Overnight Peanut Butter French Toast Casserole Recipe (2024)

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written by Ashley Fehr

5 from 1 vote

Prep Time 15 minutes mins

Total Time 45 minutes mins

Servings 6

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Last updated on June 4, 2020

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This Overnight Peanut Butter French Toast Casserole is an easy, make-ahead breakfast that’s perfect for Thanksgiving or Christmas brunch! It’s a new twist on a favorite that everyone will love!

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There is just nothing better than a make-ahead breakfast. Ever. Any day of the week.

But, they are even more awesome around the holidays — right?! You’ve got guests staying over, or a holiday brunch party, and who wants to get up early and slave over 10 different skillets, griddles and casserole dishes?? Not I.

I actually don’t really ever want to get up early and slave over breakfast, which is why we often do breakfast for lunch or dinner when we want something a little more special.

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I’m partnering with the Peanut Bureau of Canada (again! Did you see my Healthier No Bake Chocolate Peanut Butter Cookies or my Chocolate Peanut Butter Pretzel Candies?? <— those need to go on your holiday gift giving list!) to bring you this fabulous holiday brunch recipe!

This Peanut Butter French Toast Casserole was a natural progression from this Peach Cobbler French Toast Casserole and this S’mores French Toast Casserole — and one you absolutely need to add to your repertoire! If I’m being totally honest, I think it’s my favorite French toast casserole on the blog to date.

Between the eggs, milk and the peanut butter, there’s enough protein in this breakfast to keep you going through all the festivities. I like to use a whole grain bread for fiber, and add just enough maple syrup so that you can still call it breakfast. If you want to healthify things even more, feel free to top with vanilla Greek yogurt and fresh berries for a PB&J style breakfast.

If you want to go totally decadent? Try a dollop of whipped cream, berries and a drizzle of chocolate or maple syrup! Or my favorite? A sliced banana and extra maple syrup. <— seriously SO amazingly delicious.

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I would love to hear what your favorite peanut buttery breakfast ideas are! PB and toast? In oatmeal? Pancakes? Tell me your favorite recipes and holiday brunch tips!

*This post is sponsored by the Peanut Bureau of Canada. I’m beyond excited to team up with them again to bring you all kinds of holiday deliciousness!

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Overnight Peanut Butter French Toast Casserole

written by Ashley Fehr

5 from 1 vote

This Overnight Peanut Butter French Toast Casserole is an easy, make ahead breakfast that’s perfect for Thanksgiving or Christmas brunch! It’s a new twist on a favorite that everyone will love!

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  • 8 slices whole wheat bread day old if available
  • 4 large eggs
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1/2 cup peanut butter smooth or crunchy
  • 1/4 cup maple syrup
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla


  • Slice bread into ½-1″ cubes and place in a lightly greased 8×8″ baking dish.

  • In a large bowl, whisk together eggs, milk, peanut butter, maple syrup and vanilla until as smooth as possible (if there are a few peanut butter lumps left, that’s okay! You will just have little pockets of peanut butter in your casserole). Pour over bread cubes in dish.

  • Cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate at least 2 hours or overnight.

  • Bake at 350 degrees F for 30-40 minutes, until golden brown on top and completely set.

  • Serve with fresh fruit (banana are my favorite!), and extra syrup, or as desired.

Nutrition Information

Calories: 323cal | Carbohydrates: 30g | Protein: 15g | Fat: 16g | Saturated Fat: 4g | Cholesterol: 113mg | Sodium: 308mg | Potassium: 356mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 14g | Vitamin A: 225IU | Calcium: 126mg | Iron: 1.8mg

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Reader Interactions


    • The Recipe Rebel says

      Hi Sara! Yes you could.


  1. Louie says

    I love peanut butter and I love French toast! Perfect combination 😀. Question – would using natural peanut butter do anything to the consistency?


    • Ashley Fehr says

      Sorry, I haven’t tried with natural peanut butter but I think it would work fine!


  2. Chris s. says

    Your site has quickly gone to my first stop for new ideas to try. This was incredible once I cut up a banana as suggested to serve over the top. Lately I have been taking ideas and trying to make it a little lighter, I used egg beaters, unsweetened vanilla almond milk, and PB2 fit powdered peanut butter. Using the same sizes you recommended, came out fantastic!


