Recipe: Baked French Toast With Tropical Fruit Salad

Try this healthier version of a classic breakfast favorite.

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Try this healthier version of a classic breakfast favorite, easily made in one pan. Topped with a colorful fruit salad, it’s the perfect way to start your day.


8 cups whole grain French bread (or similar), cut into 1-inch cubes
8 large eggs
1 ½ cups 2% milk
2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
2 teaspoons cinnamon
1 teaspoon nutmeg
2 Hawaii papayas, diced
1 large mango, diced
2 bananas, sliced
1 cups strawberries, sliced
1-2 cups blackberries, blueberries, raspberries or other berries

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1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Prepare a 9×13 inch-baking dish with non-stick cooking spray.
2. Lay bread evening into the dish.
3. In a large bowl, whisk together the eggs, milk, vanilla, cinnamon and nutmeg.
4. Pour over the bread, pushing the mixture into the bread with a spoon. Let sit for 15 minutes to absorb.
5. Bake for 25 minutes. Lower the heat to 375 degrees and bake 15-20 minutes longer until the top is golden.
6. Mix all the fruit together in a large bowl. Serve over the top of the bread pudding.

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Jess Cerra is the owner of Fit Food by Jess, a private chef and catering company in Encinitas, Calif. Jess recently launched Harmony Bar, and all natural gluten-and soy free bar designed to tasted like a soft baked cookie. She is an ex-professional XTERRA triathlete and mountain biker, and current elite amateur road cyclist for the SPY GIANT RIDE p/b MRI Endurance team. Follow Jess’ recipes on her “Fit Food by Jess” Facebook page, as well as the “Harmony Bar” Facebook page. Also on twitter @fitfoodbyjess and @harmonybars.

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