Life is hectic. And it is tough to get meals on the table sometimes. Between children, work, managing household tasks, and all the things that need to be done in any given day, it can be a challenge to get meals on the table. I know this challenge first hand! To manage the chaos, I like to do meal prepping the night before, once the littles are tucked into bed so that I don’t need to think about it in the midst of our daily routine. And this recipe is a great one to have in the repertoire for those mornings that are going to be hectic. You can get it ready the night before, and pop it in the oven when you wake up. This makes a great breakfast for those special occasions like Christmas morning where you don’t want to fuss in the kitchen but still want something that feels special. But it works just as great for a Sunday brunch with the kiddos or if you are attending a breakfast potluck. This breakfast is slightly on the sweet side and so it pairs beautifully with some savory offerings like homemade turkey sausages. This recipe is super versatile so feel free to swap out the fruit or the spices and make it your own.
Apple Cinnamon Morning Strata
Prep time: 10 minutes
Cook time: 45 minutes
2 cups gluten free bread (if it's a bit stale or dried out, no problem!), cubed
1 tbsp ghee or coconut oil
3 medium apples (I used Ambrosia), sliced in 1/8” slices
1 tsp cinnamon
½ tsp nutmeg
¼ tsp allspice
1 tbsp Arrowroot powder
¼ cup coconut cream
¾ cup nut milk (I use hazelnut or cashew milk- the creamier the better!)
½ cup maple syrup
For Serving (optional):
Coconut whip cream (Refrigerate a can of coconut milk, remove the solid part and whip for 45 seconds to 1 minute on medium speed until desired consistency is attained).
1. Grease a 6x8 pan with coconut oil.
2. In a large bowl, toss apples with the spices and arrowroot powder.
3. Place the apples in the prepared baking pan. Top with bread cubes.
4. Beat eggs until thoroughly combined, add coconut cream, nut milk, and maple syrup. Pour mixture over the apple and bread cubes. Cover and place in the fridge overnight.
5. Preheat oven to 375o F
6. Bake for 45 minutes or until the strata is set in the middle.
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