Overnight French Toast Casserole with Chai Spiced Pears is a healthy make-ahead breakfast perfect for fall. Especially when its sweet, tender and dripping with a vanilla glaze!
After making this French Toast Casserole you will never make a regular French Toast again!
This bake is incredibly easy to prepare and tastes scrumptious. You make it the night before in under 15 minutes and bake it off in the morning. So it’s the perfect dish for entertaining or lazy weekends.
Your going to need a hearty bread, preferably a day or two old. Regular sandwich bread like I use in my Baked Peanut butter stuffed french toast won’t cut it here and will result in a mushy mess. Use a whole grain, whole wheat bakery style bread to keep the recipe wholesome and healthy. It’s very filling if your worried about the carbs don’t! A serving size will be plenty to satisfy you especially with all the pears.
For the custard I use egg substitute and unsweetened almond milk to keep the fat and calories low. This mixed with chia spices and a touch of sugar for sweetness yummmmm. Can you smell it baking now?
Whatever you are imagining, think even better!
About the filling; At the turn of fall, apples are the star of everyone’s table closely followed by the pumpkin craze. This pumpkin spice obsession is so strong, pears seem to get overlooked. Not today! Sweet, juicy, and buttery pears get some love and are absolutely luscious hiding among the tender layers of bread.
And now for that Drizzle. I’m not a huge fan of the taste of powdered sugar so I use greek yogurt as the base for this glaze. Its sweetened with a little maple syrup and Swerve plus a hint of vanilla. The glaze is delicious so drizzle it on thick!
Assemble this French Toast casserole , put it in the fridge and I promise you will never be so excited to hop out of bed to preheat the oven. Try not to let the anticipation cause you any sleep loss.
Pin French Toast Casserole with Chai Spiced Pears
- 2 cups (322 grams) pears, sliced
- ½ tablespoon granulated sugar substitute
- 11/4 cups unsweetened almond milk
- ½ cup egg substitute
- ½ teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1 tablespoon chia spice, divided
- ¼ cup granulated sugar substitute
- 8 ounces french bread, cut into ½ inch thick slices
- For the Drizzle:
- ½ cup (113 grams) Non-fat Greek Yogurt
- 1 tablespoon maple syrup
- ½ teaspoon vanilla
- 1 tablespoon granulated sugar substitute
- Prepare a 8x8 inch baking pan with cooking spray and set aside.
- Combine pear, sugar, and ½ tablespoon chai spice in a bowl and toss gently. Set aside
- whisk the milk, eggs, vanilla, rest of chai spice and sugar in a shallow bowl.
- Dunk ½ of the bread slices in the milk mixture and arrange on the bottom of the prepared baking pan. Spoon pears evenly over bread.
- Dunk the remaining bread in the milk mixture and arrange over the pears. Pour any remaining custard over the top. Cover and chill overnight in the fridge.
- Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Uncover the dish and bake 40-50 minutes or until a knife inserted in the center comes out clean.
- Mix all the of the drizzle ingredients together and serve over french toast.
If you are using this meal for entertaining having a beautiful casserole dish that can go from oven to table makes for easy serving and lovely table presentation! I have been eyeing up these ones
Do you forget about pears amongst the pumpkin frenzy?
Are you a French Toast, pancake, or waffle person?
Have you used chia spices before?
Whats your favorite fall flavor?