Sunday, August 19, 2012

Nutella & Banana Stuffed French Toast Cups


I have been eagerly awaiting to share this post with everyone and i'm SO excited that's its finally time!

Last week I took a little hiatus and escaped to West Palm Beach, FL for a few days. My dad has been taking us there every summer for the past 15 years. I like to think of it as my little sanctuary; a home away from home. It's the perfect place to clear my head when my world is in complete chaos. With some major life changes on the horizon during the next couple of months, it was exactly what I needed.

My hotel, The Resort at Singer Island, had an incredible oceanfront restaurant. The breakfast menu featured the mouthwatering combination of french toast stuffed with Nutella and Bananas! It sounded amazing. After the waiter described it as being so good that, "my eyes will roll to the back of my head", there was no question as to whether or not I was ordering it. And I'm thankful I did....it was probably the most delicious thing I've ever experienced in a breakfast food! Layers of Nutella and bananas smothered between two thick slices of texas toast served french toast style (and a mimosa to wash it down!). It was actually too much for me to finish.

Since i've been home, all i've been thinking about is that meal. I wanted to make an adapted version so I could share it with everyone here. Because it was such a heavy meal and impossible to finish, I thought it would be fun to make mini french toast cups instead of layers of bread. By eliminating the texas toast and only using one half of a slice of regular italian bread, you're saving over 200 calories! Cinnamon and vanilla were also added to the egg mixture for more flavor.

I love this dish not only because it's delicious, but it's also so easy to make! Twelve minutes is all it takes. Simple enough to make for one person or for a whole brunch party!

Hope you all enjoy!





Nutella & Banana Stuffed French Toast Cups
Makes 6 

Ingredients:

6 Slices Italian white bread
2 eggs
1 tsp vanilla extract
1/2 tsp cinnamon
1/2 cup Nutella
1 ripe banana
4-5 small strawberries


Directions:

-Preheat oven to 350*
-Spray muffin pan with Pam
-Using the lid of the Nutella jar, cut out circles in the middle of each slice of bread
-In a small bowl, whisk together the eggs, vanilla, and cinnamon
-Dip each circle of bread in the egg mixture, letting the excess drip off
-Press each circle of bread into the muffin pan
-Bake for 10-11 minutes
-Remove muffins from the pan and fill each with a spoonful of Nutella
-Slice banana and strawberries and arrange on top
-Garnish with whipped cream of confectioner's sugar



If you like the prop's used in today's post, you can find them at Marshall's HomeGoods!


 1. Indoor/Outdoor Fabric Tablecloth        $12.00 (On Clearance)

 2. Glass Starfish Dessert Plates                 $7.99

 3. Coffee Mugs Trimmed in Gold            $4.99 ea


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