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Pumpkin spice treats are everywhere this time of year. The problem isn’t that I’m getting sick of pumpkin, it’s that I’m sick of the excessive calorie counts that are usually attached to said treats. No worries — I’ve got yet another better-for-you recipe!
Not only is this French toast nice and light, it’s exploding with sweet pumpkin spice goodness. Bookmark this recipe ASAP!
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Pumpkin Spice Stuffed French Toast
⅓ cup (about 3 large) egg whites or fat-free liquid egg substitute
1 tbsp. unsweetened vanilla almond milk
1 packet no-calorie sweetener
¼ tsp. cinnamon
¼ tsp. pumpkin pie spice
¼ tsp. vanilla extract
2 slices light bread
2½ tbsp. light/low-fat ricotta cheese
1½ tbsp. canned pure pumpkin
Half a packet no-calorie sweetener (like Truvia)
⅛ tsp. cinnamon
⅛ tsp. vanilla extract
Dash pumpkin pie spice
½ tsp. powdered sugar
Lite pancake syrup (optional)
1. In a medium wide bowl, combine all French toast ingredients except bread. Whisk thoroughly.
2. In a small bowl, combine all filling ingredients except powdered sugar. Mix until smooth and uniform.
3. Bring a large skillet sprayed with nonstick spray to medium-high heat. Coat bread with egg mixture. Cook until golden brown, 1 – 2 minutes per side.
4. Plate French toast, and spread one slice with topping. Top with the other slice, and lightly press to seal. Sprinkle with powdered sugar.
Active time: 10 minutes
Total time: 15 minutes
Nutritional information: 203 calories, 3g total fat (1g sat fat), 561mg sodium, 26.5g carbs, 6.5g fiber, 6g sugars, 18g protein
‘Til next time… Chew the right thing!