Toddler Eats: Peanut Butter and Jelly French Toast

It’s been one of those weeks.  Daylight savings time has not been kind to us.  Five straight days of waking in the wee hours of the morning coupled with naps being spoiled by ill-timed bowel movements (I resisted the urge to call them “big poopies”), and Meghan is a bit out of sorts.  So this morning when I asked her what she wanted for breakfast and she answered, “peanut butter and jelly”, I decided to pick my battle and this wouldn’t be it.  A wise woman once gave me the parenting advice: say yes when you can, no when you must. I knew her day would be full of plenty of no’s, so why not start it with a yes?  Of course, she insisted on helping.  Even without a frontal picture, can’t you just see the scowl on her face?  It quite accurately depicts her mood this morning.  

In order to make this pbj breakfast sambo as healthy as possible, these are the ingredients I used:  local, organic eggs, natural, no-sugar-added peanut butter, “fruit spread” sweetened with condensed juice rather than sugar, cinnamon (which helps regulate blood sugar) and whole grain bread.  Here’s my pb and j of choice:

It seems a little silly to post a recipe for French Toast as I don’t think most of you need a recipe to make it, but just in case, here it is.

Peanut Butter and Jelly French Toast Sandwiches

2 eggs

1/2 cup milk of choice (I used unsweetened organic soy this morning)

1-2 pinches cinnamon

drop of pure vanilla extract

6 slices multi-grain bread

butter or oil for pan

natural peanut butter

no-added sugar jam, jelly,or fruit spread

banana slices (optional)

Whisk together eggs, milk, cinnamon, and vanilla.  Melt the butter or heat the oil in a skillet over medium heat.  Dip a piece of bread in the egg mixture and turn it over to coat on both sides.  Fry in the pan until browned and then flip, about 3-4 minutes per side.  Spread one piece of the French Toast with peanut butter, the other with jelly.  Top with sliced banana, if desired, and serve. Makes 3 sandwiches.

Err, no griddle around here.  Crowded bread.

I don’t know if it was this stellar breakfast or just a fluke, but Meghan’s mood improved and she was back to her happy, healthy self for much of the day.