The Morning Crunch

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Legalese Disclosure Nonsense: We were provided with free cereal (yum) in exchange for this post. All hungry boys, delish recipes, and midnight cereal cravings are our own.

It’s one of my husbands favorite days today! National Cereal Day! We often joke that one of our favorite parts of being adults is being able to eat cereal any time we want, even in bed at midnight.

Cereal has become, what I would call, one of the most quintessential of all American foods. It ranks right up there by apple pie and hamburgers. One of the funniest questions I was ever asked while in Hong Kong for missions was, “Is the cereal aisle in America really as big as they say?” – and I suppose the honest answer is Y E S. Our cereal isles are chalk full of options: Hot or cold, steel cut, rolled, puffed, shredded, flaked, frosted, mallowed, chocolate, nutty, and fruity – cereal comes in all shapes, sizes, and flavors. Not all of these are healthy and many are really just plain junk food. But on busy school mornings, or when hunger pangs ring at midnight, a bowl of cereal can really hit the spot.

My husband prefers sugar cereals, whereas I prefer heartier ones, so these days we compromise and often buy the both tasty and healthy – *drumroll* Honey Bunches of Oats. Or as our sweet middle son, Jude, calls it with the cutest little lisp, “Honey Munches of Boats”.

So in honor of National Cereal Day I bring to you a fun recipe to eat one of our favorite cereals – with a twist!

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PB & Banana Crunch French Toast Recipe
Serves 6

Ingredients:

  • 1 loaf white bread (I’m using brioche today)
  • Peanut butter – or any nut butter of your choice!
  • Bananas – sliced {optional!}
  • 4 Eggs
  • A splash of Half & Half {or milk for a lighter option}
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla
  • 2 1/2 cups Honey Bunches of Oats – crushed

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To Prepare:

Preheat your oven to 350′ F.

image6You’re going to start by making peanut butter {and banana} sandwiches. In case you’ve momentarily forgotten how to assemble peanut butter sandwiches *wink wink*: Spread a thin layer of peanut butter on one side half of your slices. Layer banana slices on then opposite bread slices, place the other peanut buttered slices atop the banana pieces. Repeat.

Whisk eggs, half & half, and vanilla in a shallow pan or pie plate. Set aside.

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Pour 2 cups of Honey Bunches of Oats into a zippered plastic bag. Use a rolling pin to crush cereal in the bag. Pour onto a separate plate and set aside.

Now the fun part! Dip each side of a sandwich in the egg mixture until coated, just as you do with French
toast. Then dip into the crushed cereal until covered. Place on a lightly greased baking sheet. Repeat.

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Bake in an oven at 350′ F for 20 minutes until G.B.D. (Golden Brown & Delicious!) Slice in half diagonally and serve with a drizzle of maple syrup and enjoy!

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How are you celebrating National Cereal Day? Leave us a comment and let us know!



1 thought on “The Morning Crunch”

  • I need to try it! it looks so DELICIOUS AND FILLING!!!!! How did you come up with this recipe! it is brilliant!

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