Monday, September 29, 2014

Granola-Crusted French Toast + Homemade Applesauce

I don't know about you, but french toast is one of my favorite indulgent weekend breakfasts!! I sort of like granola too. :) So when I found out that I could combine the two, I was ready to get to cooking! Granola-crusted french toast, ladies and gentleman. Your taste buds are already dancing, I know it! 

There are a dozen different breads out there that you can use for a delectable french toast. The best in the world, however, can be found at most Great Harvest Bread Companies. It is their Cinnamon Chip. It's seriously the best in the world. I used to work there as a Sweets Baker and people would come in, still in their pajamas, on Saturday mornings to get a few loaves for french toast! So go ahead and search for a GHBC near you! If you can't find one, a good challah or french loaf will do!

I'm not one to follow the norm. So while maple syrup is great, there are so many other delicious toppings for french toast or any typical eat-syrup-on-top-of-me breakfasts. Like apple sauce! So I made a super easy + yummy homemade applesauce to go on top. You can also use peanut butter or any nut butter, fresh berries, greek yogurt, or honey! They're all great options! I like to combine a few. I topped this french toast with some applesauce + maple syrup.

Granola Crusted French Toast + Homemade Applesauce
(makes 4-5 servings)

Grab it!
1 large apple (I used honeycrisp)
1 tbsp organic brown sugar
1/4 tsp nutmeg
1/4 tsp cinnamon
1/4 tsp allspice
2-5 tbsp + 1/4 cup water

french toast
1 loaf of bread (I used Cinnamon Chip from Great Harvest Bread Company - best french toast EVER. Challah, French bread, or any other hearty bread great for french toast will do!)
6 eggs
1 cup milk of choice (I use almond milk)
2 tsp vanilla
1 tsp cinnamon
dash of nutmeg + allspice
1/2 cup Nothin' but Nola granola (for every 2-3 slices of bread)

Make it! 
1. Dice apple. Add to small pot along with brown sugar, nutmeg, cinnamon, and allspice.
2. Cover with a lid and heat over medium heat until apples begin releasing their juices!! The juices will begin to simmer in the bottom of the pan. Leave for about 10-15 minutes or until the apples have softened. If the juices evaporate and it gets dry, add 1-2 tbsp of water.
3. Remove from heat and let stand about 5 minutes to cool.
4. Transfer to a food processor and process until a smooth + chunky applesauce consistency (I like mine chunkier! But you can process until it's as smooth or chunky as you desire!). Add 1-3 tbsp water if too thick.
5. Transfer back to pot and add 1/4 cup water. Simmer on low-medium heat for about 10 minutes until thickened. Enjoy on top of your french toast or as a healthy + yummy snack!
french toast 
1. Slice bread into nice thick slices (about 1").
2. Whisk together eggs, milk, vanilla, cinnamon, nutmeg, and allspice
3. Using a food processor (or blender), process granola until it's crushed into smaller pieces (not quite a flour). Pour onto a plate to dip bread in.
*You need to do this or otherwise the granola pieces are too big and won't allow the bread to cook. The outer granola crust will just burn with an egg-coated, uncooked piece of bread! Not appetizing!
3. One at a time, dip bread slice in egg+milk mixture and then dip both sides in granola. Re-dip in egg mixture.
4. Cook over skillet 300-350 degrees until browned on both sides.
5. Enjoy topped with your homemade applesauce and some maple syrup!

You can buy our fresh + healthy, organic-based granola here

xoxo Lauren

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