Get ready for a breakfast the whole family will love! This easy Gluten-Free French Toast is stuffed with a homemade fig and walnut chutney that makes this recipe hard to resist!
Dried figs are sweet and they take the center stage in this mouthwatering gluten free breakfast recipe. If you haven't tried making a homemade chutney yet, there are so many exciting things you can do with chutney!
If you love figs as much as I do, you will want to try this delicious gluten free Fig Yogurt Cake too!
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(* This post is sponsored by Valley Fig Growers. All delicious sweet opinions are my own.)
Our Fearless Dining family wanted to give you a delicious breakfast recipe idea to help you celebrate Mother's Day, and we are ready to help you get fancy!! Mom will love this stuffed French toast with fig and walnut chutney!
If you love figs, you know they are only available fresh for a short time during the summer. Luckily for fig lovers, Valley Fig Growers grows Mission and Golden Figs that are sun-ripened and partially dry on the branches for dried figs people can enjoy all year long. Dried Figs are sweet and are wonderful to use in both sweet and savory recipes.
Valley Fig Growers grows their figs here in the San Joaquin Valley and are sold under the Orchard Choice and Sun-Maid labels. You can find them in most grocery stores in the dried fruit section. Valley Fig Growers represents 40% of all California Figs.
California figs are not only delicious, but they are also nutritious too!! Did you know figs are full of all the good stuff like calcium, potassium, iron, fiber, and vitamin B6? Figs have almost 3 times the level of potassium than bananas! Figs are nature's powerhouse of nutrients!
When something delicious is healthy, I usually don't tell the kids. I just let them enjoy!
I can't wait to share this sweet fig chutney recipe with you! This homemade fig and walnut chutney is sweet, and it works well in both sweet and savory recipes.
If you prefer a savory fig recipe, these Grilled Figs with Brie make a wonderful appetizer!
For this recipe, I used a combination of golden and mission dried figs. If you can't find both varieties in your local grocery store, feel free to use what you can find. Are you ready to give this recipe a try?
Chop up your figs into small pieces. Again, feel free to use either golden dried figs or mission dried figs. If you have dried Calimyrna figs, those are okay to use as well.
Add your fig and walnut chutney ingredients to a pot. Here you see the walnuts, chopped figs, orange juice, brown sugar, and spices.
Cover the pot with the chutney ingredients and cook on low heat for about 15-20 minutes until the liquid is mostly absorbed. Turn the heat off and allow the mixture to sit for another 10 minutes to absorb the rest of the liquid.
Now we are ready to make the French toast!
Whip up your eggs and cream while your skillet is heating up. I like to use coconut oil in the skillet because it is a good high heat oil.
Dip the slices of bread into the egg mixture and allow to soak one minute on each side. Put into the hot pan and sprinkle cinnamon over the top of each slice. Cook for 3-4 minutes then flip so the other side cooks.
Since gluten free breads are pretty thin, I use two slices to make this stuffed French toast recipe.
Add some whipped cream to a slice of French toast. Spoon the fig and walnut chutney over the whipped cream.
Next, add a piece of French toast on top of the fig chutney. Pour on some syrup, or enjoy without the syrup.
What is the difference between fig chutney and fig paste?
A chutney is chunky in texture and can have all sorts of ingredients and a fig paste is primarily made from figs and it is thick and smooth like a paste
Do you peel figs to make chutney?
I do not see a need to peel your figs to make a chutney because the skin softens during the cooking process.
Can you freeze it?
You can easily freeze chutney since it is cooked. To thaw, you can leave it out or simmer on very low heat until it is thawed.
What is that crystalized stuff on my dried figs?
That crystalized stuff is “white sugar crystals” and it occasionally appears on dried figs. No need to worry because they are the naturally occurring fruit sugars that have come to the surface and crystallized. This sometimes happens in exceptionally sweet figs. These natural fruit sugars are edible and I know we enjoy the light, delicate crunch they add to their fig eating experience :-).
If you want to remove this natural sugar coating, it is easy to do. If you are planning to eat the figs whole, a light wash with warm water will dissolve the sugar. Or, the sugar can be turned into a delicate glaze by putting the figs into a warm oven at low temperature for a few minutes.
When used in prepared dishes, the figs’ natural sugar crystals will dissolve in the baking or cooking process.
What can you serve with chutney?
Besides this French toast, you can enjoy this chutney on oatmeal or another gluten free hot cereal, ice cream, or with chia pudding. If you prefer savory options, serve this chutney on a salad, grilled fish, chicken, or on pork chops!
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Fig and Walnut Chutney
For the chutney
- 1 cup dried figs chopped
- 1/4 cup walnuts chopped
- 1/3 cup orange juice
- 2 tablespoons brown sugar
- 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
- 2 tablespoons water
For the French toast
- 4 eggs
- 8 slices gluten free bread
- 3 tablespoons heavy cream
- 1/3 cup whipped cream
- 2 teaspoons coconut oil
- In a saucepan, add all of the ingredients and bring to a boil over medium heat.
- Reduce the heat to low simmer, cover and cook for 15 minutes.
- Allow the chutney to cool.
- Heat a large frying pan on medium heat. Add the coconut oil.
- Break the eggs into a bowl, add the cream, and scramble them.
- Dip each slice of bread into the egg mixture.
- Flip the bread so both sides soak up the egg mixture.
- Sprinkle the top with cinnamon.
- Add the egg dipped bread to the pan and cook on each side until done, about 3-4 minutes each side.
- Take a slice of French toast, add whipped cream, and the chutney.
- Add a slice of French toast on top and add syrup.
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