Strawberry Cream Cheese French Toast Casserole

Diet Types:

CKD non-dialysis Diabetes Dialysis

Portions: 12

Serving Size: 1/12th of casserole

Ingredients

  • 12 slices Texas toast-style bread
  • 12 ounces cold cream cheese
  • 2 cups fresh strawberries
  • 9 large eggs
  • 1-1/2 cups half & half creamer
  • 1/3 cup maple syrup
  • 3/4 cup white granulated sugar
  • 2 teaspoons unsalted butter
  • 2 drops red food coloring (optional)

Nutrients per serving

Calories 383

Protein 11 g

Carbohydrates 44 g

Fat 19 g

Cholesterol 180 mg

Sodium 358 mg

Potassium 241 mg

Phosphorus 179 mg

Calcium 152 mg

Fiber 1.6 g

Preparation

  1. Generously coat a 9 x 13-inch baking dish with non-stick cooking spray.
  2. Cube the bread and cream cheese. Slice the strawberries and separate into two 1-cup portions, setting one portion aside. Place half of the bread cubes in the prepared dish. Layer the cream cheese cubes over the top of the bread. Layer 1 cup of sliced strawberries over the cream cheese and top with remaining bread cubes.
  3. In a large bowl, whisk together eggs, half & half  and maple syrup until well combined. Pour mixture evenly over the bread cubes.
  4. Press bread gently with the back of a spoon to moisten bread completely. Cover and chill at least 8 hours or overnight.
  5. Preheat the oven to 350˚ F.
  6. Bake the casserole uncovered until puffed, golden brown, and a knife inserted in the center comes out clean, about 45 to 50 minutes.
  7. Prepare the sauce while the casserole is cooking. In a small bowl, toss the remaining 1 cup of strawberries and sugar. Let stand for 20 minutes, stirring occasionally. Then pour the mixture into a blender or food processor and blend until smooth.
  8. Transfer the strawberry sauce to a small saucepan. Add butter and simmer over medium heat for about 5 minutes, stirring occasionally. Add food coloring (optional).
  9. Remove the casserole from the oven and cool for 5 minutes. Cut into 12 servings and serve with warm strawberry sauce.

Renal and renal diabetic food choices

  • 1 meat
  • 1-1/2 starch
  • 2 fat
  • 1 high-calorie

Carbohydrate choices

3

Helpful hints

  • Look for Texas toast bread that is sliced thick, about 40 grams per serving. Choose the brand lowest in sodium and without phosphate additives if available.
  • If you would like to replace the strawberries with a different berries, raspberries or blueberries are a good alternative. Or you can used mixed berries. 
  • For a lower carbohydrate serving cut the casserole into 15 servings (35 grams carbohydrate).

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