It is cherry season again.
and all I have to do is share some of my cherries with the birds in our yard. I try to get to them before they do, but our tree is large. As in tall. Next year, renting a cherry picker.
When you have huge bowls of cherries, you tend to think of some pretty off the wall things to do with them. Like French toast. Cherry French toast.
In my mind, this French toast was a very pretty shade of pink.
In reality, it was a darker shade, but still pink.
Never mind the aesthetics, this is tasty town. This custard recipe uses protein powder for some oomph, and the result is a bit of a crunchy finish. Unexpected, but we liked it.
Dried dates and fresh ripe cherries bring the natural sweetness, and the coconut milk and double dose of vanillas, a rich finish.
cherry vanilla protein French toast
dairy, egg, soy, and gluten free, vegan
makes 6 pieces French toast
1/2 cup fresh cherries, pitted
2-3 large Medjool dates, pitted
1/3 cup coconut milk (So Delicious carton)
2 scoops vanilla protein powder
1 tablespoon vanilla paste
6 slices gluten free bread
To make the “custard”:
Combine cherries, dates and coconut milk in high speed blender, blend until smooth. Add protein and vanilla, blend to combine.
Dip each slice of bread to coat completely in custard, set in prepared (sprayed/buttered) griddle over medium heat. Cook until it comes away from griddle (couple-few minutes), flip and cook through on other side.
Serve with fresh fruit and maple syrup.
I love French toast.
Prefer other cherry-filled options for breakfast? Try these: