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Deceptively Delicious French Toast

Domestic, Healthy

In this post, I’m participating in Tempt My Tummy Tuesdays, Tuesdays at the Table, Tuesday Night Supper Club, and Hearth ‘n Soul.

I was looking forward to making this because I love French Toast and the kids usually do too. I say usually because if you add too much to it it’s not always acceptable to their discerning palettes, dontcha know?

Not sure exactly why one would need to hide bananas in other foods (I thought all kids loved bananas), but she also offered up pineapple, sweet potato, carrot, butternut squash and pumpkin as alternatives). I went with banana even though I just made fun of it because I didn’t have any purees on hand and making a banana puree is well, the easiest thing in the world.

French Toast (with banana) – from Deceptively Delicious (p. 49)

4 large eggs
1 table spoons banana puree
1/ tsp cinnamon
4 slices whole wheat bread
nonstick cooking spray
2 tsps Becel
maple syrup
flaxseed meal (optional)


So, of course, start by whisking your eggs with your banana puree and cinnamon. Once it’s blended well together, plunk your bread in.


Some people have trouble with how long to leave the bread in the egg mixture or they get hung up in which is the correct tool for flipping the bread. Leave it in a few seconds past ‘just wet’ and use a fork!


Just a few minutes each side and it’s done!! French Toast is so fast! I love it! By now, the house smells like cinnamon and banana (and really strong coffee) and at around 150 cals per piece I was game to have one with the kids.

I was a little nervous they’d think the banana taste was weird by they were down and all three wee ones at it up like it was a tray of pancakes! Hey pancakes! I bet I could hide things in there too!!


Deceptively Delicious – Chocolate Pudding

Domestic, Healthy

Next up in my hopping around Deceptively Delicious is Chocolate Pudding – of course it’s not just any chocolate pudding, it’s got avocado in it! With a smack of Cool Whip on top, all three kids *and* my husband ate it and loved it.

Making the puree is beyond simple. Really. Just cut the avocado in half, scoop out the flesh and mash it with a fork before pureeing it in the blender or food processor. So why avocado? Brimming with monounsaturated fats, serious soluble fiber and vitamin E – hello good cholesterol, stable blood sugar and shiny hair! Ok, so vitamin E does more than shiny hair, but it’s a bonus! So now that you have your puree…


Chocolate Pudding (with avocado) from Deceptively Delicious (p. 159)

1/4 cup Becel
1 cup avocado puree
1 cup icing sugar
1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
1 tsp vanilla
1/4 cup cornstarch

Pull out your favorite mid-sized saucepan and melt the Becel. Then add in the avocado puree, sugar, cocoa powder and vanilla.


Mix it while it cooks and mush up any lingering avocado chunks you may have, for about 3 minutes. Once it’s thickened, remove the pan from the heat and stir in the cornstarch.


I think the entire operation took me 15 minutes start to finish – and that includes making the puree. Painfully simple. If you’re giving this to someone really super picky, I’d mix a little Cool Whip right in the pot. Here, I served it with the Cool Whip on top, which is how I normally serve the fam pudding so that wasn’t suspect. I only had a lick, but I didn’t notice anything but chocolate! This one goes into the ‘will make again’ box!


Deceptively Delicious – Coffee Cake

Domestic, Healthy

In this post, I’m participating in Tempt My Tummy Tuesdays, Tuesdays at the Table, Tuesday Night Supper Club, and Hearth ‘n Soul.

I mentioned a few days ago that I’d be cooking and baking my way through Jessica Seinfeld’s Deceptively Delicious cookbook this year, and I’m not making you wait! Her butternut squash infused coffee cake was my first project, and it was fun!

Every recipe in this book sneaks in a nutrient packed veggie or fruit. They’re all pureed ahead of time (though there’s no reason you can’t just make the puree before you make the recipe). So before we get into the recipe, let’s talk about pureeing the squash in the first place, shall we? I swear, it’s a cinch!

Just cut the stem off, cut the squash in half lengthwise and scrape out the seeds. Put them fleshy side down on a baking sheet and roast them naked for about 45 minutes. Then just scoop the flesh out and pop it in your blender or food processor till it’s baby food! Tah-dah!


