Banana-Stuffed French Toast

1 cup mashed banana
1/2 teaspoon lemon juice
4 (1-inch thick) slices Italian bread
1 cup skim milk
2 tablespoons brown sugar
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon baking powder
4 large egg whites
2 teaspoons margarine, divided
1/2 cup maple syrup

1.  Combine banana and lemon juice in a small bowl.  Stir well; set
2.  Cut bread slices in half crosswise; cut a slit through cut sides of
each piece of bread to form a pocket.  Stuff 2 tablespoons banana mixture
into pocket of each piece of bread.
3.  Combine milk and next 6 ingredients (milk through eggs) in a large
shallow dish, and stir well with a whisk.  Arrange stuffed bread pieces
in a single layer in dish, turning to coat.  Cover and chill 45 minutes
or until milk mixture is absorbed, turning bread pieces over after 20
4.  Melt 1 teaspoon margarine in a large nonstick skillet over medium
heat; add half of bread pieces.  Cook 4 minutes.  Carefully turn bread
over; cook 3 minutes or until browned.  Repeat procedure with remaining
margarine and bread pieces.  Serve with maple syrup.  Yield: 4 servings
(serving size: 2 bread pieces and 2 tablespoons maple syrup).

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