Mini Apple Cinnamon French Toast Casseroles

mini apple cinnamon French toast casserole recipe - a great make-ahead breakfast!

I know I’ve said it before, but I’m really not big on breakfast. I mean, I love it… but I love sleep more. I’d rather spend an extra 10 minutes in bed and grab a yogurt or a muffin to eat at my desk than make myself some toast or an egg.

I wasn’t planning on posting a breakfast – or a baked good – again so soon, but I made these mini apple cinnamon french toast casseroles on Sunday and I couldn’t wait to share them. I’ve been eating them for breakfast all week – all they need are 30 seconds in the microwave! The maple syrup is baked right in, so you don’t need to top them with anything extra. (Although a little cream poured over top? Heaven.)

mini apple cinnamon French toast casserole recipe - a great make-ahead breakfast!

These french toast casseroles are also really easy to make: just tear some soft white bread (I used dinner rolls) into cubes, combine them with a spiced custard and diced apples and refrigerate it overnight (or in my case, all Sunday afternoon and evening).  Top it off with some maple syrup and brown sugar so that the tops get all caramelized and yummy, then bake. The result is rich, eggy french toast that’s perfectly portioned out and ready to grab and go!

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Mini Apple Cinnamon French Toast Casseroles

Mini Apple Cinnamon French Toast Casseroles

Yield: 9
Prep Time: 8 hours 10 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 8 hours 30 minutes

These mini apple and cinnamon french toast casseroles are simple to make, but they'll need to sit overnight so plan ahead!
As these bake, they'll puff up like souffles (a good inch or two over the edge of the pan) but they'll settle back into themselves as they cool.

Ingredients

  • 4 large Eggs
  • 1 cup Fat Free Evaporated Milk
  • 2 tablespoons Maple Syrup
  • 1 teaspoon Vanilla Extract
  • 1/2 tsp Cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp Nutmeg
  • dash Cardamom
  • dash Salt
  • 6 ounces Soft White Bread, torn into 1-inch pieces
  • 1 Apple, diced
  • 1/4 cup loosely packed Brown Sugar
  • 2 tablespoons Maple Syrup

Instructions

  1. In a large bowl, whisk together the eggs, milk, 2 tablespoons maple syrup, vanilla, cinnamon, nutmeg, cardamom, and salt until light and frothy. Add the bread pieces and apple; toss several times to coat well. Cover and refrigerate overnight.
  2. Heat oven to 350*F. Butter 9 muffin cups. Give the bread mixture a good stir to incorporate any liquid that has settled, then divide between the prepared cups.
  3. In a small bowl, mix together brown sugar and 2 tablespoons maple syrup until it resembles wet sand. Drizzle over the top of the muffin cups. Bake for 20 minutes, or until puffy and golden brown.
  4. To release, run a knife around the outside of each muffin cup. Gently pry the casseroles out with a spoon.

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By on January 16th, 2013

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Hi, I'm Lauren! I'm a certified plant-based cook and enthusiastic omnivore who loves looking for creative ways to make weeknight meals more nutritious. I'm the author of Heathy Eating One Pot Cookbook and Healthy Meal Prep Slow Cooker Cookbook.

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22 thoughts on “Mini Apple Cinnamon French Toast Casseroles”

  1. Delicious but came out with a bread pudding consistency. Not a substitute for French toast. I put chopped pecans on top for extra texture which was great. Also, my batch made 12 not 9!

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  2. So I’m looking for simple recipes for my fiance for when he works mornings in the city (philly union) hes out the door by 5 am to hit the train and bein in the city on site by 6 and theres no way in getting up to make him breakfast Haha. So what I’m trying to figure out is if I bake them and wrap them up and leave them out on the counter over night would it turn to mush or do you think it would still be good?

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    • Don’t leave them out, but you can refrigerate them! then he can pop them in the microwave (or eat them cold – they’re good that way too).

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  3. This looks delicious!!! Mornings are hectic at my house so I love that it can be mixed up the night before. I also like the individual servings!

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