For some Thanksgiving is only about dinner, for others (such as myself) Thanksgiving is about the food all day long – including breakfast. Yes, I like to have a little different/special breakfast on Thanksgiving, maybe I am weird. Usually I like to make pumpkin waffles (I should post my recipe for that), but this Caramel Apple French Toast might beat out my pumpkin tradition. It is so good, and my husband is a huge fan – he is super weird and doesn’t like pumpkin waffles (what the what?).
This recipe is a refinement of a recipe that I have had for years. I switched out white bread for whole wheat bread, traded corn syrup for natural sweeteners, and significantly decreased the overall sugar (don’t worry, it is still insanely delicious). It is the perfect example of how healthier versions of your favorite foods still taste good.
The best part of this french toast (besides the taste), is that you prepare it the night before, wake up, plop it in the oven, and enjoy warm and delicious french toast with very little effort. It is perfect for when you have guest over, or when you want to have a special breakfast on a busy morning. For example; I like to make a special breakfast for my family members on their birthday, which usually falls on a weekday, making special birthday breakfasts a little but hectic…unless you can do most of the work the night before.
Finally a little bit of full disclosure: This recipe is sweeter than my normal breakfast (my husband didn’t even add extra syrup, which is completely unheard of), so it is definitely reserved for special occasions at our house. I recommend you treat it as a special occasion as well IF you are working toward weight loss goals. It would be perfect for a healthier birthday or Thanksgiving Day breakfast!
- 1/4 cup butter
- 1/4 cup coconut sugar
- 2 Tbsp brown rice syrup
- 1-2 large apple, peeled and sliced
- 4-6 slices (1 inch thick) whole wheat bakery style bread, I used a soft honey whole wheat bread similar to Italian bread that I bought at my local grocery store bakery (the slices were big and I only needed 4 of them)
- 4 eggs
- 1 1/3 cup milk of choice (I used unsweetened almond milk)
- 1 tsp cinnamon
- 1/4 tsp salt
- Combine the coconut sugar, brown rice syrup, and butter in a sauce pan over medium heat
- While stirring constantly, cook until a thick syrup forms (it reminds me of caramel)
- Spread the sauce onto the bottom of a greased 9x13 baking pan
- Add a thin layer of apples over the caramel layer
- Combine the eggs, milk, cinnamon, and salt in a large bowl and mix well
- Dip the bread slices in the egg mixture and layer over the apple slices
- Pour the remaining egg mixture into the baking pan
- Cover and refrigerate overnight (you can skip this step and go right to baking at this point)
- Preheat the oven to 350 degrees
- Bake 30-40 minutes uncovered
- Serve while warm
- Calories: 144 Fat: 6 grams Carbs: 20 grams Protein: 4.5 grams