Spring is the time for fresh berries, and this wholesome French Toast Casserole is filled with them, as well as apples and walnuts for a power-packed breakfast!
Nuts and Berries French Toast Casserole: Serves 6
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
- 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.
This dish makes a great stand-alone family breakfast, or a tasty addition to a brunch gathering. You can prep your casserole the night before so all you have to do is pop it in the oven in the morning!
If you don’t do so well on wheat, you could easily switch out the bread for a gluten-free variety. Enjoy!