Berry Good Baked French Toast

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Yes, you can make weekday mornings feel less frazzled and more special. Prepare this dish the night before, pop it in the oven, and a weekend-worthy breakfast is ready on a weekday morning!

Ingredients:

  • 1 teaspoon Earth Balance butter
  • 1 (12-ounce) loaf French bread
  • 1 and 1/2 cups frozen blueberries, divided
  • 4 ounces Daiya cream cheese, divided
  • 4 Ener-G eggs
  • 1 and 1/2 cups plain non-dairy milk
  • 2/3 cup plain non-dairy creamer
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  1. Butter a 3-quart baking dish and set aside.
  2. Cut the bread loaf into 1-inch pieces and arrange half of the bread in the bottom of the prepared pan. Top with 2/3 cup blueberries and 2 ounces cream cheese (cut into small pieces). Repeat the layers with the remaining bread, blueberries, and cream cheese.
  3. In a large bowl, whisk together the Ener-G eggs, milk, creamer, sugar, cinnamon, and salt. Pour over the bread mixture. Cover and refrigerate at least 3 hours, and up to overnight.
  4. Bake the French toast a 350 degrees F for 50 to 60 minutes. Let stand for 15 minutes before serving. Dust with powdered sugar if desired, or top with a drizzle of maple syrup!

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PB&J Stuffed French Toast

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It’s hard to believe it, but already cool fall mornings are upon us, a little nip to the air as we’ve been rising! Make breakfast extra-special with this simple twist on French toast, and you’ll send the littles off to school with an extra spring in their step.

Ingredients:

  • 1 banana
  • 1/3 cup cashew milk
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 tablespoon Earth Balance butter
  • 4 slices whole wheat bread
  • Peanut Butter
  • Jelly
  • 4 tablespoons maple syrup
  1. In a blender, combine the banana, cashew milk, and cinnamon; process until smooth. Set aside.
  2. Melt the butter in a large skillet over medium-high heat. While it melts, prepare two peanut butter and jelly sandwiches to taste – we like ours with strawberry jam best!
  3. Dip the sandwiches in the banana mixture, then add to the hot skillet. Cook for about 2 minutes on each side, until the bread is golden.
  4. Cut the sandwiches in half, and drizzle each half with 1 tablespoon warm maple syrup to serve.

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Easy Vegan French Toast

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It was a lazy summer Friday, and what better way to start than French toast in bed? (!) The secret ingredient in this version? Bananas! If you want the batter a little thicker, just go bananas – use 3 instead of 2! For the milk, any non-dairy milk will do. We like vanilla almond milk.

Ingredients:

  • 2 ripe bananas
  • 3/4 cup non-dairy milk
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • Bread slices (any kind)
  • Earth Balance butter
  • Maple syrup
  1. In a blender, combine the bananas, milk, cinnamon, and vanilla. Process until smooth.
  2. Transfer the banana mixture to shallow plate. Meanwhile, melt the butter in a skillet over medium-high heat – I use about 1 tablespoon for every 2 slices of French toast. Repeat as needed until you’ve prepped all your slices.
  3. Dip the bread slices into the batter and transfer to the skillet. Cook for about 2 minutes on each side, until golden brown.
  4. Drizzle with maple syrup before serving.

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Breakfast Friends

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We love this adorable breakfast idea from Barefoot Books‘ Kids’ Kitchen set.

Ingredients:

  • 4 slices whole-wheat bread
  • 2 Ener-G eggs
  • 3 tablespoons plain coconut yogurt
  • 2 teaspoons agave nectar
  • 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 2 tablespoons Earth Balance butter
  • Raisins for decoration

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  1. Use animal-shaped cookie cutters to cut fun (friendly!) animals out of the bread slices.
  2. In a bowl, whisk together the Ener-G eggs, yogurt, agave, and cinnamon. Dip the bread slices into the egg mixture one a time, coating both sides.
  3. Melt 1 tablespoon butter in a large skillet, and add two of the bread slices. Cook for 1 to 2 minutes on each side. Repeat with the remaining butter and bread slices.
  4. Don’t forget to add raisin eyes and decorations before eating! Yum – which friends will you invite to breakfast?

