Healthy Bites: No-Guilt Big Apple French Toast Casserole

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This yummy yet healthy multi-serving treat is pretty addictive, so make it for a group so you can share all the deliciousness.

Ingredients

  • 2 tablespoons light whipped butter or light buttery spread
  • 8 slices light bread, cut into cubes
  • 1 apple (preferably Fuji), cored, peeled, and diced
  • 4 ounces fat-free cream cheese, room temperature
  • 1 ¼ cups light vanilla soy milk
  • 1 cup plus 2 tablespoons sugar –free pancake syrup, divided
  • ¼ teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1 no-calorie sweetener packet, or more to taste

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. In a small microwave-safe bowl, microwave butter until melted. Set aside.
  3. Spray an 8-inch by 8-inch baking dish with nonstick spray. Place bread cubes evenly along the bottom of the dish.
  4. Sprinkle diced apple evenly over the bread.
  5. In a medium-large bowl, combine melted butter, cream cheese, soy milk, egg substitute, 2 tablespoons syrup, cinnamon, and sweetener. If you like your French toast pretty sweet, add an extra packet of sweetener. Using a handheld electric mixer set to medium speed, mix until lump free and smooth. Pour mixture over the bread and apple.
  6. Make sure bread is soaked in the liquid mixture. If needed, toss lightly to coat.
  7. Bake in the oven for about 45 minutes, until egg mixture is pretty firm and cooked through. (Be sure not to overcook, as bread could burn.) Let cool slightly.
  8. Cut into quarters and serve with remaining 1 cup syrup for dipping. Dig in!

Nutrition Facts:
Makes 4 servings
Per Serving: 1/4 the of recipe=232 calories, 4.25g fat, 687mg sodium, 38.5g carbs, 5.5g fiber, 8g sugars, 16.5g protein.

Source: Hungry Girl 1–2–3 by Lisa Lillien

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