The best thing about this heart-smart brunch recipe for eight is that you make it the night before. Ten minutes of easy prep time, about eight hours of overnight sitting time in the fridge, and 50 minutes of baking time next morning, filling your kitchen with that irresistible vanilla-cinnamon aroma while you’re off showering and making coffee.
- And did I mention that it also looks and tastes fabulously delicious? Perfect for feeding a crowd of hungry (slightly hungover) houseguests!
Carolyn’s Heart-Smart Blueberry Almond French Toast for Eight
The night before, spray a 9 by 13-inch baking pan with cooking spray. Slice one whole wheat baguette (about 18″ long) and cut it into 1-inch cubes. Arrange the bread cubes in a single layer in the baking pan.
- 8 large eggs
- 8 large egg whites
- 2 cups non-fat milk
- 2 tsp. pure vanilla extract (not the chemical fake stuff)
- 1 tsp. cinnamon
- 1/3 c. real Canadian maple syrup
Pour the egg mixture over the bread in the pan, spreading it around so the liquid saturates the bread.
Scatter 2 c. fresh blueberries evenly on top. (If using frozen berries, don’t add them or the almond/brown sugar mix below until the next morning just before baking, as frozen berries tend to ‘bleed’ all over the place if you add them the night before).
Sprinkle top with:
- 1/2 c. sliced natural almonds
- 2 tbsp. brown sugar
Cover tightly and refrigerate pan overnight.
Next morning, preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.
Uncover the baking pan and bake for 40 to 50 minutes. Serve warm from the oven (best!) or at room temperature with a big dollop of low-fat vanilla yogurt or low-fat sour cream (our preferred family favourite!) and drizzle lightly with more Canadian maple syrup.
Enjoy! Want more delicious heart-smart menu hits from Heart Sisters ? Check out my favourite heart-healthy recipes for:
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