Here's a chill twist on french toast that's flavorful but not overly sweet. The coffee and salt of the macadamia nuts balance out the sweetness of the brioche and syrup nicely. Best of all, all ingredients are available at Trader Joe's.

Tools & supplies

Ingredients (from Trader Joe's)

  • Loaf of sliced brioche
  • 2 c half & half or milk
  • 4 eggs
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1 Tbsp. Kahlua (optional)
  • Roasted & salted macadamia nuts
  • Coconut chips
  • Trader Joe's coffee syrup
  • Coconut oil cooking spray or butter (optional)

Playlist: Soak Up the Sun

Go to Trader Joe's and buy this stuff. If you don't have you're own chickens, you'll have to buy eggs.


Using your Microplane, grate about 10-12 macadamia nuts into a shallow bowl. Once complete, set aside about 1/4 of the shavings for garnish.

Pour approximately 2oz (1/4 cup) of the coffee syrup into the squeeze bottle.


In a large, shallow bowl whisk together the eggs, half & half, vanilla, and Kahlua. Set it next to your bowl of macadamia shavings.

Heat the griddle on the stovetop over a medium flame. If you're not using a nonstick or seasoned pan, hit it with some coconut oil spray or butter.

Take a piece of brioche and remove the paper. Using one hand, dip each side in the egg mixture. Using your other, dry hand sprinkle some of the macadamia shavings on each side. If you're sloppy, uncoordinated, or have sausage fingers you can just lightly dip it into the shavings.

Place on the griddle and cook for roughly 2 minutes on each side–until golden brown. Repeat for as many slices as you need.

Plating and serving

On each plate, sprinkle some of the coconut chips and macadamia shavings you set aside. Plate 2 or 3 slices of the french toast.

Using the squeeze bottle, squirt the coffee syrup across the french toast in a zig-zag motion. Sprinkle more coconut chips and shavings.

Finish with a few whole macadamia nuts and a sprig of mint.

Here's what the finished product should look like. 

Notes and substitutions

  • If you're only cooking for 1 or 2, you can probably cut this in half by using 2 eggs & 1 cup of milk. Just don't cut the Kahlua in half.
  • If you don't have brioche or you're too lazy to go buy it, use whatever bread you have on hand (white, french, challah, etc.).
If you have any scraps left over, feed them to your chickens. Circle of life yo.