French Toast Casserole

French toast is one of the best breakfasts out there, but sometimes I’m not up for all of the work. Sure it’s not that time-consuming but there’s mixing and soaking and plopping and watching and flipping and a couple rounds before it’s all done.

That’s why this casserole is so great! All the deliciousness of French toast with so much less work. You can even prep it the night before (which I recommend) or you can whip it up the morning of if you’re feeling more spontaneous.

You can use whatever bread is in your pantry but my two favs are whole grain bread from Aldi (for all that fiber and protein) or crusty Italian. French toast is also perfect for bread that’s gone stale! I’ve also done anywhere from 6-12 eggs depending on how overwhelmed we are by the chickens.

Fueling notes:

  • This recipe makes about 6 servings
  • Per serving, this recipe packs 48 g of carbs, 15 g of protein, and 9 g of fat, and 2 g of fiber
  • Pre-workout: have at least 2 hours before your session to give you enough time to digest
  • Post-workout: this recipe has the ideal 3-4:1 ratio of carbs to protein! Have post-workout meal within 1-2 hours of your session.

The Stuff

  • 15 oz of bread (1 often do 10 slices of whole grain bread)
  • ~8 eggs (you can add up to 12 for extra protein)
  • 1 1/2 cups of milk
  • ¼ cup of sugar
  • 1 tablespoon of vanilla
  • 2 teaspoons of cinnamon
  • ½ teaspoon of nutmeg
  • ¼ teaspoon of salt

The Steps

  1. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees and grease a 13 x 9 pyrex
  2. Break bread into large chunks and fill pyrex
  3. Mix all remaining ingredients and pour over bread. Stir gently to make sure all bread is moist
  4. Refrigerate overnight if possible (this is ideal but you can also cook it right away—the baking time will be a bit less since it won’t be cold!)
  5. Bake for 25-30 minutes
  6. Top with maple syrup and sifted powdered sugar if you’re feeling fancy and enjoy!

Did you make it? I’d love to see how it turned out! Tag @climbingdietitian on instagram.

Published by Chiara

I’m a rock climber and registered dietitian teaching fellow climbers to become the strongest and happiest versions of themselves with evidence-based fueling strategies and by making peace with food.

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