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Overnight French Toast

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I adapted this recipe slightly from High Five magazine to veganize it. It’s a great recipe that will have kids whisking, mixing, arranging, and pouring batter – so many great steps, and Travis wanted to do them all!

First, adults should cut a 16-ounce loaf of day-old French bread into 1-inch thick slices; set aside.

In a bowl, have your child whisk together: 2 Ener-G eggs, 2 tablespoons chia seeds, 1 and 1/2 cups hemp milk, 1/2 cup non-dairy creamer, and 1/3 cup maple syrup.

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Now it’s time to arrange the bread slices in a baking dish. Travis placed his slices in very importantly; I did a little tidying up once he had finished just so the slices were in an even layer.

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Help your child hold the bowl to pour the batter evenly over the bread slices. Cover with foil and refrigerate overnight.

In the morning, remove the dish from the fridge at least one hour before baking. Bake at 375 degrees F for 35 minutes.

To serve, combine 2 tablespoons melted Earth Balance butter with 2 tablespoons maple syrup and drizzle evenly over the slices.

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F Week!

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For an F week full of fun in your Letter of the Week curriculum, try out these ideas.

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Firefighter/firetruck: Hands down the biggest hit of the week, start by pulling out any firetruck toys you have at home. Even better, I gave Travis a chance to play Firefighter with an imaginative put-out-the-flames chalk game, which merited a full blog post.

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Flag: This word was the surprise hit of the week! We checked out a library book on state flags, and Travis couldn’t get enough of going through it and deciding which ones he liked best.

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After that, we had to design our own family flag of course. Travis wanted me to do the drawing, but told me what symbols to include, and which colors to use. If you have craft items at home that begin with an F (feathers, felt), consider gluing those to your child’s flag creation.

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Frisbee: For our exercise this week, we got out to the park and Travis enjoyed a basic intro to the Frisbee, giving a few nice tosses! You could also toss a soft football, if that interests your child more.

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Finger: Use fingers only to make sketches in a shallow tray of cornmeal. You can encourage your child to draw letters or shapes, although Travis mostly just loved running his fingers deep through the tray.

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Fan/feather: Fans are a favorite around here, because it’s always fun to see how objects blow in the wind (see my post from W week for more on this idea). This week, we let feathers go over the fan and watched them flutter.

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Fort: What better excuse than the letter F to take out all your pillows and blankets and build a big fort?

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Fish: As our field trip of the week, we visited the fish at a local aquarium. Travis couldn’t get enough of a catfish nearly as big as he was. Libraries and rec centers in your area may also have large tanks of fish for children to enjoy.

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Foot: Here’s a word I thought would be fun, but which turned out to be a flop. I tried to get Travis interested in tracing his foot and mine, to show their relative sizes, and then thought he’d enjoy painting with his feet instead of a paintbrush on a large sheet of butcher paper… But he couldn’t be bothered! Instead, we read The Foot Book by Dr. Seuss, which always produces giggles.

Our weekly extras…

Fine art: As our art project, we folded paper fans. I showed Travis how to make them with very tight folds, and he loved flapping them to create a breeze. Although he wasn’t able to replicate the exact structure, he enjoyed folding sheets of paper in imitation.

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Food: It was a week to dine on French fries and fruit salad… and then we had to make French toast!

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Books: Our favorites of the week were: Little Rabbits’ First Farm Book by Alan Baker, Firefighter PiggyWiggy by Christyan and Diane Fox, Friends by Michael Foreman, and Rainbow Fish by Marcus Pfister

Songs: Although not a children’s song, a rousing rendition of Finiculi Fincula got huge laughter and clapping along. And of course there’s the children’s classic the Farmer in the Dell.

Math: Introduced fractions! A sandwich (or any food that can be sliced into portions) is the perfect opportunity to visualize fractions. Show your child the whole sandwich before cutting it in half, thirds, or quarters. Travis liked the demonstration so much that wanted his own piece of bread to practice on. As a perfect coincidence, he wound up “half” dressed in his pajamas that evening (bottoms on, top off) which he decided was hilarious.

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Be on the lookout for an out-of-order V Week post in the coming weeks – I saved it on purpose so we could learn all about V with Valentine’s crafts.