Blueberry French Toast Casserole Recipe

Blueberry French Toast Casserole Recipe.

This Blueberry French Toast Casserole Recipe is super adaptable for weekend brunches or breakfast work meetings.

It was inspired by recipes I’ve lusted over but couldn’t eat because of my dietary restrictions. So, I made a dairy free French toast casserole recipe with my favorite gluten free bread and fresh blueberries that I could indulge in safely.

If you find yourself with a need for an easy breakfast for busy weekends, this overnight breakfast bake option is going to be a favorite for your family.

Another easy-to-make breakfast recipe is Blueberry Muffin Streusel Cake, which also can be made gluten free.

Blueberry French Toast Casserole in a white plate with maple syrup being poured from a small glass pitcher with a large platter of the casserole in the background.

Overnight French toast casserole with blueberries

Using up leftover gluten free bread or bread ends is an excellent reason to cook up this make-ahead delicious French toast casserole bake.

If your kids are like mine and refuse to eat up bread ends, then you need a way to use them. I keep a large gallon freezer bag to store them in the freezer until I have enough to throw together this breakfast dish.

The recipes that inspired this dish were a bit more decadent than I prefer for breakfast.  It was simple to lighten it up and make it healthier by using substitutes for dairy, eggs, and even sugar.

Below are some of my favorite ways to make this French toast casserole recipe healthier and easy to fit into any diet plan.

This overnight breakfast casserole was delicious and reminded me of cream cheese stuffed French toast but without the guilt.

Blueberry French Toast Casserole would be wonderful to serve on Mother’s Day or to bring to a breakfast meeting at work.

A piece of Blueberry French Toast Casserole in a white plate with maple syrup being poured from a small glass pitcher.

How to make this French toast casserole dairy free

If you follow a dairy free diet, you may think a great French toast bake would be impossible to make. I discovered with a few simple substitutions you can make this recipe just as delicious as any that includes dairy.

Cheese: Use vegan or dairy-free cream cheese such as Kite Hill Almond Milk Cream Cheese.

Coconut milk: Light coconut milk, rice milk, unsweetened almond milk, or soy milk are all great vegan substitutes.

Vegan? Choose a vegan egg substitute instead of the egg whites and a vegan bread for the regular or gluten free bread.

Lower the fat: If you’re not vegan, using egg whites instead of a whole egg lowers the fat content.

French Toast Casserole in a white plate and a large platter of French Toast bake casserole in the background.

Gluten-free French toast casserole overnight bake tips

For those who have a gluten sensitivity or celiac disease, it’s easy to adapt this French toast casserole recipe.

Whether you make your own homemade gluten free bread, or you use the ends of a store bought gluten-free bread, it won’t matter. Both work well for this recipe.

Use gluten-free cinnamon bread for more flavor.

Cut gluten-free bread into smaller pieces to help absorb the liquid better.

Gluten-free bagels, hamburger and hot dog buns, and muffins that are stale are also a terrific (and delicious!) option for use in this overnight breakfast bake.

Large white casserole of french toast bake.

More make ahead breakfast recipes

Preparing breakfast in advance to bake the next morning makes your job so much easier to manage.  You can use your favorite casserole dish to make it easy to take from the refrigerator to the oven.

Using a disposable aluminum pan with a lid works great for teacher appreciation breakfasts so you don’t worry about having to get your casserole dish back. (And leftovers can go home with the teachers!)

Below are a few of other favorite make ahead breakfasts:

This Easy Chorizo Breakfast Casserole is spicy and made with sweet potatoes.

Make a Quick & Easy Quiche with leftovers or deli meat.

 Muffins are the best make ahead breakfast. Try Zucchini Muffins or Banana Oatmeal Muffins.

Yield: 12 SERVINGS

Blueberry French Toast Casserole Recipe

Blueberry French Toast Casserole Recipe

This Blueberry French Toast Casserole recipe is an easy make-ahead breakfast. This French toast casserole bake is dairy-free and gluten-free.

Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour
Total Time 1 hour 20 minutes

Ingredients

  • 14 slices whole wheat or gluten free bread, cut into 1" cubes
  • 1 (8-ounce) package vegan cream cheese, cut in cubes
  • 12 ounces blueberries (fresh or frozen)
  • 6 large eggs
  • 1 cup liquid egg whites
  • 1/3 cup agave nectar or real maple syrup
  • 1 can (13.5 ounces) light coconut milk
  • 3/4 cup rice milk
  • Real maple syrup for drizzling

Instructions

  1. Arrange 1/2 of the bread cubes in a greased 9 x 13 pan.
  2. Sprinkle cream cheese cubes and blueberries evenly over the bread cubes.
  3. Top with remaining bread cubes.
  4. Mix together eggs, egg whites, coconut milk, and rice milk, and agave nectar/maple syrup
  5. Pour over bread cubes and cover the pan with foil. Let chill in the refrigerator overnight.
  6. Bake covered with foil at 350 degrees for 30 minutes.
  7. Remove the foil and bake for another 30 minutes or until fluffy and golden.
  8. Drizzle maple syrup over individual pieces when serving.

Nutrition Information:

Yield:

12

Serving Size:

1

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 885Total Fat: 12gSaturated Fat: 5gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 5gCholesterol: 93mgSodium: 97mgCarbohydrates: 167gFiber: 28gSugar: 11gProtein: 41g

Nutritional information is automatically calculated per the ingredients list. Serving size may not be accurate. Please double-check with your preferred nutritional app for the most accurate information.

Originally published on February 9, 2012. Updated with new pictures and information.

 
Blueberry French Toast Casserole Recipe