whole grain bread and crisp apples are combined with warm spices and brown sugar for all the flavor of an apple pie, baked right into your morning meal! 7 ingredients and about 30 minutes and you’ll have a dish the entire family will love!
Okay, I think we can all agree that french toast is amazing. The only problem is, sometimes the effort of making it on a weekday feels like a little much.
Is that just me? Maybe I’m exceptionally bad at weekday morning time management, but for me, getting out a dipping bowl, scrambling the eggs, grabbing the different spices than slowly cooking over medium low heat is more than I can do most mornings.
Enter: baked french toast. It’s the easiest way to eat french toast in the morning if you ask me! You can prep it all the night before then just bake it in the morning. OR you can do it all the night before and then you’re just heating and eating in the morning.
I love it too because the longer it sits, the better the flavors are. And there’s no saying this needs to be just a breakfast food – top it with a little ice cream and it’s like an apple bread budding!
I like to top my french toast bakes with streusel, something about that makes them feel more special, but it’s optional (though highly recommended!). If you want to keep the recipe to the base 7 ingredients, it will still be delicious – I promise!
We like to serve it up with a little yogurt, fresh sliced apples and a drizzle of maple syrup providing grains, fiber, protein and a little heart-healthy fats from the walnuts in the streusel (if you go that route).
For 7 ingredients and about 30 minutes, it’s hard to go wrong with this recipe!Print
whole grain bread and crisp apples are combined with warm spices and brown sugar for all the flavor of an apple pie, baked right into your morning meal!
For the French Toast:
- 1 loaf whole grain bread, cut or torn into 2” cubes
- 10 eggs
- 1 teaspoon vanilla
- 2 teaspoons apple pie spice
- 2 tablespoons brown sugar
- 1 1/2 cups milk
- 1–2 apples, peeled & diced (peeling is optional, I peel my apples so Owen can eat this too)
For the Streusel (optional, but highly recommended!):
- 1/2 cup white whole wheat flour
- 1/4 cup rolled oatmeal
- 2 tablespoons brown sugar
- 1/4 teaspoon apple pie spice
- 1/8 teaspoon salt
- 2 tablespoon crushed walnuts
- 4 tablespoons room temperature butter
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees F and grease a 9×13 inch baking dish with cooking spray.
- In a large mixing bowl, add eggs, vanilla, apple pie spice, brown sugar and milk. Whisk until well combined.
- Layer half the bread into the pan and sprinkle with half the apples. Repeat with remaining bread cubes and apple.
- Pour egg mixture over the entire dish.
- Meanwhile, combine streusel ingredients in a small mixing bowl then sprinkle over the top.
- Bake for 30 to 40 minutes or until the edges of the bread are just golden brown.
- Allow to cool for 5 minutes before serving.
- French toast will keep tightly covered in the fridge for up to 4 days.
Keywords: breakfast, french toast, whole grain, vegetarian, brunch, apples