Christmas Morning Breakfast – Healthy Eggnog French Toasts [with an optional kick!]

Christmas being the most special day of the year, it naturally calls for breakfast that’s out of the ordinary…

You can’t just go and have a plain old ordinary breakfast on the most extraordinary day of the year, now, can you?

I know I can’t.

For me, Christmas breakfast just HAS to be special.

For years, in my opinion, this meant leftover Bûche de Noël,  Fruit Cake or Sugar Pie.

Or better yet, a combination of the above.

All that accompanied with a nice, tall glass of deliciously rich and CREAMY home made Eggnog. I mean creamy as in: it contained a CRAZY amount of heavy cream. Oh, and of course, an equally insane amount of booze! I remember getting a serious buzz from just one glass.

What a great way to start the day, isn’t it? NOT! Especially a day that’s usually destined to be a very long one! Rarely does one go to bed early on Christmas Day!

Thank goodness I have now learned to make my Christmas breakfasts a lot better for my health while still remaining fairly indulgent and extremely satisfying!

This year, I decided to go for something that would totally target all of my cravings: that for something super sweet and comforting, for a very traditional Christmas flavor, as well as my craving for a tall glass of rich and creamy Eggnog.

I even went as far as adding a little splash of booze to that one.

Hey, it’s all in the name of authenticity, you know! It IS Christmas after all!

But you can do that IF and ONLY IF you’re having this on actual Christmas morning, alright? Else the booze police might end up paying you a little visit! ;)

Alright, enough with the chatter. Let me share with you what my idea of a perfect Christmas morning looks like…

After I’m done working out, of course!

Healthy Eggnog French Toasts with and optional kick | by Sonia! The Healthy Foodie

First, start by taking out your favorite Christmas dishes… 

Healthy Eggnog French Toasts with and optional kick | by Sonia! The Healthy Foodie

Add French Toasts to plate and fix yourself a nice cup of Vanilla Spice Chai Tea
(or whatever else tickles your fancy!)

Healthy Eggnog French Toasts with and optional kick | by Sonia! The Healthy Foodie

Looks like Santa has an eye on my French toasts… Sorry Santa, you get the cookies.
The toasts are mine!

Healthy Eggnog French Toasts with and optional kick | by Sonia! The Healthy Foodie

Drizzle some of that delicious Eggnog Sauce over the toasts… 

Healthy Eggnog French Toasts with and optional kick | by Sonia! The Healthy Foodie

Hey, it’s Christmas! Add some more, will you?
There, that’s more like it! 

Healthy Eggnog French Toasts with and optional kick | by Sonia! The Healthy Foodie

Now take a deep breath, savor the moment and get ready to attack the first bite.
So? How are they? Moist enough for you?
And how ’bout that taste? Did you add the rum? Aaaaah, thought you would! ;) 

Healthy Eggnog French Toasts with and optional kick | by Sonia! The Healthy Foodie

And will you look at that… there’s still so many more bites to go.
The next 20 minutes or your existence will be pure bliss, my friend.
And a very Merry Christmas morning to you! 

 Of course, now that I showed you how I do it, I’ll give you the recipe so that you can duplicate at home…

Healthy Eggnog French Toasts [with an optional kick!]

Yield: Serves 2

Nutritional information based on 1 serving

Healthy Eggnog French Toasts [with an optional kick!]

INGREDIENTS

  • ¾ cup milk
  • 1 whole egg
  • 1 tbsp date paste
  • 1 tbsp unsweetened applesauce
  • ½ tsp pure vanilla extract
  • 1/8 tsp ground clove
  • 1/4 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp freshly grated nutmeg
  • 4 slices whole grain bread (30g per slice)
  • 1 scoop vanilla flavored whey protein powder
  • 1 tsp arrowroot flour

INSTRUCTIONS

  1. In the bowl of your small food processor, add milk, egg, date paste, applesauce, vanilla extract and spices and process until well blended, about 30 seconds.
  2. Place your bread slices in a single layer in a shallow dish and pour egg mixture over the slices. Flip them over a few times to make sure they are completely covered and set them to rest for about 20-30 minutes. This will allow the bread to absorb a maximum of the egg mixture, making it extra moist and flavorful.
  3. Preheat a large non stick pan coated with cooking spray over medium heat. When pan is hot enough, add the slices of bread one at a time and cook until nice and golden, about 2-3 minutes per side.
  4. While toasts are cooking, bring about a cup of water to a simmer in a small saucepan.
  5. Transfer the leftover egg mixture to a small stainless steel bowl and whisk in arrowroot. Set this bowl over the simmering water and beat continuously with a whisk until the mixture starts to thicken. This should take only a minute or so.
  6. Remove from heat and whisk in protein powder.
  7. IF and only IF it really is Christmas morning, throw in a little splash or good quality brown rum, why not? ;)
  8. Serve immediately, while it's still warm... and take the time to enjoy this beautiful morning.
http://thehealthyfoodie.com/healthy-eggnog-french-toasts/

Now I want to take this opportunity to wish each and every one of you a very Happy and Healthy Christmas.

May this time of celebration bring much joy and happiness to your heart and to that of those you love and care for.

Tasha 'n Deers Taking it Easy

Speaking of which, this foodie will now be taking a little bit of well deserved time off to be with those she loves and cares for.

Don’t worry though… I’ll be back before you even had time to realize I’ve been gone!

You know I couldn’t stay away from this place for too long. I love you all way too much for that.

Sending my very best Holiday Wishes to all of you!
xox

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    • says

      Haha, Suzanne, you spotted the booze! BUSTED! Thank you very much for your kind comment. However, that would be my daughter sitting at her computer. She is spending a couple of days with me and so I am enjoying spending some precious time with her. :) Hope you had an amazing Christmas.

  1. says

    Oh Sonia. I’m so happy to have visited and not seen 9 new posts from you. Just because you need a break! We all need a break sometimes. :)

    This looks lovely! So simple but still so very good looking. And I hope you had an amazing Christmas and will enjoy New Year’s Eve and all that!

    • says

      Thanks very much Erin and same to you! This time of year has always been a time of complete indulgence and relaxation for me, and this year is no exception. I sort of pulled the plug on everything and am simply enjoying life, stress free! I’ve done nothing but dance (and shovel snow…) as far as exercising goes. Feels so good! And I’ve also eaten more refined sugar and simple carbs in the past week than I had in the entire year and I feel like total crap as a result, but that’s OK, I can live with that, knowing full well that I will revert to my good and healthy eating habits in just a few days! Guess I’ll be eating a lot of light salads and soups! ;)

      • says

        Not only salads, but light salads? Oy oy oy. Good luck with that! I could never live like that but I’m happy you can. :) I’m sorry you feel bad but I still think it’s nice you took a little break. And hey, you learned not to be SO naughty for next year. So it was a learning experience. Yay!

      • says

        Yeah, well… hopefully the big boss up there (that would be my brain) learned a very valuable lesson… mind you, he’s not the one having to make all the sacrifices now… so maybe not! ;)

  2. says

    Yummy! I love this, especially with the date paste(so awesome!) I’ve been craving french toast for the longest time now. And for some strange reason I’m not over eggnog yet this year. Might need to try this when I get or make some good bread :D Cute plates by the way!

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