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Catching up on weekend posts?

 

 

Nothing chases the Moan-day blues away quite like a new breakfast recipe.  Dare I say this is a new favorite recipe?

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Here’s the thing with breakfast recipes – I don’t want to spend twenty minutes prepping breakfast.  I have other things to do (like, um, shower and get to work).  But I don’t mind spending 5 minutes prepping a breakfast that requires 20 minutes of baking. 

 

Simply prep this amazing French Toast Casserole before jumping in the shower, and by the time you’re dressed, you’ll be munching on an breakfast fit for a Queen (or King).

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Look, Ma – only eight ingredients (and I bet you have them all already)!

 

French Toast Casserole

 

Ingredients (for two servings):

 

  • 4 slices of crusty whole wheat bread (crustier, the better)
  • 4 eggs
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup almond milk (or your milk of choice)
  • 1/2 tablespoon cinnamon
  • 1 ripe banana
  • Toppings:  Maple syrup and almonds

 

Directions:

 

  • Preheat oven to 375.
  • Chop bread into 1 – 2 inch strips.  Place in small greased casserole dish (mine was an 8-inch round).

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  • In a bowl, combine eggs, milk, cinnamon, and vanilla.
  • Pour egg mix over bread and slice in a banana.
  • Stir and let stand for a minute.  Stir again, thoroughly coating all the bread with the egg mix.  Pat down with spoon.

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  • Bake at 375 for 20 minutes.  Remove, let stand for one minute, and slice (makes two servings).
  • Top with nuts and maple syrup.

 

This would also be an awesome dish for a big brunch – just double or triple the recipe and make it in a larger casserole dish.

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I feel better about Monday already.  :)

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  • Nicole March 14, 2011, 9:44 am

    Breakfast looks amazing, I know what I’m having tomorrow when I wake up, can’t wait!! ;)

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  • Brittany (A Healthy Slice of Life) March 14, 2011, 9:47 am

    Think you could make this ahead of time and freeze it? Looks like a yummy breakfast to have on hand in case company shows up!

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    • Cyclist Kate March 14, 2011, 10:01 am

      You could definitely make this ahead of time! It’s just like a sweet strata, which is intended to be prepped the night before, sit covered in the fridge to meld, then baked the morning of–just might have to bake for a few extra minutes to account for it being fridge-cold.

      What a great breakfast, Caitlin!

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      • Baking 'n' Books March 14, 2011, 10:14 am

        I think I could eat that cold too actually! Looks like a fluffy pancake :)

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  • Charlie March 14, 2011, 9:47 am

    This looks delicious! I’m exactly like you when it comes to breakfast: don’t want to prep it for long, but don’t mind if cooks/bakes for long ;).

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  • Beth @ Beth's Journey to Thin March 14, 2011, 9:47 am

    Wow. That would definitely make my morning better. This looks so good!

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  • Joanne March 14, 2011, 9:49 am

    Ah! Great minds and all that good stuff. I did a Banana Stuffed French Toast – Bake. Guess those baked versions are French Toast in the AM and Bread Pudding in the PM. :)

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  • Stacy @ Every Little Thing March 14, 2011, 10:01 am

    Looks like a great weekend breakfast! Def no time left in my weekday mornings hehe

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  • Holly @ Couch Potato Athlete March 14, 2011, 10:02 am

    I’m the same way — I don’t want to spend a ton of time preparing breakfast. But I can easily throw this in the oven and then go shower.

    I love French Toast Casserole — I’ve made something similar but with blueberries instead.

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  • Jenny @ Love Eat Run March 14, 2011, 10:02 am

    This looks amazing!! I can’t wait to have it for breakfast soon! And your veggie creamcheese caught my eye too…yumm!

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  • Halley (Blunder Construction) March 14, 2011, 10:06 am

    I wish you had a like button on your blog, because I really like this recipe!!! It’s actually way easier than making individual slices of toast! Happy Monday!

