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For as long as I can remember, outside of Italian Bread, my mother always purchased whole wheat sandwich bread. Even though I grew up in the height of “all white sandwich breads” my mother was conscientious about providing us with whole grains, way before it was the popular thing to do. Now that I have my own children, despite their complaints that other kids have white bread at lunch, I still purchase 100% Whole Wheat products. Not only do I make their sandwiches with this bread, but when I make French Toast recipes, I also use whole wheat bread.
Since we had a few snow days last month, I was able to spend more time making a fun breakfast for the kids, and decided to make Cinnamon French Toast sticks. I have made French toast many times, but decided to get a little creative in my breakfast recipe but also be sure to include Arnold® Whole Grains 100% Whole Wheat sliced bread.
Arnold® Whole Grains 100% Whole Wheat sliced bread is premium bread with a whopping 23g of whole grains per slice! It has 100 calories per slice and has 3 g of fiber per slice. Arnold® Whole Grains 100% Whole Wheat sliced bread has no high fructose corn syrup or artificial colors or flavoring.
*Availability: Arnold® bread is available across the Eastern U.S. and can be found in the Midwestern U.S. as Brownberry® bread
The french toast recipe does not change much, it is more of the technique. By simply cutting your Arnold bread in strips, the kids can have fun finger food for breakfast.
I must admit the process takes longer than a traditional recipe but it’s worth it when you see the kids dipping their french toast strips into maple syrup.
Cut your pieces of bread into four strips.
Dip them into a egg and milk mixture.
Dip them into a cinnamon sugar mixture and place them in a nonstick pan with melted butter. (The butter is going to provide you with the crispy coating).
if you are not going to be serving the french sticks immediately, I recommend putting them on a cookie rack or cookie sheet in a warming oven, as they might stick together if stacked.
Serve with a side of warm maple syrup and watch the kids smile as they are allowed to use their fingers for breakfast.
These were a big hit with everyone in the house. I made a few whole pieces of cinnamon french toast as well, once the kids were all served and I was tired of the individual slices. You can also bake these French toast sticks.
Either way, the kids won’t be complaining about the whole wheat if you serve them up these dessert like french toast sticks! Skip the frozen ones at the store with ingredients you can not pronounce and make a few extra to freeze for another busy morning.
This is one way to get some whole grains into your children.
- 1/2 cup plus 2 tablespoons granulated sugar
- 1 tablespoon ground cinnamon
- 4 Slices Arnold® Whole Grains 100% Whole Wheat Bread
- 3 large eggs
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1/2 cup milk (we use skim)
- 4 tablespoons unsalted butter
- 4 tablespoons canola oil
- Mix together 1/2 cup granulated sugar and the cinnamon in a small baking dish.
- Whisk together the eggs, vanilla, salt, 1/2 cup of the milk until smooth . Add bread slices a few at a time and soak only a few seconds per side. (if you have day old bread will work better)
- Roll them in Cinnamon Sugar mixture if you like a hard sugar crust, roll in afterwards in prefer less of a creme brulee taste.
- While the bread is soaking, melt 2 tablespoons of the butter in a large nonstick skillet over medium heat until the mixture begins to shimmer. Fry the bread until golden brown and just cooked through, 2 to 3 minutes per side.
- Transfer the French toast to the baking rack set on a baking sheet and put in a low heat oven to heat through for 5 minutes. Repeat the soaking and frying process with the remaining pieces of bread.
- Serve warm with a side of real maple syrup.