Easy Crock Pot French Toast Casserole

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Whip up a Crock Pot French toast casserole you can make ahead or same day. Easy slow cooker breakfast recipe for a crowd. Make it regular or gluten free!

French toast has always been a rare breakfast treat, but it can be a hard dish to make for a crowd.

slice of Crock Pot French toast casserole on white plate with fork

Slow cooker French toast, on the other hand, makes it so much easier to keep everything warm until everyone can eat. It's the answer to all your French toast woes.

What I love about this CrockPot cinnamon French toast is that it's so moist and so full of flavor. The cinnamon brown sugar topping really gives it a kick and adds a sweeter touch to this yummy casserole recipe.

It's quick and easy to whip up, though cook time does take at least a couple of hours. But you can either make it ahead of time the night before, or get up early and have it ready by breakfast time same day, your preference.

Rather make it in the oven? This oven baked French toast casserole is very similar, but with baking instructions for the oven.

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If you’d rather skip all of my cooking tips, important cooking info for this recipe, and similar recipe ideas – and get straight to the recipe – just scroll down to the bottom, where you’ll find a printable recipe card.

INGREDIENTS YOU'LL NEED FOR CROCK POT FRENCH TOAST CASSEROLE:

Remember, all of the ingredient amounts you’ll need are in the printable recipe card below.

slice of slow cooker French toast breakfast casserole on white plate with fork, with black Crock Pot slow cooker in background

KITCHEN TOOLS AND EQUIPMENT YOU'LL NEED:

Slow Cooker – I use a 6-quart slow cooker.

Cutting Board and Bread Knife

Mixing Bowl and Whisk

Pastry Blender

HOW TO MAKE SLOW COOKER FRENCH TOAST

There are really only 4 steps to prepping this sweet breakfast casserole in the slow cooker.

Be sure to grease your slow cooker with cooking spray beforehand.

I also like to prep the topping beforehand, so it's ready to go. Just mix the butter, brown sugar, and cinnamon together in a small bowl (a pastry blender works best for this), and set it aside for now.

making topping for French toast bake in glass bowl with pastry blender
  1. Cube the bread into small 1-inch cubes, and layer it with the pecans in your slow cooker.
  2. In a medium mixing bowlwhisk together the eggs, milk, maple syrupvanilla extractsaltcinnamon, and nutmeg.
  3. Pour the egg mixture over the bread and pecans in the Crock Pot, and give it all a gentle toss. Make sure all the bread is good and soaked.
  4. Crumble the cinnamon brown sugar topping over the entire casserole. It’s a really moist mixture, so it’s more like clumps of cinnamon brown sugar.
steps for how to make slow cooker French toast by layering ingredients in slow cooker and whipping up egg mixture in mint green bowl

Place the lid on your slow cooker, and cook on high for 2 to 2 1/2 hours… Or you can cook it on low for 3 to 4 hours.

To make sure it's done, I use a meat thermometer to check the internal temperature and make sure it's up to the proper temp for eggs.

You can slice it and serve it with powdered sugar and/or maple syrup. Keep the rest of your casserole warm, using the “Keep Warm” setting on your slow cooker, if applicable.

slicing and scooping slow cooker French toast out of Crock Pot with wide flipper spatula

WHAT KIND OF BREAD SHOULD I USE?

While you can make a Crock Pot French toast bake with Texas toast, sourdough, challah bread, French bread, or really any other type of fresh baked bread, I usually use a regular loaf of plain sandwich bread.

This recipe is simple, so you can hopefully either use what you already have or easily find what you need while you’re at the store.

CAN YOU USE STALE BREAD FOR FRENCH TOAST?

Yes. In fact, it's actually the best thing to use stale bread because…

  • Fresh bread can actually make really soggy French toast.
  • And the dry, stale bread really soaks up the egg mixture well, leaving little to no liquid around the bread cubes in the slow cooker.

If your bread is really fresh, you can always let it sit out for a couple of hours before making the casserole. Or just leave the bag open overnight and let the bread air out.

If it's the morning of and you need it dried quickly, put it in a low temp oven (about 250° F) for a short time, until the bread has dried just a bit.

pouring maple syrup over slice of gluten-free French toast casserole on white plate with fork, glass of milk in background

CAN I MAKE THIS A GLUTEN-FREE FRENCH TOAST CASSEROLE?

Yes, you can. In fact, that's what I did with this particular recipe (and what's pictured in this recipe).

