French. Toast. Bread. Pudding.
Need I say more??
This is one of the husband’s favorite meals. Sometimes I make it for brunch, but often I make it for dinner (as a breakfast for dinner meal) – along with some roasted rosemary potatoes (recipe coming soon) and a green smoothie.
It is so super healthy for you, but literally tastes like dessert. It doesn’t get much better than that! I was inspired by a recipe I found on HungryGirl, but I changed the ingredients to make them more natural / less processed and whole-food based.
A baked french toast that is to die for.
Adapted from HungryGirl
- 8 slices sprouted wheat bread – around 60-70 calories per slice
- 1 medium apple (preferably Fuji) diced
- 4 oz. low fat cream cheese, room temperature
- 1 1/4 cups unsweetened soymilk (I like WestSoy – with just two ingredients: organic soybeans + water)
- 1 cup liquid egg whites
- 2 tbsp maple syrup
- 3/4 tbsp butter
- 1/4 tsp cinnamon
- 1/4 tsp vanilla extract
- 1 tsp brown sugar
Step 1: Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Spray an 8-inch by 8-inch baking dish with olive oil spray. Place bread cubes evenly along the bottom of the dish.
Step 2: Sprinkle diced apple evenly over the bread.
Step 3: In a blender, combine all other ingredients (cream cheese through brown sugar in the list above). Blend until lump-free and smooth. Pour mixture over the bread and apple. Make sure bread is soaked in the liquid mixture. If needed, toss lightly to coat.
Step 4: Bake in the oven for about 45 minutes, until egg mixture is pretty firm and cooked through. Let cool slightly and cut into 8 squares.
This is an amazing recipe for a super low calorie, fiber filled, and really flavorful french toast. Most recipes like this one would run you 500+ calories for 1-2 slices of french toast, but this recipe gives you a HUGE portion for less than 150 calories! The husband and I usually take seconds, which is always fun to do when you know it’s good for you 🙂