These ooey gooey french toast cinnamon roll cups are a portable mashup of french toast and cinnamon rolls. They are made from whole wheat sliced bread (no yeast or bread dough!) and come together in just 30 minutes!
Cinnamon rolls sound nice, I got to thinking this morning as I was laying in bed with my mind racing a million miles an hour. But with a softly breathing four year old curled up next to me who had roused us with nightmares six times just hours before and the desperate craving for a cup of coffee…I knew it was out of reach. We all would be hungry far before yeast had worked it’s magic on bread dough and the overwhelming sweet would need to be countered with some kind of protein or we would all be grumpy.
I rolled ideas around of ways to magically create a moist dough with no rising time and with a sudden flash of inspiration thought that this crazy idea just might work. I snuck out of bed and made quick work of putting a batch of these together french toast cinnamon roll cups in the hopelessly eternally messy kitchen. As I slipped them into the oven I looked around the kitchen and simultaneously winced and smiled.
The floor was littered with a few remaining stray tiny white wrappers, remnants of New Year’s Eve. It was beyond freezing outside last night and as we opened the box of poppers preparing to shoo everyone into the cold, a few fell on the cold tile floor in the kitchen. They met the floor and their sharp brief explosions rang out into the room.
The boys squealed and Kevin and I looked at each other, smiled and handed out packages of the poppers and began tossing them onto the kitchen floor. The children almost couldn’t believe their good fortune and proceeded to spend the next half hour devising every new kind of way they could cause the little packets to explode….throwing, stomping and running across the floor. Each explosion throwing little granules of powder into every nook and cranny of the kitchen.
These kinds of things cause a slight twitch in my head as my mind screams desperately for them not to mess up the house…again. Every hour it seems that the house has been reset to a new level of chaos even though I swear I just cleaned it up.
And yet…I know this age is passing so swiftly I can hardly stand it. Little smiles and laughs change every day in front of my eyes. And I know that at the end of it all…the wish I will have the most is that I had played more…laughed more…reveled in their little carefreeness more.
So we play. And laugh. I let them linger in our bed for hours now instead of whisking them back as quickly as I can. And when we should drink a green smoothie instead we shove sticky french toast cinnamon roll cups and too much bacon to be reasonable in our mouths on this first day of January. The real world can wait a while…it’s vacation time still after all.
French Toast Cinnamon Roll Cups
For the sauce:
- 1/2 cup brown sugar packed into cup firmly
- 1/4 cup butter
- 1 tablespoon honey
- 1/4 cup Blue Diamond Lightly Salted Almonds chopped finely
- 2 teaspoons water
For the buns:
- 12 pieces whole wheat bread
- 8 eggs
- 3 teaspoons cinnamon
- 3 teaspoons vanilla
- dash of nutmeg optional
- 1/2 cup Blue Diamond Lightly Salted Almonds chopped finely
- 1/4 cup butter small diced
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
- In a small saucepan heat brown sugar, butter, honey and almonds until melted. Add water 1 teaspoon at a time to loosen sauce (can add additional if needed). Boil while whisking constantly for 2 minutes.
- Line cupcake pan with 12 cupcake liners (use foil liners if you don't want to have to clean up pan as much, sauce will leak through paper liners) or spray thoroughly with non stick spray.
- Reserving half the sauce for topping the cups, spoon in sauce to bottom of liners.
- Cut crusts off of bread and slice in half lengthwise.
- Whisk eggs with cinnamon, vanilla and nutmeg (optional). Arrange cupcake pan, almonds and butter for easy access for assembly.
- Dip 2 slices of bread (2 "slices" equal 1 full piece of bread) into egg mixture and place on cutting board. Top each slice with almonds and 2 small dices of butter. Roll the first slice into a tight coil. Then wrap the second slice around the coil and transfer to the cupcake pan. Repeat with all remaining slices.
- Bake for 15 minutes.
- Top with remaining sauce and serve warm.
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