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Monte Cristo Roll Ups ~ A Healthy After School Snack

by Heather

Its Back To School time and that means chaos. At least it does for me. If it doesn’t mean chaos for anyone else then oh well. But part of Back to School means that I can’t be sure what my daughter is eating for lunch. Oh I know what we packed, or what is on the lunch menu for the day, but even though she is going in to first grade I can’t help but wonder. And that also means when she gets home and wants a snack, I want to make sure I’m not just giving her cookies and milk, I want her eating something somewhat healthy, but I have to do it in a way that sneaks up on her. It has to be something tasty and yummy but not junk. And that has led us to the Monte Cristo Roll Up.


I am attempting to adapt something that has become a fun weekend breakfast treat into a fun weekday treat. I call them Monte Cristo Roll Ups and they’re our take on French toast roll ups. In case you don’t know what a French toast roll up is, I’m going to enlighten you on that as well.

Monte Cristo Roll Up

You start with some bread and a basic French toast batter. Is it called a batter? Whatever.

French Toast Roll up

4 pieces of Nature’s Harvest Bread
4 eggs
1 cup milk
1 tablespoon vanilla (the hubby would dump about a cup in if I let him)
Cinnamon (again with the hubby, just put as much as you like)

I know a lot of French toast recipes will call for slightly stale bread. That won’t work for this, you need fresh bread. Beat all the ingredients together in a bowl and transfer to a shallow dish of some kind. Now when making French toast this is where you would dump in the bread and cook it up. But this is a roll up people!! Take your bread and flatten it out with a rolling pin. Spread on some peanut butter or Nutella or Jelly (Smuckers Triple Berry…YUMM) or Peanut Butter AND Jelly or Jelly and Cream Cheese, and then roll it up. Now dunk that in the French toast batter and coat all sides. Transfer that to a skillet over medium-high heat and cook it until it’s golden brown on all sides. When it comes out, roll it in some cinnamon sugar for extra yumminess.

So that is our weekend breakfast treat. How do we turn that into a weekday afternoon Monte Cristo? Very simple. First, skip the cinnamon sugar step completely and leave the cinnamon out of the French toast batter. Second, instead of the sweet fillings in the weekend version, roll out the bread and then top it with a piece of ham and Swiss cheese. Roll that up and dunk it in the French toast batter.

Now with the weekend version, the filling usually holds it together. With the weekday version, you may need a piece of that cooking twine or a toothpick or something until it can cook and the cheese gets melty and the bread crispy and French toasty. The hubby experimented and found that it was just easiest to roll it up and hold it while he rolled it in the French toast batter. That seemed to let it keep its shape until it got into the frying pan. Try what works for you. When you little ones get home pair this with a little dipping cup of honey mustard and your little ones will probably be in heaven. I know mine was.

Monte Cristo Roll Up

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AnnaZed August 7, 2016 - 10:43 pm
I don't know if it's called batter either, but it is some magic stuff. After school why not!
Linda Manns Linneman August 10, 2016 - 7:53 am
These sound yummy. I know this is something my family would love. Thank you for the great recipe
Geri Sandoval August 10, 2016 - 10:39 am
Great recipe, thanks for sharing family going to enjoy.
Kathy Pease August 13, 2016 - 7:37 am
These look delicious and I will be trying them this weekend. My family would love them!
Cindy S. August 14, 2016 - 7:26 am
Oooh! Monte Cristos are the best. Love this snack version. The whole family will enjoy this! Pinning now!
barbg August 14, 2016 - 3:37 pm
That looks like a good tasting sandwich. I guess it would be nice for dinner as well.
Linda Manns Linneman August 29, 2016 - 6:05 pm
These are so good and so easy to make. My family loves it. Thank you again for sharing
Heather Pfingsten August 29, 2016 - 9:07 pm
YAY! I'm glad that the family approves. Thank you so much for trying them!!
tiffany dayton September 11, 2016 - 2:36 pm
This looks good for anyone.
Nena Sinclair September 27, 2016 - 11:10 pm
Mmmm...I love Monte Cristo sandwiches and haven't had one forever! Now I want one!!
Debra Holloway October 1, 2016 - 3:25 am
These would make a great after school snack. They would really fill that hunger spot and provide real energy.
Jerry Marquardt October 3, 2016 - 12:53 am
I most definitely would love to try the Monte Cristo Roll Ups. I think it is a fine plate, of which I am going to try out and see just how healthy an after school snack it is.
Lisa Ogle October 8, 2016 - 3:16 pm
This sounds yummy, the grand kids will love this!
Ronald Gagnon November 3, 2016 - 8:57 pm
These look delicious and I will be trying them any time of the day I have a craving for them..I have been out of school for 30 years

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