Blueberry French Toast Bake
There is something about fresh summer blueberries that can make a morning just perfect. The beautiful bright blue color and the sweet blueberry flavor really brightens up the sometimes hectic and hard breakfast time. This blueberry casserole is meant to highlight those amazing little berries and also give you a super tasty and easy breakfast. You’re going to want to make this one all the time so let’s get started!
I love any breakfast recipe that is easy. Well, I actually love any recipe that is easy but this is especially true at breakfast time when I am busy chasing around a small child while trying to make a balanced meal for my family.
Standing in the kitchen cooking pancakes or French toast one piece at a time is not usually an option. Until now! In steps the French Toast casserole. Amazing French toast conveniently baked in a pan.
Making a Simple Blueberry Casserole
Yes, you read that correctly! No more standing over a skillet to make French toast! This recipe is made in just one casserole dish (yay for less dishes!) and baked in the oven while you have time to play with your kids, get dressed for the day or just sit and enjoy a morning cup of coffee.
It’s a breakfast miracle! Oh, and did I mention that this blueberry French toast casserole is totally delicious?
I start by cutting a loaf of bread into small pieces, about one inch big, but no need to get out a ruler, just roughly cut up the bread and you will be fine! Any crusty, chewy bread you have would be best. Even stale, old bread will work fantastically as the crustier, older bread will hold its shape best when soaked in our French toast mix. Softer breads may get super soggy and not bake quite as well. So bring that week old baguette back to life in the tastiest way possible!
After scattering the bread pieces in the casserole dish, I toss my fresh summer blueberries into the dish as well (I only eat a few, I swear!). While fresh berries are ideal especially in the summer when they are ripe and taste so amazing, you can use frozen blueberries if needed.
For example, when you are craving this recipe in the middle of winter, go ahead and use frozen berries- the casserole will come out just fine! If you happen to have fresh raspberries or strawberries handy, throw those in too! A berry medley casserole is a little twist on this recipe that is sure to please everyone (who doesn’t love more berries?!).
French Toast with Fresh Blueberries
Next comes the French toast mix. While you make be use to whipping some eggs and milk together then dipping in the French toast, piece by piece, this mix simply gets poured over the bread and berries- way easier! And here comes the secret ingredient that makes this French toast casserole even more irresistible… coconut milk!
That’s right, forget boring, flavorless milk that is usually used for French toast. Coconut milk is the perfect summer ingredient to add flavor and creaminess to this recipe.
After whisking together the coconut milk, eggs and spices, this blueberry casserole is ready to bake (and I’m sure you are getting excited to eat it). Into the oven it goes to cook for around 45 minutes. I know I know, that’s a long time to wait for breakfast but it’s a great time to get some morning chores out of the way or to just sit down and relax. It will be worth the wait!
Fresh Blueberry Casserole
Once the casserole has baked, it is immediately ready to be eaten (hurray!). This dish is already full of that coconut and blueberry flavor we have been talking about so feel free to eat it on its own (seriously, just dig into the pan with your fork, skip the plate!). However, if you are still looking for something a little extra, try adding whipped cream, maple syrup or even ice cream to your plate. Talk about a decadent breakfast!
So there you have it, a mouthwatering summer breakfast that is easy to make and very easy to eat. Coconut and fresh blueberries all wrapped up inside French toast…almost sounds too good to be true! Time for me to go make this recipe again…
Hope you Enjoy! =)
Blueberry French Toast Casserole Ingredients
- Baguette, sourdough, challa, or similar bread
- Fresh blueberries
- Light coconut milk
- Brown sugar
- Coconut flakes
More Simple Breakfast Recipes
- 1 (10 ounce) baguette, sourdough, challah, or similar bread
- 1 cup fresh or frozen blueberries
- 6 large eggs
- 1 (14 ounce) can light coconut milk
- 1 teaspoon cinnamon
- ¼ cup light brown sugar
- 2 teaspoons vanilla
- ¼ cup coconut flakes (optional)
- Lightly coat an 8x8-inch baking pan with non-stick spray. Slice bread into small cubes (about 1-inch) then spread in bottom of prepared baking dish. Scatter blueberries over the bread and set aside.
- In a large bowl, mix together eggs, coconut milk, cinnamon, brown sugar, and vanilla until smooth. Pour over the bread and berries and top with coconut flakes if desired. Cover tightly with plastic wrap and refrigerate for a few hours or overnight.
- Remove prepared baking dish from the refrigerator. Preheat oven to 375(F) and bake for 40-45 minutes or until the top is golden brown. Serve immediately.