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Vegan french toast casserole is a quick and healthy breakfast that tastes like dessert! Made with sprouted wheat bread, apples, soy milk, flax seeds, and maple syrup, you’ll get all the decadence of a bread pudding in a nutritious package. Kid-friendly with a gluten-free option too!
I’m head over heels for french toast. If there’s a way to make a typical weekday morning magical, a homestyle stack flowing with syrup is the way to do so! Sometimes I want all the goodness of it without all the hassle. That’s where this vegan french toast casserole shines. It makes for the perfect breakfast, because you can sip your morning coffee without lifting a finger or babysitting the stove.
I like to make eggless french toast casserole the night before, then pop it into the oven the next morning. It’s perfect for when you want a stress-free but crowd-pleasing breakfast. It tastes decadent, but this healthy overnight french toast is packed with wholesome ingredients.
Toppings are optional, but half the fun! Fresh berries, peanut butter, granola, vegan chocolate chips, maple syrup, and powdered sugar make this vegan casserole unforgettable. It’s a perfect apple cinnamon french toast casserole when you’re craving indulgence, but without all the guilt!
This easy vegan french toast casserole recipe requires simple ingredients found at your local grocery store.
Soy Milk: Any non-dairy milk will do! Almond milk, oat milk, and cashew milk are all great dairy free milk options. If you’re not vegan, dairy milk works too. Full fat coconut milk will be too rich, but you can sub 1/2 cup of the soy milk with it for a richer casserole.
Ground Flax Seeds: Flax eggs are made with a liquid and ground flax seed. They replace eggs and act as a thickening agent for the milk mixture. It’s usually found in the baking aisle somewhere near the flour. Chia seeds work the same way, but the ratio is different.
Maple Syrup: For natural sweetness! Brown sugar and coconut sugar can also be used.
Cinnamon: For a touch of cinnamon flavor!
Vanilla Extract: Vanilla enhances the other ingredients in your recipe.
Brown Sugar: If you prefer natural sugar, you can substitute this with more maple syrup or coconut sugar.
Sprouted Wheat Bread: Sprouted whole wheat bread provides a chewy texture and extra nutrients. Any kind of bread will do though, just make sure it’s hearty. Don’t worry if your bread isn’t fresh, day-old bread or crusty bread works better!
Apple: Optional, but delicious! Sweet and tender apples take this casserole up a notch!
Vegan baked french toast casserole is a breeze to make! Follow these simple directions for a drool-worthy breakfast.
Blend Ingredients: Combine all of the ingredients except the bread and apple in a high-speed blender. Blend until smooth then set aside for fifteen minutes. This will allow the ground flax to thicken the mixture.
Preheat Oven: Preheat your oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. Spray a baking dish with olive oil or nonstick spray. Assemble: Arrange the cubed bread in an even layer inside the baking dish. Add the chopped apples on top of the casserole.
Add Custard: Pour the thickened custard over the bread cubes. Make sure all of the bread is well coated in the custard so you don’t have any dry pieces.
Bake Casserole: Bake for 45 to 55 minutes. Carefully remove the dish from the oven and let it sit for 20 minutes. This will allow it to set up first. Serve: Enjoy this vegan breakfast casserole with your favorite toppings and a drizzle of maple syrup!
Is dairy free french toast casserole healthy?
The answer is, it depends! Traditional french toast casserole is made with white bread, butter, eggs, milk, and lots of sugar! White bread has little nutritional value because it’s been processed and stripped of its fiber.
But this recipe is a plant-based lightened-up version made with healthy swaps! Sprouted wheat bread replaces white bread for added fiber and nutrients. Flax seeds are packed with plant-based protein, fiber, and omega-3 fatty acids. And an egg free custard lowers the fat and calories in this recipe!
Is this healthy french toast casserole kid-friendly?
Yes! My kids devour this casserole! They will think they’re eating dessert when they’re getting lots of fiber, protein, vitamins, and antioxidants. But with most kids, it can be easy to get carried away with the maple syrup.
To keep this healthy and low sugar for the kids, I recommend giving them a small ramekin filled with 1 tablespoon of maple syrup for them to dip their french toast bread pudding cubes into rather than spreading it all over the top.
Why is my baked french toast soggy?
To prevent a soggy casserole, use hearty and stale bread so it will soak up the milk mixture. Be sure to bake it long enough and let it rest too! As the vegan french toast bake sits, it will firm up some.
Can you use stale bread to make healthy french toast bread pudding?
Yes, in fact I recommend it! If the bread you’re using is too soft it won’t be able to fully absorb the custard which will give you a soggy french toast. However, if you don’t have leftover bread, using a dense bread such as the sprouted whole wheat will absorb the custard well and provide you with the perfectly soft on the inside, crunchy on the outside french toast bread pudding.
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Vegan french toast casserole is a quick and healthy breakfast that tastes like dessert! Made with sprouted wheat bread, apples, soy milk, flax seeds, and maple syrup. you’ll get all the decadence of a bread pudding in a nutritious package. Kid-friendly with a gluten-free option too!
Prep Time20 mins
Cook Time45 mins
Total Time1 hr 5 mins
Course: Breakfast, Brunch
Diet: Vegan, Vegetarian
Servings: 10 servings
Serving: 1piece | Calories: 113kcal | Carbohydrates: 18g | Protein: 5g | Fat: 3g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 111mg | Potassium: 173mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 8g