French Toast Fingers with Fruit Dips


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Serves 6 | Prep Time 10 | Cook Time 10

Why I Love This Recipe

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.


Ingredients You'll Need

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


Directions

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.


Nutritional Information Per Serving:


French Toast Fingers with Vanilla Pear Dip: Calories 160; Total fat 4.5g; Saturated fat 1g; Cholesterol 110mg; Sodium 180mg; Total carbohydrate 25g; Fiber 3g; Protein 7g; Vitamin A 4%DV*; Vitamin C 2%DV; Calcium 8%DV; Iron 8%DV


French Toast Fingers with Maple Peach Dip: Calories 190; Total fat 4.5g; Saturated fat 1g; Cholesterol 110mg; Sodium 180mg; Total carbohydrate 31g; Fiber 3g; Protein 7g; Vitamin A 10%DV; Vitamin C 4%DV; Calcium 8%DV; Iron 10%DV


French Toast Fingers with Cinnamon Carrot Dip: Calories 160; Total fat 4.5g; Saturated fat 1g; Cholesterol 110mg; Sodium 350mg; Total carbohydrate 25g; Fiber 3g; Protein 7g; Vitamin A 160%DV; Vitamin C 4%DV; Calcium 10%DV; Iron 10%DV


*Daily Value


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