Food has a way of bringing people together. We created a Pumpkin French Toast Casserole that is perfect for sharing this #GivingTuesday. With layers of sourdough bread and pumpkin puree topped with a pecan streusel, every spoonful is an opportunity to make someone feel good! Serve this dish to your family, coworkers, or even strangers, it is a surefire way to start a conversation and share the kindness of giving.
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With increasing research linking the correlation between probiotics, gut health, and immunity, it’s no secret that the integrity of our gut is vital to our health. Although additional factors such as stress, antibiotic usage, and individual health conditions can contribute to the condition of our gut, a focus on healthy food choices is one of the easiest ways to support the microbiome.
Several studies have shown a strong association between the gut-brain-microbiota. Probiotics introduced to the gut have been found to support immunity, improve allergies, and improve digestion.
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Prebiotics + Probiotics = a Healthy You
Prebiotics are non-living, non-digestible carbohydrates naturally found in a variety of foods. Your body actually can’t digest prebiotics, so they’re what probiotics feed off of to remain actively working in your digestive system. They help the digestive system by promoting the growth of good bacteria. Prebiotics and probiotics work together in balance to make sure our digestive system stays on track and regular. Research has found that consuming a variety of prebiotic and probiotic food sources may improve your body’s natural functions, including both your immune and digestive system.
- 1 sourdough loaf, diced
- 2 cups Coconut Vanilla Plantiful
- ½ cup Organic Plain Whole Milk Kefir
- 1 cup granulated sugar
- 1 cup pumpkin puree
- 6 eggs
- 2 tbsp vanilla
- 1 tbsp pumpkin pie spice
- ½ cup light brown sugar
- ½ cup all-purpose flour
- ½ cup cold butter, diced
- ⅓ cup chopped pecans
- 2 teaspoons cinnamon
- In a large bowl wisk together Plantiful, Whole Milk Kefir, granulated sugar, pumpkin puree, eggs, vanilla, and pumpkin pie spice.
- Dice or tear sourdough bread and spread around in a casserole pan.
- Pour the mixture you made in the bowl over the sourdough bread and make sure everything is soaked with the golden goodness.
- For the streusel Mix together all dry ingredients and add in diced cold butter butter and mix with fork until crumbled. Crumble over top of french toast mixture.
- Bake 350ºF oven for 48-55 minutes. Enjoy!