Mini Apple Cinnamon French Toast Casseroles

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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 1

Mini Apple Cinnamon French Toast Casseroles

These mini apple and cinnamon french toast casseroles are simple to make, but they'll need to sit overnight so plan ahead![br] 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.
4.41 from 15 votes
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Prep Time: 8 hours 10 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 8 hours 30 minutes
Servings: 9

Ingredients

  • 4 large Eggs
  • 1 cup Fat Free Evaporated Milk
  • 2 tablespoons Maple Syrup
  • 1 teaspoon Vanilla Extract
  • ½ tsp Cinnamon
  • ¼ tsp Nutmeg
  • dash Cardamom
  • dash Salt
  • 6 ounces Soft White Bread torn into 1-inch pieces
  • 1 Apple diced
  • ¼ cup loosely packed Brown Sugar
  • 2 tablespoons Maple Syrup

Instructions

  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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

About Lauren

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. I also blog at The Busy Foodie.

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23 thoughts on “Mini Apple Cinnamon French Toast Casseroles”

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  2. Ha well actually I love breakfast more than sleep I think. I’m totally weird that way.

    These sound perfect in so many ways! All my favorite breakfast flavors in one bowl!

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  3. This looks like a great weekday breakfast for my kids, too! They love muffins, and really anything I fix for them, but something like this, that I could cook once and they could nuke later in the week, would be a win-win for our family.

    Thanks!

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    • Thanks, Olga! I really like the way the side by sides fill the space. Of course it only works when I have two vertical photos that work together and came out well…

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  4. What a great idea! I’d love to have something like this for breakfast. With the apple and french toast combination it’d be something everyone in the house would enjoy too 🙂

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    • We both loved them. If you make them, be sure to let me know how they turn out!

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    • They’re so convenient – built in portion control plus so easy to grab on the way out in the morning. 🙂

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    • They really are deliciously moist – like the center of those giant pieces of french toast you can get at a good diner!

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