Take a moment. Forget that it was 80 degrees today. Forget that I went to a haunted house in shorts and a tank top this weekend.
Take a moment and welcome fall.
"Baked" Apple Stuffed French Toast
1 apple, cored and sliced
1 teaspoon brown sugar
2 slices wheat bread
1/3 cup egg substitute (or 1 egg plus 1 white beaten)
1/8 teaspoon vanilla
1 tablespoon almond milk
1 tablespoon cream cheese, softened
Ground nutmeg, to taste
Ground ginger, to taste
Ground cloves, to taste
Preheat griddle over medium heat.
Put sliced apple in bowl with healthy dash of cinnamon and brown sugar. Cover tightly with plastic wrap. Microwave for a minute or two, or until the apples are soft and juicy. In a separate bowl, whisk together egg substitute, vanilla and almond milk. Dip bread into egg mixture and put on griddle, which you of course "greased" with canola oil.
While the french toast is cooking, add cream cheese, cinnamon, nutmeg, ginger, cloves (a good dash of cinnamon and just a tiny dash of the others) and just a bit of sweetener in a mini food processor. Give it a whirl until it's combined.
Flip the french toast. When the bread is finished cooking, take one piece and spread with flavored cream cheese. Add some of the cooked apples and top with the other piece of bread. Top with remainder of apples, sprinkle of cinnamon if you are feeling spicy and maple syrup.