, it would also entail a greater amount of time and effort to prepare, but you are assured of the quality of its contents which would benefit your child.
One of the most requested snack is this Peanut Butter and Banana French Toast. They instantly loved it the first time I made one for them so they can expect this yummy healthy treat in their lunch boxes when they're back to school.
I made a simple Raisin Bread French Toast in the past but this version packs a meaner punch with the creamy, protein-enriched goodness of peanut butter and nutritious bananas.
|Eagerly helping out with prep work with their own mini wire whisk|
PEANUT BUTTER & BANANA FRENCH TOAST
What you need:
2 slices of bread, any soft bread you prefer (ideally a few days old)
Half a banana, sliced
Spread your favorite peanut butter on the 2 slices of bread.
Arrange sliced bananas on your sandwich.
In a wide bowl, whisk together 1 egg and around 2 tablespoons of liquid milk.
Add a few drops of vanilla and dash of cinnamon, optional.
Soak the sandwich, both sides, in the wet mixture.
Heat a tablespoon of butter in a non-stick pan then toast sandwich on both sides until golden brown.
Serve with a drizzle of honey or maple syrup. Sprinkle with ground cinnamon if desired.
Makes 1 delicious fully-loaded french toast sandwich.
An ideal breakfast and snack, this is one of the best french toast I've made! You have to try it yourself.
You may replace peanut butter with a favorite jam or chocolate spread like Nutella (hazelnut cocoa spread). Skip the peanut spread in case you or your kids have allergies or aversions to peanut butter/nuts. I also use almond milk or rice milk for this, as an alternative to dairy milk.
|Finally enjoying the fruits of their labor|
If you have great food ideas for the kids' baon (packed lunch/snack), please share them here as most moms like me would need all the suggestions we could get! :-)
Alternative preparation tip:
After assembling the sandwich, slice it in 6 or 9 squares before dipping pieces in the liquid mixture. Then fry as instructed. This will allow you to serve it in bite-sized pieces :) Enjoy!
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Learn more about nutrition and food tips from this series of posts:Talks on Wellness and Nutrition, part 4