Slow Cooker French Toast Casserole

Slow Cooker French Toast Casserole – all the flavors of traditional French toast but with minimal prep and a reasonable cook time. This French toast recipe comes in handy if you need an easy breakfast for busy mornings.

Who doesn’t love a good crockpot breakfast recipe! We also make pumpkin butter and sausage green chile egg casserole.

Done cooking french toast casserole with pecans.

Why this recipe works?

If you’re like most people, making French toast for breakfast sounds like a great idea. That’s until you find yourself standing for long periods of time dipping bread pieces into the egg wash, cooking them over a hot stove, and garnishing them with the finishing touches.

After a few pieces, all of a sudden it doesn’t sound like such a good idea. With crock pot French toast, you cut out half of what’s necessary to get the same results. This is mixed and combined and is done in as little as 2 hours (hands-free 2 hours). You and all those on the receiving end will love this crockpot french toast casserole and make a great holiday breakfast. If you love bread pudding, then this is the recipe for you!

Recipes Ingredients

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  • Bread: Thicker Texas-style toast is most ideal for this recipe. It’s also okay if the bread is stale (this actually works even better!)
  • Eggs: Similar to the traditional stovetop recipe, eggs are used to solidify and firm up the bread.
  • Milk: This will keep the bread and eggs from sticking and add a nice softness to the bread.
  • Vanilla Extract: Also contributes a milk sweet and vanilla flavor.
  • Cinnamon: Gives the toast a little kick but is not overwhelming.
  • Pecans: Used as a filler while adding a natural nutty flavor.
  • Nutmeg & Salt: Additional flavor balancers.
  • Topping – A sweet topping is made to go on top of the french toast casserole, made of salted butter, brown sugar, and additional cinnamon.

Step-by-Step Directions

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Step One – In the crockpot combine eggs, milk, salt, cinnamon, nutmeg, and maple syrup.

Step Two – Whisk until all ingredients are combined.

Step Three – Evenly spread the bread cubes over the egg mixture. Press all the pieces slightly into the mixture.

Step Four – Sprinkle the pecans on the top.

Step Five – Evenly sprinkle cinnamon, sugar, and salt on top of the pecans.

Step Six – Place the butter cubes evenly on top of the sugar. Cook on high for 2 hours or you can cook it at low for 3-4 hours.

close up of cooked french toast casserole in slow cooker.

Variations

  • Without Pecans: If you don’t like pecans, you can leave them out completely.
  • Substitute Milk: Instead of whole milk, you can easily substitute it for vanilla almond milk.
  • Bread Options: While Texas toast is the go-to bread, you can also use French bread, brioche bread, or even challah bread.

What to Serve with this French Toast Casserole

  • Fruit: You can’t go wrong with serving a side of fresh fruit with this casserole. In fact, you can place it right on top. Some of the most complimentary fruit are sliced bananas, diced strawberries, and pineapple chunks.
  • Syrup: Whether you go for store-bought, homemade, or pure maple syrup, drizzling it on top right before eating adds a nice sweet flavor and smooth texture.
  • Eggs: French toast has always paired well with eggs – scrambled, over easy, or sunny side up.
  • Meat Side: This toast will also go well with a meaty side such as sausage patties, links, or bacon strips.
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Recipe FAQs

How to reheat?

It can be reheated in a microwave or oven. Excellent when you put a portion in a ramekin, heat up in the air fryer for 3 to 4 minutes on a manual setting at 325 degrees F.

Should I use stale bread?

Yes, stale bread is best for French Toast casserole, for the bread will hold better when soaked in milk mixture. If all you have is fresh bread, use that!

What is the best bread for french toast casserole?

We believe that texas toast or challah bread is the best for french toast. We often use texas toast since we can always find it at our local grocery store.

overhead shot of french toast casserole with powdered sugar on top.

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Slow Cooker French Toast Recipe

Make slow cooker french toast casserole for an easy breakfast. This version has pecans for added flavor and texture.

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Course: Main Course

Cuisine: American

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 2 hours

Total Time: 2 hours 10 minutes

Servings: 6

Calories: 846kcal

Instructions:

  • Cut the bread into inch cubes, bite-size. Set aside.

  • In the crockpot combine eggs, milk, salt, cinnamon, nutmeg, and maple syrup. Whisk until all ingredients are combined.

  • Evenly spread the cubed bread over the milk mixture. Press all the pieces slightly into the mixture.

  • Sprinkle the pecans on the top.

  • In a small bowl mix cinnamon, sugar, and salt.

  • Evenly sprinkle the sugar mixture on top of the pecans.

  • Place the cubes of butter evenly on top of the sugar.

  • Cook on high for 2 hours or you can cook it at low for 3-4 hours.

  • *NOTE* At the 2 hour mark, open and see if there is a lot of liquid left, add a 15 minutes. This maybe due to the type of bread you used.

  • Let cool for 4-5 minutes.

  • Serve and enjoy.

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Recipe Notes:

What kind of bread is best?
Texas toast or challah bread is the best for french toast. We often use texas toast since we can always find it at our local grocery store.
Should I use stale bread?
Yes, stale bread is best for French Toast casserole, for the bread will hold better when soaked in milk mixture. If all you have is fresh bread, use that! I usually use a loaf that is about a week old from the store.
How to reheat?
It can be reheated in a microwave or oven. Excellent when you put a portion in a ramekin, heat up in the air fryer for 3 to 4 minutes on a manual setting at 325 degrees F.

Nutrition Information:

Calories: 846kcal | Carbohydrates: 109g | Protein: 27g | Fat: 35g | Saturated Fat: 7g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 9g | Monounsaturated Fat: 14g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 173mg | Sodium: 1129mg | Potassium: 542mg | Fiber: 9g | Sugar: 40g | Vitamin A: 724IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 376mg | Iron: 7mg

Nutrition info is auto-generated. This information is an estimate; if you are on a special diet, please use your own calculations.

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