Brunch is my favourite meal of the day and one of my favourite dishes is French toast. French toast could be cumbersome to prepare but I found that baking it really cuts down on time. I put a fun twist on a French toast bake and created these Coconut Crumble French Toast “Soufflés” Featuring Zespri SunGold Kiwifruit. Now, our French toast is fast, delicious and nutritious!
Having convenient and healthy snacks is essential for me when I’m travelling with my two young boys. Zespri SunGold Kiwifruit is an easy to eat snack at anytime of day – just cut, scoop and enjoy! The SunGold kiwifruit (that I have used in this recipe) is sweeter than a green kiwifruit and tastes like a cross between a mango and a strawberry. The nutritional benefits of kiwifruit is something that I believe more people need to be aware of — they are quite exceptional!
Being of Mediterranean descent, I have been plagued with iron deficiency from a young age. When my energy is low, and I know I’m in need of a good boost, one fruit, that has always been on the “good” list for me, are kiwifruits.
Some health benefits of Kiwifruit include:
- Kiwifruit provides more than a full day’s supply of vitamin C (more than three times the amount of vitamin C found in oranges), and helps to support a healthy immune system.
- Research on SunGold Kiwifruit shows two specific qualities that promote digestive health: fiber and actinidin. (Two kiwifruit contain about the same amount of fibre as a bowl of bran flakes!)
- Kiwifruit is one of the most nutritious fruits with the richest combination of fiber, antioxidants, vitamins, and minerals.
Good source of potassium, fiber, folate, Vitamin E, high in vitamin C, a low blood sugar response (also known as glycemic index*), contains phytonutrients lutein (both Green and SunGold) and beta-carotene (SunGold) provide their green and yellow color and nutritional power.
Zespri SunGold Kiwifruit are available at your local supermarkets from May through to October, so, be sure to keep an eye out for them! Choosing kiwi fruits that are ripe is best so that you can enjoy them right away. To pick the best Zespri SunGold Kiwifruit, hold a kiwifruit in the palm of your hand and squeeze the fruit very gently. Kiwifruit taste sweeter when they are softer. SunGold Kiwifruit will last approximately 3-7 days at room temperature and once it is ripe, it can be kept in the refrigerator for up to 2 weeks!
If your family are big fans of French Toast, then be sure to give these French Toast Souffles a try. They are great to take on-the-go as well, there is no fork and knife required and because the kiwifruit add sweetness and moisture, they can do without the syrup and extra calories!
Enjoy and happy brunching everyone!!
*This post is sponsored by Zespri Kiwifruit. However, and as always, all opinions are my own.