Blueberry French Toast Casserole Recipe

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This blueberry french toast casserole recipe is a perfect breakfast for a special occasion or just a lovely brunch. It’s light and scrumptious while still being filling.

I mean, who doesn’t like french toast? And good breakfast casseroles are nothing to sneeze at either. Put them together, and it’s incredible stuff! Add to that some superpower berries (yes, I said superpower), and you’ve got yourself an amazing breakfast for a special occasion, or just a normal day of the week. Either way, you’re going to love this. And if you don’t think you can handle 12 servings, make it anyway. You can nosh on it all week and stick the leftovers in the freezer!

A serving of Blueberry French Toast Casserole served on a white plate.

And don’t worry, if blueberries are out of season for you, frozen blueberries will work too! Of course, fresh berries are always best. But in a pinch, you can still have your blueberry french toast and eat it too!

Can You Make This Blueberry French Toast Casserole Ahead Of Time?

You can! And there are two ways.

  1. Prep now, bake later – You can easily prep this a day or two ahead of time by doing everything but actually baking it. (Just don’t prep more than 2 days ahead.) Then just bake it in the morning and serve as usual.
  2. Prep and bake now, serve later – You can fully make this entire recipe and keep it in the fridge for up to three days. However, you will want to time it so that you eat it no later than the third day. 3 days in the fridge is the limit on this one.

French Toast Casserole Variations

There are many variations for French toast casserole. Most of them revolve around fruit. But there are other options as well. Here are some ideas:

  • Change the berries – Try strawberries, raspberries, or blackberries. Even cranberries will work here!
  • Change the fruit completely – Try peaches, apples, or even mangos.
  • Change the extracts – There are so many extracts available! Everything from mint (mint chocolate chip french toast, anyone?) to maple, almond, lemon, and orange. Get creative!
  • Change the spices – While cinnamon is a standard spice in french toast, it doesn’t have to be. Try cardamom, nutmeg, or allspice.

What To Serve With Blueberry French Toast Casserole

This dish does pretty well on its own. But if you want to serve something with it, you could try:

  • healthy bacon or sausage
  • a side of scrambled eggs
  • a separate bowl of fruit or fruit salad
  • a smoothie

For garnish, try a pat of butter while the casserole is still hot, sprinkle some desiccated coconut over the top, or even sprinkle a bit of fresh lemon juice over the top, or enjoy this with a dollop of cream cheese or homemade blueberry sauce.

Recipe Extras

  1. Try sprinkling a bit of fresh lemon zest over this at serving.
  2. You can play around with the bread for different flavors. Try whole wheat sourdough bread or french bread for example. Some people enjoy using Challah, but I haven’t found one that’s made with whole wheat, so I’ve never tried it.
  3. One thing to remember is that this is best made with day-old bread. Don’t use fresh-baked bread for this. It won’t turn out as well.
Blueberry French Toast Casserole in a white casserole dish.

Dietary Options

This is pretty adjustable to most dietary needs. Here’s how to make adjustments.

Dairy-Free

This recipe uses almond milk, or you can use any non-dairy milk you prefer.

Gluten-Free

Use good quality, gluten-free bread.

Egg-Free

While I haven’t tried these, you could use either a vegan egg substitute or try a flax egg.

Sugar-Free

While there are naturally occurring sugars in the recipe ingredients here, you do not have to add excess if you prefer not to. Simply omit the honey, and serve this with mashed bananas as a “sauce” to sweeten things up, or enjoy as is with just the blueberries for sweetness.

Low-Carb Or Keto

While this wouldn’t be considered “clean eating”, you could make a low-carb bread to use here, and then use a low-carb sweetener. Everything else would be perfectly fine on a low-carb eating plan.

Vegan

Use maple syrup instead of honey and use a vegan egg substitute or flax egg.

About The Ingredients

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Whole grain bread – Use a clean, whole grain bread with no added sugar. If you can find an unsliced loaf, that’s best. But in a pinch, a sliced loaf will work too. Your bread cubes will just be smaller.

Egg whites (or whole eggs) – Use egg whites to cut down on fat content, or whole eggs to cut down on sodium content.

Unsweetened almond milk – You can use regular dairy milk or other non-dairy milk as well. Use the milk you usually drink.

Honey – You can also use maple syrup, but the finished dish won’t taste as sweet.

Pure vanilla extract – Use real vanilla extract, not vanilla flavoring. Vanilla extract is made with real ingredients while vanilla flavoring is made with synthetic ingredients.

