This french toast casserole is PERFECT for feeding a crowd, and is sure to be something everyone loves. Inspired by a Food Network original, I switched out a few ingredients to make it both gluten-free and dairy-free with no refined sugars.
You can easily prepare it the night before and then throw it in the oven the next morning.
I have found that good gluten-free cinnamon rolls are hard to come by, and are extremely time-intensive. But, a french toast casserole is a great alternative to give much of the same flavor in a quick, easy fashion with real-food ingredients.
I haven’t tried freezing this yet, but I bet it would turn out great!
In the words of my 6-year old, Lincoln…”I could dig my face into the whole thing.” Me too, buddy….me too.
Gluten-Free Cinnamon Raisin French Toast Casserole
- 12 slices Gluten-free Cinnamon Raisin bread (I used 1 loaf of Udi's)
- 8 eggs
- 3 cups unsweetened cashew milk (can sub unsweetened almond milk, or any plant-based milk)
- 2 tbsp coconut sugar
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- 1/2 tsp cinnamon
- 1/2 tsp nutmeg
- 1 cup ghee
- 1 cup pecans , chopped
- 1/2 cup coconut sugar
- 1/2 cup golden monkfruit sweetener (can sub with more coconut sugar)
- 2 tbsp maple syrup
- 1 tsp cinnamon
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees. In a 13×9 inch glass pan, lay 6 slices of bread on each half of the pan (they will overlap).
- In a large bowl, whisk together eggs, milk, coconut sugar, vanilla, cinnamon, and nutmeg. Pour mixture over the bread, making sure to get between each slice so that everything is fully saturated. Cover with aluminum foil and bake. (At this point you can cover, and let it sit in the fridge overnight, then pull it out when ready to bake)
- Meanwhile, mix together all ingredients from the Pecan topping. Once the casserole has been baking for 30 minutes, uncover it, and spread the pecan topping evenly over the top (cut around the perimeter of the bread to loosen the edges so the pecan mixture can drip into the bottom of the pan). Bake uncovered for another 10 minutes.
- Once it is finished, let the casserole rest for 5-10 minutes to set the topping. Serve with maple syrup and enjoy!