Just substitute in your favorite gluten-free bread in place of the regular sandwich bread included in the ingredients. Depending on the bread you use, it may be a bit more crumbly, but it's just as delicious.

Also, be sure to check labels on your spices and other ingredients, just to be on the safe side, and make sure they are really gluten-free.

CAN I LEAVE OUT THE PECANS?

I get it. Not everyone’s a fan of French toast casserole with pecans.

You can totally leave out the pecans altogether. OR you can add a different kind of nut like walnuts.

bite of CrockPot cinnamon French toast on fork on white plate with maple syrup

CAN YOU FREEZE FRENCH TOAST?

You can freeze overnight French toast. While I recommend freezing it after it’s already been cooked, you can also freeze it before cooking.

Keep in mind it’ll keep longer in the freezer if it’s already been cooked. And I'd add the topping later right before you actually slow cook it.

Be sure to cover it well or seal it in an airtight container to prevent freezer burn.

HOW DO YOU RE-HEAT FRENCH TOAST CASSEROLE?

Re-heating after freezing…

Allow time for the casserole to thaw in the fridge. Then cover with aluminum foil, and re-heat in a 350° F oven for about half an hour, or until it's warmed through.

Re-heating after refrigerating…

You can re-heat it in the oven or microwave. If you're in a hurry, it's easier and quicker to re-heat it in the microwave in 30-second intervals until it's heated through.

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Yield: 12

Easy Crock Pot French Toast Casserole

Easy Crock Pot French Toast Casserole

Whip up a Crock Pot French toast casserole you can make ahead or same day. Easy slow cooker breakfast recipe for a crowd. Make it regular or gluten free!

Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 2 hours 30 minutes
Total Time 3 hours

Instructions

  1. Grease your slow cooker with cooking spray beforehand.
  2. Cube the bread into small 1-inch cubes, and layer it with the pecans in your slow cooker.
  3. In a medium mixing bowlwhisk together the eggs, milk, real maple syrup, vanilla extract, salt, cinnamon, and nutmeg.
  4. Pour the egg mixture over the bread and pecans in the Crock Pot, and give it all a gentle toss. Make sure all the bread is good and soaked.
  5. Mix the sliced butter, brown sugar, and cinnamon together in a small mixing bowl.
  6. Crumble the cinnamon brown sugar topping over the entire casserole. It’s a really moist mixture, so it’s more like clumps of cinnamon brown sugar.
  7. Place the lid on your slow cooker, and cook on high for 2 to 2 1/2 hours… Or you can cook it on low for 3 to 4 hours.
  8. To make sure it's done, I use a meat thermometer to check the internal temperature and make sure it's up to the proper temp for eggs.
  9. You can slice it and serve it with powdered sugar and/or maple syrup. Keep the rest of your casserole warm, using the “Keep Warm” setting on your slow cooker, if applicable.

Notes

*While you can make a Crock Pot French toast bake with Texas toast, sourdough, challah bread, French bread, or really any other type of fresh baked bread, I usually use a regular loaf of plain sandwich bread.

*If you need this to be a gluten-free French toast casserole, substitute in your favorite gluten-free bread in place of the regular sandwich bread included in the ingredients. Depending on the bread you use, it may be a bit more crumbly, but it's just as delicious. Also, be sure to check labels on your spices and other ingredients, just to be on the safe side, and make sure they are really gluten-free.

**You can totally leave out the pecans altogether. OR you can add a different kind of nut like walnuts.

***Be sure to use real maple syrup. Table syrup will likely change the recipe.

CAN YOU USE STALE BREAD FOR FRENCH TOAST?

Yes, in fact, it's actually the best thing to use stale bread because…

  • Fresh bread can actually make really soggy French toast.
  • And the dry, stale bread really soaks up the egg mixture well, leaving little to no liquid around the bread cubes in the slow cooker.

If your bread is really fresh, you can always let it sit out for a couple of hours before making the casserole. Or if it's the night before, just leave the bag open overnight and let the bread air out.

If it's the morning of and you need it dried quickly, put it in a low temp oven (about 250° F) for a short time, until the bread has dried just a bit.

Nutrition Information:

Yield:

12

Serving Size:

1

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 371 Total Fat: 17g Saturated Fat: 5g Trans Fat: 0g Unsaturated Fat: 10g Cholesterol: 138mg Sodium: 552mg Carbohydrates: 44g Net Carbohydrates: 0g Fiber: 3g Sugar: 17g Sugar Alcohols: 0g Protein: 11g

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