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Breakfast of Champions

April 11, 2010

Lazy Sunday-Waking up ridiculously late, lounging around in bed, making a gourmet feast, pigging out and going back to bed. Sigh of contentment. For once, I finally experienced the term “Lazy Sunday”, which didn’t involve waking up at 4 in the morning for a race and eating the same standard breakfast of oatmeal.

Let’s backtrack, it wasn’t suppose to be a lazy Sunday-I woke up at 6AM ready to hit the XTERRA trails in Malibu Creek for a 22K. My left leg has been bothering me the past 4 days, where it got so bad that I could barely walk without limping, let alone run. It felt numb and with every step I took, there was a shooting pain throughout my leg. I made the hard decision to take a few days off running, today included. I hate taking days off, and I know I can run through the pain, but how is that going to help me get better? I think we all have this twisted notion that if we can run through it, maybe *crossing fingers*, it will go away on its own. I promised myself not to do anything running related for 5 days and see how it feels after. In the meantime, I am spinning, ellipticalling, yoga-ing like a mad woman. Oh, and I also got an Active Release massage yesterday from L.A. Sports Massage. Um, that stuff is not a joke. Prepared to be in a lot of pain, especially if you are extremely tight, but it feels great after with lots of icing. I can already tell, the pain is going away.

Anyways, this post is about FOOD. This breakfast is the perfect meal for a weekend brunch that is not only soul satisfying, but so much fun to eat. I like to mix and match my french toast recipes using different types of bread, fruit and toppings. Not only is this recipe super simple, but it is also cheap and uh, somewhat healthy. Forget waiting in line on a Sunday at a restaurant, make this french toast platter at home. Pop open a bottle of champagne and mix with fresh orange juice for bottomless mimosas. Sundays have never felt so luxurious…You don’t have to wait for the weekend to make this, it takes less than 15 minutes to make so start off your work day with this decadent breakfast.

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Cinnamon French Toast with Caramelized Bananas


Serves 2

  • 4 thick slices of Challah Bread
  • 2 tablespoons orange juice
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 4 eggs, beaten
  • 2 bananas, sliced
  • 1 tablespoon brown sugar
  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • 1/2 tablespoon cinnamon, divided
  • Toppings: sliced almonds, berries, strawberry jam, dried cranberries, granola, flax seed, maple syrup


1. Heat skillet on medium-high. Generously spray with cooking spray

2. Beat eggs, OJ, 1/4 tablespoon cinnamon, vanilla extract in a mixing bowl

3. Dip each slice of bread into egg mixture, let soak for a couple seconds before flipping and coating the other side

4. Place bread on hot skillet and brown for 1-2 minutes on each side until egg cooks and the bread gets crispy and brown. Continue with the rest of the bread

5. Once french toast is done, remove from heat and add in sliced bananas

6. Top bananas with brown sugar, the remainder of cinnamon and honey. Let it caramelize  and get hot (30 seconds). Be careful not to let the bananas burn

7. Serve bananas on top of french top with other optional toppings. I love mine with a bit of sliced almonds and granola for crunch and a slight drizzle of maple syrup.

3 Comments leave one →
  1. April 14, 2010 12:17 pm

    what a delicious breakfast! i like that the french toast isn’t too gooey like some french toasts tend to be. and who wouldn’t love bananas! thanks for sharing the recipe.

  2. April 15, 2010 7:22 am

    Annnd this’d be my husband’s favorite breakfasts. He’s all about sweets & fruit. I’m forwarding this to him right now!

  3. rungrrl permalink
    April 19, 2010 6:06 am

    Dearest Andee,

    I started a wordpress blog to document my “Couch to 5K” experiences! Now we both have wordpress blogs!

    Yours is SO AWESOME and I’m super proud of you. I hope that your knee is finally feeling better!

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