Gluten Free Tiramisu Stuffed French Toast

Dessert for breakfast!  Take ordinary French Toast to the next level with a vanilla cream cheese stuffing that has hints of rum, espresso and chocolate.  This stunner of a recipe will be a special treat for you and the one you love. ♥  It’s easy to prepare, but for extra convenience the filling can be made the night before. 

Inspired by ©MARILYN’S TREATS Tiramisu French Toast

A recipe within a recipe, I started with a loaf of my homemade Gluten Free Millet BreadGet the recipe here.  It’s a soft, enriched gluten free bread with just a hint of sweetness, I always keep some on hand in the freezer for making French Toast!

From there, it’s an easy pan cooked French toast recipe, with a big finish of WOW from the cream cheese filling, that is positively divine!

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Breakfast for two

Ingredients:

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  • 4 tbsp. cream cheese, softened
  • 4 tbsp. vanilla Greek yogurt
  • 2 tsp. sugar (or stevia)
  • 1 tsp. rum (or 1/2 tsp. rum extract)
  • 1 tsp. vanilla extract

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Preparation:

Whisk together the stuffing ingredients (softened cream cheese through vanilla extract) until smooth and lump free.  You can prepare this the day before and refrigerate until ready to serve.

Whisk together the eggs, milk, espresso powder and sugar.  Dip the bread (one slice at a time) into the egg wash.

Melt butter in a large, nonstick skillet and cook the bread slices until browned on both sides.

Layer the filling between 2 slices of French Toast.

Slice diagonally and stack pieces one over the other.  Combine powdered sugar and cocoa powder and sift over the top.

Drizzle with real maple syrup.

What do you think friends, does this plate say love???  I made it for Valentine’s Day, and Mr. Cucina and I both thought it was incredible!

Notes ♪♫ Originally titled Tiramisu French Toast, this recipe was adapted from the blog of Marilyn Lesniak a/k/a ©MARILYN’S TREATS.  Marilyn’s blog is no longer active, but over the years she has inspired many a cook with her creativity in the kitchen.  I hope my readers will enjoy this gluten free adaptation of her recipe.  Marilyn, thank you for the inspiration!

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Gluten Free Apple Oat Bran Waffles

A word of Caution- This recipe contains oats.

A recent statement from Gluten Free Watchdog states that they cannot currently recommend ANY brand of gluten free oats.

Whether or not you continue to consume oats is a personal choice.  As we await more information, I will preface any recipes that include oats with a link to this important statement from Gluten Free Watchdog, an independent, subscriber-driven gluten-testing organization.  About | Gluten Free Watchdog

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I’m always looking for ways to add more fiber to my meals.  If you are on a gluten free diet, you know that many processed foods are sadly lacking in fiber, not to mention nutritional value.

This week I have been experimenting with my waffle recipe, to see if I could incorporate more fruits and fiber into breakfast.  These hearty, dense waffles will stick to your ribs and start your morning off right!

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Yield: 8 Waffles

Ingredients:

Preparation:

Whisk together the dry ingredients, flour through brown sugar.

Peel and core the apple and process it to a fine mince in an electric chopper.

In a separate bowl, combine the minced apples with the other wet ingredients, through vanilla.

Whisk in the milk, then stir the dry ingredients into the wet.  Let the batter hydrate while you preheat the waffle iron to 350º.

Coat both sides of the waffle iron with cooking spray and add half the batter.  Use a spatula to spread it into the corners.

Gluten free waffles always take a bit longer to cook, and because this is an extra dense batter it will need even more time.  Allow a full six minutes, or a bit longer if you like them crispy.

If not serving immediately you can cool them on a rack and freeze.  This is what I do, and they are great toasted.

Serving suggestion:  Try topping these waffles with sautéed apples and a sprinkle of candied walnuts.  The flavors are perfect together.  Always use real maple syrup!

Notes ♪♫  Bobs Red Mill sells both regular and gluten free oat bran.  For those with Celiac, be sure to order the Gluten Free Oat Bran.  Or, for extra peace of mind, check out Montana Gluten Free Oat Bran, made with purity protocol oats.  If you are one of the few who cannot have oats at all, try substituting ground flax seeds.  You can pop them in a coffee grinder to make flax meal.

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Gluten Free Blueberry French Toast Casserole

French Toast Casserole is my favorite thing to make for brunch.  I have been making some version of this dish for years, even before my Celiac diagnosis.  This Easter, I decided to change it up with a blueberry cream cheese filling and it was so delicious!  Just prep the night before and bake in the morning, a real time saver when you are having company!

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At the heart of the recipe are those sweet, enriched bread cubes, but don’t use any old gluten free bread.  Ingredients matter, and that cardboard loaf you got at the supermarket is not going to do this casserole justice!

A recipe within a recipe…

The secret to this dish is my Gluten Free Millet Bread.  I make this bread specifically for French toast and it is amazing!  Bake it two days before, and you will have more than enough for this French Toast Casserole.

