It’s a new season in our home in so many ways. The weather is cooling off, we are back in a daily groove for a new school year, and my son is venturing on his own in the kitchen! He is coming into his own independence, and he is expressing it through making some of his own meals. The best part is his initiative to do it on his own, albeit with a little help here and there.
Today, I made a quick and simple raspberry jam to go with breakfast, instead of the usual maple syrup. I’m trying to cut back on sugar for everyone. My little guy wanted French toast with a creative twist. So, he made a peanut butter sandwich and then cut it up into strips to create French toast “sticks”. There’s just something fun about eating a meal without utensils for kids!
Here’s the recipe for both the jam and French toast sticks.
1 cup organic raspberries
2 Tbs filtered water
1 Tbs raw honey
1/2 tsp pure vanilla extract
Splash of lemon juice
Add raspberries and water to a small sauce pan and cook on medium-high until the berries start to boil. Cook for a few more minutes and stir occasionally, so the berries don’t burn or stick to the bottom of the sauce pan. Add the honey, vanilla, and lemon juice and then mix well. This is when your kitchen starts smelling divine! Let it cook a couple of more minutes and then set aside.
French Toast Ingredients:
2 slices organic whole grain bread (we prefer gluten-free bread)
1 free-range organic egg
1/4 cup plant-based milk
1-2 Tbs organic peanut butter (my guy lives extra peanut butter)
1 tsp pure vanilla extract
2 dashes ground cinnamon
1 dash ground nutmeg
1/2 Tbs organic coconut oil
Add the egg, milk, vanilla and spices in a mixing bowl and whisk together. Preheat a medium-sized pan on medium-high and then add the coconut oil to the pan. Meanwhile, spread the peanut butter on the two pieces of bread to make a sandwich, and then cut into four strips. Dip the sticks into the egg mixture and place into the pan. Cook on each side for 2-3 minutes or until golden brown. I also helped him cook the strips on all four sides. It seems like a bit more work, but they come out really good!
Spoon a few tablespoons of the berry jam into a little container for dipping, or just spread it over the French toast and serve! My son gobbled this up and requested more for tomorrow!