French toast is a brunch staple, but it’s not always the healthiest. I’ve given my family’s secret French toast recipe a healthy twist just in time for the holidays to share with all of you!
This upside down baked apple French toast can be made ahead of time, filled with nutritious ingredients and is sure to be a crowd pleaser.
Most people look forward to Thanksgiving dinner when the holiday season hits. However, I patiently (okay, not so patiently) anticipate Christmas morning. For as long as I can remember, my family has always started the festivities off with a delicious brunch spread that always includes the infamous upside down baked apple French toast.
My parents got the recipe from a bed and breakfast they stayed at in North Carolina and every year, my mom does something a little different with it to try and top the last year.
This year, I think I’m giving my mom a run for her money because not only does my version taste delicious, it’s also nutritious.
- French white bread for sprouted cinnamon raisin bread. “Sprouted” is a term used to describe the process in which grains are submerged in water for a period of time to release the food’s nutrients and decrease phytic acid, which can impair the absorption of certain vitamins and minerals.
- Brown sugar for coconut sugar. Coconut sugar has completely replaced brown sugar in my pantry as it is a less processed form of sugar. It also contains inulin, which is an indigestible carbohydrate that acts as a prebiotic.
- Coconut oil for butter. Coconut oil contains medium chain triglycerides, a different kind of saturated fat than what you would find in animal products. These fats have been shown to boost metabolism and fight off infections.
In summary, this healthier recipe for upside down baked apple French toast boasts more nutritious ingredients without sacrificing the delicious flavor!
All you need for this recipe is:
- unrefined, virgin coconut oil
- coconut sugar
- sprouted cinnamon raisin bread (I love the Foods for Life Ezekial brand)
- unsweetened almond milk
The night before, add the melted coconut oil, cinnamon and coconut sugar to the bottom of a square baking dish. Next, layer the sliced apples in a single, uniform layer. Place the individual slices of bread on top of the apples. Whisk together the eggs, almond milk and vanilla and pour evenly over the top. Press the bread into the egg mixture to get the soaking process started. Cover the baking dish and place in the refrigerator overnight.
In the morning, bake at 375 degrees for 35-40 minutes until the top is golden brown and crispy!
For a little something extra special, saute some apple slices in a little bit of coconut oil and maple syrup for a deliciously swet and juicy topping.
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Happy Holidays Friends!