Thursday, November 4, 2010

Vegan Pumpkin French Toast

I love when a new recipe trial turns out great!  After those awesome 7 miles yesterday morning I was ravenous! Plain old cereal and oatmeal just wouldn't suffice.  I was craving french toast, but the only vegan recipe I had for french toast included bananas and I didn't have any.  I thought and thought and thought.  What has the same texture as a mashed banana, that may work?  The answer was so obvious and was staring me right in the face...

Pumpkin!

(did I mention I picked up 6 cans at the grocery store this weekend!)


Pumpkin French Toast {vegan} for one
1 tbsp pumpkin puree
2 tbsp almond milk
1 tsp pumpkin pie spice
2 slices Ezekiel Bread

In a bowl, combine pumpkin, milk and pumpkin pie spice.  Dip each side of the bread into mixture, soaking well and cook on a griddle or greased fry pan.  Cook each side on medium for 3-4 minutes.  Flip and cook other side for 3-4 minutes.

This recipe actually works better than banana.  It isn't as sweet and it crisps up more like regular french toast.

I topped mine with Trader Joe's Peanut Flour reconstituted with almond milk and a little sprinkle of salt.  This is a low-calorie version of peanut butter.  Peanut flour is made by pulling the oils out of the peanut and grinding down into a flour.  When you add water or milk to peanut flour it takes on the texture and flavor of peanut butter without all the fat and calories.  You get almost half the calories for the same amount.  The taste and flavor is a little different, but it really works.  Especially if you are a nut-butter fiend like me.  Then I can have twice as much!
 I also topped it with some maple flavored high fructose corn syrup...aka Aunt Jemima's.  I just can't afford the good maple syrup right now!  Melty chocolate chips and raisins were also included in this breakfast.  No skimping here when you are using low calorie peanut butter and you just ran 7 miles!
Don't have the time for such a luxurious breakfast...check out my quick take on Pumpkin French Toast this morning:
I just toasted a few slices of bread, topped with the Trader Joe's Peanut Flour and a little pumpkin mixed with maple flavored high fructose corn syrup.  Not exactly the same effect, but it did the deed.  This was second breakfast for me this morning!  I ate a small bowl of cheerios before rushing out the door to the gym.  Looks like I'm carbed up for the day, must find some veggies to eat for lunch! 

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