Pumpkin Peanut Butter French Toast

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P + PB + FT

Pumpkin + Peanut Butter + French Toast = Winning Combination

Last night as I was drifting off to sleep, I thought of this odd combo and had high hopes for a recipe success!

I’ve had a jar of PB2 powdered peanut butter collecting dust in my pantry for a while now, mainly because I typically overlook it in favor of real peanut butter.

As I was trying to think of creative ways to use the jar, a light bulb went off!

What to Do with PB2?

Combine the powdered peanut butter with pumpkin!

To bring PB2 to life, you typically add water, but I figured that by adding pumpkin, the powdered peanut butter would be much thicker and also take on a pumpkin flavor.

PB2 + Pumpkin

I combined 2 tbsp. of PB2 with about a third of a cup of canned pumpkin and stirred up the mixture until it was nice and thick.

I then got to work on the French toast.

Arnold Honey Wheat Sandwich Thins

I dredged one Arnold honey wheat sandwich thin in a mixture of one egg white and 1/2 tsp. of pumpkin pie spice.

Dunk-a-Roo!

After cooking the French toast on the griddle, I spread one half with the pumpkin peanut butter and placed thin slices of a ripe peach on the other.

Open Faced P & PB French Toast

After smooshing the two halves together, I dowsed them in syrup and sprinkled the ’em with nutmeg.

Voila!

Chomp!

I couldn’t wait to dig into this bad boy!

A Bite o' Yum

Eat Up, Buttercup!

This breakfast combined many of my different loves: peanut butter, pumpkin, doughy bread, pumpkin pie spice and fresh fruit.

Win!

Workout

Today’s workout included a five mile run with this little one:

Running Buddy

She’s such a good running buddy.

Sadie’s reward for keeping me motivated through our five mile run was licking the container I used to combine the peanut butter and pumpkin.

She was quite a fan.

Pumpkin Peanut Butter French Toast

Ingredients:

  • 1/3 c. canned pumpkin
  • 2 tbsp. PB2 (I’m sure regular peanut butter would work as well)
  • 1/2 ripe peach, thinly sliced
  • 1 Arnold sandwich thin
  • 1 egg white
  • 1/2 tsp. pumpkin pie spice
  • Nutmeg, to taste
  • Syrup, to taste

Directions

  • Combine PB2 and pumpkin in a bowl and set aside
  • Whisk together egg white and pumpkin pie spice
  • Dredge sandwich thin in egg white mixture
  • Spray a pan or griddle with non-stick cooking spray
  • Cook sandwich thin slices at a medium-high heat until egg mixture is set, flipping once
  • Remove sandwich thins from griddle and spread one half with peanut butter mixture and layer peach slices on the other half
  • Press two halves together and cover in syrup and sprinkle with nutmeg, if desired

Peanut Butter Stuffed French Toast

I woke up this morning to a bug-eyed dog, wagging her tail and breathing heavily in my face. After one big doggie kiss, I bounded out of bead to make a breakfast I thought of as I was falling asleep last night.

Apparently food is the first and last thing on my mind… ūüėČ

French toast may be my favorite breakfast¬†food. When it’s stuffed with sweet treats¬†like bananas or candied¬†pecans,¬†it’s all the better.

Last night as I was going to sleep, I thought about combining my beloved peanut butter with French toast.

This morning, I began by creating a sweet peanut butter filling by combining two tablespoons of Crazy Richard’s natural creamy peanut butter with 10 grams of powdered sugar.

PB + Powdered Sugar

I spread the peanut butter sugar combination on two slices of honey wheat bread and dipped the sandwich in a mixture of Almond Breeze almond milk and egg.

Once the French toast was cooked, I sprinkled it with cinnamon and powdered sugar before topping it with syrup.

A Dusting of Cinnamon and Powdered Sugar

Syrup Sweetness

The creamy peanut butter mixture held its own against the cinnamon and egg flavors.

Peanut Butter Stuffed French Toast

Sunday Morning Breakfast

What a great way to start a Sunday.

I’m off to change for church!

What is your favorite Sunday morning breakfast?

French Toast Strips

Have you ever tried French toast sticks? The fried French toast-like sticks they¬†offer at Burger King and often¬†serve at breakfast buffets? Well, they’re pretty darn delicious, but also pretty terrible for you from a nutritional standpoint.¬†¬†

Today I created my own French toast sticks… but they were more like French toast strips. ūüėȬ†¬†

They tasted nothing like French toast sticks, but were still tasty in their own right and were made with nutritious ingredients. That’s gotta count for something, right?¬†¬†

I made my French toast strips by pulling apart lavash bread (you could also do this with a whole wheat tortilla) and dunking it in a mixture of egg beaters and cinnamon before cooking the strips on the griddle.  

Egg Beaters + Cinnamon

 

While the French toast strips were cooking, I combined 1/4 cup of cottage cheese with 1/4 cup of frozen raspberries and a dash of Almond Breeze almond milk. I used my immersion blender to blend everything together to create a creamy, fruity filling.  

Raspberries + Cottage Cheese

 

Pink!

