Easy (Healthy) Overnight French Toast Casserole

Easy (Healthy) Overnight French Toast Casserole

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Here’s a great example of how great tasting “better-for-you” can be. This sensational family-favorite easy “overnight” french toast includes cream cheese for extra richness and vanilla and cinnamon for extra flavor, and I guarantee it does not disappoint! It’s an all-time favorite of mine for toting to pot-luck brunches as well as serving at home on Christmas morning (the smell as it comes out of the oven is downright heavenly!).

I know that holidays are a time many of us splurge, but I am thrilled to say that I was able to cut the calories by 50%, the sugar by 80% and the saturated fat by a whopping 90%, allowing everyone to enjoy this wonderful dish guilt-free (and with so many other goodies around, who can’t use a little savings…).

Moreover, if you are one of my many “friends” who has switched over to WW newest SmartPoints plan, you will be delighted to know that instead of the 16 points per serving in the original recipe (and that’s before any syrup!), this beautiful sweet breakfast bake now has only 5. Simply add some fresh fruit (like berries or sliced bananas), canadian bacon or lean ham, and a drizzle of sugar-free or light syrup, and you’ve got a breakfast even Saint Nick would be proud of!

Merry Christmas.

Serves Twelve

Ingredients:

4    ounces tub-style light cream cheese
4    ounces tub-style fat-free cream cheese
3/4 cup granulated no-calorie sweetener*
3    tablespoons margarine, softened
2    teaspoons vanilla
1 1/2 teaspoons cinnamon
1    cup egg substitute (like Egg Beaters)
2    large eggs
3    cups 1% milk
1    pound  French, cinnamon swirl (my favorite), or wheat bread (1-inch slices)
2    teaspoons powdered sugar

Instructions:

1. Spray a 9 x 13-inch baking dish or 2 smaller (9 x 9-inch) baking pans with nonstick cooking spray.

2. In a large bowl, with an electric mixer, beat the cream cheeses, sweetener of your choice, margarine, vanilla, and cinnamon until smooth. Blend in the egg substitute (1/4 cup at a time) and then the eggs.  Stir in the milk and mix well. Place the bread slices into the baking dish and cover them with the egg mixture (pressing down lightly to allow mixture to soak in). Cover and refrigerate for at least 1 hour, or overnight.

3. Preheat oven to 350°F. Bake for 40-45 minutes until puffed in center and lightly browned. Remove from oven, and lightly dust with powdered sugar if desired.

*If you prefer to use all-natural Truvia for Baking or another sugar/stevia baking blend use 1/2 as much, or 6 tablespoons. With any othera low or no-calorie sweeteners use the package directions to equal 3/4 cup granulated sugar.

Per Serving (1/12 of casserole):  Calories 190 | Fat 7 grams ( 1 saturated) |  Carbohydrate 27 grams (4 grams sugar) | Fiber 2 grams |Protein 11 grams | Sodium 320 milligrams|Food exchanges: 1 Carbohydrate, 1/2 Low-Fat Milk, 1 Medium-Fat Meat

WW point plus comparison: 5 points Smart Point Comparison (both old and Freestyle): 5

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