This Overnight Baked French Toast Casserole is always a complete hit! It’s vegan, takes 15 minutes of prep and each bite is loaded with deliciousness!
WATCH THE VIDEO TO SEE HOW IT’S MADE:
It’s the most wonderful time of the year! Okay, cheese ball much? Seriously though, Christmas time is my absolute most favourite time of the year. The decorations, the music, the energy, the music…AND of course, the delightful food. Take french toast for example. Every December, I feel an immediate pining for it.
This Overnight Baked French Toast Casserole hit every single craving right out of the park for me. Comforting, insanely festive, loaded with delicious cinnamon-y flavour and SO easy to make.
I know just how hectic the holidays are, so I’m going to make this one extra easy for you. I actually just bought my tree yesterday and my brain is 100% decorations this, decorations that. With that, gift shopping, my holiday cleanup and family time, no wonder it’s so busy!
Luckily, the prep steps for the french toast casserole are incredibly simple. If you want to bake yourself a loaf, that’s perfectly fine. I purchased a baguette from the French bakery down the road from me. This made everything way easier.
The next steps are mixing the vegan batter for the french toast casserole, pouring it over the bread, and letting it set overnight. YES, easy peasy. You could make this right after dinner, or right before bed and just leave it in the fridge. Which is exactly what I did.
The magical elves then jump in (can’t help myself) and the loaf soaks up all of the cinnamon-y goodness of the batter. You honestly don’t even need the topping at this point. It IS however, absolutely the cherry on top.
The next morning, whip up the maple pecan topping for the casserole. Mix and stir, as the video indicates. Simple. Spread over and bake.
You don’t need to top it with insane amounts of organic powdered sugar. That’s a crazy video food blogger thing. You definitely do need to drizzle some maple syrup or agave nectar all over it though. Taste a bit first, because mine tasted lovely with out. The maple syrup was just to bring in that holiday cheer of sitting around the table, eating french toast casserole and watching Elf for the 12th time.
P.S. This freezes perfectly. So if you’d be so kind, I need to cut another slice and devour this to the smell of Christmas wafting through my house in every way possible.
P.S. Here are some of the items I used to make this recipe if you’d like to use them too:
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Overnight French Toast Casserole (Vegan)
- 14 ounces gluten free French loaf or challah, broken or torn into 1 inch pieces
- 1 cup pumpkin purée
- 4 flax eggs* learn how to make flax eggs
- 1/2 cup coconut milk
- 1 cup almond milk
- 1/4 to 1/3 cup maple syrup (depending on how sweet you want it. 1/4 is minimum, 1/3 is more noticeable)
- 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- Pinch salt
- 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
- 7 tablespoons almond flour
- 3 tablespoons maple syrup
- 1/2 tablespoons melted vegan butter
- 3/4 cup pecans, coarsely chopped
- Set the french loaf in a casserole dish (I used a 1.5 QT).
- Mix together the pumpkin puree, flax eggs, coconut milk, almond milk, maple syrup, ground cinnamon, salt and vanilla extract. Mix thoroughly.
- Pour over the bread and press down so every bit gets soaked in batter.
- Cover with saran wrap and place in the fridge overnight, or at least 6 hours.
- Remove from fridge when set. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
- In a small bowl, mix the almond flour, maple syrup, vegan butter and chopped pecans. Stir together to combine and spread over the top of the casserole.
- Bake for 45 to 60 minutes. I prefer about 50 which is set but still soft on the inside. If you want it completely baked, definitely aim for 60 minutes. The top may get a bit crispy after the first 20 minutes so cover with foil if necessary and keep baking.
- Remove from oven and allow to cool slightly. Serve with maple syrup and enjoy!
- This recipe is vegan.
- TO MAKE IT GLUTEN FREE Use a gluten free loaf.
- ALTERNATIVES You can sub any other liquid sweetener such as agave. You can put in more add-ins: blueberries, more spices, apples. You can use coconut flour instead of almond flour, or regular flour if you aren't gluten free.
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