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Vegan French Toast Casserole

This incredible and easy vegan french toast casserole can be prepped ahead for a delicious holiday morning breakfast ready in minutes! Just 10 ingredients.
Course Breakfast, brunch
Cuisine American
Keyword dairy free breakfast, dairy free recipes, vegan breakfast, vegan recipes
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 35 minutes
Setting Up Time 4 hours
Total Time 4 hours 55 minutes
Servings 12 pieces
Calories 403kcal
Author LarishaCampbell

Equipment

  • 9x13 casserole dish

Ingredients

For the french toast mixture

  • 16 oz stale bread, cut into 1/2" cubes, (Use homemade bread or artisan, like an Italian loaf. See post for how to quickly make stale bread)
  • 3 ripe bananas (can swap for flax eggs, see post for instructions. Or another fruit puree like applesauce)
  • 2 tbsp cornstarch (can sub for arrowroot powder)
  • 1 1/2 Cups non dairy milk (we like oat)
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp nutmeg
  • zest from lemon, optional (or 1/4 tsp lemon extract)

For the topping

  • 1/2 cup vegan butter
  • 3/4 cup brown sugar
  • 1 cup walnuts, chopped (can use other nuts like pecans)
  • 1/4 tsp nutmeg
  • 1/4 tsp cinnamon

Instructions

  • Make sure you are starting with stale bread. If you haven't left your bread out for a few days, you can quickly dry out in the oven. See post for instructions on doing this.
  • In a large bowl, mash the bananas. Then whisk in the remaining ingredients for the french toast mixture.
    *Tip: Can add bananas and remaining ingredients to a blender.
  • Add stale bread to a greased 9x13 casserole dish and then pour the mixture evenly across the top.  Use a spatula to mix together, making sure that all the pieces of bread are coated well. 
  • Cover and refrigerate for at least 4 hours or overnight.
  • Once ready, preheat oven to 350 degrees F. 
  • In a small saucepan make the topping. To start, add the butter and let melt. 
  • Add brown sugar and whisk until it's a caramel like texture. 
  • Stir in chopped walnuts, nutmeg and cinnamon.  
  • Spread the mixture over bread mixture. 
  • Bake for 35-40 minutes.
    Check at the 30 minute mark to see if it is browning too much. If it is, then cover with foil and let finish cooking. 
  • Remove from oven and let rest for 5 minutes.  
  • Top with powdered sugar if desired and serve with maple syrup and fresh fruit.
  • Store any leftovers in the fridge, covered, for up to 5 days.

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Notes

*See post for notes about Top 8 Allergy Free variation
**Nutritional facts are just estimates. Please utilize your own brand nutritional values to double check against our estimates. 
 

Nutrition

Serving: 1piece | Calories: 403kcal | Carbohydrates: 37g | Protein: 5g | Fat: 26g | Saturated Fat: 10g | Sodium: 220mg | Potassium: 185mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 26g | Vitamin A: 476IU | Vitamin C: 2mg | Calcium: 64mg | Iron: 1mg