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Overnight Baked French Toast Cups

Posted by ReganJonesRD
January 13, 2014
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Prep these Overnight Baked French Toast Cups the night before for an easy breakfast!

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{Disclosure: This post was originally sponsored by The American Egg Board and The Good Egg Project. I was compensated for my time, however opinions expressed are my own.}

 

So...your New Year’s Resolutions… how are you doing?

My hope is that most of us by now have learned that overwhelming, far reaching changes are very difficult to stick with. That’s not to say they’re impossible, but finding small ways to make subtle changes in your life, diet and exercise habits are ultimately the ones that seem to stick for a lifetime.

One of those small changes I often recommend to people looking to “get healthy” in the New Year is simply to cook more. Yeah, it’s a little vague (I like goals that are measurable) but “more” might just mean adding one crock pot meal to the dinner rotation, prepping lunches on Sundays or in the case of today’s post, trying out new, healthy breakfast options.

There are tons of breakfast foods on the supermarket shelves, and admittedly, some aren’t so bad. But in general, I find many of them are lacking in the protein department, which I’ve said before is just a recipe for that sinking feeling later in the morning.  And it’s close to impossible for any breakfast or egg imitator to replicate the many essential vitamins and minerals that a real egg offers, including vitamin A, D and B-12. Sure, a quick peel of a hard-boiled egg (see here for making these in your oven) is an easy addition to a bowl of whole grain cereal and fruit, and a Microwave Mexican Coffee Cup Scramble (like this) is as quick and easy as pouring a bowl of cereal, but it’s always nice to have a new choice —especially one that feels a little special. Give this one a try!

Prep these Overnight Baked French Toast Cups the night before for an easy breakfast!

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While New Year’s Resolutions often center around bettering ones own health, it’s important to consider how doing good for others is actually beneficial for everyone. This is one of the reasons I’m proud to partner with The American Egg Board’s Good Egg Project. America's egg farmers help fight childhood hunger in America through the Good Egg Project Pledge - a pledge matching campaign that donates eggs to local food banks to help alleviate childhood hunger.

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Need a little more easy breakfast inspiration? Check out this video for making "hard boiled" eggs in your oven. Cook up a batch early in the week to enjoy a quick and easy breakfast option straight from the 'fridge whenever you want it: 

 

Prep these Overnight Baked French Toast Cups the night before for an easy breakfast!

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Prep these Overnight Baked French Toast Cups the night before for an easy breakfast!

Overnight Baked French Toast Cups

Yield

12 medium muffins or 6 large ramekins

Ingredients

  • 5 cups cubed French bread
  • 3/4 cup sliced or slivered almonds
  • 6 eggs
  • 1 3/4 cup milk
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 2 teaspoons cinnamon
  • 2 Tablespoons maple syrup, optional

Directions

  1. In a large bowl, combine bread cubes and almonds. In a separate bowl, combine eggs, milk, vanilla, cinnamon and maple syrup (if using). Whisk until well combined.
  2. Pour liquid mixture over bread cubes and stir until well coated. Cover bowl with plastic wrap, pressing down so plastic wrap is touching the top of the bread cubes. 
  3. Refrigerate overnight.
  4. In the morning, generously grease muffin tins or ramekins and spoon mixture into tins.
  5. Bake at 350 degrees F for 30 minutes or until set.
  6. Let cool at least 15 minutes before removing from muffin tins. Serve with syrup, fruit and additional toppings.

 

*Editor's notes: for a bit more indulgent treat, try cubed Hawaiin sweet rolls in place of French bread. Muffins are sticky, so make sure pan is well greased.  Use a knife to trace around each muffin and then slip a knife or small spatula underneath to help remove. Store refrigerator and reheat in the microwave.

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ReganJonesRD

ReganJonesRD
Regan Jones is the Founding Editor and Sponsorship Director of HealthyAperture and is the author of the QUICK FIX KITCHEN Feature - a collection of recipes that focuses on shortcut cooking without shortcut taste. Her recipes largely focus on baked goods and desserts ranging from gluten free to sugar free to slightly indulgent eats for the entire family, but also include easy everyday recipes for breakfast, lunch or dinner. Jones is a registered dietitian and owner the web's most prominent portfolio of dietitian-owned websites, including HealthyAperture.com, TheRecipeReDux.com, BlogBrulee.com and RDs4Disclosure.org.
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