French Toast with Apple Maple Syrup

Rather than using maple syrup on your French toast, take it up a notch by cooking sliced apples with maple syrup, butter, and cinnamon and top your French toast with sweet, gooey apples. The Apple Maple Syrup is so delicious you might just make it to stir into your yogurt, top your ice cream, serve with pancakes or waffles, or add to your oatmeal! Be sure to use real maple syrup for best results. Apple Maple Syrup
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 2 large apples, peeled, cored, and diced
  • ½ cup maple syrup
  • 1 to 2 scoops Grown American™ Superfood
  • ½ teaspoon cinnamon
  • ¼ teaspoon nutmeg
  • Pinch salt
French Toast
  • 4 eggs
  • ½ cup milk or half-and-half
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • ¾ to 1 teaspoon pure almond extract
  • Pinch salt
  • 8 slices French bread, about ½-inch thick1, if possible let the sliced bread sit out overnight
  • 2 to 4 tablespoons butter for frying

Directions: Apple Maple Syrup Melt butter in large nonstick skillet over low heat. Add apples, cover, and sauté for about 10 to 12 minutes, stirring occasionally until apples are tender. If all the liquid cooks out of the apples, add a few tablespoons of water. Mix in maple syrup, Grown American™ Superfood, cinnamon, and nutmeg, and salt. Leave maple apples in covered skillet, to keep warm.

French Toast: In a shallow vessel such as a pie pan, whisk together eggs, milk, vanilla, almond extract, and salt. Soak bread in the egg mixture then flip and soak the other side. Only prepare enough bread to fit in the pan without crowding. Melt 1 tablespoon butter in a large skillet over medium-high heat. When the pan is hot add the French toast and turn the heat down to medium. When the bread gets golden brown and toasty, in about 2 to 3 minutes, flip to cook other side. When done, remove from pan, set aside, and keep warm. Add another tablespoon of butter to the skillet and repeat process until all French toast is done.

Serve French Toast with a large spoonful of Apple Maple Syrup. Optionally, dust French toast with powdered sugar before topping with apples.

Note: 1Other great options for bread are challah, brioche, or Texas toast.

Variation: For a real treat add a scoop of vanilla ice cream or whipped cream and a few toasted almonds.

Zoats with Seven Variations

Prep time: 10 mins ● Cook time: 10 minsYield: 1 serving

  • ½ cup oats, use gluten-free oats if you are sensitive to gluten
  • 1 scoop Grown American™ Superfood
  • 1 cup zucchini, grated, about 1 small to medium zucchini
  • 1 cup milk or plant-based milk e.g. almond, oat, hemp, coconut, soy, etc.
  • Pinch salt
  • 1 egg white (optional)

Directions: Place oats, Grown American™ Superfood, zucchini, milk, and salt in a saucepan and cook over medium-low to low heat until all liquid is absorbed. This will take 5 to 10 minutes depending on how much water was in the zucchini. If you are using an egg white, remove pan from the heat and stir it into the mixture until it is fully incorporated. Return to the heat for 1 to 2 minutes and stir until mixture is fluffy. Top with any of your favorite toppings, e.g. assorted berries, sliced banana, dollop of yogurt, applesauce, walnuts, almonds, pecans, pumpkin seeds, chia seeds, ground flax seeds, a tablespoon of nut butter, etc.

Note: Since Grown American™ Superfood is already sweetened, you probably don’t need an additional sweetener; however, if you do, add 1 to 2 teaspoons agave, maple syrup, honey, brown sugar, or another sweetener.

Variations: For creamier sweeter Zoats, add 1 mashed ripe banana with the zucchini. It will add natural fruit sweetener.

If you are vegan and you’d like to add a protein, optionally stir in one scoop of plant based protein powder.

Spice it up with any of your favorite seasonings such as cinnamon, nutmeg, vanilla extract, almond extract, etc.

To make Apple Pie Zoats, dice an apple into ¼-inch cubes into the saucepan before making the zoats. Add about ½ teaspoon cinnamon, ¼ teaspoon nutmeg, and 2 to 4 tablespoons water. Cook for 5 to 10 minutes until apples are very tender, then continue with the Zoats recipe. Optionally, top with walnuts.

For Chocolate Zoats, stir in 1 tablespoon cocoa and optionally 1 to 2 teaspoons sweetener.

For Mexican Chocolate Zoats, stir in 1 tablespoon cocoa, ¼ to ½ teaspoon cinnamon, and 1 to 2 teaspoons sweetener.

To make Pumpkin Zoats, add about ⅓ cup pumpkin puree, ½ teaspoon cinnamon, ¼ teaspoon nutmeg, and a pinch of ginger, or you can use pumpkin pie spice. Optionally top with walnuts or pecans.