The Perfect Weekend Breakfast | Jim Jams

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I always like to slightly indulge at the weekends and spend a lot more time enjoying my mornings, so what better way to do both those things than to make a delicious portion of cinnamon french toast! This recipe is slightly different and *slightly healthier* than your average french toast recipe as its filled with Jim Jams Hazelnut Chocolate spread and bananas, creating a gooey chocolatey delight!

I received a selection of Jim Jams* spreads through the post the other day and couldn't wait to put them to the test to see if they compare to my usual Hazelnut spread. Jim Jams create reduced sugar chocolate spread and jams and their product line is quite extensive,  including Strawberry, Blackcurrant and Raspberry jam and Orange marmalade, alongside Milk Chocolate and Hazelnut Chocolate spreads. All of the Jim Jams products are suitable for diabetics as they use a sweetener called Malitol, derived from corn or wheat and are gluten free.

The chocolate spreads contain reduced fat cocoa which further reduces the calorie content and are therefore only 35 calories per serving, which is less than half the calories of other Hazelnut chocolate spreads on the market. Jim Jams products are all suitable for vegetarians too, but unfortunately as the products contain milk powder they are not suitable for vegans. The chocolate spreads contain 83% less sugar then other chocolate spreads on the market and the jams and marmalade contain 33% less sugar and have a higher fruit content. The fruit content of the Jim Jams jams and marmalade is 55g per 100g. Also, for those interested in Slimming World or Weight Watchers, 1tbsp of Jim Jams spread is just 3.5 syns or 3 Weight Watchers points! Jim Jams are stocked in Tesco, Holland and Barrett and Ocado and retail from £2.59 (currently on offer for £2 at Ocado). 

I've tried both the Hazelnut and Milk chocolate spread and I'd have to say that the Hazelnut spread is by far my favourite. It doesn't taste as sweet as the Milk chocolate spread and you can really taste the Hazelnuts. It is very comparable to another popular Hazelnut spread on the market, but is much better for you! I'd definitely be substituting my chocolate spreads and jams to Jim Jams in future! So onto the recipe...

You will Need:

* Jim Jams Hazelnut Chocolate Spread
* Banana 
* 1x egg
* 50ml Milk
* 2x slices of bread (I used a Farmhouse white loaf) 
* 1tsp Cinnamon 
* Coconut oil 


1) Firstly, make a Jim Jams Hazelnut spread and banana sandwich by spreading the Hazelnut chocolate spread onto one piece of bread and layering slices of banana on top.

2) Spread Hazelnut Jim Jams chocolate spread onto the other piece of bread and lay this on top of the banana slices, creating a sandwich.

3) Meanwhile, crack an egg into a shallow bowl and whisk in the milk. 

4) Sprinkle the cinnamon into the bowl and mix together (you can use more or less cinnamon depending on your preference!)

5) Next lay the sandwich into the bowl and let the bread soak up the mixture, turning over half way to ensure both sides of the bread are saturated in the cinnamon mixture.

6) Heat some coconut oil in a frying pan on a medium heat and wait for it to heat up

7) Place the sandwich into the frying pan and leave it until the sides start to go brown and then turn the sandwich over.

8) After a few minutes both sides will be lovely and crispy and would have turned a dark brown colour. 

9) Enjoy! 

Have you tried any Jim Jams products yet?


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