The Cheesecake Factory is one of my top 10 favorite restaurants to go to. However, due to the high calorie menu items, I only go to celebrate things like birthday’s, special outings, or achievements. I was pretty excited when I found out that some of their recipes are listed on their website!!
The first thing on my list was to make their French Toast. I cannot even remember the last time I had French Toast & I don’t think I’ve even made it myself!
The Cheesecake Factory’s recipe is a whopping 1, 696 calories, 51g of fat, 1,270mg sodium, & 160g total carbs. That is well over a days worth of calories for me!
I easily cut down this recipe to 570 calories, 25g of fat, 629mg sodium, & 77 total carbs! The actual serving size is three pieces, which to me, seems like too much. So how did I cut all that out?
The original batter recipe calls for:
1 cup – Half and half (or milk)
1 Tbls. – Vanilla
2 Tbls – Sugar
3/4 tsp. – Cinnamon
I used 4 grain vegetarian eggs, replaced the half & half with vanilla flavored Silk Almond Milk (the Almond Milk is so much creamier than the half & half), eliminated the sugar since there is sugar in the milk, add a little vanilla, & the cinnamon. (I will post the full recipe at the end of this post!)
The original recipe calls for:
6 slices – Egg Bread or Challah Bread, 3/4” thick slices
2 cups – French Toast Batter *
1/4 cup – Butter, melted or Canola Oil
3 cups – Sliced Strawberries, (room temperature) tossed with a little sugar
2 cups – Whipped Cream
1/2 cup – Glazed Pecans **
1 Tbls. – Powered Sugar
Maple Syrup, heated
I used Challah Bread from Publix, the French Toast Batter above, Publix Canola Oil (it has 0 calories & fat opposed to the butter), Driscolls Organic Strawberries with no sugar added (why ruin good fruit), 365 Brand Nonfat Whipped Cream, Candied Walnuts (Which I made myself), & a powdered sugar I put through a tiny sieve. The stats listed did not include maple syrup. With everything added, there was really no need for syrup. As an alternative, I was going to use Karo Syrup, which has less calories, but it was already so good without it.
Look at how beautiful the bread is!!
The finished product without the whipped cream.
The Cheesecake Factory’s French Toast Napoleon With Strawberries Makeover
The French Toast Batter
1. 4 Eggs (4 grain vegetarian)
2. 1 cup Silk Vanilla Almond Milk
3. A few drops of Vanilla
4. 3/4 tsp Cinnamon
1. 6 Slices Challah Bread
2. 2 cups French Toast Batter
3. Canola Oil Spray
4. 3 cups Sliced Strawberries (I used organic. They were so much sweeter)
5. 365 Brand or other Nonfat Whipped Cream Spray
6. 1/4 cup Candied Walnuts (Add 1/2 tablespoon of Smart Balance Butter Spread & 1/2 tablespoon of sugar to a warm saute pan. Add walnuts & cook, stirring until golden brown)
7. 1 tablespoon powdered sugar
8. If needed, Karo syrup
1. Blend the batter ingredients until combined. Pour onto a plate to dip your bread in.
2.Place the bread in the batter & let soak for 10 minutes.
3. Spray a saute pan with canola oil spray & set to medium heat.
4. Place the soaked bread into the saute pan & cook until golden brown on both top & bottom (about 4 minutes on each side).
5. When done, place one slice onto a plate. Place strawberry slices over the top.
6. Place the second piece on top of the first & place more strawberries on top.
7. Place the last piece of on top of the others. Place more strawberries on top
8. Repeat steps 2-7 for the second plate.
9. On both plates, sprinkle powdered sugar (it works even better with a sieve), walnuts, & spray on some whip cream.
10. Add syrup if needed.
And it was Steven approved!