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Delicious Baked French Toast Casserole

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I love to treat my family to a special breakfast on the weekends since our weekday meals consist mostly of cereal, yogurt, and orange juice. I mistakenly fed them some leftovers of a sinful baked french toast casserole I made for a brunch event.

Though delicious, the original recipe I followed was much more like a dessert than a breakfast food. Unfortunately, my family loved it for exactly that reason and it tops their list for most requested special weekend breakfast dish.

Healthier French Toast

So, I started messing around with the recipe to see if I could get the same flavor without using all the sugar, cream, and butter called for in the original recipe. It took a lot of less-than-perfect batches before I finally perfected it.

Guests always assume this version is just as sinful as the original when I make it for them because it truly does have all the same creaminess and sweetness of a dessert. I won’t go so far as to call it “healthy” but it’s certainly a less unhealthy version of a delicious breakfast indulgence.

Baked French Toast, bacon and fruit on a white plate with title text reading Baked French Toast

What To Serve With Baked French Toast

When I make it for my family, I typically serve it with fresh berries or frozen berries boiled into a compote, along with turkey bacon (to compensate for the butter in the French Toast).

Every once in a while, I’ll splurge on a different loaf to make the French Toast more interesting. In the version pictured below I used a Cinnamon Raisin loaf from Panera. Since we were really splurging, I let the kids count the raisins at fruit and I made regular bacon for the side.

📋 Recipe

Baked French Toast

Corinne Schmitt
A great spin on traditional french toast!
5 from 4 votes
Prep Time 8 hours 10 minutes
Cook Time 40 minutes
Total Time 8 hours 50 minutes
Course Breakfast
Cuisine American
Servings 6
Calories 473 kcal


  • 1 loaf French bread cut into 1-inch slices
  • 4 eggs
  • 1 1/2 cups fat-free milk
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1/2 cup 1 stick unsalted butter
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 1 T maple syrup


  • Spray a 9 x 13 inch casserole dish with cooking spray. Arrange bread slices in the bottom of the dish. You will have bread leftover which you can use to make a second casserole, for bread crumbs, or garlic bread later.
  • In a large bowl, combine eggs, milk, vanilla, cinnamon and nutmeg. Whisk together until well mixed. Pour over bread slices, coating each slice. Cover and refrigerate overnight.
  • The next morning, preheat oven to 350°. While the oven is heating, combine the butter and brown sugar in a small saucepan. Melt over medium heat and cook until bubbling. Add maple syrup and stir well. Pour mixture over bread and egg mixture.
  • Bake at 350° for 40 minutes.


Calories: 473kcalCarbohydrates: 61gProtein: 14gFat: 19gSaturated Fat: 11gCholesterol: 151mgSodium: 417mgPotassium: 253mgFiber: 2gSugar: 25gVitamin A: 756IUCalcium: 144mgIron: 3mg
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5 thoughts on “Delicious Baked French Toast Casserole”

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  3. 5 stars
    This looks really delicious! We eat pancakes on the weekends, but I think the french toast could be a really yummy alternative. Thanks for sharing the recipe.


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