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French Toast Fingers with Fruit Dips


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Serves 6 | Prep Time 10 | Cook Time 10

Ingredients

For Vanilla Pear Dip:
1 can (15 ounces) pear halves in extra light syrup
1 tablespoon honey
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 tablespoon butter (optional)

For Maple Peach Dip:
1 can (15 ounces) sliced peaches in juice, half drained
1/4 cup maple-flavored syrup, regular or reduced calorie
1/4 teaspoon almond extract
1 tablespoon butter (optional)

For Cinnamon Carrot Dip:
1 can (14.5 ounces) sliced carrots
3 tablespoons brown sugar
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1 tablespoon butter (optional)

For French Toast Fingers:
3 large or extra-large eggs, lightly beaten
3/4 cup low-fat milk
1/4 cup Vanilla Pear, Maple Peach, or Cinnamon Carrot dip
Cooking spray or melted butter
6 slices whole-grain bread, each cut in 5, 1-inch-wide strips


For any dip: Mix the ingredients (except for the butter, if used) for any of the dips in a small bowl. Put 1/4 – cup dip aside for the French toast.


Heat the remaining dip in a small saucepan or in the microwave oven until hot, 2 to 3 minutes. Remove from heat and mix in the butter, if using; keep warm.


For the French toast fingers: In a flat, wide bowl mix the eggs, milk and 1/4 cup of one of the dips until smooth.


Heat a large skillet or griddle over medium heat and coat with cooking spray oil or a small amount of butter. Dip the bread strips in the egg mixture just long enough to coat thoroughly. Cook the strips until browned on both sides, 3 to 4 minutes per side. Cool for 2 to 3 minutes before serving. Serve 5 French Toast Fingers (a hand) per person with a portion of the warm dip.


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Notes

This recipe reinvents French toast for a kid-friendly breakfast feast. French Toast Fingers are not only fun to dunk and down; they have the added advantage of having nutrient-rich canned fruit or vegetables blended into the batter. For even more nutrition, they're served with three luscious dipping sauces that provide more nutrients than the old standby syrup.

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