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  • {Recipe Redux} Gluten Free Apple and Walnut Baked French Toast

    Wednesday, October 21, 2015

    Gluten Free Apple Walnut Baked French Toast
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    It’s October and it’s Recipe Redux time, which can only mean one thing….I’m doing something with apples. Oh, and nuts, because the team over at Recipe Redux said so. Turns out October isn’t just about apples and all things pumpkin. It also just so happens that October 22nd is National Nut Day. Who know nuts had a national day of celebration. But, there you have it. Only in America, kids.

    When I logged in to see what this month’s Recipe Redux challenge would be, I had a moment of trepidation. I mean, I love nuts of all kinds (particularly those I call my friends…ba dum chhh), but I usually just eat them as a snack, so coming up with a recipe threw me for a minute. Luckily it wasn’t long before I started pondering all sorts of sweet and savory ideas. It came down to two ideas–vegetarian breakfast sausage made with walnuts or baked French toast. I left the final decision up to whether I was feeling sweet or savory on the day I would spend creating and testing the recipe.

    Turns out I was in a sweet mood that day

    This recipe is incredibly easy, perfect for two, and versatile enough that you could easily swap out your favorite fruit and nuts to change it up.

    Gluten Free Apple Walnut Baked French Toast

    So, how’d I make this baked French toast healthier than the traditional recipes you’ll find? For starters, I eliminated the butter…and the cream…and the whole milk. See that? Already on our way to healthier. Because I cannot eat ‘regular’ bread, I went with gluten free (ideally on the stale side (and let’s face it, most gluten free bread always seems a little stale, so perfect!). I also went with a bit less sugar and chose coconut sugar, which is purported to be lower on the glycemic index. And, of course, a healthy dose of walnuts. Hello vitamin E, omega-3’s and fiber.

    Here’s to a happy and healthy season ahead!

    Gluten Free Apple Walnut baked french toast

    {Recipe Redux} Gluten Free Apple and Walnut Baked French Toast

    servings: 2 | time: about 40 minutes

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    ingredients:

    6 slices sandwich bread (I used gluten free)

    1 medium tart apple (granny smith), peeled and grated using the largest grater on a food grater

    3 TBSP. raw coconut sugar

    1 tsp. cinnamon

    1/2 tsp. nutmeg

    1/2 tsp allspice

    1/4 chopped walnuts

    2 medium eggs

    1/2 cup unsweetened vanilla almond milk

    directions:

    Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Spray 2 6-ounce ramekins with nonstick spray. set aside

    1. Cut each slice of bread into a round that will fit the diameter of the ramekins (a biscuit cutter, rim of a glass or a metal dry measuring cup would all work well). Set aside
    2. Grate the apple and place into a medium bowl. Add the sugar, all of the spices and the walnuts. Toss to combine well. Set aside
    3. Place the eggs and almond milk into a bowl and beat well
    4. Place 1 TBSP. of the apple mixture in the bottom of both ramekins. Lay one slice of bread over apple mixture and pour 1/3 of the egg mixture over top. Top the bread slice with another TBSP. of the apple mixture, top with another slice of bread and pour 1/3 of the egg mixture. Add the last potion of the apple mixture and the last slice of bread. Pour the remaining egg mixture over top.
    5. Place ramekins on a baking sheet and cover loosely with aluminum foil. Bake at 350 for 15 minutes. Remove aluminum foil and bake for an additional 10 minutes.
    6. Remove from oven, run a sharp knife along the edge of each and allow to cool for 5 minutes
    7. Place a small plate on top of the ramekin and carefully flip. Shake and tap the ramekin slightly to release the French toast. Garnish with a few slices of fresh sliced apple and 1 TBSP. of pure maple syrup

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    8 responses to “{Recipe Redux} Gluten Free Apple and Walnut Baked French Toast”

    1. That sounds heavenly! And so cute made in the ramkins too 🙂

    2. Apples and walnuts are just perfect for a fall dessert! It looks so good…thanks for sharing 🙂

    3. These looks absolutely gorgeous! Almost too good to eat. …Almost. 😉

    4. This is so cute and seems really easy to make. I have to say apple and walnuts are one of the best combinations. Thanks for sharing 🙂

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