Cinnamon French Toast Crunch

This recipe was inspired by Cinnamon Toast Crunch Cereal. I was walking down my grocery store’s cereal aisle one day and saw that Cinnamon Toast Crunch was on sale for buy one get one free. My wife kindly requested that I get some for her, so I did and I would be lying if I told you I didn’t have at least one bowl. I got to thinking…what if there was a healthier option for the morning that would be almost as satisfying and delicious, but be TONS better for you. So I attempted the Cinnamon French Toast Crunch and it worked! Crunchy warm cashews on top of a vanilla and cinnamon-soaked warm piece of whole wheat toast is extremely satisfying. It’s a bit weird to look at when you make it because the soaked chia seeds seem to make the toast gray after you soak it for a few seconds, but it all turns out well in the end, I promise!

Total Time: 15 minutes

Ingredients:

  • 1/4 cup chia seeds
  • 1/2 cup maple syrup
  • 1 cup unsweetened almond, coconut or flax milk
  • 1/2 tsp. vanilla extract
  • cinnamon to taste (we used 1/2 tsp.)
  • your favorite whole wheat bread (we used Rudi’s Kitchen vegan bread)*
  • 1 cup crushed, unsalted cashews

*G – if going gluten free, try Rudi’s gluten-free bread options in the freezer section

Method:

  1. Before you do anything, get your chia seeds into a bowl with the 1 cup of almond milk and let them soak for approximately seven minutes. You want them to turn into a gel-like substance. Give them a stir from time to time as you assemble your other items. Make sure the bowl you use is large enough for you to completely submerge your bread slices.
  2. Once you have your chia seeds in the bowl soaking, get your skillet going on medium/high heat with some water to keep it from drying out. While the skillet is heating, go ahead and add the remaining ingredients (minus the cashews) as listed above.
  3. After seven minutes and you have a good gel-like consistency going for your chia substance, dip a slice of your whole wheat bread in and try to fully coat each side. This is where things might look a bit strange. You will have a gray piece of toast! Don’t worry…it’s going to be delicious!
  4. On a medium-high skillet, place your toast in the center. You want to hear it sizzle a bit when the bread hits the skillet.
  5. After approximately two minutes on the skillet, sprinkle the crushed cashews on top of the toast. Before you flip it, gently mash the cashews down with the bottom of your skillet and give the toast a flip. Cook for two more minutes on the other side.
  6. Repeat for everyone in your family that wants to join in on the yummy fun!
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Cory is a husband, father of three and vegan athlete. His blog, Lean Green DAD™, is a lifestyle blog about food, family and fun that helps passionate people, mostly parents, who have over-scheduled, busy lives maintain a healthy balance of plant-based nutrition, fitness and overall wellness.
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