We are in full fledged holiday spirit over here! I’ve been playing lots of holiday albums, and am open to suggestions for more, our beautiful city has received its first dusting of snow, and of course the holiday baking has begun 🙂 I’ve done fudge, cheesecake, and I’m trying new recipes every week, but this one became an instant favourite!
Nick and I love cinnamon, and I once had the Cinn-a-Stack French Toast at IHOP – amazing! So amazing I didn’t even try to imagine the calorie load in it. So when I saw that Hungry Girl had done a revamp of that exact dish, I knew I had to try it.
The original link is here (http://www.hungry-girl.com/chew/show/2456), and you can see her version takes the over 1,000 calorie heavy hitter into a 267 calorie guilt-free treat. Below is the recipe, with a few tweaks I made. I don’t like pancake syrup, so I used honey instead. It’s still a pretty healthy recipe that way, coming in at 329 calories according to Calorie Count’s website. I might try it without the honey next time. I also doubled it to make breakfast for hubby and myself.
Ingredients (for 2 servings):
1 sugar-free dulce de leche (caramel & vanilla) pudding snack
3 tbsp. honey
1 1/2 tsp. cinnamon
1 cup fat-free liquid egg substitute
1 tsp. vanilla extract
butter-flavoured nonstick cooking spray
4 slices light bread, halved
4 tbsp. fat-free cream cheese
2 no-calorie sweetener packet (like Splenda or Truvia)
4 tbsp. Fat Free Reddi-wip (optional – I left it out)
In a medium bowl (or coffee mug), mix pudding, honey, and 1/2 tsp. cinnamon, and refrigerate
In a wide bowl, mix egg substitute, 1/2 tsp. vanilla extract, and 1/2 tsp. cinnamon.
Bring a large skillet sprayed with nonstick spray to medium-high heat. Meanwhile, coat bread on all sides with egg mixture. Cook bread until golden brown, 1 – 2 minutes per side.
Plate bread, and sprinkle with remaining 1/2 tsp. cinnamon. Spread the pudding mixture evenly over the bread slices
In a small microwave-safe bowl, thoroughly mix cream cheese, sweetener, and remaining 1/2 tsp. vanilla extract. Microwave for 15 seconds, or until warm (I like to mix after I microwave). Drizzle cream cheese mixture over French toast. Squirt with Reddi-wip (if using), and enjoy!
This really tasted like having dessert for breakfast, with all the delicious sweetness of a cinnamon roll, and it was really filling too! Plus the smell while cooking, what could be better than filling a home with the smells of cinnamon and vanilla in the morning? Having tasted both, this version was just as wonderful as the IHOP one. If you love cinnamon rolls, give it a try! It’s super easy to throw together as a breakfast, and coupled with a nice big mug of coffee, it might just be the perfect way to spend a sleepy weekend morning. Bon appetit!