This Easy French Toast Casserole is bursting with so much flavor! This breakfast casserole is loaded with almonds, fresh berries and a cream cheese drizzle – an amazing combination.

You will love the make-ahead option. Just like our overnight cinnamon rolls, this overnight breakfast casserole will become a favorite to serve the family.

French Toast Casserole in a dish with a spoon, topped with fresh berries.

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French Toast Casserole Recipe

This French Toast Casserole is everything you can ask for in a breakfast casserole. It’s not overly sweet, yet hits the sweet spot! Bread chunks in a cinnamon egg mixture, topped with sliced almonds that become crispy once baked, fresh berries that add to the flavor and finished off with a cream cheese drizzle that take the recipe over the top!

Serve the French Toast Casserole on the weekend, for a special occasion like Mother’s Day brunch, Valentine’s Day or the Holidays!

Breakfast French Toast Casserole Recipe in a baking dish with a sieve on he side and fresh berries.

How to Make French Toast Casserole?

  • Cut bread into 1” cubes.
  • In a large bowl, whisk together eggs, milk, cinnamon, and sugar. Add bread and stir to coat.
  • Transfer to a baking dish, arranging in an even thickens and pour remaining egg mixture over bread
  • Sprinkle on sliced almonds, cover and bake breakfast casserole. 

Step-by-step photo collage how to make a French Toast Breakfast Casserole.

  • Meanwhile, prepare cream cheese drizzle: Beat cream cheese then beat in powdered sugar, vanilla, and milk
  • Once French Toast Casserole is baked, dust with powdered sugar,
  • Add berries and drizzle cream cheese over French Toast Casserole

TIP: If you don’t like almonds, use walnuts or pecans, add them to half of the casserole, or omit nuts.

Step-by-step photo collage how to make cream cheese drizzle for Breakfast Casserole.

Do I Have to Use the Cream Cheese Drizzle?

No! You may omit the cream cheese drizzle altogether and serve with traditional maple syrup 

How to Make Overnight French Toast Casserole:

  • Make recipe according to instructions, minus the baking
  • Cover and refrigerate the casserole
  • The following day, bake the breakfast casserole

TIP: Since the overnight breakfast casserole will be cold, add 5 minutes to the covered baking time then continue baking per the recipe.

Baked Overnight French Toast Casserole topped with berries and powdered sugar

What is the Best Bread for French Toast Casserole?

  • Brioche Bread, Challah Bread French Bread or even Italian Bread that can be sliced into about 1” squares will all work great.
  • Use bread that’s at least a day old. It will soak the egg mixture better and won’t taste soggy or mushy.

TIP: If your bread is a really large loaf, you may not need the whole loaf. 

French Toast Casserole bread with almonds and berries in a baking dish.

How to Re-Heat French Toast Casserole:

The casserole is best and most crisp right out of the oven, but it can be reheated. To reheat, bake at 350˚ F for 10 to 15 minutes or until warmed through and the top is re-crisped.

Started French Toast Casserole with a spoon in the casserole and fresh berries on the side.

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French Toast Casserole

4.92 from 50 votes
Author: Valentina Ablaev
This Easy French Toast Casserole is bursting with so much flavor! The casserole is loaded with almonds, fresh berries and a cream cheese drizzle - an amazing combination.
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 40 minutes
Total Time: 50 minutes

Ingredients 

Servings: 8 servings

For the French Toast Casserole:

  • 1 bread loaf, cut into 1-inch squares
  • 7 large eggs
  • 1 1/2 cups whole milk
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/4 cup heavy whipping cream
  • ½ tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 2/3 cup sliced almonds
  • 16 oz fresh berries
  • 2 tsp Powdered sugar, for dusting, optional

For the Cream Cheese Drizzle:

Instructions

  • In a large bowl, whisk together the eggs, milk, heavy whipping cream, vanilla, ground cinnamon and sugar.
  • Cut the bread loaf into 1” cubes and add them to the egg mixture. Stir to generously soak the bread then transfer to 9x13 casserole baking dish.
  • Pour any remaining egg mixture over bread and arrange bread evenly, patting down if needed.
  • Sprinkle the top with sliced almonds, cover and bake at 350˚F for 20 minutes then uncover and bake another 15-20 minutes, until tops of bread are crispy.
  • Meanwhile, prepare cream cheese drizzle: beat cream cheese until creamy. Add the powdered sugar, vanilla and milk and beat until thick and drizzling consistency
  • To serve, top with fresh berries and use a teaspoon to drizzle cream cheese over the French Toast Casserole.

