Strawberry Stuffed French Toast & Veggie Wednesdays

I just had another one of those “V-8” moments.  Like, why have I never made Strawberry Stuffed French Toast before?  Custard-y bread filled with cream cheese and berries, it is easy, tasty, and healthier than plain French toast. 

Strawberry Stuffed French Toast--Custardy bread filled with cream cheese and berries. Easy, tasty, and healthier than plain French toast

Strawberry Stuffed French Toast

Over the holidays, my college kids were home from school. I loved the fun and camaraderie–including special breakfasts that start the day right!  

The idea for this dish comes from the White Gull Inn, a nearby bed and breakfast that’s known for delicious food and quaint decor.  Their cherry stuffed French toast won a Good Morning America best breakfast contest a few years back, giving them their 15 minutes of fame. It’s all quieted down now but we still love their French Toast—and their amazing Blueberry Coffee Cake

White Gull Inn Fireplace

White Gull Inn Fireplace

The remaining inspiration is from one of my CSAs.  They grow big beautiful berries every summer and I freeze gallons for eating all winter.   Two guesses whose berries are in my recipe!   

Strawberry Stuffed French Toast--custard-y bread filled with cream cheese and berries. Easy, tasty, and healthier than plain French toast.

Delicious (& Easy) Strawberry Stuffed French Toast

When I finally decided to try making Strawberry Stuffed French Toast, I admit to being nervous. Would the bread get soggy? Would the berries squish out? But everything came out perfectly.  Even the very first (test) piece! 

It goes like this:

You spread bread with (lite) cream cheese.  Spoon sliced berries into the center. 

Top with a second slice and press edges to seal.

Dip in egg batter. 

Fry in vegetable spray or butter. 

Slice. 

Serve with extra berries and syrup.

Strawberry Stuffed French Toast--custard-y bread filled with cream cheese and berries. Easy, tasty, and healthier than plain French toast.

Strawberry Stuffed French Toast Breakfast

Veggie Wednesdays

The other motivation behind this post is a personal New Year’s health challenge that I am calling “Veggie Wednesdays.”  Do you count your 5-a-day?  Nutritionists say we should eat 3(-5) servings of vegetables and 2(-4) fruits every day  I figure if I can either add one additional fruit or veggie to a recipe, or make a dish that has at least two, everything will be easier.  So, this year, (hopefully a lot of) my upcoming Wednesday posts (or Thursday if I’m late) will feature a (fruit or) veggie-ized recipe.

Wish me luck!

Strawberry Stuffed French Toast
Serves 4
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Prep Time
10 min
Cook Time
10 min
Total Time
20 min
Prep Time
10 min
Cook Time
10 min
Total Time
20 min
315 calories
45 g
111 g
9 g
12 g
4 g
232 g
460 g
17 g
0 g
5 g
Nutrition Facts
Serving Size
232g
Servings
4
Amount Per Serving
Calories 315
Calories from Fat 84
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 9g
14%
Saturated Fat 4g
21%
Trans Fat 0g
Polyunsaturated Fat 2g
Monounsaturated Fat 3g
Cholesterol 111mg
37%
Sodium 460mg
19%
Total Carbohydrates 45g
15%
Dietary Fiber 3g
13%
Sugars 17g
Protein 12g
Vitamin A
7%
Vitamin C
81%
Calcium
26%
Iron
16%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your Daily Values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
Ingredients
  1. 2 large eggs
  2. ½ cup milk
  3. 1 teaspoon vanilla
  4. 1 teaspoon sugar
  5. 8 slices bread
  6. 4 ounces reduced fat cream cheese
  7. 2 cups sliced strawberries
  8. Maple syrup for serving (optional)
Instructions
  1. Whisk eggs, milk, vanilla and sugar until well combined.
  2. Spread one side of a slice of bread with about an ounce of cream cheese.
  3. Place about 1/4 cup sliced berries in the middle of the patch of cream cheese leaving about 3/4 inch uncovered on the sides for sealing.
  4. Top with a second slice of bread and press around edges to seal.
  5. Dip in egg batter, then fry on both sides in large frying pan sprayed with nonstick spray, about 3 minutes per side.
  6. Repeat with remaining bread.
  7. Slice finished French toast on a diagonal and serve with additional strawberries and maple syrup.
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calories
315
fat
9g
protein
12g
carbs
45g
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12 thoughts on “Strawberry Stuffed French Toast & Veggie Wednesdays

  1. David

    You know, it’s the strawberries here that make me want to eat the French toast! Maybe because it’s mid winter, but the idea of strawberries right now is so appealing!

    1. Inger

      It was the strawberries for me too David! And stay tuned–I have another nice strawberry recipe in the wings. Gotta’ use up my stores (yes, a good problem)!

    1. Inger

      We had 2 of 3 girls up there over the holidays. The third was doing triathlon training in Colorado with other U of MN students and having even more fun 😉 .

  2. cheri

    Hi Inger, what a delicious looking meal to begin the day with. Who could pass up strawberries and cream cheese. Great idea for Wednesday’s, it’s hard to get that many veggies in daily, but I’m trying. Also your fireplace is gorgeous!

    1. Inger

      That’s actually the fireplace in the B&B. They decorate so beautifully for the holidays, I didn’t know where to point my camera first!

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