Raisin-Cardamom Overnight French Toast

Raisin-Cardamom Overnight French Toast

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From: EatingWell Magazine, November/December 2017

This healthy breakfast casserole recipe has a good dose of cardamom, so if it's not your favorite spice, reduce it to 1 teaspoon and add 2 teaspoons cinnamon.

Ingredients 10 servings

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  • 1 pound whole-grain bread, diced (1-inch pieces)
  • 1 cup raisins
  • 8 large eggs
  • 3½ cups reduced-fat milk
  • ½ cup (1 stick) unsalted butter, melted
  • 3 tablespoons packed light brown sugar
  • 1 tablespoon ground cardamom
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • ¾ cup chopped pistachios


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  1. Coat a 9-by-13-inch baking dish with cooking spray.
  2. Toss bread and raisins in the prepared pan. Whisk eggs in a large bowl. Add milk, butter, brown sugar, cardamom, vanilla and salt; whisk to combine. Pour the custard over the bread mixture. Sprinkle with pistachios. Coat a piece of foil with cooking spray and cover the pan, coated-side down. Place another 9-by-13-inch baking dish on top as a weight. Refrigerate for at least 8 hours or up to 1 day.
  3. Preheat oven to 350°F. Remove the top baking dish, leaving the foil in place. Let stand at room temperature while the oven preheats.
  4. Bake the casserole, covered, for 45 minutes. Uncover and bake until golden, 20 to 25 minutes more. Let stand for 10 minutes before serving.
  • To make ahead: Refrigerate unbaked casserole for up to 1 day.

Nutrition information

  • Serving size: 1¼ cups
  • Per serving: 418 calories; 21 g fat(9 g sat); 5 g fiber; 43 g carbohydrates; 16 g protein; 63 mcg folate; 180 mg cholesterol; 21 g sugars; 7 g added sugars; 687 IU vitamin A; 1 mg vitamin C; 197 mg calcium; 3 mg iron; 333 mg sodium; 497 mg potassium
  • Nutrition Bonus: Calcium (20% daily value)
  • Carbohydrate Servings: 3
  • Exchanges: 1½ starch, 1 fruit, ½ other carbohydrate, ½ reduced-fat milk, ½ medium-fat protein, 2½ fat

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