Nutrition Per Serving

293kcal Calories30g Carbs9g Protein15g Fat5g Saturated Fat166mg Cholesterol121mg Sodium235mg Potassium2g Fiber25g Sugar520IU Vitamin A1.4mg Vitamin C127mg Calcium1.3mg Iron
Nutrition Facts
French Toast Casserole
Amount per Serving
Calories
293
% Daily Value*
Fat
 
15
g
23
%
Saturated Fat
 
5
g
31
%
Cholesterol
 
166
mg
55
%
Sodium
 
121
mg
5
%
Potassium
 
235
mg
7
%
Carbohydrates
 
30
g
10
%
Fiber
 
2
g
8
%
Sugar
 
25
g
28
%
Protein
 
9
g
18
%
Vitamin A
 
520
IU
10
%
Vitamin C
 
1.4
mg
2
%
Calcium
 
127
mg
13
%
Iron
 
1.3
mg
7
%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
Course: Breakfast
Cuisine: American, French
Keyword: French Toast Casserole, Overnight French Toast Casserole
Skill Level: Easy
Cost to Make: $$
Calories: 293

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Valentina Ablaev

I am Valentina, the creator behind the food blog Valentina’s Corner where I share our family’s favorite recipes. When I am not in the kitchen, I enjoy spending quality time with my husband and 5 children. We invite you to join us on our blogging journey!

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  • G
    May 16, 2024

    Thank you Natasha, I made 4 servings with brioche and it was perfect! Would I be able to make it healthier by using whole wheat?

    Reply

    • Natashas Kitchen
      May 16, 2024

      I’m so happy you loved it, G. I haven’t tried it with whole wheat, but I imagine that will work.

      Reply

  • Sahr
    April 17, 2024

    Hi
    Do you need to grease the casserole dish? Bcz it came out good but it sticked at the bottom

    Reply

    • NatashasKitchen.com
      April 18, 2024

      Hi Sahr! Yes, you can grease the casserole dish if it’s sticking too much.

      Reply

  • The Jonstigator
    January 24, 2024

    This is a twist on bread pudding and French toast. French toast and bread pudding together in one dish sounds so good. I will give this a try. You know I just cannot make this without raisons.

    Reply

    • NatashasKitchen.com
      January 24, 2024

      I hope you love it as much as we do!

      Reply

  • Juliya
    December 22, 2023

    Looks good, but can someone tell me the BEST bread to use for this?

    Reply

    • Natashas Kitchen
      December 22, 2023

      Hi Juliya, I address this in the recipe post. Please see the “What is the Best Bread for French Toast Casserole?” section of the post. I hope this helps. Merry Christmas!

      Reply

  • Elizabeth Chetovskiy
    August 8, 2022

    Hello Can the drizzle be made the night before as well, love your recipes

    Reply

    • NatashasKitchen.com
      August 9, 2022

      Hi Elizabeth. I think that would work. If you refrigerate it (because it has cream cheese in it) you should bring it back to room temperature before using it.

      Reply

  • Oleksandr
    April 16, 2022

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  • Christine
    March 27, 2022

    My family loved it! I added a drizzle of blueberries and strawberries with a little cream cheese to thicken…added a dimension. Love your recipes!

    Reply

    • Natasha's Kitchen
      March 27, 2022

      Great to hear that, Christine! Thank you for sharing that with us.

      Reply

  • Susan
    March 25, 2022

    This looks & sounds so good! My kids & grandkids are are comimg up for my birthday & I was wondering if I Can make it a day ahead & bake next morning?
    Thank you, Susan

    Reply

    • Natashas Kitchen
      March 25, 2022

      Hi Susan, this is a make-ahead recipe, we have notes on that in the post 🙂 See the section: “How to Make Overnight French Toast Casserole:” I hope that helps!

      Reply

  • Mike Grgich
    December 25, 2021

    I made the French toast casserole for Christmas brunch and it was the hit of the brunch. Every single bit of it was scarfed down. Your right, it really does not even need the syrup. The drizzle was perfect on it. Thank you for another great recipe.

    Reply

    • Natasha's Kitchen
      December 26, 2021

      Hi Mike, you’re so welcome! Glad to hear that the french toast casserole was a huge hit. Thanks for the review!

      Reply

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