 

Once the French toast strips were done, I spread the filling in between the strips, sprinkled them with nutmeg and smothered the strips in syrup.  

French Toast Strips

 

French Toast Strips with Raspberry Filling

 

The Finishing Touches: Nutmeg + Syrup

 

I love weekday breakfasts that remind me of weekend breakfasts! They make me happy.  

This particular breakfast actually reminded me a lot of my raspberry ricotta stuffed French toast. Deeelish! 

Workout 

Before breakfast, I headed outside with Sadie for a 5.25 mile run.  

On our run we saw lots of baby ducklings and goslings.¬†It’s definitely spring!¬†¬†

The weather in Central Florida is still great for running and I hope it doesn’t get too hot too fast.¬†¬†

What is your ideal temperature?  

I think mine is somewhere between 78 and 80 degrees. I like it nice and warm, but not sweltering.

Rewards of Running

Before going to sleep last night, in the back of my mind I thought I’d wake up and go for a morning run with Sadie.

Going to bed with a plan for my Saturday morning workout is a tactic that really works well for me because I tend to want to lounge around on weekend mornings and put off my workout. I know I should workout right away because I always feel better when I get some exercise in first thing in the morning. 

I had a little extra motivation this morning because I was anxious to try out a new sports bra I was sent to review by Breeze Comfort. (I will post a full review soon!)  

Pink/Black Mountain View Breeze Comfort Sports Bra

Me and My Running Buddy

I promise I am in the pictures above. It might be hard to see me because of my iridescent skin.

After Ryan took these picture he said, “Wow! Am I as pale as you!?”

Grrr. I sent Sadie to attack him instantly and then turned the camera on him to show him that his skin is white as well (though not quite as white as mine, I’ll admit).

My He-Man Pale Boy

Please excuse our sleepy looking faces. It’s not natural to take pictures 10 minutes after you roll out of bed at¬† 7 a.m. ūüôā

The Run

My run with Sadie was great! It was a complete 180 from our short run together on Thursday when my legs felt like rocks.

This whole run felt like a breeze and the weather was gorgeous. We ran about 6.25 miles at a nice, easy pace.

Sadie succeeded in making me feel instantly unathletic when she grabbed a stick to run and jump around with for the first half of our fifth mile. Where does this dog get her energy!?

Once we arrived home, my tummy wanted food!

Rewards of Running

When I work out, I often think about what I want to eat when I get home.

After a nice, long run, I knew I wanted a special breakfast for a post-run reward.

A little over a month ago, I made ricotta-stuffed French toast and Ryan and I fell in love with the creation! This morning I thought I’d try another variation: Raspberry ricotta stuffed French toast!

I began by soaking an Arnold sandwich thin in a mixture of egg whites and cinnamon before letting the French toast cook on the griddle.

Cinnamon French Toast

While the French toast was cooking, I made the raspberry-ricotta filling by combining ricotta cheese, cinnamon and thawed frozen raspberries.

Raspberries

Raspberry Ricotta Filling

Soon my French toast was ready to be stuffed!

Open-Faced French Toast

Stuffed

Of course I added a lil’ syrup and several dashes of nutmeg (love¬†this spice) before digging in.

Eat Me!

Drooooooling...

Dig In!

This running reward was the perfect way to start the day after a sweaty run! I even liked this version better than the original ricotta stuffed French toast.

Moving Continues

This weekend is the final weekend of our big move!

Though all the furniture is in our new place, we still have a few car-loads worth of stuff in the old place as well as the “final clean” (ahhhhhhh!) to accomplish within the next two days.

Boxes

Better get to it!

Hope you’re enjoying your weekend so far! ūüėÄ

Banana Walnut Stuffed French Toast

My dad, sister and I worked up quite an appetite during spinning this morning. We came back sweaty and ready for some good eatin’!

The Spinners

I promised Ryan I would try to recreate the banana walnut stuffed French toast that he ordered at breakfast last Saturday.

I made French toast with pumpkin pie spice and cinnamon stirred into the egg mixture. My sister cut up bananas and we heated them up on the griddle while the toast was cooking.

Sizzlin' Bananas

Bananas + Walnuts + French Toast

Syyyyrup

Of course I had to add whipped cream!

Banana Walnut Stuffed French Toast

This was a breakfast the whole family loved! Weekend breakfasts are the best.

Wedding Planning + Lunch

After breakfast, Ryan and I headed to the Vinoy to meet with the catering manager to meet with the catering manager, Stephanie, who will be handling our big day.

Stephanie was bubbly and very nice and we cannot wait to embark on more of the planning fun (tastings… yum!). ūüôā

We came home to an easy lunch of sandwiches and pasta.

Sandwich & Peanuts

Pasta

For dessert I enjoyed a cup of my obsession…¬†Jello mousse!

Jello Mousse Cup

Ryan and I are leaving in 10 minutes to head out to a local restaurant¬†and meet with a woman to discuss using one of the restaurant’s large rooms¬†for our rehearsal dinner. Should¬†be fun!

Hope you’re enjoying your weekend! ūüėÄ