French toast is a brunch staple, but it’s not always easy finding a healthy french toast recipe. I’ve given my family’s secret baked French toast recipe a healthy twist with a few simple swaps 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, is 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 previous 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.
Here are the swaps I made for this healthy French toast option!
- Sprouted cinnamon raisin bread instead of French 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.
- Coconut sugar instead of brown sugar. Coconut sugar has completely replaced brown sugar in my pantry as it is a less processed form of sugar. It is low glycemic, meaning it won’t spike your blood sugar levels as most sugars would.
- Coconut oil instead of dairy 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! This dish would be delicious paired with these clean green veggie egg muffins and this recipe for gingerbread lattes (do yourself a favor and skip the Starbucks line!).Print
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.
- ½ cup coconut sugar
- ½ cup coconut oil and/or dairy-free butter, melted
- 3 teaspoons cinnamon, divided
- 3 medium apples, cored and thinly sliced
- 10 slices sprouted cinnamon raisin bread, crust removed
- 6 large eggs
- 1 ½ cups unsweetened almond milk (or other plant milk)
- 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
Combine the coconut sugar, melted butter/oil and 1 heaping teaspoon cinnamon in a 13×9 baking dish.
Add the apples and toss to coat well. Arrange slices of bread on top, slightly overlapping each other.
Whisk together the eggs, milk, vanilla extract and remaining 2 teaspoon cinnamon until well blended.
Pour mixture over the bread, soaking the bread completely. Cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate for 4 to 24 hours.
Bake at 375F for 30 minutes covered with aluminum foil, then remove the foil and continue baking for another 15 minutes. Allow to cool slightly before serving.
- Calories: 339
- Sugar: 21g
- Sodium: 259mg
- Fat: 17g
- Carbohydrates: 40g
- Fiber: 4g
- Protein: 8g
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