Get ready for a breakfast the whole family will love! This easy Gluten-Free French Toast is stuffed with homemade fig walnut chutney, making this recipe hard to resist!
(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!
Dried figs are sweet and take center stage in this mouthwatering gluten-free breakfast recipe. If you haven't tried making homemade chutney yet, there are so many exciting things you can do with 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.
If you love figs as much as I do, you will want to try this delicious gluten free Fig Yogurt Cake, too!
I just made this. I’ve never had anything with fig and wanted to taste it. Chose this to try it... it is so good! It’s SO good, I’ve added it to my Christmas homemade goodies!"Darcel, Pinterest User
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 represent 40% of all California Figs.
I can't wait to share this sweet fig chutney recipe with you! This homemade fig and walnut chutney is sweet and works well in 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 also okay to use.
Add your fig and walnut chutney ingredients to a pot. You see the walnuts, chopped figs, orange juice, brown sugar, and spices here.
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 remaining 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 to 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 is thick and smooth like a paste.
Can you freeze this fig chutney?
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.
That crystalized stuff is “white sugar crystals," which occasionally appear 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 plan 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 low-temperature oven for a few minutes.
When used in prepared dishes, the figs’ natural sugar crystals will dissolve in the baking or cooking process.
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!
You do not need to peel your figs to make a chutney because the skin softens during cooking.
More Gluten Free Breakfast Recipes:
- Gluten Free Frittata - Use any veggies and meats that you enjoy!
- Fluffy Gluten Free Oatmeal Banana Pancakes
- Gluten Free Cinnamon Raisin Bagels - Delish with cream cheese!
Fig and Walnut Chutney
For the chutney
- 1 cup dried figs chopped
- ¼ cup walnuts chopped
- ⅓ cup orange juice
- 2 tablespoons brown sugar
- ¼ teaspoon cinnamon
- 2 tablespoons water
For the French toast
- 4 eggs
- 8 slices gluten free bread
- 3 tablespoons heavy cream
- ⅓ 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.
- Use either brown or blond figs in this chutney recipe.
- Dice the figs fine so that they absorb the liquids easier.
- Do not peel the figs, but do remove the stem.
- This chutney will keep up to 4 days in an air-tight container.
Please know that every gluten free flour blend has a different starch to grain ratio. If you use a blend I didn't test, you may need to adjust your moisture levels in your baked goods.
Nutritional information is an estimate provided to you as a courtesy. You should calculate the actual nutritional information with the products and brands you are using with your preferred nutritional calculator.
This post was updated from an older May 2020 post with more recipe details.
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