Healthy French Toast Recipes: Recipe For Baked Apple-Cinnamon French Toast

Healthy Recipes - French Twist

This is a recipe I cut out years ago from Eating Well magazine. I love it because it is one of my favorite breakfast dishes - French Toast.

It also contains some of my favorite ingredients - apples and raisins. Coincidentally, it also is one of the easiest preparation methods for French toast - baking.

This is a wonderfully delicious, healthier version of a classic American breakfast dish - hope you like it as much as I do!

This is also a do-ahead recipe and can be saved in the fridge for 8 to 24 hours.

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Baked Apple-Cinnamon French Toast

Makes 12 servings

INGREDIENTS

  • 3 cups skim milk
  • 2 cups liquid egg whites like Egg Beaters
  • 3 tablespoons honey
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt if desired
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1 one-pound loaf sliced whole wheat bread
  • 1 cup chopped dried apple rings (3 ounces)
  • 1/2 cup raisins
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon nutmeg
  • 1 tablespoon confectioner's sugar

PREPARATION

  1. Whisk together milk, egg whites, honey, vanilla and salt in a large bowl.
  2. Cut crusts off 8 bread slices and set that aside.
  3. Cut up the crusts and the remaining slices of bread into 1-inch pieces.
  4. Toss the cut bread only with the dried apples, raisins, cinnamon and nutmeg in a large bowl.
  5. Spray a 9 x 13 inch baking dish with cooking spray. Put the bread mixture in the pan.
  6. Layer the reserved crustless 8 slices over the top of the casserole - trim to fit.
  7. Whisk the milk mixture again and then pour evenly over the bread.
  8. Press bread down with the back of a spoon making sure all the bread is moistened.
  9. Cover with parchment paper and then foil - refrigerate for 8 hours - or up to 24 hours.
  10. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  11. Bake the casserole covered for 40 minutes. Uncover and continue baking until puffed, set and lightly browned - about 20 minutes more.
  12. Let stand for 10 minutes, dust with powdered sugar and serve.

Summing It Up on Apple-Cinnamon Baked French Toast

French Toast is a delicious breakfast offering - whether it is for a leisurely Sunday breakfast for yourself, company or part of a brunch menu.

This particular recipe is one of my favorites because you can make it up the night before - up to 24 hours before - then cook when you are ready. Allow 1 hour for baking and you're all set.

Try substituting other dried fruits for the raisins and apples - it is equally delicious. Dried cranberries and blueberries make a delicious variation to the apple recipe.

Adding a bit of chopped walnuts gives it a crunchy and flavorful twist plus more of a nutritional boost.

Chopped almonds and almond extract instead of the vanilla extract also is delicious.

I've also added finely chopped peaches as well and cut back a bit on the egg white. Peach French toast has always been my #2 favorite!

You can also substitute some finely cut up regular apples for the dried apples - just back off a tiny bit on the egg substitute as well - or just bake a bit longer.

Serve this with fresh fruit or all by itself - it is a delicious way to start the day!

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akirchner 6 years ago from Central Oregon Author

I hear you sofs - nothing better than apples and cinnamon and walnuts!


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sofs 6 years ago

Mmmm...... my all time favorite too, apples and cinamon. I should try the other combinations though!!


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akirchner 6 years ago from Central Oregon Author

I think I hit on French toast a bit, eh? Thanks for stopping in!


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Sandyspider 6 years ago from Wisconsin, USA

I;m ready for some French toast.


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akirchner 6 years ago from Central Oregon Author

Me, too - bread pudding is one of my very favorites - and I love stuff that I can whip up the night before and pop into the oven and it's done!


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judydianne 6 years ago from Palm Harbor, FL

This recipe sounds a little like bread pudding, which I love. I will definitely try it. I can just smell it now.


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akirchner 6 years ago from Central Oregon Author

BJ - Yes, my dear, not in many, many years thankfully because I am a total klutz. When I made my debut on it as a child, I got my dress caught in it at the recital - right in front of a boy who I had a horrid crush on and who teased me mercilessly for the rest of the school year about it. After that, I tried to stick to the clarinet and the piano!

I have thought about whipping out the old squeeze box, which I still have with my name proudly plastered down the front of it I might add, and trying to get my mals to howl along with me. I could then take it on the road - especially if Bob would but cooperate and don his shorts and hose! I'm sure we would be the hit of this redneck town for sure!

Summing it up so to speak, yes, BJ, I have many talents...I'm not sure how many of them are actually applicable to this thing called life at my ripe old age, but it has been a ride!


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drbj 6 years ago from south Florida

OMG - You play the accordion? Is there no end to your unlimited talent? Am I flabbergasted? H**l, yes.


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akirchner 6 years ago from Central Oregon Author

Hello, hello - Me, too! I love anything with apples though. Thanks for stopping in.


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Hello, hello, 6 years ago from London, UK

Sounds great and I love apple rings cooked. Thank you.


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akirchner 6 years ago from Central Oregon Author

BJ - You have to come to the Kirchner B&B - all those things and more will await you! Seriously, I need to get a hobby - oh yeah, I have one....hubbing and cooking! Let's not forget mushing and playing the accordion!

Katie - SUPER idea! Bob won't know what hit him!

Pamela - Thanks for stopping in and I am thinking about Katie's idea now for breakfast in bed!

Faye - Thanks as always for stopping by.....Godspeed to you as well.


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creativeone59 6 years ago from Gold Canyon, Arizona

Thank you Audrey for such a delicious and tasty recipe for cinnamon toast. Thanks for sharing.Godspeed. Creativeone59


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Pamela99 6 years ago from United States

My mouth is watering. That looked so good. We use apples with many dishes including breakfast. Thanks for the information.


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katiem2 6 years ago from I'm outta here

Oh boy you've got me hungry I can smell the healthy baked apple cinnamon french toast now, hea this is a great idea for fathers day breakfast in bed. Thanks and peace :)


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drbj 6 years ago from south Florida

Yummy. Apple cinnamon and raspberry stuffed French toast. It doesn't get much better than that.

Unless you include pulled pork cooked with root beer and ribs slathered with peach sauce.

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