Coconut French Toast with Grilled Pineapple and Tropical Salsa

Coconut French Toast with Grilled Pineapple and Tropical Salsa

Easy to make, this rich dish is full of flavor and color. It's best prepared with day-old bread. You can serve the pineapple slices raw, but the deep, caramelized flavors you get from cooking them in a grill pan are worth the extra effort.

Cooking Light JUNE 2004

  • Yield: 8 servings


  • Salsa:
  • 2 tablespoons flaked sweetened coconut
  • 2 teaspoons fresh lime juice
  • 2 peeled ripe mangoes, chopped
  • 1 pint strawberries, chopped
  • French toast:
  • 1 cup egg substitute
  • 1 cup light coconut milk
  • 1 cup 1% low-fat milk
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 (16-ounce) loaf French bread, cut into 16 slices
  • Cooking spray
  • Remaining ingredients:
  • 1 medium pineapple, peeled, cored, and cut crosswise into 8 slices
  • Powdered sugar (optional)


To prepare salsa, combine first 4 ingredients; cover and chill.

Preheat oven to 400°.

To prepare French toast, combine egg substitute and next 6 ingredients (egg substitute through eggs) in a large bowl, stirring well with a whisk. Place bread in egg mixture; press down with spatula to completely submerge bread in egg mixture. Let stand 15 minutes.

Arrange soaked bread in a single layer on a jelly roll pan coated with cooking spray. Bake at 400° for 12 minutes or until set. Remove from oven, and keep warm.

While bread bakes, heat a grill pan over medium-high heat. Coat pan with cooking spray. Arrange 4 pineapple slices in pan; cook 4 minutes on each side or until pineapple begins to brown. Remove from pan; keep warm. Repeat procedure with remaining pineapple and cooking spray. Arrange 2 toast pieces on each of 8 plates; top each serving with 1 pineapple slice and 1/2 cup salsa. Sprinkle with powdered sugar, if desired.

Nutritional Information

Amount per serving
  • Calories: 350
  • Calories from fat: 15%
  • Fat: 5.7g
  • Saturated fat: 2.3g
  • Monounsaturated fat: 1.4g
  • Polyunsaturated fat: 0.8g
  • Protein: 11.4g
  • Carbohydrate: 64.8g
  • Fiber: 4.4g
  • Cholesterol: 54mg
  • Iron: 2.8mg
  • Sodium: 523mg
  • Calcium: 112mg

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