This Slow Cooker French Toast Casserole is a perfect breakfast treat. It allows you to enjoy the rich, sweet taste of French toast, but it’s healthier and much easier to prepare than traditional recipes. No need to stand over the stove and cook up each slice of bread! Instead, simply layer the bread and filling ingredients into your slow cooker, drizzle the egg mixture over top, cover, and cook! Two to four hours later, breakfast will be ready to serve.
Our Slow Cooker French Toast Casserole is one of the most popular recipes on the site, and it’s been texted by dozens of SkinnyMs followers. You can count on this recipe to be big hit at your next brunch gathering! Whether you’re hosting several people or preparing a romantic breakfast in bed for two, this meal is sure to please.
Clean Ingredients, Clean Eating
What’s the easiest way to ensure that you’re following a clean-eating meal plan? Use clean ingredients! Instead of pumping this French toast recipe full of refined sugars and fat-filled cream, we made some simple ingredient swaps that left us with a healthy, diabetic-friendly version of everyone’s favorite breakfast.
It starts by using honey instead of refined, white sugar. You could use any sweetener you like (like molasses, agave, sorghum, or pure maple syrup), but we always have honey in the pantry, so it’s our go-to sugar substitute. If you can get your hands on raw, local honey, it’ll be even healthier.
Next, we use 1% milk instead of heavy cream. While cream certainly tastes great, it’s definitely not healthy for you. And, as it turns out, it’s not actually necessary to make great French toast! We actually prefer this lightened-up Slow Cooker French Toast Casserole because you get to taste the flavors of apples, cinnamon, and pecans instead of drowning them with cream.
Finally, we’re all about the whole grain bread. It’s heart-healthy, it contains fiber to keep you feeling full, and it has a ton of beneficial vitamins and minerals. Learn all about the difference between whole wheat and whole grain here.
Loving on Leftovers
This recipe is great for hosting a weekend brunch because it feeds nine people! If you have leftovers, you can store them in the refrigerator and enjoy them another day. Or, you could freeze individual portions in an air-tight container and thaw it out when you’re ready to feast.
If you’re the type of person that doesn’t like leftovers because you don’t like eating the same thing over and over again, feel free to change things up. You could swap-in sliced bananas for the apples, or you could use peaches, blueberries, or any other fresh fruit. Raisins will plump up nicely, too, so if you have dried fruit on hand give it a try!
You’ll probably also like our French Toast Overnight Oats if you like this recipe. It has the same flavors as this Slow Cooker French Toast Casserole, but it’s made with heart-healthy oats! Or, if you’re looking to switch things up in the flavor department, give this Blueberry French Toast Casserole a try.
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Yields: 9 Servings | 1 Serving: 2 Triangles | Calories: 227 | Total Fat: 7 g | Saturated Fat: 1 g | Trans Fat: 0 g | Cholesterol: 9 mg | Sodium: 187 mg | Total Carbohydrate: 34 g | Dietary Fiber: 4 g | Sugars: 19 g | Protein: 9 g | SmartPoints (Freestyle): 6 |
- 2 whole eggs
- 2 egg whites
- 1 1/2 cups 1% milk
- 2 tablespoon honey
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
- 9 Slices whole grain bread
- 3 cups finely diced uncooked apple pieces (Honey Crisp or Gala are both great in this recipe)
- 3 tablespoon honey
- 1 teaspoon lemon juice
- 1/3 cup diced raw pecans
- 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
- Add the first 6 ingredients to a medium mixing bowl, whisk to combine. Lightly spray the inside of the slow cooker with nonstick cooking spray.
- Add all the filling ingredients in a small mixing bowl and stir to coat apple pieces, set aside.
- Cut bread slices into triangles (that's in half, just triangle shaped). Place one layer of bread (6 triangles) on the bottom of the slow cooker, add ¼ of the filling and repeat until there are 3 layers of bread. Add the remaining filling to the top.
- Pour egg mixture over bread. Cover and cook on high 2 to 2-1/2 or low 4 hours, or until bread has soaked up the liquid.
- 3 Bananas (diced) can be substituted for apples.
- Note: Drizzle with 100% pure maple syrup if desired.
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