Do you ever wake up on a weekend morning wishing that somebody would just magically come strolling into your room with coffee and breakfast in hand? I think breakfast in bed may be one of my favorite simple things in life. I’m not sure if it’s because it makes me feel like I am on vacation, or if it’s because I know that I don’t have to cook and clean the kitchen one more time in a day. Either way, it’s my jam. Also, I absolutely love to cook healthy food for my family, but one thing that you should know about me is that I have a major sweet tooth, especially for dark chocolate. On this particular Saturday morning I woke up absolutely craving a stack of french toast topped with banana, dried coconut, and obviously, a few dark chocolate chips (because that’s always good for the soul).
Truth be told, I don’t really know the first thing about making french toast, but I knew that it had to be pretty straight forward. After looking up a few recipes and seeing that they all consisted of the same base ingredients, I decided to just do my own thing– to my surprise, they were just as delicious as I was hoping that they would be!
As far as the toppings go, feel free to moderate based upon what you like and what you are in the mood for. The basic ingredients remain the same and are listed as the first six ingredients below!
WHAT YOU NEED:
- bread– whatever kind floats your boat, I used organic 21 whole grains and seeds made by Dave’s Killer Bread
- 2 eggs
- 1/2 cup milk– I used coconut
- 1tbsp vanilla extract
- 1/4tsp cinnamon
- 1tsp chia seeds
- dried coconut flakes
- 1 banana
- chocolate chips
- raw blue agave (or syrup)
**agave is a low glycemic syrup that is slowly absorbed by the body preventing spikes in blood sugar (aka, a spike in blood sugar is the reason that you are ravenous an hour and a half after eating a bowl of sugary cereal/a donut/etc first thing in the morning)– agave is actually proven to be 25% sweeter than sugar. we use agave in place of all sugar, syrup and sweeteners in our house. it’s perfect for drinks, desserts, sauces, on top of oatmeal, cereal, waffles, french toast and in coffee, too! you can find it in any grocery store, it isn’t as cheap as syrup and usually runs around $7 for a bottle. if you are a member of Costco you can find 2 bottles for $9, we buy the brand Wholesome! it is USDA Organic and Non GMO certified.
WHAT TO DO:
- preheat your skillet using coconut oil.
- whisk eggs, milk, vanilla, cinnamon, coconut flakes and chia seeds in a small bowl.
- dip each slice of bread into egg mixture making sure that both sides are heavily coated.
- brown each side of the bread in skillet.
- serve with fresh banana slices, chocolate chips and extra dried coconut, top with agave.
until we can all wake up on vacation together, this recipe will have to do! xo, Grace