Banana French Toast

Good Lordy — my stomach hurts!!  Folks, we have definitely gone all out the last few days and we are paying the hefty price.  This morning was the last hoorah though — tomorrow starts a 6 week long stretch of sugar detoxification.  We had a wonderful Easter holiday yesterday!  We started the day out with a fun brunch, and then our friend Kyle came over.  We watched a movie and basically stuffed ourselves silly with food all day long.  The meal was fantastic, and I successfully made my very first Paleo version of Strawberry Cheesecake!  As if that wasn’t enough of a splurge we stayed up late, slept in until 10 am this morning (which we never do) and proceeded to stuff our faces with french toast for breakfast.  Do you see now?…do you see how once you start eating sugar you cannot stop!?  No need to worry.  We have had our fun.  All of the junk is now out of the house — it has all been eaten, there are no crumbs left (I searched checked for some) and we are good to go!  With that said, before we get too strict and boring for all you readers out there — enjoy some Banana French Toast.

I rarely make Paleo versions of breads.  We find that we don’t really miss breads for sandwiches, or rolls at dinner…so the only time I make bread-like things are when they are desserts like cakes and muffins.  So, I didn’t know how to go about producing the bread in order to make some french toast.  I did some searching, and found myself at one of my favorite recipe sites for gluten-free indulgences.  The bread I made was from a book by Elana of Elana’s Pantry.  Her website is very successful and she has a few recipe books published — all with great ideas for gluten-free baking.  She has somewhat recently taken on more of a Paleo approach, so on her blog you will find lots of Paleo-approved goodies as well.  As I said the bread recipe I used is in one of her books so I will share it with you; however, some of her other breads posted online I am sure would work fine as well.

 

Ingredients for Bread

  • 3/4 c. raw almond butter (check your label here)
  • 4 eggs
  • 1/4 c. almond meal
  • 1/4 c. arrowroot powder
  • 1/2 tsp. sea salt
  • 1/2 tsp. baking soda
  • 1 tbsp. flaxseed meal

 

Process

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Mix almond butter and eggs in a large bowl with an electric mixer until creamy.
  3. Combine almond meal, arrowroot, salt, baking soda, and flaxseed meal in a smaller bowl and then add to wet ingredients.
  4. Use your mixer until all ingredients are blended well.
  5. Lightly grease a loaf pan with some grapeseed oil and dust with a few pinches of almond meal.
  6. Pour batter into pan and bake for about 40 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.
  7. Cool before removing from pan and slicing.

I actually made my loaf last night so that I could make breakfast quickly this morning.  This probably helps in the process of making french toast because it gives the loaf a chance to be completely cool and even dry out just a bit.

Now for the fun part!!!  You don’t have to wake up the next morning and jump out of bed to make this like I did, but you should.  It’s THAT good.

 

Ingredients for French Toast

  • 4 dates
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/4 c. coconut milk
  • 1/2 tsp. vanilla
  • 1 tsp. ground cinnamon
  • 2 tbsp. coconut oil

 

Process

  1. Slice bread into 1″-1.5″ slices.
  2. Mix all of your ingredients, except for coconut oil, in a food processor until dates are finely chopped and well blended.
  3. Pour mixture into a shallow dish and add slices of bread.  Let them soak for about 5 minutes.  Flip slices and let them sit another 5 minutes.
  4. While bread is soaking, heat coconut oil in a large skillet over medium heat.
  5. Add slices, in batches if necessary, and cook about 6 minutes a side or until golden brown.
  6. Serve slices with 100% pure Grade B maple syrup, banana slices, and chopped walnuts.  Alternatively, you could spread pastured butter or coconut butter on them, drizzle with honey, and top with fresh fruit other than bananas – like blueberries, strawberries, or even baked apples slices would be nice.

 

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