Blackberry French Toast Casserole 

Merry Christmas 🙂 

Every family has their favorite holiday recipes, as for mine, we have some staples and a few new ones on this years menu.  After looking through a few sweet recipes that we could pair with a savory classic, I decided blackberry French Toast was the way to go! This recipe is so simple. Put it together the night before and pop in the oven the morning of. It was deinfitely a hit with our family so I am sure it will be with yours. 


Ingredients:

1 cup blackberry jam

1 (12-oz.) French bread loaf, cut into 1 1/2-inch cubes (I used crossiants) *** 

1 (8-oz.) package 1/3-less-fat cream cheese, cut into 1-inch cubes

4 large eggs

2 cups half-and-half

1 teaspoon ground cinnamon

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

1/2 cup firmly packed brown sugar

Toppings: maple syrup, whipped cream

Directions

1. Cook jam in a small saucepan over medium heat 1 to 2 minutes or until melted and smooth, stirring once.  (I’m lazy and heated mine in the microwave)**

2. Place half of bread cubes in bottom of a lightly greased 13- x 9-inch baking dish. Top with cream cheese cubes, and drizzle with melted jam. Top with remaining bread cubes.

3. Whisk together eggs and next 3 ingredients. Pour over bread mixture. Sprinkle with brown sugar. Cover tightly, and chill 8 to 24 hours.

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​4. Preheat oven to 325°. Bake, covered, 20 minutes. Uncover and bake 10 to 15 minutes or until bread is golden brown and mixture is set. Serve with desired toppings.
It’s delicious 🙂 

Enjoy!!! 

Recipe: Southern Living 

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Greek Yogurt.. Don’t Mind If I Do

Breakfast….. So many people skip this important meal. It is crucial to start your metabolism because it has been fasting while you have been asleep. You know at 3:00 when it hits you.. and all you want is to crawl in bed with a good movie? You probably didn’t eat breakfast! Well.. I take that back there are some days when I just want to sleep regardless of what I have eaten, I think everyone has those days. Breakfast has always been one of my favorite meals. My dad is to thank for that because as a little girl we would always have breakfast together. I think I started drinking coffee at age ten.. I kid you not. Over the years I have developed some staples that I can throw together in the AM or make the night before so that I never start my day hungry. Greek yogurt has become ever so popular and I’m not going to lie.. at first I hated it. It took me a while to find a brand that I actually could stomach. My go-to in cooking in Oikos plain greek yogurt but for everything else like snacks, lunch or breakfast I use dannon light and fit greek yogurt. Give this breakfast a try and you will be amazed at just how much yogurt you can eat for only 130 calories, I know I was! I am a visual person so the more food I have that more satisfied I think I am, I guess its a mental thing.

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Ingredients

1 Cup of Dannon Light and Fit Vanilla Greek Yogurt

1/4 Cup Bare Naked Fit Granola (any kind you like really) – I like the “fit” kind because it is lower in calories than others

Strawberries and Blueberries

You can omit the fruit or add whatever you like or have on hand.

Combine all ingredients in a bowl and mix well.

Skinny Brownie Batter Pancakes

Happy Valentines Day! I was so excited to try these pancakes at first I was little worried because I could not believe the entire recipe was 176 calories. Just have a little faith and give them a try, I topped mine with light chocolate syrup, butter and pancake syrup. Comment and let me know how you like them =]

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Ingredients:  This repipe makes 1 serving (So double or quadruple for more)

  • 1/4 cup Whole wheat flower
  • 1/4 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tbsp Hershey’s Special Dark unsweetened cocoa powder (or regular coco thats what I used)
  • 1 1/2 packets nunaturals stevia or 1 tbsp + 1 tsp sugar (you can use less if you’re planning to top with syrup and don’t want the actual pancakes to taste sweet)
  • pinch of salt (optional)
  • 1 1/2 tbsp unsweetened applesauce
  • 1 tsp pure vanilla extract
  • 5 1/2 tbsp nondairy milk of your choice (Unsweetened almond milk)

Combine all dry ingredients into a bowl and mix well then add in the wet ingredients. Measure out 1 TBS of batter and cook over medium heat. This will make about 6-8 silver dollar sized pancakes.

I doubled this recipe for 2 servings.

Nutrition- 176 calories per 6-8 pancakes  Points+ 4pts

Recipe credit: http://chocolatecoveredkatie.com/
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