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Banana-Stuffed French Toast

Yield 4 servings (serving size: 2 bread pieces and 2 tablespoons maple syrup)

Ingredients

  • 1 cup mashed ripe banana
  • 1/2 teaspoon lemon juice
  • 4 (1-inch-thick) slices Italian bread
  • 1 cup skim milk
  • 2 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking powder
  • 4 large egg whites
  • 2 large eggs
  • 2 teaspoons margarine, divided
  • 1/2 cup maple syrup

Nutrition Information

  • calories 354
  • caloriesfromfat 13 %
  • fat 5.1 g
  • satfat 1.3 g
  • monofat 1.9 g
  • polyfat 1 g
  • protein 12 g
  • carbohydrate 64.9 g
  • fiber 2.5 g
  • cholesterol 108 mg
  • iron 1.9 mg
  • sodium 321 mg
  • calcium 144 mg

How to Make It

  1. Combine banana and lemon juice in a small bowl. Stir well; set aside.

  2. Cut bread slices in half crosswise; cut a slit through cut sides of each piece of bread to form a pocket. Stuff 2 tablespoons banana mixture into pocket of each piece of bread.

  3. Combine milk and next 6 ingredients (milk through eggs) in a large shallow dish, and stir well with a whisk. Arrange stuffed bread pieces in a single layer in dish, turning to coat. Cover and chill 45 minutes or until milk mixture is absorbed, turning bread pieces over after 20 minutes.

  4. Melt 1 teaspoon margarine in a large nonstick skillet over medium heat; add half of bread pieces. Cook 4 minutes. Carefully turn bread over; cook 3 minutes or until browned. Repeat procedure with remaining margarine and bread pieces. Serve with maple syrup.