The Original Protein French Toast Crunch
Growing up, my favorite cereal was French Toast Crunch – hands down. I thought it was so fun to eat! There I’d sit with a bowl full of tiny slices of french toast, imagining they were regular-sized and I was a giant conquering the Land of French Toast one crunchy spoonful at a time :-D Then, something terrible happened in 2006: they killed it. In the US at least, they killed French Toast Crunch. On the cereal box, it still went by ‘French Toast Crunch’ for a while but the appearance of the actual cereal was totally different: it went from looking like actual french toast to looking… lame.
Eventually, the French Toast Crunch went on to shed its name too – it became the ‘Cinnamon Toast Crunch’ that we continue to find at supermarkets worldwide. Successful in taste and crunch, yes, but aesthetically and in texture *sigh* it wasn’t the same :-( So I stopped eating it with the same enthusiasm I once did and then I stopped eating it entirely because, let’s be honest, French Toast Crunch AND Cinnamon Toast Crunch are pretty much sugar. They doesn’t have much to offer nutritionally.
I always thought fondly of French Toast Crunch though and I kept thinking, “what if… what if it was possible to resuscitate French Toast Crunch and do it in a healthy and sugarless way?” I have been toying around with different ways to do it for months and then, this morning – thanks to you guys who voted for this recipe on facebook yesterday – I tried making it and lo! My recipe worked!!!!
And it’s really easy too. To make this protein cereal, all you have to do is make a bunch of little protein bread loaves, slice them up, and toast the slices. They’ll keep in a cereal bag for a good 3 days.
If you work out in the morning especially, you’re going to love this cereal; it’s one hell of a post- workout breakfast (or lunch, or even dinner if you like eating cereal around the clock like I do.)
One thing I want you to note is that, if your cereal loses its crunch and you want to re-crunch it, all you have to do is stick it back under the grill and BAM! Freshly toasted French toast cereal
Here’s the recipe:
1/2 cup cinnamon roll protein blend
1/4 cup coconut flour
1/2 cup liquid egg whites
1/4 cup buckwheat flour
1/8 cup milk (I used cartoned coconut milk but almond would work nicely too)
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 tablespoon cinnamon
1 tablespoon toffee flavdrops (or your sweetener of choice)
1. Blend all the above ingredients together and then bake the batter as four mini bread loaves at 160 C (320F) for about 35 minutes or until, when stabbed with a knife, your knife comes out clean.
2. Once cooked, slice every bread loaf into 12 slices and proceeded to stick all the little slices under the grill (or broiler) for 5-8 minutes. Turn them over once so that each side gets nice and cRRRRRRRunchy.
3. Once toasted, remove the little bread slices from the oven and let them cool.
They could honestly not have turned out better than they did. I’m sooooo happy right now! Because I can now finally resume my passionately love affair with French Toast Crunch! And hey, you can too ;-)
4. Grab a cereal bowl and a spoon. Pour some milk into your bowl, add your potein cereal to it and…. experience cereal Heaven as your spoon fishes out the little slices of sweet cinnamony crunchy deliciousnessMacros per 12 slices of Protein French Toast Crunch (out of 48):
12.8g carbs (out of which 6g is fiber!)
3.7g of fat
1. If you want to substitute the Cinnamon Roll Myofusion, I suggest you do so with Trutein or with a similar whey + egg blend.
2. If you want to substitte the buckwheat flour with another flour, you can. Oat flour, amaranth flour, or even chestnut flour would work well here.