A Healthier Pancake and French Toast Topping
April 11, 2013 22 Comments
A couple of weeks ago, Snack Girl was waxing lyrical about maple syrup (see: A Healthy Sugar Made From Tree Juice).
I will be the first to admit that pouring sugary syrup on my breakfast is more of a treat than a necessity. I usually eat my French toast plain or with a wee bit of butter.
A couple of weeks ago, I attended a retreat where a bunch of vegetarians were in charge. They served a healthy breakfast with foods like brown rice, vegetables, French toast, and maple syrup. But, they also served a warmed “Banana, Vanilla, Cinnamon Sauce” that I fell in love with.
Seems all I had to do was mash up a banana, add vanilla and cinnamon, and heat it in the microwave and I had created this sauce (go figure). It is luxurious AND instead of just sugar, you get the potassium, fiber, and goodness that is a banana.
Also, I have used fruit that has spent too long on my counter (overripe) to make fruit syrup see: Got Fruit On The Edge? Don't Toss It - Try This .
Both of these warm mashed fruit recipes are great for oatmeal, pancakes, toast, vanilla ice cream or in stirred in yogurt or cottage cheese.
This is a delicious and healthy way to satisfy a sweet tooth and you get started on your five servings of fruits and vegetables a day with the sleep still in your eyes.
Have you tried making a fruit syrup? Please share.
Banana Syrup Recipe
(makes 1/3 cup sauce or enough for 2 pancakes)
1 ripe banana
1/4 teaspoon vanilla
Cut the banana in half and mash 1/2 of it in a small microwave proof bowl. Slice the other half and add to mashed banana. Heat in microwave on high for 30 seconds. Mix in vanilla and add a few dashes of cinnamon. Use immediately (or it will turn brown).
For one serving (two in recipe): 53 calories, 0.2 g fat, 0.0 g saturated fat, 13.5 g carbohydrates, 7.2 g sugar, 0.6 g protein, 1.5 g fiber, 1 mg sodium, 0 Points+
Points values are calculated by Snack Girl and are provided for information only. See all Snack Girl Recipes
Other posts you might like:
Snack Girl is a sucker for "buy one get one free" and she finds herself stocking up on perishables. Not a smart move since these perishables tend to rot before my family eats them....
Snack Girl keeps working on the perfect pancake. It is the "cake" part that gets me striving for the elusive goal of tasty and nutritious....