Apple French Toast Casserole Recipe

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This apple french toast casserole will have your house smelling amazing and your tummy feeling very, very pleased with itself.

I love good comfort food, and this definitely fits that description! Comfort food in all it’s cinnamon-apple-y goodness! While this isn’t necessarily something you’d want to make on an average weekday morning, it’s definitely great for special occasions. Holiday, birthdays, or any fun and festive, autumn or winter event!

This Apple French Toast Casserole freshly out of the oven and topped with maple syrup.

Classic French Toast

Typically, french toast is fried, slice by slice. It’s first dipped into an egg and milk bath and then immediately placed into a hot, oiled skillet and cooked until you have a golden brown edge. But turning your french toast into a casserole allows you to make french toast with far less fat since you are baking instead of frying. A much healthier option, to be sure!

Brunch Menu Ideas

If you’re looking to put together a nice spread for a brunch menu, this is the perfect addition to that menu! Everyone loves the combination of apples and cinnamon and french toast is always a brunch-time winner. Add to that the fact that this is super easy to serve, and it quickly becomes the perfect brunch menu casserole!

A serving of Apple French Toast Casserole sits on a place with fresh, sliced apples at the base.

Family Breakfast

This apple french toast casserole is a fabulous family-style breakfast. It serves 8 people or 4 really hungry people. The crust came out nice and crunchy and the center was soft and chewy. The apples were marvelously soft and so very tasty. It’s the perfect autumn or winter family breakfast!

An overhead view of this Apple French Toast Casserole shows the slices of bread and bits of apple stuffed between them.

French Toast Without Vanilla

French toast doesn’t have to include the addition of vanilla or vanilla extract. In fact, it’s quite tasty without it. I personally use it, but vanilla extract has gotten so expensive these days, that I’m making this dish without it, more and more. The flavor is not harmed by the lack of vanilla, so feel free to skip it if you don’t have any.

Healthy Brunch Ideas

If you are putting together a brunch and need more menu ideas, here’s a nice list to round out your brunch table while still keeping things healthy and made from real food.

More French Toast Casseroles

If you need more healthy brunch ideas, here’s a video I found on YouTube that has some fun ideas.

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This Apple French Toast Casserole freshly out of the oven and topped with maple syrup.

Apple French Toast Casserole

This delicious, cinnamon apple french toast casserole will have your house smelling amazing and your tummy in fits of joy!
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Course: Breakfast
Cuisine: American
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 1 hour
Total Time: 1 hour 15 minutes
Servings: 8 servings
Calories: 217kcal
Author: The Gracious Pantry


  • Casserole dish



  • 2 medium tart, green apples (chopped)
  • 2 tsp. grapeseed oil (or any light flavored oil)
  • ½ tsp. ground cinnamon
  • 1 tsp. pure vanilla extract
  • 1 tsp. pure maple syrup
  • 1 tbsp. water


  • 2 cups unsweetened almond milk
  • 3 large whole eggs
  • ½ tsp. ground allspice
  • 16 slices whole grain bread (cut in half)
  • maple syrup for topping



  • In a medium pot, combine the apples, oil, cinnamon and vanilla (not the maple syrup).
  • Over low to medium heat, cook for approximately 15-20 minutes until the apples are soft.


  • In a large mixing bowl, whisk together the almond milk, eggs and allspice.
  • In a large baking dish (I used 2, 9×13 dishes) pour a small amount of the milk mixture into the bottom of the baking dish(s).
  • Set the bread, cut side down, in your baking dish. Pour the apples over the bread slices and work them in between the slices of bread.
  • Pour the rest of the liquid over the top of the casserole, covering everything as evenly as possible .
  • Bake at 350 F. for about 50-60 minutes.
  • If the bread is not browned very well on top, switch your oven to broil for the last minute or two of baking.
  • Allow to cool slightly.
  • Top with maple syrup and serve.


Please note that the nutrition data given here is a ballpark figure. Exact data is not possible.


Serving: 2full slices of bread with apples | Calories: 217kcal | Carbohydrates: 31g | Protein: 10g | Fat: 6g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 79mg | Sodium: 336mg | Potassium: 217mg | Fiber: 5g | Sugar: 8g | Vitamin A: 139IU | Vitamin C: 2mg | Calcium: 155mg | Iron: 2mg

Recipe from the Gracious Pantry® archives, originally posted 6/12/12.

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  1. I wonder what that would be like with peanut butter in it?

    1. graciouspantry says:

      Most likely very good!

  2. graciouspantry says:

    Because that’s what I have. Use whatever you have on hand.

  3. graciouspantry says:

    Tanya – No, it’s fine. I gave up dairy for a while because I thought I had an allergy to it. Now I just use almond milk for the flavor in certain recipes. But cows milk is fine for clean eating.

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