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Berry French Toast Casserole

French toast casserole is the perfect make-ahead breakfast. Add some fresh or frozen mixed berries for an even tastier meal.

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Big Breakfast Sunday at our house has me trying to find new ideas for breakfast. We all enjoyed French Toast Casserole in the past, so I decided to add to that this time. We had some frozen berries and bananas that needed to be used.

I love having make-ahead meals for the weekends. It makes Sunday morning so easy for us so we can relax. This casserole is prepared at night and all you have to do in the morning is put it in the oven and bake.

Make sure you place the casserole in a COLD oven. You don’t want to put a cold glass dish in a hot oven because it could shatter. Yes, I’ve done that before. I had to buy a new pan, we had to make a new meal, and I had to clean the broken glass and food from the oven.

Berry French Toast Casserole Step by Step

Ingredients

  • 14 oz French bread, cut into 1-inch cubes
  • 1 banana, overripe
  • 1 cup almond milk
  • 3 eggs
  • 3 egg whites
  • 2 tbsp maple syrup
  • 1 tbsp vanilla extract
  • 2 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 6 oz frozen mixed berries
  • 2 tbsp brown sugar
  • 2 tbsp vegan butter
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Preparation

Arrange bread cubes in a 9×13 casserole dish coated with cooking spray.

Chunks of bread in a white casserole dish on a white surface

In a medium bowl, mash the banana with a fork then whisk in the milk, eggs, egg whites, maple syrup, vanilla, and cinnamon until combined.

Egg and cinnamon mixture with a wire whisk in a stainless steel bowl on a white surface

Pour the mixture over the bread crumbs, coating as many as possible, tossing to coat if needed.

Egg mixture over bread chunks in a white casserole dish on a white surface

Sprinkle the berries over the bread.

Berries over bread mixture in a white casserole dish on a white surface

Cover and chill in the refrigerator for at least 6 hours, up to overnight.

When ready to bake, combine the butter and brown sugar in a bowl until it forms a paste.

Remove foil from the casserole dish and put dollops of the brown sugar mixture around the casserole.

Berry french toast mixture with dollops of brown sugar in a white casserole dish on a white surface

Cover again and place in a cold oven.

Set the temperature to 375F and bake for 35 minutes.

Remove the foil and bake another 10 minutes, until golden brown.

Berry french toast casserole with a wooden spoon in a white casserole dish (vertical)

Leftovers

In my opinion, this is best served fresh and doesn’t keep very well. Because of it being a make-ahead meal, it’s already cooled and heated once. I don’t suggest doing that again. If you know you won’t eat it all in one sitting, then break it up into two smaller casserole dishes to only heat the portion you will eat.

Recipe

Originally Published On: January 24, 2022

Berry french toast casserole with a wooden spoon in a white casserole dish

Berry French Toast Casserole

French toast casserole is the perfect make-ahead breakfast. Add some fresh or frozen mixed berries for an even tastier meal.
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 45 minutes
Chill Time 2 hours
Total Time 3 hours
Course:
Breakfast
Cuisine:
American
Diet
Vegetarian
Keyword:
berries
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breakfast casserole
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casserole
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french toast
Dietary Needs:
Dairy-Free
Servings: 8
5 from 7 votes

Ingredients

  • 14 oz French bread (cut into 1-inch cubes)
  • 1 banana (overripe)
  • 1 cup almond milk
  • 3 eggs
  • 3 egg whites
  • 2 tbsp maple syrup
  • 1 tbsp vanilla extract
  • 2 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 6 oz frozen mixed berries
  • 2 tbsp brown sugar
  • 2 tbsp vegan butter

Instructions

  • Arrange bread cubes in a 9×13 casserole dish coated with cooking spray
  • In a medium bowl, mash the banana with a fork then whisk in the milk, eggs, egg whites, maple syrup, vanilla, and cinnamon until combined
  • Pour the mixture over the bread crumbs, coating as many as possible, tossing to coat if needed
  • Sprinkle the berries over the bread
  • Cover and chill in the refrigerator for at least 6 hours, up to overnight
  • When ready to bake, combine the butter and brown sugar in a bowl until it forms a paste
  • Remove foil from the casserole dish and put dollops of the brown sugar mixture around the casserole
  • Cover again and place in a cold oven
  • Set the temperature to 375 and bake for 35 minutes
  • Remove the foil and bake another 10 minutes, until golden brown
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Nutrition Facts
Berry French Toast Casserole
Amount Per Serving (1 cup)
Calories 252 Calories from Fat 45
% Daily Value*
Fat 5g8%
Saturated Fat 1g5%
Trans Fat 1g
Polyunsaturated Fat 2g
Monounsaturated Fat 2g
Cholesterol 61mg20%
Sodium 362mg15%
Potassium 190mg5%
Carbohydrates 41g14%
Fiber 3g12%
Sugar 11g12%
Protein 10g20%
Vitamin A 243IU5%
Vitamin C 2mg2%
Calcium 85mg9%
Iron 2mg11%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

All nutritional information is based on third-party calculations and should be considered estimates. Actual nutrition content will vary based on brands used, measuring methods, portion sizes, and more.

Berry French Toast Casserole FAQs

Can I use fresh berries?

Yes, you can also use fresh berries in this recipe.

Do I have to use almond milk and vegan butter?

No, you can use any milk and butter. We just choose not to have dairy so use those in their place.

Why do I have to put the cold dish into a cold oven? Shouldn’t the oven be preheated?

When you put a cold dish into a hot oven, there’s a chance that the drastic change in temperature can shatter the dish, especially if it’s glass. By letting the oven heat around it, the dish is slowly brought up to temperature.

22 thoughts on “Berry French Toast Casserole”

  1. Oh! This recipe is perfect for tomorrow! I have a bag of bread ready to be used! And we all love berries in this household. So I am sure we will have a fantastic breakfast! Thanks a lot for sharing!

  2. Ooh this looks absolutely delicious and something I would loooove for breakfast so it’s going on the list, I know my kids would love this as well – a bit like a breakfast crumble

    Laura x

  3. Rhian Westbury

    A french toast casserole sounds amazing. I’m not the biggest berry fan (although they probably taste amazing with french toast) so I’d probably stick with more cinnamon/ nuts and things like that x

  4. This is a nice twist on a morning casserole. I’d love to try this one weekend when the grown kids are home to visit.

  5. 5 stars
    Such a unique dish to bake for breakfast and I can’t wait to try making this for my kids. Thanks for the tip about adding the dish to a cold oven instead of hot as most of the time I pre-heat my oven

  6. Melissa Cushing

    5 stars
    With all of the yummy berries in season right now this is the perfect breakfast for sure! I have pinned this one to try and make when my mo comes to visit 😉 Thank you for sharing!

  7. 5 stars
    Im making this Berry French Toast Casserole for my weekend brunch! Thank you for the recipe. Im so excited to try it.

  8. This delicious recipe is perfect for a perfect morning breakfast. Would love to create this just to simply enjoy those berries and feel the freshness

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