Baked French Toast with Chia Jam

As a Culinary Nutrition Expert I get asked for breakfast ideas all the time! Breakfast is one of those meals we all know we should pay more attention to and one that should likely contain more than just dry toast and a cup of coffee…but my clients are often strapped for time. This one is a kid-approved fave but is also full of great stuff for grownups! Use up all those bread ends that are in the freezer, some farm fresh eggs, sad bananas and make a delicious fruit-filled, sugar-free chia jam! Chia seeds are a nutritional powerhouse – they’re high in calcium, magnesium, and iron. They’re high in fibre and minerals. They’re also a complete source of protein and full of omega-3 fatty acids and antioxidants. They are also soothing to your digestive tract and help your body to excrete toxins! Thanks to Epicure’s time-saving cookware this comes together quickly and will quickly become a family fave!

prep

10 minutes

Bake time 

Jam: 5 minutes, Set time 15 minutes

French Toast: bake 6-8  minutes

makes

6 servings

Ingredients

  • 2 C cubed bread
  • 1 ripe banana, mashed
  • 4 jumbo eggs (or 6 regular eggs)
  • 1 tsp Apple Pie spice or cinnamon
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  • For the chia Jam:
  • 2 C fresh or frozen fruit of choice (berries and cherries are great!)
  • 2 Tbsp chia seeds
  • juice of 1/2 a lemon
  • 1 tsp Summer Berry Sweet Dip  or pure maple syrup (optional)

Instructions

  1. Prepare Chia Jam first: Place all jam ingredients in rectangular steamer, stir and cook, uncovered, in microwave for 5 minutes.
  2. When done, mash with a potatoe masher, or blast with a hand blender for smoother jam.
  3. Let sit 15 minutes to set.
  4. While jam is setting, mash banana with eggs.  Add apple pie spice or cinnamon.
  5. Fill multipurpose steamer with bread.
  6. Pour egg, banana and cinnamon mixture over bread.  Stir to mix completely.
  7. Cover steamer with lid and cook in microwave for 6-8 minutes.
  8. Serve with plain Greek yogourt and chia jam.

Notes

Don’t have a steamer?  Or don’t like cooking in the microwave?  Add all chia jam ingredients to a small saucepan, mash slightly and bring to a low boil.  Simmer 6-8 minutes.  Mash or puree with hand mixer and allow to set for 15 minutes as mentioned above. 

Similarly, place all French toast ingredients in lightly buttered glass or metal baking dish or multipurpose steamer if just not using in the microwave. Bake in a 400 oven for 15 – 20 minutes until egg is completely cooked.  

If using light-fleshed fruit like apples or peaches, keep in mind the chia seeds will be visible in the jam and can effect the overall aesthetic of the jam.

If using fruit like plums, apples or peaches, peel them!