A Nutritious Take on Breakfast: Nuts and Berries French Toast Casserole

Hi Everyone!  I hope you’re enjoying this beautiful spring.  It’s been awhile since I’ve posted, but I’ve got a good excuse this time.  I had a baby boy on February 25!

Introducing Longevity's tiniest staff member, Sawyer Brown!

The last six weeks have been a blur of bliss and sleep deprivation, but we’re slowly finding our new normal, and that means getting back to cooking nutritious meals.  I saw a recipe for a french toast casserole in a magazine a couple months ago and have been looking for the time and a good opportunity to put my own spin on it.  Spring is the time for fresh berries, and this wholesome dish is filled with them, as well as apples and walnuts for a power-packed breakfast!

Berries are rich in cancer-fighting antioxidants.

Nuts and Berries French Toast Casserole: Serves 6

4 eggs
1 cup milk
10 slices of whole wheat cinnamon raisin bread, cut into cubes
1 apple, chopped into small pieces
1 small package of fresh blueberries
1 container of strawberries, cut into small pieces
2 tablespoons brown sugar
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1/3 cup walnuts, coarsely chopped
Pure Maple Syrup

I used the Ezekiel 4:9 Sprouted Whole Grain Bread.

Preparation Instructions:

  • Whisk together milk and eggs in a large mixing bowl until well combined.  Stir in the bread cubes and mix well.  Let it stand at room temperature for 10 minutes, stirring occasionally to make sure all the liquid is absorbed and evenly distributed.
  • Cut and combine the apples, strawberries and blueberries.
  • Grease a casserole dish and arrange half the bread mixture in an even layer. Top with half the fruit, half the walnuts, 1 tablespoon of brown sugar and 1/2 teaspoon of cinnamon.  Arrange the remaining bread mixture evenly, followed by the remaining fruit, walnuts, brown sugar and cinnamon.
  • Bake at 350 degrees for 45 minutes, or until the casserole is set and the center temperature is at 160 degrees.  Let sit 5 minutes before serving.  Top with maple syrup if desired and serve.

I love that the total prep and clean-up time for this dish is only 15 minutes!

This dish makes a great stand-alone family breakfast, or a tasty addition to a brunch gathering.  I prepped my casserole the night before so all I had to do was pop it in the oven before church on Easter morning.

This easy-to-assemble casserole brings fruit, whole grains, nuts and eggs to the breakfast table. Not a bad way to kick-start the day!

If you don’t do so well on wheat, you could easily switch out the bread for a gluten-free variety.  This is definitely a dish that I would make again.  Enjoy!

Just for fun, I'll leave you with one more pic of my baby boy. You can't tell I'm a proud mama can you?

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