My kids, actually my whole family, really enjoys french toast. I means what’s not to love? It’s a simple breakfast that is quickly put together, the kids get to dip it into maple syrup, toppings are endless and its delicious, delicious bread! I love serving them french toast, because the version I make is sneaky (of course) and it’s something that I can feel good about. And so, our Sneaky Sunday recipe for this week is our Sweet Potato & Hemp Heart French Toast Soldiers.
For those of you who just recently started to follow us, we wanted to quickly re-introduce Sneaky Sundays to you. The full write up of what it is all about can be found here, but to summarize, every Sunday (since July 2017), we have been sharing a new recipe that is specifically targeted at your picky eater and sneaking in healthy ingredients. The recipes that we share are simple, kid friendly and nutritious. During the week we mix it up a bit and share a wide range of recipes (mostly kid friendly), but the recipes for Sneaky Sundays are tested and perfected (on a variety of different picky kids), and have received the thumbs up.
And so, let’s move on to this highly nutritious and delicious breakfast idea. Since my family enjoys french toast so much, I needed to find a way to make it even more nutritious. Coating it in an egg/milk mixture works just fine (hello, protein!), but I needed to do more. And so, what I do is add in a puree of cooked sweet potato, 2-3 tablespoons of hemp heart and the eggs + milk and I coat the bread in that!
Sweet potatoes are probably one of my favourite veggies, and for good reason. They are an excellent source of vitamin A (in the form of beta-carotene). They are also a very good source of vitamin C, manganese, copper, pantothenic acid and vitamin B6. Additionally, they are a good source of potassium, dietary fiber, niacin, vitamin B1, vitamin B2 and phosphorus. Umm, heck yes! And as for the hemp hearts, they are rich in healthy fats and essential fatty acids. They are also a great protein source (2–3 tablespoons, provide about 11 grams of protein) and contain high amounts of vitamin E, phosphorus, potassium, sodium, magnesium, sulfur, calcium, iron and zinc.
And the best part about all of this….you CANNOT taste the sweet potato (or the hemp hearts for that matter), at all! I promise. You just took your breakfast from kinda healthy, to a breakfast that is going to really keep you going for the day. So much goodness friends, and truly so darn tasty. The reason why we call these french toast sticks “soldiers” is because we literally have “play battles” with the french toast sticks and my son calls them soldiers.
Now in terms of serving these sweet potato & hemp heart french toast soldiers, I always put out some seasonal fruit, maple syrup, almond butter and granola! The kids just love it and so do I. So hope that you give this one a try.
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- 2 tablespoons butter
- 4 slices bread
- ¼ cup sweet potato puree
- 2 eggs
- ¼ cup milk
- ¼ teaspoon cinnamon
- 2 tablespoons hemp hearts
- Maple syrup, fresh fruit for serving
- You'll first need to prepare your sweet potato puree. This is a step I either do the night before (if I know I will be making them) or just have on hand. I always bake my sweet potatoes and so to do this...preheat your oven to 400 degrees F. Pierce the sweet potato (1 large one will do) with a fork all over and wrap it in aluminum foul. Place on a baking sheet and bake for 30-40 minutes until fork tender. Once cooled, mash it with a fork until it is the consistency of a puree (or you can blend it as well).
- Once your sweet potato puree is done, measure our ¼ cup and add it to a bowl. Whisk in the eggs, milk, cinnamon and hemp hearts until fully incorporated.
- Cut your bread into lengthwise sticks.
- Melt 1 tablespoon of butter in a medium-large frying pan over medium heat.
- Sink each stick into the sweet potato/egg mixture and flip it to coat both sides evenly. Place the bread sticks on the frying pan and cook for 2-3 minutes on one side, flip and then cook for another 2-3 minutes. Continue to do this until the edges are just slightly browned and it is cooked through.
- Continue to do this until all of the sticks of bread have been cooked through, adding in 1 tablespoon of butter each time you make a new batch of bread sticks.
- Serve warm with maple syrup, fresh fruit, almond butter or granola.