Mixed Berry Overnight French Toast Bake

Here at KISS in the Kitchen, we strive to bring you recipes that are quick, simple, and tasty for you and your family. As the back-to-school season starts and life gets a little more hectic with constantly evolving school, work and extracurricular schedules, we know that finding time to make meals for your family can be challenging. That’s why we are so excited to bring you this overnight french toast bake! If you are looking for a breakfast recipe that helps you save time in the kitchen and still get your kiddos out the door on time, this is it!

The great thing about this recipe is that it can be customized to fit your family’s flavor preferences. You can get creative with the toppings and switch out the 4 berries to your family’s tastes. This recipe would be just as good with one or two types of berries. For another flavor profile, you could give the Gluten-Free Blueberry Lemon Overnight French Toast Bake a try. It is one of the most popular recipes on the blog to this day and is another great quick and easy breakfast option for back-to-school!

KISS Tip: The key to this recipe is allowing it to sit for as long as possible (goal = overnight) so that it soaks up all of the flavor and yields a more custardy and moist texture. If you are pressed for time, you can let it sit for 2 hours in the refrigerator before popping it in the oven. It will still be good, but this recipe is at it’s best when it can soak up all of the french toast goodness overnight. 

I know for me personally, finding ways to save time in the morning is key – especially in the busy back to school season. Since this dish is prepared in its entirety the night before, all you have to do in the morning is pop it in the oven and serve it before everyone rushes out the door. A delicious breakfast without the hard work? I’d consider that a win for everyone!

If you have leftovers, this dish can easily be reheated for subsequent mornings and would even be a great option for a tasty after school snack when your kiddos come home looking for something to eat.

I hope y’all enjoy this dish as much as my family did, and that it makes your back-to-school mornings a little less hectic. If you end up making the recipe, I would love to hear how your family liked it!

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3.84 from 6 votes

KISS Mixed Berry Overnight French Toast Bake

Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time50 mins
Resting Time8 hrs
Total Time9 hrs 5 mins
Servings: 8

Ingredients

  • 1 15 oz loaf gluten-free bread, cut into 1-inch cubes (I used Canyon Bakehouse Honey Oat)
  • 2 cups mixed berries (I used 1/2 cup each of strawberries, blackberries, raspberries and blueberries)
  • 8 large eggs
  • 2 cups almond milk
  • 1/4 cup maple syrup
  • 1 Tbsp pure vanilla or vanilla extract
  • 1/4 tsp ground nutmeg
  • 3/4 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp salt

Instructions

  • Coat a 9×13-inch baking dish with nonstick spray. Arrange bread cubes evenly on the bottom of the dish, followed by the berries. Set aside.
  • In a large mixing bowl, whisk together the eggs, almond milk, maple syrup, vanilla extract, nutmeg, cinnamon, and salt. Pour over the bread. Cover the dish with foil or plastic wrap and place in the refrigerator for at least 2 hours or overnight.*
  • When ready to bake, preheat oven to 350° F. Bake, uncovered, for 50 to 55 minutes or until lightly golden brown and where there isn’t any remaining liquid in the center of the dish. Serve warm and enjoy often!

Notes

* The longer the dish sets (goal = overnight), the more custardy and moist it is! I’ve baked this many times with just letting it soak 2 hours and it’s good, but the best version is definitely letting it soak overnight!

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6 Responses

    1. Hi Pam. Thanks for asking. Yes, you should be able to sub a non-gluten free bread. I would just use a crustier/older bread that is going to hold liquid well- not a fresh/thin loaf. Gluten-free bread also tends to be slightly smaller so make sure you stick to that 15oz.

  1. Can you use frozen berries? I’m guessing that would create more liquid, so should I drain them first? Can’t wait to try this!

    1. Hi Wanda! Great question. It probably depends on the berries. I have another recipe on the blog that’s a Blueberry Lemon French Toast Bake and I use frozen blueberries all the time without any problem. Blueberries don’t potentially hold as much water as strawberries or raspberries though- especially if they were rinsed before being frozen. If you find they are a really wet, I would try to drain/pat them but I don’t think it will throw the recipe off too much if you use a mixture of frozen berries. I hope that’s helpful!

  2. What is the size of a serving? And where is the nutrition breakdown? I’m looking at this wonderful breakfast from the perspective of my daughter who has Type 1 diabetes, and who loves french toast. Thank you!

    1. Hi Linda! Thank you so much for taking the time to write this comment and spend some time on my blog. I hate to share this but I actually don’t have nutrition information available on my recipes. I do understand how this is important for some people but it’s not necessarily in line with my nutrition philosophy. I can share that based on the amount of eggs, bread and moderate added sugars, you could reference what a typical serving is and it should be fairly in line with that. Thanks again, Linda!

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