Coffee Cake (with butternut squash) – from Deceptively Delicious (p. 61)

1 cup firmly packed light or dark brown sugar
4 tbsp Becel
1 1/4 cups low fat buttermilk or nonfat milk
1 cup reduced fat sour cream
1 large egg
2 tsp vanilla extract
2 cups whole wheat flour
2 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 cup butternut squash puree
1/2 cup mini-marshmallows
1/2 cup chopped pecans or walnuts
1/4 cup firmly packed light or dark brown sugar
2 tsp cinnamon


I’ll warn you right now that after following the directions to beat the sugar and the butter till creamy and then add 1 cup of the buttermilk, sour cream, egg and vanilla it did not look pretty (left). However, just like that vanilla cake I made a lot of last year, once I added the flour, baking powder, cinnamon and salt it started to look a whole lot better (right).


Then comes the super weird part. Pour half the batter into your buttered or sprayed cake pan (9″ will do it) and smooth out the top. Now, spread your cup of squash puree over the batter. I know, right? THEN, sprinkle with the mini marshmallows and, as you can see, half a cup doesn’t totally cover the cake but I don’t think it’s supposed to. Now, take the rest of the milk (1/4 cup) and the other half of the batter, mix them together and then spread over the squash filling and marshmallows.


Now mix your topping ingredients together and sprinkle that over the batter. Bake at 350 for about 45 minutes.

My crust looks burnt, but it’s not bad at all. The photo in the book has a dark looking crust as well. This cake is probably the heaviest cake (for it’s size) that I’ve ever made, very dense – and also very good. I like squash anyway, but you can’t taste it at all.

P to the S, your leftover butternut squash puree can be frozen for months or made into soup. I looooove butternut squash, and at just 63 calories a cup, if you’re careful how you prep the soup it can be a really filling and healthy low cal snack!


Happy New Year!

Crafty, Domestic, Healthy, Kids, Marriage

There is so much going on here for the blog I hardly know where to start. Tomorrow is my first proper post of the year but I thought I’d outline a little of what I’m cooking up!

With my Uncle Bob passing last spring, my Granny last summer and then our big move in the fall, Cake Year 2010 did not go down as I had hoped. The official count for 2010 was 45 different cakes or cupcakes, but I did not do as well as Pie Year 2009 – when I made 57 different pies or tarts. Now that we’re settled into our new house and I’ve gotten comfortable in my new kitchen, I’m taking on two cookbooks, one with the kids help, and declaring 2011 to be Cookie Year. All of my long distance friends just got really excited because they know I’ll totally mail cookies.

I’m also going to make a separate gallery for my handmades because I knit more socks than I can keep track of!!

The first cookbook I’ll be baking from with the kids, the oldest two anyway. It’s called Baking With Kids and I’ll supervise them baking one thing from it every week – there are 53 recipes so we’ll double up one week. They’re really excited about this so I’m super looking forward to it!

Last year for Christmas my dear friend Brigitte got me Deceptively Delicious: Simple Secrets to Get Your Kids Eating Good Food, the cookbook about hiding veggies in unusual places (like french toast and brownies). I’d see it on my counter and flip through it and think about cooking from it and now it’s been a year! This year, my aunt got me the next book, Double Delicious!: Good, Simple Food for Busy, Complicated Lives and getting this second book was the kick in the butt I needed to really get into the first one! I’ll be making something from Deceptively Delicious slightly more often than once a week. Thankfully my husband is on board to try out these new recipes! He is getting a lot more adventurous in the kitchen (ever since I really mastered some recipes he’s been asking me to figure out), so that’s a win for us as a team for sure!

My adorable friend Sammie has asked me to help her pull together a little DIY cookbook for a good friend of hers who has had gestational diabetes in the past and is blessed with another wee one on the way! Good thinking on her part, to be proactive about it before it becomes a problem!

Between these two books, Cookie Year 2011, our light on the sugar project and all the random seasonal and holiday themed baking that is sure to fill in the gaps, this promises to be a busy year for my kitchen and I could not possibly be more excited!

I’ll leave you with that as I made a mad dash to my kitchen to get baking!!

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Deceptively Delicious 2011

Domestic, Healthy

05. January 25 – Ranch Dressing

04. January 20 – Spaghetti and Meatballs

03. January 11 – French Toast (with banana)

02. January 6 – Chocolate Pudding (with avocado)

01. January 4 – Coffee Cake (with butternut squash)

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