If you've been here for a while, you know that I consider breakfast it's own food group. It's my absolute favorite meal of the day, the most fun to develop recipes for, and the tastiest in my opinion. Sometimes I wish I could get all my nutrition from just breakfast foods!
When I did some polls on Instagram back in October for holiday content, the majority of you asked for sweet recipes rather than savory recipes (which is totally understandable!) but when I checked my analytics every so often, the posts that had the best stats were always breakfast recipes.
So it got me thinking...what if I made my breakfasts extra sweet and almost dessert-like? I mean, who doesn't love dessert for breakfast? And who doesn't want dessert for breakfast on Christmas morning?
Today's blog post is nothing short of a sweet breakfast that should be a dessert but it's secretly healthy and oh-so-addicting.
This healthy gingerbread french toast recipe comes together in less than 30 minutes start to finish, has a sweet molasses icing drizzled on top (the best part!), and makes the perfect holiday breakfast or brunch recipe.
Just play some Christmas music and you've set the mood for the day!
Yes! Just use your favorite gluten-free bread and vegan cream cheese.
Yes! You can totally make the french toast ahead of time, but I recommend making the syrup fresh on the first day you want to use it. It will thicken the longer it stays in the fridge. This recipe tastes just as good the next morning!
This recipe makes a great gingerbread french toast casserole! First, slice each bread slice into cubes. In a large mixing bowl, whisk 3/4 more almond milk into the egg batter until well combined, then soak the bread cubes in the egg mixture. Pour the soaked bread into a shallow baking dish (like a 9x13) and press into an even layer on the bottom of the pan. Wrap the pan in plastic wrap and let sit overnight. The next day, remove the plastic wrap and bake at 350° for 40 minutes.
You can make homemade french toast a few different ways:
Unsulphured molasses has not been treated with sulphur dioxide, a chemical preservative, whereas sulphured molasses has sulphur dioxide added to it to extend its shelf life. Each type of molasses (light, dark, and blackstrap) can be labeled as unsulphured. So, in that sense, what you need to look for is the color of molasses when you're shopping.
Molasses is made from boiling down sugar cane and extracting the sugar crystals until a thick syrup is left. Each time the sugar is boiled down, the remaining syrup is less sweet but retains more of the vitamins and minerals.
Light molasses has been boiled once and is the sweetest of the three. It's also the lightest in color and the most mild in flavor.
Dark molasses has been boiled twice and is thicker, darker, and less sweet than light molasses.
Blackstrap molasses is the final product after three rounds of boiling and contains the most vitamins and minerals. It is also the darkest, thickest, strongest in flavor, and least sweet of the three types of molasses'.
This blackstrap molasses is not only deemed healthy by food scientists but a superfood as well. It contains essential vitamins and minerals like calcium, magnesium, vitamini B6, potassium, and 20% of the daily recommended intake of iron (according to Healthline). It's no wonder this recipe recommends using blackstrap molasses!
I love homemade French toast because it's quite simple to make and it always hits the spot, especially for a special Christmas breakfast. Let's bread this down into three simple steps:
In a large bowl, whisk together the eggs, egg whites, milk, molasses, cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg, allspice, and cloves. The egg batter should be light and bubbly.
One by one, soak each slice of bread in the egg mixture on both sides, then place on a heated skillet, non-stick pan, or griddle.
Cook for 3-4 minutes on medium heat, flip, then cook for an additional 1-2 minutes.
Whip the cream cheese until smooth. Add in the molasses and whip until smooth and the color is dark.
Finally, add the milk and Stevia, whipping until smooth. Add more Stevia for a thicker icing or more milk for a thinner icing, according to personal preference.
Serve generously over your healthy gingerbread french toast and devour!
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Whether you're serving Christmas breakfast or just need a sweet and healthy breakfast in general, this Gingerbread French Toast is sure to hit the spot!
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This healthy Gingerbread French Toast is made with multigrain bread, gingerbread spice, and a homemade molasses cream cheese icing. It's the perfect Christmas breakfast or brunch recipe the whole family will love!
Nutrition facts are a calculated estimate of 2 slices of Gingerbread French Toast with 2.5 tablespoons of icing and do not include any other toppings.
Serving: 2 slices / Calories: 307 / Fat: 8.4g / Saturated Fat: 1.5g / Carbohydrates: 38.7g / Fiber: 4g / Sugar: 3.3g / Protein: 16.8g
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