Happy Tuesday my friends. Hope you guys are having a wonderful week so far. Have you guys gotten all your Christmas shopping done yet? I haven’t even started! I am really slacking this year. But it’s ok because usually I’m still doing some shopping on Christmas Eve. There is always a last minute gift I need or decide to get something else to wear to our family Christmas party. So we will see how the shopping goes this year. I will keep you guys updated. I’m sure I will have some kind of funny story to share with you guys before the holiday season is over.
For now I am very excited and so looking forward to next week. We are taking a family road trip to NYC to see the Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree. We are taking the babies to see the tree for the first time. It’s also their first time in NYC and first road trip all together. We are only going for the day but it should still be quite the experience.
I am looking forward to it very much. If you have never visited this tree I definitely recommend taking the trip to New York to see it. It is absolutely beautiful and so magical. You can smell and feel the Christmas spirit in the air. It may sound a little corny but this truly is how I would describe it. But, for now I won’t say much more. I’ll save this talk for when I do a recap on this trip.
Now, getting back to the Christmas talk. We’re just about two weeks away from the big day. I may not have started my shopping but I definitely have my food planned. We are going to my mother-in-law’s house this year for our Christmas Eve party and I already know what I am making. In our culture we have a Christmas Eve party with a lot of food and then open gifts at midnight. Christmas day we typically don’t do much.
However, now that I am a mom I want to start incorporating some new traditions and doing more on Christmas day. We plan on doing the Santa thing so even though the baby will get her presents from us and the rest of the family on Christmas Eve, Santa’s will be under the tree on Christmas Day. Last year it was so exciting to see her make her way to under the tree and get to her presents. She was exactly 11 months so obviously didn’t understand much of what was going on. She was just happy to see new toys.
This year as a new tradition for our Christmas day I want to make a special breakfast. I want to make something very festive and delicious. I know French toast is the way to go and what’s more festive than eggnog. I have been working on this recipe for the last few weeks. Finally I found the perfect way to make a special French toast for our Christmas breakfast.
First let me say the way this French toast makes my house smell while it’s in the oven is just lovely. It truly smells like Christmas in my house. It tastes just like the holidays too. Between the eggnog and the walnuts it gives the perfect balance of sweet, creamy and crunchy. It is so soft, tasty and it truly tastes just like eggnog. Since this is a French toast casserole, it is put together the night before so that all the flavors can blend in, then baked in the morning. Making it a super easy breakfast to make.
For the eggnog I used my own homemade recipe for a healthier eggnog. It is refined sugar-free as well as dairy-free. Making this a cleaner breakfast as well. I like to use gluten-free bread too. You don’t get that bloated feeling regular white bread gives you after you eat it. You can use your preference of bread and eggnog however. For my eggnog recipe Click here.
I am so glad that I perfected this recipe just in time for Christmas. It is exactly what I was looking for to start our new little family tradition. We will open Emma’s presents from Santa while the casserole bakes and then have breakfast. The delicious smell from the food baking will make it the perfect Christmas morning. I am beyond excited for Christmas morning and looking forward to making this dish for my family every Christmas morning from now on.
Walnut Eggnog French Toast Casserole
- 1 1/2 lbs gluten-free bread
- 6 eggs beaten
- 2 cups eggnog
- 2 cups crushed walnuts (separated)
- 1 tsp cinnamon
- 1/2 tsp nutmeg
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- 1/2 tbsp coconut oil
Grease a casserole pan with coconut oil.
Cut bread into 1 inch squares.
Spread half of the cut bread in greased casserole pan.
Spread first cup of walnuts over bread.
Add rest of the bread then spread the rest of the walnuts over it.
In a large bowl mix together beaten eggs, eggnog, cinnamon, nutmeg, and vanilla extract.
Pour over the bread along the sides first then in the middle.
Cover with saran wrap and refrigirate over night.
The next morning, preheat oven at 350 degrees.
While oven preheats, leave casserole out of the fridge.
Bake for 20 minutes.
Serve and top with favorite French toast toppings like maple syrup, fruit, coconut whipped cream, and coconut flakes.