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  • Sarah @ The Pajama Chef March 14, 2011, 10:07 am

    looks delicious! its spring break this week so i plan on making some yummy breakfasts…can’t wait to try it!!

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  • Tina @ Faith Fitness Fun March 14, 2011, 10:09 am

    Genius! I don’t mind things that take longer either…as long as I’m not actively cooking I’m good!

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  • Katie @ Nourishing Flourishing March 14, 2011, 10:10 am

    Definitely the right way to begin a Monday ;) I’ll have to try this on my husband — he begs me to make him french toast every weekend, but this looks easier in some ways!

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  • Tracey @ I'm Not Superhuman March 14, 2011, 10:11 am

    That looks great. I love your breakfast creations. I can’t decide which sounds better: this or the breakfast truffles.

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  • Christine March 14, 2011, 10:13 am

    This looks great!

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  • Hannah Hawley March 14, 2011, 10:15 am

    I have a recipe similar to this I created for making the night before. I also add a bit of creamcheese blended with brown sugar to give it a really nice cheesy swirl on top for a bit of extra decadance!

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  • J3nn (Jenn's Menu and Lifestyle Blog) March 14, 2011, 10:15 am

    That sounds sooo good!! I think my hubs would like it, too. He’s a French toast fanatic. :)

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  • aleasha March 14, 2011, 10:15 am

    You can also make this the night before and pop it in the fridge overnight. Works great-This is kinda like a healthy version of Christmas Wife Saver Casserole!

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  • Elizabeth@The Sweet Life March 14, 2011, 10:16 am

    Looks delicious–here’s to a productive week!

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  • Julie @ Shining From Within March 14, 2011, 10:37 am

    Holy moly. Mail me this?

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  • Allison @ Food For Healing March 14, 2011, 10:38 am

    i have been totally craving french toast lately, and love casseroles, i might have to make this! looks like such a nice and simple recipe, nothing too complicated like ones ive seen.

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  • Amanda (Eating Up) March 14, 2011, 11:41 am

    You are so good at breakfast! I’ve gotten so many awesome ideas from you!

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  • Ashley @ Feeding Ashley March 14, 2011, 11:44 am

    That looks so good, I love french toast!

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  • Kate (What Kate is Cooking) March 14, 2011, 12:13 pm

    Good breakfasts definitely ease the pain of Mondays, especially when I am grumpy because of less sleep!

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  • Camille March 14, 2011, 12:22 pm

    Oh man, yum! French toast is one of the most perfect foods ever!

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  • jen @ taste life March 14, 2011, 12:25 pm

    That looks tasty. The first Monday after the time change still sucks, though :)

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  • Maren March 14, 2011, 12:30 pm

    wowza. I’m tired…maybe I should have this for lunch ;)

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  • Diana March 14, 2011, 12:31 pm

    Looks great! French toast casserole has been a favorite in my family when large groups of us get together for breakfast for years. Will definitely have to try it with bananas now!

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  • annie March 14, 2011, 12:31 pm

    delicious idea!!

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  • Kiran March 14, 2011, 12:38 pm

    I want to make this tomorrow, for breakfast :)

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  • Jasmine @ Eat Move Write March 14, 2011, 12:56 pm

    I have some bread that we didn’t love that I really need to use. This would be PERFECT! Thanks!

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  • Dori March 14, 2011, 12:58 pm

    OMG YUM HEAVEN

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  • Annette @ EnjoyYourHealthyLife March 14, 2011, 1:07 pm

    You have the best breakfast ideas!!! :) Looks so yummy, thanks!

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  • Michelle (The Runner's Plate) March 14, 2011, 1:07 pm

    I love the comment to your mom about the dish only containing a few ingredients and ones she already has in her cupboard because I’m sure that’s what keeps my mom from making more of the things I post about. :)

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  • Clarissa @ SoberandtheCity March 14, 2011, 1:28 pm

    I love FTC! It’s nice to see a relatively healthier recipe for it too – delish!