Almond extract – Here again, use real extract. Not flavoring.

Ground cinnamon – Make sure there is no sugar mixed in. You just want cinnamon.

Blueberries – fresh or frozen. But if you use frozen, make sure there is no sugar added.

How To Make Blueberry French Toast Casserole

The finished eggs wash mixture for making this Blueberry French Toast Casserole Recipe.

Preheat the oven to 350° F.

In a large mixing bowl, combine the egg whites, almond milk, honey, extracts, and cinnamon. Whisk well.

The cut up bread in a casserole dish for making this Blueberry French Toast Casserole Recipe.

Oil a baking dish (about 9 x 13), and fill it with the bread.

The casserole dish with the egg mixture poured over the top and ready for baking.

Mix in the blueberries., then pour the egg mixture over the bread and allow it to sit for at least 30 minutes, mixing once or twice to be sure all parts of the bread are moistened.

The finished Blueberry French Toast Casserole and a portion served on a plate.

Bake the casserole for about 45 minutes or until there is no longer any liquid between the bread. Cool a bit and serve.

Can You Freeze French Toast Casserole?

Absolutely! It freezes quite well! Make sure you pack it up in an air-tight, freezer-safe container though. If packaged properly, you can freeze french toast casserole for up to two months.

Can French Toast Soak Overnight?

Absolutely! This is an easy-prep breakfast you can make the night before. Let it soak overnight and bake it first thing in the morning!

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A serving of Blueberry French Toast Casserole served on a white plate.

Blueberry French Toast Casserole Recipe

This delicious french toast casserole is sure to become a family favorite. And if you have leftovers, it freezes well too!
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Course: Breakfast
Cuisine: American
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 45 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour 5 minutes
Servings: 12 servings, approximate
Calories: 150kcal

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Equipment

  • Casserole pan

Ingredients

  • 6 cups cubed, whole grain bread
  • 8 large egg whites (or 4 whole eggs)
  • 1 ½ cups unsweetened almond milk
  • ¼ cup honey (or maple syrup, though it won’t be as sweet)
  • 1 tsp. pure vanilla extract
  • 2 tsp. almond extract
  • 2 tsp. ground cinnamon
  • 2 cups fresh blueberries (frozen works too as do other berries)

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 350° F.
    In a large mixing bowl, combine the egg whites, almond milk, honey, extracts and cinnamon. Whisk well.
    The finished eggs wash mixture for making this Blueberry French Toast Casserole Recipe.
  • Oil a baking dish (about 9 x 13), and fill it with the bread.
    The cut up bread in a casserole dish for making this Blueberry French Toast Casserole Recipe.
  • Mix in the blueberries., then pour the liquid mixture over the bread and allow it to sit for at least 30 minutes, mixing once or twice to be sure all parts of the bread are moistened.
    The casserole dish with the egg mixture poured over the top and ready for baking.
  • Bake the casserole for about 45 minutes or until there is no longer any liquid between the bread. Cool a bit and serve.
    The finished Blueberry French Toast Casserole and a portion served on a plate.

Notes

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

Nutrition

Serving: 1serving | Calories: 150kcal | Carbohydrates: 25g | Protein: 11g | Fat: 1g | Sodium: 133mg | Potassium: 96mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 11g | Vitamin A: 15IU | Vitamin C: 2.4mg | Calcium: 64mg | Iron: 0.5mg

Recipe from the Gracious Pantry® archives, originally posted 9/18/12.

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143 Comments

  1. graciouspantry says:

    If you can have dairy, use regular milk and vanilla extract instead.

  2. Megan Wilson says:

    If I want to make this with the egg yolks would I need to decrease the number of eggs?

    1. graciouspantry says:

      I would use 1 whole egg for every 2 egg whites. I apply that theory to all of my recipes.

  3. Katrina Brekke says:

    To make this vegan is there any substitute for the egg whites? This looks amazing btw

    1. I’m not sure. The egg white sort of holds it all together. Not sure what a good substitute would be. I’ll try to research it.

  4. I found this on Pinterest and I decided to make it this morning. My house smells so freakin good right now…. Thank you for this post ๐Ÿ™‚

  5. Kristina Unhjem says:

    Loved this recipe and my 6 & 8 year old tried it with vanilla ice-cream. Great recipe and easy to put together. Thanks for sharing. Can’t wait to try some of your other recipes. Greetings from Norway!