If you are going to buy the bread, choose a good quality gluten free enriched loaf, like a brioche or challah.  But I do hope you will give this Millet Bread a try, I promise you will not be disappointed!

Ingredients:

  • 9 slices gluten free millet bread, cut into cubes
  • 8 oz. cream cheese, softened
  • 4 oz. vanilla Greek yogurt
  • 1 cup fresh blueberries, divided use
  • 9 large eggs
  • 1-1/2 cups 1% milk
  • 3/4 tsp. vanilla extract
  • 1/4 cup real maple syrup
  • pinch of nutmeg and cardamom
  • powdered sugar, for dusting

Preparation:

Two days before, bake the Millet Bread.  Cool completely on a rack, and store it at room temperature for 24 hours in a plastic bag.

The night before, coat a 2 quart square glass baking dish with cooking spray.  Spread half of the bread cubes in an even layer.

Mash the softened cream cheese and vanilla yogurt together with a fork until well blended.

Distribute the cream cheese mixture evenly over the bread cubes, like this.

Top with 3/4 cup of the blueberries.

Finish with the remaining bread cubes.  Whisk together the eggs, milk, vanilla extract, maple syrup, nutmeg and cardamom.  Pour the egg mixture over the casserole and press down with a spatula to be sure all of the bread cubes are moistened.

Cover tightly with foil, be sure to mist the foil with cooking spray so it doesn’t stick.  Refrigerate overnight.

In the morning, take the casserole out of the refrigerator at least 1/2 hour before baking (so the dish doesn’t shatter in the oven).  Preheat the oven to 350º.

Bake for 30 minutes covered, then carefully use tongs to remove the foil and continue baking for an additional 30-45 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.

Remove from the oven and keep warm until ready to serve.  Top with 1/4 cup fresh blueberries and dust liberally with powdered sugar.

This beautiful casserole is dense and filling.  And with that sweet blueberry cream cheese filling, it’s almost like eating dessert!

I served it with maple syrup, but honestly it doesn’t need anything additional.  We had a little left over, and it was just as good the next day!

Notes ♪♫  Would you be surprised to know that the inspiration for this dish came from Allrecipes? And the original casserole was not gluten free?  In  many cases, changing one or two ingredients is all you need to convert a recipe to gluten free.  So don’t hesitate to check out traditional recipes and make substitutions.  Always check labels for gluten containing ingredients.  In this recipe, pay particular attention to the cream cheese, yogurt and powdered sugar as some may contain gluten while others do not.

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Gluten Free Sausage and Hash Brown Casserole

Breakfast casseroles are my go-to for morning entertaining or a light dinner.  Easy and convenient, this recipe is the perfect size for a small gathering, but you can double it for larger families (or bigger appetites).  Gluten free with no oddball ingredients to purchase, just prep the night before and bake in the morning!

9 servings

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Ingredients:

I love that you can vary the ingredients and have something a little different each time.  Today I’m using a mild Italian chicken sausage, but you can sub a spicier sausage, ham or bacon.  Shredded hash brown potatoes will give you a smoother consistency, or use the cubed for more definition.  Cheddar is a classic choice for this casserole, but any cheese will work.  I used my favorite, gruyere.  Colorful veggies like bell pepper and broccoli can be added, but be sure to cook them in advance to remove some of their moisture.  With extra veggies you may need to extend the cook time.

Ingredients…

Preparation:

Coarsely chop the sausage, or pulse in an electric chopper.

Heat 1 tsp. olive oil in a nonstick skillet and brown the sausage.  Set aside to cool.

Combine the hash browns and sausage with half of the cheese and mix thoroughly.

Beat the eggs with the milk and seasoning.

Mist an 8 x 8″ square glass baking dish with cooking spray.  Spread the potato and sausage mixture evenly in the dish and pour the egg mixture over everything.  Top with the remaining cheese and sprinkle with paprika.

Cover tightly with foil and be sure to mist the foil with cooking spray first to prevent sticking.  Refrigerate overnight.

In the morning, take the dish out of the refrigerator at least one half hour before baking (so the glass doesn’t crack).  Preheat the oven to 350º.  Remove the foil and bake for 1 hour.  If needed, bake for an additional 10-15 minutes.  Note, other items baking at the same time will lengthen the cook time.

The casserole will be golden brown with the sides pulling away from the baking dish.  Check the center with a toothpick, it should come out dry.

This casserole is a complete meal but you can serve it with a nice fruit salad, bacon or ham.  Don’t fight over the corners!

Notes ♪♫ Frozen hash brown potatoes are a great convenience, but always check the label for gluten containing ingredients, especially if they are seasoned.  Today there are so many options for gluten free sausage, ham and bacon.  You should have no problem finding one that your family will enjoy.  Always be careful with spice blends, and grate your own cheese for best flavor and no unwanted additives.

