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When I saw this French toast recipe from the PCH Grill in Disneyland as part of the #DisneyMagicMoments series, I knew I had to try to recreate it but in a WW-friendly way for a decadent weekend breakfast. Looking at the ingredients, it may seem hard to do since it's very sugary, but I have my secrets that I'm going to share! The original recipe was 24 SmartPoints for a serving, but I got it down to just 8 SmartPoints per serving. Win!
Beyond the lower sugar swaps and omitting the powdered sugar and chocolate drizzle that it called for (which, honestly, it didn't need since it has so much flavor!), the biggest trick to lowering the SmartPoints count here is increasing the serving size. The original recipe said it made 4 servings in a 9x13 pan... which is huge! Especially when you consider this recipe uses Challah specifically. For those of you unfamiliar, Challah is a Jewish bread that is baked with honey and yeast, and typically braided... and thus is super thick. I split mine into 8 servings and an eighth of the pan was more than plenty for breakfast, especially with some fruit on the side!
If you do decide you want to top with some powdered sugar, to keep things low in SmartPoints, remember that a little goes a long way - start with a measured out teaspoon per serving. Also, with chocolate syrup, Hershey's makes lite and sugar-free versions that you can try out.
You'll notice in my photos that this doesn't have any banana - that's because, like I mentioned in my Dole Whip article, my husband and I aren't really into bananas. It's fine when blended with other fruits to make sorbets and Dole Whip since you can't even taste it, but we definitely didn't want it on our French toast. I'll include the bananas in the nutritional information and ingredients list, however, and keep their place in Disney's instructions.
Challah can be tricky to make if you've never made it or another kind of bread from scratch before. Take it from me - I've been playing with Jewish recipes since discovering my Ashkenazi ancestry in 2018, and the first time I tried to make Challah, it was an epic fail. But luckily, you can order it on Amazon! Different bakeries have it available there, and you can also get it from Whole Foods delivered to you via Amazon Prime (click here for a 30-day free trial!). This saved me a ton of time and helped keep it tasting delicious. If your Challah that you order online doesn't have nutritional information, check Publix's website - sometimes, their bakery offers it so the nutritional values are all there.
The key to the healthy swaps here is actually three things: Lily's baking chips over regular chocolate chips, whipped creamy peanut butter instead of regular or reduced fat (fun fact: normal and reduced fat peanut butters are the same points! Whipped is less points, however.), and using almond milk with unsweetened cocoa instead of chocolate milk. I used unsweetened vanilla almond milk and put it in the blender with a little Stevia and 2 tsp of unsweetened cocoa powder. I blended that first, and then added the rest to the blender per the recipe, and it worked out perfectly. Also, if you're watching your calories or on myWW Green, I recommend using 1.5 cup of liquid egg substitute instead of real eggs. My nutritional info will base it off of the substitute, but as eggs aren't any points on myWW Purple and Blue, that won't really affect the points value either way.
8 SP on all myWW plans
Fat: 14.6 g
Saturated fat: 3 g
Trans fat: 0 g
Cholesterol: 49.7 mg
Sodium: 409.4 ,g
Carbohydrates: 38.2 g
Fiber: 3.7 g
Sugar: 14.1 g
Protein: 11.7 g
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Jessica is a huge Disney, anime, and Star Wars nerd who channeled that love into motivation to lose 75 lbs.