  6. Always Eat Clean says:

    question: what bread did you use for this recipe? i get 100% whole wheat bread that is a store brand. it’s not exactly “french toast bread” as it’s not nearly as thick..is that okay?

    1. Sure! You can use whatever bread you like. I used the Pain Miche bread (I believe that’s the correct name) from Trader Joe’s.

  7. Can you use gluten free bread for this recipe?

  8. Could leftovers from this be frozen?

  9. Just saw this shared on Facebook. Looks great. Is the honey the processed kind or raw honey?

  10. Just started trying to eat clean and this was one of the first recipes I made. It is amazing. I used TJs pain bread. Thanks for your site. Can’t wait to make more things!

  11. I made this tonight and it was a big hit! Thank you for sharing it with the “masses.”

  12. Nicole Miller says:

    What if you have a child that is allergic to all nuts. What can you use instead of Almond milk?

  13. I don’t have blueberrys on hand, would strawberries work?

    1. Krystal – You could try it, but I would use frozen. I doubt fresh strawberries would hold up well. Worth a shot!

  14. If I left the blueberries out of the recipe do you think it would still turn out okay? I want to make this for a brunch I am hosting and not everyone likes blueberries. I was going to put a bowl of mixed berries on the side instead.

  15. Lisa Repeckyj says:

    Stumbled across this yummy looking recipe this morning and I can’t wait to make it this weekend! I’ve already passed this recipe along to my friends and family. ๐Ÿ™‚ How much would you say 6 cups of cubed bread equates to? Half a loaf?

    My husband and I are big fans of your recipes. Thank you for sharing them with us!

    Blessings,
    Lisa

  16. I cut the recipe in half and baked it for about 40 minutes. Is the consistency of the casserole supposed to be kind of slightly soggy still? The flavor is good but I just wanted to double check. I also used a deeper pan, not sure if that makes a difference. Thanks.

    1. Mona – The very bottom may be slightly soggy, but it shouldn’t be overly so. For the most part, all the liquid should soak into the bread. It could have had to do with cutting the recipe in half. Maybe when you do that you have to cut the liquid a bit more? I’m not sure as I haven’t tried it.

  17. Being a new cook I follow every recipe exactly as they’re written, and my gut said to use less almond extract and I was right, WAY too much, you smelled almond it as it was baking and then upon tasting, not great unless of course you love almond. I’ll tweak it next time.

    1. Rob – Yes, I enjoy the flavor of almonds. But you can leave it out completely if you prefer.

  18. LOVE your site and all these great recipes – could you estimate how many slices of bread it takes to get “6 cups?” I can obviously just try it, but I want to make sure I have enough bread on hand before I begin.

    Thanks!

  19. I actually made this today – I think I used about 8-9 slices of bread. It was a broader homestyle-type whole grain/whole wheat loaf, not the “square” processed ones – and it was DELICIOUS! Thank you for another great recipe!

  20. Do you think frozen blueberries would be okay?

    1. Lauren – Sure! It may add a slight amount of liquid though, so keep an eye on the baking time. Might need a couple minutes longer.

  21. Jessy May says:

    Whipped this up for an easy breakfast this morning!! I halved the recipe and baked it up in a 8×8 cause its just me and my boyfriend here at home and he isn’t a huge blueberry fan. This changed his mind! he had 2 servings! but next time I think ill add a lil extra honey or cinnamon. The bread didn’t have as much flavor as I thought it would!

    1. Jessy – Glad he liked it! The bread does make a difference, but simple adjustments like that should help. Enjoy!

  22. I never had almond milk before this. It’s really good haha

  23. New to eating clean (about a month now). I want to make a portion out this recipe for snacks throughout the week do you think, this would be good reheated?

  24. Hi! I’m new to any kind of cooking and baking. I wanted to know if you think it would still turn out good if I made these changes:
    1% plain milk instead of almond milk
    1 tsp almond extract
    2 full tbsp (not tsp) ground cinnamon (I really like cinnamon haha)
    Please let me know your honest opinion, as you seem to be very experienced so I value your advice ๐Ÿ™‚

    1. Amatulla – Yes, you can sub the milk with anything you like. Almond extract is fine, but I would not use 2 tablespoons cinnamon. 1 tablespoon maybe, but 2 tablespoons would be overkill.

  25. I just made this and it was delicious!! Thank you so much for sharing this recipe. I am new to the Clean Eating way of life and I am so glad that i found your website. ๐Ÿ™‚