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Surprise French Toast

Surprise French Toast

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Do you like surprises? I don’t. Okay, so let me rephrase that – I don’t like surprises that I know are surprises. Does that make ANY sense? I don’t mind if Barry surprises me with something…but I don’t want him to say, “Hey honey, I have a surprise for you and you don’t get it for a while.” That’s not a surprise. That’s TORTURE.

We love French Toast in this house – I really should make it more often. It takes something that is already awesome (bread) and makes it awesomer. Awesomer is not a word. Lame. I’m getting pretty good at telling you all things that are NOT words.

Surprise French Toast

This week in Cooking Through Stacy’s Stash we’re tackling another Betty Crocker cookbook. I love Betty Crocker – I try to imagine that she’s a real person and that we’re friends…then I remember that her name is all made up, I get a little ticked off because I feel like I’ve been lied to – but whatever.

I used to have more of her cookbooks before I purged my collection and I just kept my favorites. This one is called Easy Entertaining. I love looking through the pictures – and there are a lot of them! Basically, this cookbook is laid out based on party types. It has outdoor get-together themes, party themes, and holiday themes. With each theme there are menu ideas and recipes – pictures included. Makes me wanna have regular parties every time I look through it.

Surprise French Toast

I chose the recipe for Surprise French Toast because it looked kinda sad. Based on the name, you’d think there was something super exciting about it – but no. It was just French toast with cream cheese inside. While that’s a very happy thing, it’s not exactly a surprise, so I “healthified” this recipe and made it happier. Booya.

*I didn’t use powdered sugar or margarine.*

Surprise French Toast

So, to make this more special I added almond butter, cinnamon, vanilla, and coconut. This is more of an “idea” than a “recipe.” I’m not going to give you specific amounts really, because you can make as many sandwiches as you like – one or 50…and after you have one you might want 50.

Surprise French Toast

You can use any bread you have: store-bought, homemade, banana bread, English muffins, etc.  I actually used this Grain-Free Sandwich Bread (I left the honey out). We love it and I can’t quit making it – it’s killer with some butter. YUMMO!

You’ll need two slices of bread for each sandwich – on one slice of bread spread on some almond butter and sprinkle with coconut. On another slice spread some cream cheese and sprinkle with cinnamon. Don’t really be liberal with the fillings for they will just ooze out the sides when you fry them – oozing almond butter? Nevermind – be liberal. Put the pieces together to make a sandwich.

In a shallow bowl, combine eggs, milk and vanilla. Whisk. Dip each side of sandwich in this mixture.

Surprise French Toast

Now, heat up some butter, coconut oil, or palm shortening (I used palm shortening) in a skillet of your choice. I fry almost everything in my cast iron skillet. When it’s hot, add the sandwiches. Fry for about 8 minutes on each side.

Serve with maple syrup…or do like me and Barry – I melted some coconut butter and drizzled it on top of ours. Annie stuck with maple syrup.

NOTE: When making French toast, I always scramble the leftover egg mixture. Yes, it has vanilla in it but I don’t want the egg to go to waste and I really like the flavor of vanilla in my eggs. :-)

Verdict? SURPRISE!!! These rock. For real. Make them today…my surprise is way better than Betty’s. No offense, Betty.

Surprise French Toast


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About Stacy

Stacy is the author of Crock On: A Semi-Whole Foods Slow Cooker Cookbook and Keep Crockin': A Poorganic Slow Cooker Cookbook, and a stay-at-home and homeschooling mom to her three children, Annie (June 2009), Andy (August 2012) and Eli (September 2014). After an “awakening” in March 2011, her family switched to a more natural, whole foods diet. She likes to blog about how to live on less than you make and how to eat good food while doing it. Her passion is teaching others how to save money and she tag teams with her husband in this endeavor. At Stacy Makes Cents you’ll find information on how to save money in the kitchen, how to have fun with your kids, and how to be thrifty in all areas of life. Her passion is teaching others how to live debt free. Make sure to follow her on Facebook, Youtube, Pinterest and more to keep up with her daily antics.


  1. Love it – love healthifying conventional recipes.

  2. Janette says:

    I have not heard of coconut butter before. What are the ingredients in it? I am always learning something from your blog.

    • It’s just ground up coconut meat. It’s SO good! I buy mine from Vitacost. It’s a bit pricey, but you can make your own too. :-)

  3. My kid’s do not like coconut, but this recipe has my old brain a’churnin….. I’m thinking cream cheese on one side and some of my homemade strawberry perserves on the other; actually the possible ingredients are endless… But I love the “sandwich” idea. YUM!

  4. M. Lillian says:

    You’re using regular cream cheese out of the store? I’m not sure I trust what I read on the ingredients label. I tend to drain yogurt and use that instead. Or, leave raw milk out in a window until the curd separates on its own, then drain that for a cultured natural cream cheese.

    • Yep. :-) I use cream cheese from the store. As a busy mommy I try to do the best I can, but sometimes I don’t have time to make cream cheese. I do make everything I can, but I also offer myself grace for those times when I can’t make it all. :-)

  5. h this looks really good Stacy! Definitely a must try!

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  7. Colleen says:

    Just made this for “spring break breakfast for lunch” (trying to spice up a stay-at-home break), but with peanut butter and some mango jam my mom made. YUM! Almost didn’t give it to the kids!

  8. Hi Stacy,
    This looks great, and I’m glad you like my grain-free sandwich bread so much! Cream cheese french toast sounds amazing. (Like you, I also love Betty Crocker cookbooks. I often use mine for inspiration when coming up with new recipes. There are so many wonderful ideas in there, even if I do need to change lots to make them more “real food”.)

    I’m also intrigued by your blog and posts about living debt-free. We are still working on our house, but all of our other debt was paid off a few years ago, and this allowed me to become a stay-at-home mom even though it meant a greater than 50% pay cut for us. I’m subscribing to your blog!

  9. I’m thinking this wasn’t in line with THM, was it? I can’t see how it could be, because even if you only stuck to two pieces (and how could you???), you’ve got all that fat to contend with, so it would go beyond Crossover numbers, I’m thinking. Right? This is just a delicious treat? (Oh, how I wish it could be THM… :)

    • Ah ha! Fooled ya! :-) I’ve gotten really good at converting recipes to fit THM. This was an S meal. It all depends on the type of bread. I used the recipe I linked to, which is made from coconut flour and almond flour…both S. The cream cheese, nut butter, coconut, eggs, milk (almond), and butter for frying are all S. :-) Bingo!

  10. I make a little extra egg mixture so I can scramble up the extra to eat with the french toast. I have also been known just to mix eggs, milk and vanilla and scramble that up too.

  11. Jeannine Couvillion says:

    For the bread, what did you use in the place of the honey?

  12. I just left it out. I need to update the recipe to say that. :-)

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