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Sausage and Egg Mini Quiche

Let’s get the day started with an easy recipe that you can prep ahead and bake in the morning!  It’s a great savory dish for a casual breakfast or Sunday Brunch.  The recipe will yield one dozen mini quiches, perfect for a 12 cup muffin pan.  Completely gluten free with no oddball ingredients to purchase, everyone will love this family favorite!

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Ingredients:

  • ½ lb. gluten free Italian sausage, casings removed
  • ½ small onion, chopped fine
  • 1 tsp. olive oil
  • 1 package (8 oz.) white mushrooms, sliced
  • 1 package (5 oz.) baby spinach
  • 10 large eggs
  • ¼ cup milk
  • 2-3 oz. shredded cheddar cheese
  • gluten free breakfast sausage seasoning
  • Cooking spray

 Preparation:

Brown the sausage in a large nonstick skillet, breaking up the meat with a spatula.  Remove from the pan, reserving the fat.

Set the meat aside to cool, then pulse it a few times in a food processor or mini chopper, just enough to finish breaking up the meat.

Add a little olive oil to the reserved fat and begin cooking the onion.  When the onions are translucent, add the mushrooms and cook until they release their liquid.  Sprinkle with seasoning.

Remove the mushrooms and onions from the pan, drain in a colander and set aside.  Wipe the pan clean.  Add 2-3 big handfuls of spinach with 1/4 cup water.  It will cook down!  Cover and steam for 1 minute, just until the spinach is wilted.  Drain the spinach well and pat it dry with paper towels.

Note! You can prepare up to this point and refrigerate the night before.

When the mushrooms and spinach have cooled to room temperature, preheat the oven to 375º and coat a muffin tin with cooking spray.  Whisk the eggs in a large bowl and stir in the sausage, mushrooms, onions, spinach, seasoned salt and half of the cheese.

Spoon the mixture into 12 muffin cups and sprinkle tops with the remaining cheese.  Bake 25-30 minutes until set.

The quiche will puff up during baking and may deflate a bit when removed from the pan.

Carefully scoop out the quiches with a spoon and transfer to a serving dish.  They should slide right out.  Serve hot or at room temperature.

This is a very easy recipe that you can double or triple to feed a crowd for brunch.  I used Italian sausage but you can substitute any sausage you prefer, or bacon or prosciutto!  Be sure to pin this easy and delicious recipe for your next Sunday brunch!

Notes ♪♫  There are many gluten free sausage seasonings on the market, but you may find them high in sodium.  If you are interested in making your own seasoning blend, check out my Homemade Breakfast Sausage Patties post.  It includes a recipe for a blend of individual spices that you mix together, and you can adjust the salt content to your liking.

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Veggie Omelette

I love Saturday mornings, when I have the luxury of extra time to prepare something special for breakfast.  Omelets have long been a weekend favorite of mine, and since the ingredients are naturally gluten free, they continue to be a healthy breakfast option.  I love adding fresh veggies like onion, bell pepper, spinach and mushrooms.  During the summer, I add zucchini and fresh chives from my herb garden.  Use your favorites or what you have on hand!

Serves 1 or 2, depending on your appetite!

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Ingredients:

  • 1 large egg
  • 1/4 cup egg whites
  • 2 tbsp. milk
  • 3/4 cup diced veggies such as onion, mushroom, zucchini, bell pepper
  • fresh or dried herbs such as chives, dill
  • 1 tbsp. olive oil
  • 2 tbsp grated cheese, optional
  • gluten free seasoning of choice
  • salt and pepper

Preparation:

Chop the veggies evenly into small dice and sprinkle with salt and pepper, or your favorite gluten free seasoning.  It may look like too much but remember, the veggies will shrink during cooking.

Heat a 10″ skillet with a little olive oil.  In a bowl, whisk together the egg, egg whites, milk and fresh or dried herbs.  Season with salt and pepper.

When the skillet is ready, add the veggies and sauté over low heat until their liquid has evaporated, and they are beginning to brown.  Take your time, you want as little moisture as possible, and this step develops the flavor.

Spread the veggies in an even layer, then pour the egg mixture in slowly so that they don’t all shift to one side of the pan!  If you like grated cheese, sprinkle some over the top and set your timer for 5 minutes.  As the omelet cooks, use a thin spatula to gently lift the edges, allowing the liquid to run underneath. This is how you want it to look before you fold it over, it should slide easily when you shake the pan.

Now pick up one side of the omelet with a spatula and gently fold it in half.  Don’t worry if it breaks, it will still taste great!

Turn the omelet once more after folding.  To make this easier, you can cut it in half or use 2 spatulas.  For smaller appetites, this omelet is enough to share. It’s quite filling!  Now that you know how easy it is, put away the cereal and treat yourself to something special this weekend.

Notes ♪♫ A good non-stick skillet is essential for making an omelet.  I have a 10″ Oxo skillet that is my dedicated omelet pan, I don’t use it for anything else!

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