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Banana Walnut French Toast

Every time I make this, I ask myself: Is there anything more wonderful than bananas and walnuts and flatbread for breakfast? My better half’s favorite food, the food he buys at the store every single time he visits, is bananas. We may already have bananas, but no matter, he buys more. It’s B-A-N-A-N-A-S. And it really means he’s just like everyone else in the world, because a small survey of several Tesco stores in the UK suggests that bananas are the top-rated impulse buy at the grocery store, and we have 150 years of history behind our universal love of the portable yellow fruit. Even though there are more than 1000 varieties of our most beloved banana, the most popular cultivated variety is the Cavendish, which, believe it or not, came from a royal house in England whose gardener was inspired to grow the fruit after seeing a plant depicted on the wallpaper in the house. The vast majority of the banana plants in the world have descended from the plants still grown today on the premises. Fascinating!

Because I’m always, always, ALWAYS looking for ways to use those extra ripe ones that inevitably appear in the fruit bowl, I have a bunch of recipes in my arsenal (ice cream, smoothies, pancakes, bread, cake) but this one is my favorite, and very likely most delicious. This stuffed French toast uses flatbread, mashed ripe bananas, nutrient packed walnuts, and a dash of cinnamon for an extra morning boost, and even better, it’s easy to make when you’re running out of morning time before work. 

The walnuts add crunch and protein, but switch up the nuts if you have pecans or something else, or omit them if you or yours are sensitive to them. These cook up fast in batches and can be dipped in syrup or even nothing at all and still taste great. A simple to make breakfast that tastes way better that a $7 calorie laden something-or-other at the coffee shop. Now hurry up, flatbread lovers! You’ll miss the bus! 

-Amy at Flatout

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Yogurt Chia Pudding with Cinnamon and Sugar Flatbread Chips

A diagnosis of diabetes does not mean having to say goodbye to pudding anymore! Thanks to this delicious take on the standard recipe, this family-friendly dessert makes the perfect after school snack to curb those pre-dinner munchies. The combination of fiber and protein from the Flatout flatbread and yogurt will help to keep you feeling satisfied for hours. Swapping in the mashed banana in replacement of larger amounts of added sugar helps to reduce the overall carbohydrate content of the recipe. And the addition of cinnamon may provide a slight improvement in post-meal blood sugar levels. This easy to make recipe is sure to become a family favorite!

(Make the chips and this chia pudding the day before, so the seeds have time to absorb all the liquid, and you will love yourself in the morning when you pull it out for breakfast or that snack you’ve been craving.)

Chia seeds can be found in bulk reasonably online, or in box stores in your area. They’re that popular!

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Peaches and Cream French Toast

If someone could really and truly find a way to bottle the way a beautifully ripe peach or nectarine smells at the height of summer, they’d own the world. I don’t mean that fake peach stuff in candles that passes for peach; it’s the real smell of a summer peach that I crave in the bleakest days of fall and winter.

About once a year, I succumb and buy an entire half bushel of peaches at the farmer’s market. I know for a fact it’s a half bushel, even though to me, it looks exactly like a plain old bushel, which was very confusing at first. A true “bushel” is a very, very large amount for someone with one, sometimes two mouths to feed, regardless of how much they adore peaches.

As soon as I get the (half) bushel home, it’s peaches, peaches peaches all the way. Out comes the flatbread to make grilled summer fruit flatbread, peach and prosciutto pizza, or one of my favorite breakfasts, this French toast filled with ricotta cheese and slices of you guessed it, peaches.

If I needed a peach fix and the fruit was a little unripe, I’d speed the process up by stashing a few of them in a brown paper bag with a ripe banana. The banana emits ethylene, a plant hormone released as a gas, which helps ripen the fruit quickly. It’s ideal because soft peaches aren’t fun to carry home, but unripe peaches aren’t so fun to eat…

Cinnamon is a nice addition because it makes the flatbread recipe taste like warm peach pie, just out of the oven. What’s not to love about peach pie for breakfast?

Stay peachy!

-Amy at Flatout

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Berry Banana Nut Wrap

It’s blueberry season, and I couldn’t be happier! I’ve always had an affinity for these little berries and love to throw them into all my salads, flatbread wraps, breakfasts, and snacks.

Only true blueberry lovers know this, but there are dozens of different varieties of blueberries, each of which has a distinct characteristic, but the U.S. is known for high bush plants, which are taller. Years ago on a trip to Sweden, I discovered that they have wild low bush blueberries which grow in the forest. They’re so small, people have developed a plastic, hand-shaped contraption with grooved teeth to pick them with so you don’t have to stoop too far down. The berries are super tiny, but delicious!

In Michigan, blueberry farms dot the coast along the lake shore, where it’s temperate and the soil is sandy. You can buy picked berries by the box if you’re pressed for time, or you can pick your own, which is great fun if you don’t mind touristy things and have some time to kill. The farmer hands out buckets on straps so you can sling them over your shoulder, (thus keeping your hands free for picking) and sends you out to the part of the grove where the bushes are ready.

At my favorite blueberry farm, there’s a huge hand painted sign posted at the entrance to the groves that says “Please do NOT throw the Berries!” I guess that’s a thing, throwing berries. It can start innocently enough, with a little toss up into the air to see if you can catch a berry in your mouth, then it might progress to aiming a berry, just one or two, at some unsuspecting friend, until it becomes an all-out berry war made with precious, freshly-picked handfuls. It’s a downward spiral.

Not that I’ve ever done it. I prefer to enjoy my berries in more traditional ways: in pies, muffins, and especially in this fabulous quick breakfast flatbread wrap.

Even if all you have is a minute, you can wrap up a breakfast filled with creamy ricotta, crunchy nuts, banana and a handful of anti-oxidant rich blueberries that will be the envy of anyone who sees it. Blueberries make mornings fun!

-Amy at Flatout

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