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Apple Almond Butter French Toast

Tomorrow is Valentine’s Day, a day full of romance. Valentine’s Day food is generally fairly decadent – chocolate, candlelit steak dinners, cheesy pastas, etc. But you can always show someone you love them with a healthier option. Homemade breakfast feels fancy for a weekday, especially breakfast in bed.

This apple almond butter French toast is quick to put together but looks and tastes fancy. I love making sandwich French toasts with different flavors. The tart apple and creamy nut butter work really well together. Make it for someone you love soon, if not for Valentine’s Day!

Apple Almond Butter French Toast (Serves 2)

Apple Almond Butter French Toast

4 slices whole wheat bread
4 tablespoons almond butter
1 apple, sliced thin
1 egg
½ teaspoon cinnamon
¼ cup skim milk
¼ cup syrup

1. Heat a nonstick griddle over medium-high heat, about 350 degrees F.
2. Spread almond butter evenly over slices of bread. Place 1/2 apple slices on two slices of the bread. Top with other slices to make sandwiches.
3. Whisk egg, cinnamon, and milk together in a shallow bowl or dish. Carefully dip sandwiches in egg mixture.
4. Spray griddle with cooking spray. Place sandwiches on griddle. Cook on each side until lightly browned and egg is cooked, about 2-3 minutes per side.
5. Serve warm with syrup.

Nutrition Information:

Calories: 562
Protein: 19 g
Fat: 23 g
Saturated fat: 3 g
Cholesterol: 94 mg
Carbohydrates: 76 g
Fiber: 10 g
Sodium: 418 mg

Recipe notes: I prefer almond butter to peanut butter in general. I especially like it here because of it’s cinnamony taste. Peanut butter also works if that is your preference or what you have available. I like a tart apple here, like a Granny Smith. The tartness works well with the sweetness of the syrup and nut butter. You also don’t need a ton of syrup for this – the nut butter really combines everything well on it’s own. If you can’t fit all of the apple slices in the sandwich, just serve it on the side.

Source: original recipe

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Sour Cream Waffles and Berry Syrup

Valentine’s Day is approaching quickly. For me, cooking a delicious meal is my favorite way to show love and caring.  I appreciate being on the receiving end of that kind of gift as well. I especially have a soft spot for breakfast food. Waking up to a delicious breakfast that I didn’t have to make is pretty high on the list of “things that will make Kim love you”.

Now, these probably aren’t the healthiest waffles ever. These are the waffles my mom only made on holidays growing up. They are a legend to me. I have tried to “healthify” them a bit. Syrup is syrup, guys. We aren’t kidding anyone. But I found this recipe that doesn’t call for adding a ton of sugar but is still super delicious and missing the sourness often found in homemade berry syrup. Make this for your significant other on Valentine’s Day. They will truly love you forever…or until it is all gone.


Sour Cream Waffles (Makes 8 waffles)


3 large eggs
¾ cup skim milk
½ cup melted unsalted butter
¾ cup nonfat sour cream
1 ½ cups white whole wheat flour
2 teaspoons baking powder
½ teaspoon baking soda

1. Separate eggs. Beat egg whites until stiff peaks form. Set aside.

2. Beat yolks until bubbly. Add milk, butter, and sour cream. Gently stir in flour, baking powder, and soda until just combined.

3. Fold egg whites into batter.

4. Bake in hot waffle iron to desired doneness.

Nutritional information (Amount per waffle):

Calories: 230
Protein: 7 g
Fat: 14 g
Saturated Fat: 8 g
Cholesterol: 103 mg
Carbohydrates: 21 g
Fiber: 2 g
Sodium: 148 mg

Berry Syrup (Makes about 2 cups)

3 cups frozen mixed berries
¼ cup sugar
¼ cup water
1 tablespoon lemon juice
½ teaspoon – 1 tablespoon cornstarch

1. Combine berries, sugar, and water in a saucepan. Bring to a simmer, stirring occasionally. Let cook for about 5 minutes.

2. In a separate bowl, combine lemon juice and cornstarch. Stir into berry mixture. Cook, adding more cornstarch as needed, until it reaches desired thickness.

3. Serve over waffles with a light dusting of powdered sugar.

Nutritional Information (Amount per ¼ cup serving):

Calories: 58
Protein: 0 g
Fat: 0 g
Saturated Fat: 0 g
Cholesterol: 0 g
Carbohydrates: 14 g
Fiber: 2 g
Sodium: 1 mg

Recipe notes: I think I ended up adding close to 1 tablespoon cornstarch. But I don’t like super liquid sauce. Start with ½ teaspoon and add more if needed to suit your preferences.

Source:  family recipe for waffles;  berry syrup from eatingwell.com

Low-iodine:  The syrup would work well on a low-iodine crepe or pancake.


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