Coconut French Toast with Tropical Fruit Topping

Coconut French Toast with Tropical Fruit Topping

The last real vacation I had was three years ago when we went to Alaska on our honeymoon. I’ve been dreaming of another cruise well…pretty much since we got off the boat for the last one. Some place tropical, where I actually won’t care that it’s ridiculously hot, fruity drink in hand.

But, alas, here I must stay!

Last week I asked you guys on Facebook whether you preferred pancakes, waffles, or French toast. The winner was most definitely French toast. I realized that I only had one French toast recipe on this blog. I love to give you peeps what you want so I have another French toast recipe for you today!

Coconut French Toast with Tropical Fruit Topping

And this French Toast recipe is certainly going to make you feel like you are on vacation. What makes this French toast special is that instead of regular milk, this French toast is soaked in coconut milk overnight and then topped with shredded coconut and baked until golden. And to top it off, a big scoop of tropical fruit! It’s sweet enough that you won’t need any syrup. And at least for breakfast, you’ll feel like you are on a tropical vacation!

Coconut French Toast with Tropical Fruit Topping

Coconut French Toast with Tropical Fruit Topping

Ingredients:

For the french toast:

  • 8 slices French bread (cut diagonally and about 1-inch thick)
  • 1 cup light coconut milk
  • 3 eggs
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1/8 tsp. salt
  • 2 tsp. vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened flaked coconut

For the tropical fruit topping:

  • 1 cup diced pineapple
  • 1 1/2 cups chopped and peeled mango
  • 1 cup chopped and peeled papaya
  • 1 tbs. sugar (optional)
  • 1 tbs. fresh lime juice

Directions:

  1. Spray a 9×13 baking dish with cooking spray. Arrange the bread in a single layer.
  2. In a bowl, whisk together the coconut milk, eggs, sugar, salt, and vanilla extract. Pour the mixture over the bread slices. Turn the slices over to get both sides of each piece coated in the coconut milk mixture. Cover and refrigerate overnight.
  3. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Remove the bread from the fridge. Sprinkle the flaked coconut evenly over the slices of bread. Let sit for about 10 minutes.
  4. Bake for 25 minutes, uncovered, or until the flaked coconut is golden.
  5. While the French toast is baking, prepare the tropical fruit topping in a bowl. Refrigerate until ready to serve. Spoon on top of the French toast when it is done baking and serve.

I found a package of peeled and sliced tropical fruit from Trader Joe’s and I just chopped the slices. You can really use however much and whichever types of tropical fruit you prefer. Kiwi would also be a great addition!

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Coconut French Toast with Tropical Fruit Topping

   

20 comments

  1. Oh my!!! This does look very special, so much nicer than the usual French toast, I can just imagine how great the aroma of coconut would have been! Delicious, I hope you get holiday soon )

  2. Coconut is a brilliant ingredient to add, so delicious in this :D
    And totally tropical with those fruits!

    Cheers
    CCU

  3. Mmm I love this tropical twist on french toast!! And I think it’s time for another vacation for you :)

  4. Oh my gosh, I love it! Love, love, love it!!

  5. We decided to stay home this memorial day weekend and live it up on the food side by having fun in the kitchen. Kind of think you did the same with this French toast. Looks fabulous. Reminds me of summer, the beach, all things tropical, and lots of relaxing. Cannot wait to try it.

  6. My favorite breakfast eatery in San Diego is The Pancake House. They make coconut pancakes that blow your socks off! This sounds right up there with their pancakes!

  7. This is brilliant, Stephanie- using coconut milk is such a great idea!

  8. I’ve never been on a cruise before! But this breakfast puts me in tropical paradise. I’m headed to the Carribean this weekend though! I would love this french toast anywhere and any time of day :)

  9. Some place tropical sounds pretty good about now and this French toast is amazing!

  10. Wow, now that’s an amazing flavour of french toast!

  11. Can I come over for breakfast?!

  12. I am dyyyyying over that toasted coconut!

  13. I love vacations on a plate. This french toast looks wonderful!

  14. Love the idea of soaking the bread in coconut milk! This is so good!

  15. What a delicious twist on French toast! I love coconut in everything!

  16. This looks like some perfect tropical french toast. :) My husband and I went on Caribbean cruise on our honeymoon… we got home and kept daydreaming of the dining hall and being waited on. It’s a lovely way to vacation. :)

  17. Coconut french toast sounds ahhhhhhmazing! And the tropical fruit topping?! Yes. This is breakfast nirvana.

  18. I love this idea, you rock!

  19. This looks and sounds amazing!! Makes me feel like I’m still on vacation!

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