Baked Strawberry Banana French Toast Casserole

Baked Strawberry Banana French Toast Casserole

When it comes to breakfast, this Baked Strawberry Banana French Toast Casserole is the epitome of an evolutionary dish. Not only is it a kick start to your day, but this comfort dish will surely make your morning that much brighter, even on the most gloomiest of days. 

Course: Breakfast
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 50 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour 5 minutes
Creator Shanika | Orchids + Sweet Tea

Must-Haves:

  • 1 loaf challah or sourdough bread
  • 2 Tbsps vanilla extract
  • 1 1/2 cups coconut milk or whole milk (See Notes)
  • 1/2 cup organic heavy cream
  • 1/4 cup pure cane sugar
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 2 tsps cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp ground ginger
  • 1/4 tsp nutmeg
  • 3 ripe bananas, sliced (1 should be mashed)
  • 1 (21 oz.) can strawberry pie filling
  • 1 cup fresh strawberries

Pecan-Brown Sugar Crumble:

  • 1/2 cup organic all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp sea salt
  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter, room temp.
  • 2 cups pecan halves

Instructions:

  1. To start, simply lightly grease a medium baking dish (9 x 13") with butter or cooking spray and pre-heat your oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. 

  2. Next, in a large bowl, whisk together the eggs, milk, heavy cream, pure cane sugar, brown sugar, vanilla extract, mashed banana, cinnamon, ginger, and nutmeg until well combined. Set aside.

  3. In a food processor, add the crumble ingredients and pulse for 1 minute or so until all ingredients are well incorporated and in medium crumbles. 

  4. Add the cubed bread mixture to the baking pan, then pour whisked egg-milk mixture atop bread and then top everything with pecan-brown sugar crumble. 

  5. Bake for 45-50 minutes or until top is golden brown and sides are bubbly. 

  6.  Top with fresh banana and strawberries, if desired and maple syrup. Bon Appetite!

FYI:

**NOTE: french toast casserole may be SLIGHTLY wet in the center due to berries and banana, however, it shouldn't be too wet. If still too wet, increase temperature to 400 degrees Fahrenheit for an additional 5-10 minutes.**

For the brand of Coconut milk that I use, check out So Delicious.