Sunday, December 11, 2016

Blueberry Lemon Sprouted Grain French Toast Casserole


Christmas brunch is something I look forward to every year. Nothing beats waiting up to the smell of something sweet and cinnamon-y baking in the oven. As opposed to the original recipe made with white bread and lots of cream, this French toast casserole is made with sprouted grain bread (which can be found in the freezer section), almond milk, a touch of cream, blueberries and toasty pecans. It's a brunch item you can definitely feel good about serving your friends and family!


1. Coat a 13x9 baking dish with cooking spray and add the cubed bread in an even layer. Sprinkle with blueberries. 


2. In a large bowl, beat the eggs, almond milk, cream, lemon zest, maple syrup, vanilla, cinnamon and salt. Pour over the bread, wrap with plastic and refrigerate overnight. 




3. In the morning, preheat oven to 350 degrees. Sprinkle the top with pecans, cover with foil and bake for 40 minutes; uncover and bake for 15 minutes longer. 


4. Serve warm topped with yogurt, cinnamon and maple syrup.


Blueberry Lemon Sprouted Grain French Toast Casserole
Serves 8

All you need:
10 slices sprouted grain bread (such as Ezekiel bread), cubed 
1 cup fresh or frozen blueberries 
8 eggs
2 cups unsweetened almond milk 
2 tablespoons heavy cream (or half-and-half)
Zest of 1 lemon
2 tablespoons pure maple syrup (plus more for topping)
1 tablespoon pure vanilla extract 
1 teaspoon cinnamon (plus more for topping)
Pinch salt 
1 cup chopped pecans 
Plain Greek yogurt, for topping 

All you do:
1. Coat a 13x9 baking dish with cooking spray and add the cubed bread in an even layer. Sprinkle with blueberries. 
2. In a large bowl, beat the eggs, almond milk, cream, lemon zest, maple syrup, vanilla, cinnamon and salt. Pour over the bread, wrap with plastic and refrigerate overnight. 
3. In the morning, preheat oven to 350 degrees. Sprinkle the top with pecans, cover with foil and bake for 40 minutes; uncover and bake for 15 minutes longer. 
4. Serve warm topped with yogurt, cinnamon and maple syrup.
 

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