Weekend Breakfast

Lazy weekend breakfasts are my favorite.

I've long been a dessert-for-breakfast kind of girl. My penchant for something sweet first thing in the a.m. goes way back. Growing up with a Dad who worked for General Mills, we never had a shortage of cereal in the pantry. Trix, Lucky Charms, Cookie Crisp: no sugar content was too high. In high school, I graduated from Cinnamon Toast Crunch to Eggo waffles (which I completely forgot about until Stranger Things came into my life). And the absolute best was when my Mom would make chocolate chip banana bread. To this day, I probably make a loaf at least once a month.

 Chocolate Chip Banana Bread: delicious even when you burn it!

Chocolate Chip Banana Bread: delicious even when you burn it!

Now that I'm a boring adult, I tend to do the whole muesli-yogurt thing on weekdays. All the more reason to indulge in a little treat on a lazy Saturday or Sunday morning, right?

Right.

As you're about to see, things are starting to get a little out of hand...

 Banana Bread French Toast topped with creamy fromage blanc, maple syrup, caramelized bananas and cinnamon-toasted oats.

Banana Bread French Toast topped with creamy fromage blanc, maple syrup, caramelized bananas and cinnamon-toasted oats.

There's French toast and then there's pain perdu, literally "lost bread" in French. Some might say that name refers to using old, slightly stale bread to save it from being thrown away. I like to think of it as bread that gets "lost" underneath a pile of toppings. Oh and did I mention the "bread" was actually leftover banana bread?

It took me forever to try Banana Bread French Toast because, let's be honest, who ever has leftover banana bread? Not me, that's for sure. Except one day I did and I tried this and I don't think I'll ever be able to go back to plain French toast again. At first I thought it was weird that restaurants here always serve French toast as a dessert but now I've embraced the idea (clearly).

 Double Chocolate Chip Oatmeal Cookie Pancakes with "the works" (yogurt, compote and toasted oats).

Double Chocolate Chip Oatmeal Cookie Pancakes with "the works" (yogurt, compote and toasted oats).

Next up in the outrageous breakfast category: this recipe for Chocolate Chip Oatmeal Cookie Pancakes from Minimalist Baker. You could stop there. I mean cookie is right there in the recipe title. Or you could go ahead and add a little cocoa powder to the pancake batter for a double dose of chocolate. Maybe you top it off with a few extras (similar drill to the French toast banana bread above). Serve with a side of coffee and you're all set.

Bon app!

x Stephanie