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Crockpot French Toast Casserole Recipe

Great for a quick and easy breakfast and perfect for the holidays! This Crockpot French Toast Casserole Recipe is delicious to wake up to!

Crockpot French Toast Casserole

I make this recipe every year for Christmas, and Easter, and every chance I get!  Until now I made this in the oven but now it is a crockpot favorite! It is so simple to assemble this in your crockpot and pop it in for a sweet morning treat! You have to try this Crockpot French Toast Casserole Recipe!

What Size Crockpot?

French Toast Casserole in slow cooker

This is perfect in a large crockpot (5qt or larger) or one of these Casserole Crockpots is ideal! This also makes a great dish to serve at a brunch or for after church on a Sunday. Pop it in when you get up and it is ready when you get home!

Gluten Free

Yes, making this gluten free is totally possible. You can use store-bought gluten free bread or make it with this Homemade Gluten Free Sandwich Bread! Either way it is still incredible!

Dairy Free

One more change you can make to this recipe is you can make it dairy free. Just substitute a milk alternative. My favorite is coconut milk. Also, use a dairy free margarine for the topping.

As far as the taste goes, the dairy free milk does not effect the flavor. It is just as good if not better.

Tips

Crockpot French Toast Casserole with maple syrup

Here are a few tips to have the best casserole around.

  • Use stale or day old French or Italian bread. You can sometimes find this in your store’s bakery for $0.50 a loaf or less!
  • Dice the bread in 1 inch squares. This absorbs the milk/egg mix the best and settles nicely in the crockpot.
  • Spray your crockpot with non stick spray.;..and then do it one more time for good measure.
  • Don’t over cook it. If you can’t watch it, cook it on low.
  • Mix ins! Stir in some added pecans, raisins, or even these cinnamon chips for added flavor! YUM!

MORE French Toast Casserole

Crockpot French Toast Casserole

We love this breakfast recipe so much we have made a few twists on the original.

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My personal favorite for Thanksgiving is now the Pumpkin version. With warm maple syrup….mmm. Serve this with a fruit salad, some bacon or sausage, or just by itself with a hot cup of coffee. YUM! It will be the hit of the morning!

Crockpot French Toast Casserole

This French Toast Casserole will become a holiday breakfast favorite….any anytime favorite!
Print Recipe
Prep Time:10 mins
Cook Time:4 hrs
Total Time:4 hrs 10 mins

Ingredients

  • 1 loaf bread diced (stale works great)
  • 6 eggs
  • 2 cups milk Dairy Free Alternative can be used
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon

Topping

  • 1/4 cup butter or Dairy Free Margarine Softened
  • 1/2 cup firmly packed brown sugar
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/2 cup chopped pecans
  • Dash of nutmeg

Instructions

  • Whisk together eggs, milk and cinnamon and pour over diced bread in a large bowl. Cover an let it soak overnight in the fridge or atleast 4 hours.
  • When ready to bake spray the inside of the crockpot (4-6 quart sized works best) to avoid sticking.
  • Pour in Bread Mix.
  • In a small bowl mix together butter, brown sugar cinnamon, pecans and nutmeg.
  • Crumble of the top of the bread mix. Cover and Cook on low for 4 hours…or if you are in a hurry High for 2 hours.
  • Let sit for 15-20 minutes and serve!

Video

Notes

GLUTEN FREE

You can use a gluten free bread

DAIRY FREE

Use Almond Milk or other milk alternative and a Dairy Free Margarine for the topping.
Servings: 8
Author: Amanda@AFewShortCuts.com

Originally posted September 2011. Updated October 2019.

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16 Comments

  1. 5 stars
    I made this Sunday for breakfast and loved it. My husband had a funny look on his face when I said French toast in the crock pot and acted like he wasn’t going to try it. But he did. And he liked it. And so did my 16 and 12 year old sons. I of course loved it. I love French toast. I wasn’t sure what size loaf of bread you used so I used half of one of the huge loaves you get at the store and it worked great. I just tore it up into big chunks and threw it in there. Thanks for a “keeper” recipe.

  2. Amanda,

    My family (immediate and extended) loved this casserole for Christmas this year. My parents hosted 18 for Christmas brunch. I have made a similar recipe in years past, but never in the crockpot. NOT A SCRAPE was left!! Truly a repeat and great addition to our tradition. Our two sons have asked that I make it again SOON. THANK YOU so much for sharing this wonderfully delicious recipe. I hope to research more of your receipes soon. Happy New Year!!

  3. sounds great….have you ever made this overnight in the crockpot for like 8-10 hours on low….? I have the 4-6 hour setting for high…but don’t want to get up in the middle of the night to make it…hahahhahahaha….love my zzzzz’s..hahahhaha…thank you so much for this!

  4. 5 stars
    This is a great recipe! I used canning rings between the crock and the element to allow for longer cook time. I set it up last night about 10:30 and it was perfect at 6am cooked 7.5 hours on low. New crocks run hot and I’m embarrassed to share how many things I have burned to the bottom and sides, even tried and true recipes that were perfect in my old early 90’s era crock. This is a new staple in my house! (this morning I skipped the topping and just used pure maple syrup, YUM-O!)

  5. 5 stars
    OMG!! this is so great! I made this with Pepperidge Farms Pumpkin Swirl Bread (or whatever it’s called) !!! IT WAS A HIT! I want to try other breads with this. Super Good!

  6. I’m currently making this right now. I wish I had read the entire thing before this morning because I forgot to let the bread soak last night and figured I’d could wing it today. It smells amazing but if you don’t let it soak it definitely takes more than 2 hours on high to cook. Lesson learned!! Can’t wait to try it though when it’s ready.

        1. 5 stars
          Your recipe sounds delicious! I hope to try pumpkin with skim milk and nutmeg with cinnamon & maple syrup – not sure of what bread to use with usually getting 12 grain breads – gluten free breads are a bit high in sodium for us – any
          suggestions?
          I’m over here in Ontario Canada & I wish we had pumpkin bread here
          : ) Stay Safe everyone of you! It’s been hard over here in Ontario but the case numbers are going down & yes masks are the rule here & changing gloves between each patient or resident you visit or attend. Here’s hope covid19 is wiped out for good very – we lost so many brilliant healthcare rn hca psw many staff who can only work 1 healthcare location – they had to choose where they would work – so covid could not spread facility to facility. Extreme cautions in place over here – & we can’t take anything cooked or baked to people in care facilities at this time.
          Take care everyone : )
          Jen
          OntarioCanada

  7. 5 stars
    Took this crock pot of deliciousness to a staff meeting,everyone loved it got recipe request for the french toast. This one is a keeper for sure.. Topping was sweet enough you dont really need syrup.

  8. 5 stars
    Followed directions exactly, this was wonderful! 3 hours on low in my crockpot and this was delicious! Easter Brunch!

  9. 5 stars
    I used the plain brioche loaves we sell at Whole Foods for this. Made it the regular way the first time but the second time I turned it into an orange chocolate french toast variant by substituting orange extract for the cinnamon, skipping the topping altogether, and using the Whole Foods chocolate swirl brioche and I sprinkled a bag of chocolate chips over top before letting it soak in the fridge overnight…no syrup needed. We also sell cinnamon swirl and cream cheese swirl brioche loaves which could make for some interesting french toast casserole as well.

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