Sweet and cinnamon-y Blueberry French Toast Bake drenched in maple syrup is an easy at home brunch recipe perfect for lazy Sundays, hosting brunch or breakfast in bed!
This gluten-free, dairy-free blueberry french toast casserole is easy to prep the night before or whip up quickly in the morning and will be a hit for any type of brunch or breakfast gathering, whether it’s lazy mornings at your house or a brunch potluck with friends.
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When JB’s best friend spontaneously decided to fly out to NYC and spend the weekend with us, I didn’t have much time to prepare at all. Naturally though, I went into immediate hostess-problem solving mode via my best friend, trusty companion, the one who is always there for me in times of need…
(You didn’t think I meant JB, did you? Ha!)
Free two-hour delivery for just about anything I could need, including a grocery order from Whole Foods? Yes, please. Best thing ever.
But, even though I knew I could get whatever was required to give the appearance of having my sh*t together, I still needed an idea that would impress. We’d definitely be going out to dinner in the evenings, which placed me firmly in the brunch camp, but I wanted something more impressive than eggs and bacon. I wanted something that felt nostalgic, cozy, and satisfied my sweet tooth.
JB and I are big Sunday brunch-goers, but I hardly ever get to order a sweet brunch dish given the rarity of a restaurant offering gluten-free waffles, pancakes or french toast. So I almost always have to stick to the savory side of the brunch menu, but since I was coming up with brunch ideas at home, I could make something sweet and almost dessert-like!
If you’re more of a savory breakfast kind of person, you might like my Easy Egg Muffin recipe for a quick and easy make-ahead breakfast.
Standard french toast would have done the trick as well, but I wanted something that felt a little more special. I found a bag of frozen blueberries in my freezer, and it hit me. Gluten-free blueberry french toast casserole, made with my favorite gluten-free cinnamon raisin bread for an extra kick of sweet flavor. With a few taps of keys on Amazon Prime Now, I had my ingredients on the way and I was ready for the AM baking.
This turned out even better than I’d thought it would. Especially covered in obscene amounts of maple syrup and eaten still steaming, practically straight out of the oven.
So let’s get to the recipe, shall we?
Gluten-Free Blueberry French Toast Bake Ingredients
- 1 loaf of gluten-free bread (I used my favorite, Canyon Bakehouse Cinnamon Raisin Gluten-Free Bread)
- 8-10 eggs (depending on how egg-y you like your casserole, I used 10 eggs)
- 2 tbsp vanilla extract
- 2-3 tbsp cinnamon
- 1 tbsp nutmeg
- 1/4 cup maple syrup
- 1/4 cup almond milk (I like Malk brand)
- 1 bag frozen blueberries
Gluten-Free Blueberry French Toast Bake Instructions
- Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees
- Cut the loaf of bread into 1-inch cubes and set aside
- Crack the eggs into a medium bowl and add vanilla, cinnamon, nutmeg, maple syrup and almond milk
- Whisk all wet ingredients together until eggs are just a little frothy and all spices are combined
- Add the bread cubes to the bowl and gently stir until all cubes are fully coated with the wet mixture
- Let sit for as long as you can – ideally 1-2 hours but even 30 minutes will do
- Pour soaked bread cubes into a greased baking pan and use a spatula to scrape any extra liquid from the bowl over the bread cubes
- Spread frozen blueberries over the bread cubes
- Bake for 30 minutes until casserole is set and top is a slightly crispy golden brown
- Serve hot with maple syrup
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