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  • Parita @ myinnershakti March 14, 2011, 1:32 pm

    Looks sooo good – kinda like bread pudding! :)

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  • Natalia - a side of simple March 14, 2011, 1:36 pm

    Your breakfast recipes are always my favorites! They make me look forward to mornings and “breakfast for dinner” nights.

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  • Lauren @ChiGalLauren March 14, 2011, 1:42 pm

    Time is definitely hard to come by in the mornings, love how quick and easy this is!

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  • Ashley (The Vegetable Life) March 14, 2011, 1:44 pm

    Holy Yum that looks good!

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  • Ash @ Good Taste Healthy Me March 14, 2011, 2:06 pm

    Wow this looks delicious! Who doesn’t love French Toast?

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  • Mary @ Bites and Bliss March 14, 2011, 2:21 pm

    Yum!! This looks absolutely fabulous!

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  • Ellie@fitforthesoul March 14, 2011, 3:07 pm

    Oh I love french toast casseroles! so moist and crunchy on top

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  • Kacy March 14, 2011, 3:45 pm

    I love french bread casserole and that recipe looks amazing. For those in a major time crunch it could even be prepped at night and then just popped in the oven in the morning I bet!

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  • Emma (Namaste Everyday) March 14, 2011, 3:56 pm

    fancy breakfasts always put me in such a great mood! Thanks for sharing this one, it looks delicious!

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  • Chelsea @ One Healthy Munchkin March 14, 2011, 7:03 pm

    I think this breakfast would actually make me look forward to Monday morning! :D

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  • Jolene (www.everydayfoodie.ca) March 14, 2011, 7:16 pm

    Great idea Caitlin!! You are becoming the breakfast queen :-)

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  • Kris @ tryingtotri March 14, 2011, 7:56 pm

    What an awesome looking breakfast! I have to try it, I love French toast! I bet it would be good with apples and raisins mixed in too, instead of the banana. :) Yum!

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  • Mary (what's cookin' with mary) March 15, 2011, 11:38 am

    What a great idea! I will def make this for our next breakfast/ brunch get together. I’m all about making things that can be just thrown in the oven while you chat with guests.

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  • Rianna March 17, 2011, 12:37 pm

    Why do you call your husband ‘The Husband’?? Do you not like him? You make him sound like a pet!

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    • Caitlin March 17, 2011, 1:09 pm

      Yes, I hate my husband.

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  • terry March 20, 2011, 6:30 am

    Sounds yummy. Will try tomorrow.

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  • Terri March 20, 2011, 7:20 am

    Sounds like a really good breakfast idea especially for my picky granddaughter

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  • one-hot-mama1 March 20, 2011, 7:11 pm

    yum yum i will try this out on monday for me and my little girl

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  • kaye March 20, 2011, 10:11 pm

    What is the calories fats etc for this french toast reciepe Thanks

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  • Kimberly March 21, 2011, 12:20 pm

    OMG that looks Uh-mazing! I will definitely be trying that this week in the gluten-free variety – NOM! Thanks for sharing! :)

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  • nikki July 12, 2012, 5:58 pm

    My kids loved this for an easy “breakfast for dinner” we added heated blueberries and blueberry syrup. It could have easily been dessert! thanks

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  • Alyssa August 14, 2012, 8:58 pm

    I tried this today (needed a good before-work breakfast), and it unfortunately didn’t work as well for me. :( Then again, I did halve the recipe since it was just me eating it and as I am not a fan of eggy French Toast, I only included one egg. I let the whole thing soak overnight, popped it in the oven this morning…and ended up with soggy bread and lots of liquid on the bottom. But I am not upset. Once I make another loaf of wheat bread, I’ll try again. This time I’ll use both eggs and try stirring it before putting it in the oven. I love the inclusion of the banana! :)

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