Considering we tested this recipe about six times, we can confidently tell you that it’s quite delicious. (We’re not kidding – gluten free recipes can be finicky!)
We partnered with Canyon Bakehouse to create this brunch recipe – perfect for Valentine’s Day – and it’s our new favorite way to use their gluten free Cinnamon Raisin bread! We feel it’s important to be transparent with you about the brands we work with, and we can honestly say that Canyon Bakehouse is one of our all-time favorite brands. We’ve actually been using their products consistently for years, and they’ve definitely become a household name in the gluten free world.
While we’re on the subject, yes, both my mom and I are gluten free and have been for years. Neither of us have been diagnosed with celiac disease, but before you start judging us (yes, we know it’s not a fad), going gluten free has actually significantly impacted our health. (Like mother, like daughter), we’ve both suffered from a wide range of skin and digestive ailments for years.
Upon cutting out gluten and dairy a few years ago, most of those issues have been entirely resolved. My mom, who suffered from migraines for YEARS – we’re talking her entire adult life – has also been able to significantly reduce her migraine episodes by avoiding gluten. Because I definitely miss eating some forms of gluten, I’ve tried to reincorporate it into my diet a number of times, but every. single. time. I do, I end up with a terrible rash on my face and arms and horrible digestive issues. Long story short, we stay away from gluten out of necessity, and we’ve completely adapted to a lifestyle without it thanks to excellent substitutes, like Canyon Bakehouse bread!
Back to the recipe…during the testing phase, we tried this as regular french toast, a french toast casserole, and mini french toast bakes. All three were great in their own way (regular french toast gets super caramelized and delicious!), we landed on these mini french toast bakes because we love the way the crisp up on top. Fresh berries add a lovely burst of flavor and color, and they definitely contribute to our Valentine’s Day theme. Drizzle heavily with maple syrup or powdered sugar (if that’s more your thing), top with more fresh fruit, and BAM. Gluten free brunch deliciousness. Enjoy!Print
These single serving french toast bakes are the perfect breakfast in bed for your Valentine.
- 1 loaf Canyon Gluten Free Cinnamon Raisin Bread
- 2 very ripe bananas
- 1 ¼ cup almond milk
- 1/2 cup coconut cream
- 2 flax eggs (2 tbsp flax meal soaked in 6 tbsp room temp water for 10 min)
- 3 tbsp maple syrup
- 3 tbsp coconut sugar
- 2 tsp cinnamon
- 1 tbsp vanilla extract
- Pinch salt
- 1/3 cup chopped pecans
- 1 1/2 cups chopped strawberries and raspberries
Cinnamon Pecan Topping:
- 4 tsp finely chopped pecans
- 3/4 tsp coconut oil
- 1/2 tsp coconut sugar
- 1/4 tsp cinnamon
- Make 2 flax eggs by combining mixing flax meal and water. Let sit to thicken for 10 minutes.
- Roughly slice 16 pieces of bread into 1 inch pieces and set aside.
- In a blender, combine bananas, almond milk, coconut cream, maple syrup, coconut sugar, cinnamon, vanilla and salt. Blend well. Pour mix into a large mixing bowl and whisk in flax eggs. Add bread to bowl and gently stir to evenly coat.
- Gently stir in sliced fruit and pecans. Portion mixture into individual ramekins, cover, and let soak 20-25 minutes.
- Preheat oven to 350 F. Make cinnamon pecan topping by melting coconut oil and whisking with other ingredients until well incorporated.
- Top french toast with a few fresh berries and bake for 17-20 mins, or until top is golden brown. About 3 minutes before french toast is finished baking, remove from oven and sprinkle with cinnamon pecan topping. Return to oven for 3 minutes.
- Remove from oven, let cool slightly and serve with maple syrup and fresh berries.
This post was sponsored by Canyon Gluten Free. All opinions expressed are our own.