    • Ashley Fehr says

      Thanks Chris! I’m so happy to hear you’re enjoying the recipes!


  3. Agness of Run Agness Run says

    Light breakfast recipes are the best! Thank you for sharing!


  4. Sandy Purcell says

    I’m trying boysenberry syrup


    • Ashley Fehr says

      Oh that would be awesome!


  5. Sarah @ The Gold Lining Girl says

    Oh I know I don’t need to tell you how much I ADORE this!!! Peanut butter-obsessed person over here, and this is maybe the best breakfast I’ve ever seen in my life!! Love this, Ashley. Love a good breakfast casserole anyway, but the PB?? Gah!


    • Ashley Fehr says

      Right?!? I will admit, I was blown away by how good it is! A little decadent but totally worth it 🙂


  6. Malinda @Countryside Cravings says

    I am a big time breakfast person and could eat it any time of the day!! This sounds incredible and I know we would devour this instantly especially with any of your suggested toppings (so hard to choose)!


    • Ashley Fehr says

      Thanks Malinda! It’s hard to go wrong when peanut butter is involved 🙂


  7. Sarah @Whole and Heavenly Oven says

    I LOVE overnight french toast casseroles! It’s seriously the best way to start a weekend morning. I have a feeling my peanut butter-nuts family would go CRAZY for this one!


    • Ashley Fehr says

      My peanut butter-nuts family definitely went crazy for this one! Thanks Sarah 🙂


  8. Gayle @ Pumpkin 'N Spice says

    Make-ahead breakfasts are the best! Especially when it involves peanut butter and french toast. I can never get enough of french toast bakes because of how easy (and delicious) they are to prepare. What a great idea for house guests!


    • Ashley Fehr says

      Yes, me too! They are so simple and just SO good! Thanks Gayle!


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Overnight Peanut Butter French Toast Casserole Recipe (2024)


What is one common mistake when preparing French toast? ›

If the pan isn't hot enough when you put your first slice in, the custard spreads out, forming a "foot" on the bottom of the French toast. When the pan is hot enough, the batter won't have time to seep; the custard will start cooking as soon as it hits the pan. Give the pan a light coating of neutral oil and butter.

Can you let French toast soak overnight? ›

One of the great things about this overnight French toast recipe is its simplicity. The bread slices are layered in a casserole dish, covered in an egg mixture, and left to soak overnight, making it a hassle-free option for a morning feast!

How do you make French toast casserole not soggy? ›

It could be because of the bread you used. If the bread you start with is too soft (such as white sandwich bread), it won't absorb all of the wonderful custard that it should, and it might end up soggy. If you find yourself with a soggy casserole, for whatever reason, try baking it a bit longer until it firms up some.

Is it better to use milk or heavy cream for French toast? ›

Heavy Cream-use heavy cream for an extra decadent French toast. You can also use half milk and half heavy cream. Almond Milk-unsweetened vanilla almond milk makes great French toast. I love the extra vanilla flavor.

Why does my homemade French toast taste like eggs? ›

Why Does French Toast Taste Too Eggy? To create the classic custard taste that makes French toast great, the ratio of eggs to milk is important. If the balance is off and you include too many eggs or not enough milk, the finished French toast will have a scrambled egg-like flavor.

Is it better to cook French toast fast or slow? ›

Cooking it low and slow lets the bread soak up even more flavor. Stuffed French Toast: Chocolate, fruit, cream cheese or savory ingredients can all be stuffed inside French toast for extra flavor.

Can you make French toast ahead of time and reheat? ›

Freezer and Make-Ahead Tips

Freeze cooked French Toast Casserole for up to three months. Remove it from the freezer the day before you want to serve it and let thaw in the refrigerator overnight. Cover the pan with foil, then reheat at 350 degrees F for 20 minutes or until warmed through.

Do you soak both sides of French toast? ›

Soak the French toast: Place four slices of bread into the custard to soak for one minute. Flip the slices and soak another minute.

How do you dry bread overnight for French toast? ›

Oven-drying of cut slices — super-lightly toasting it — works best of all, but in a pinch, you could also cut the bread the night before and let it sit on a cooling rack until morning, or simply lightly toast in the toaster. The key is to dry the outside while leaving the inside moist.

What is the secret to good French toast? ›

The secret ingredient in this fluffy French toast recipe: all-purpose flour! Flour binds the liquids together, which creates a more traditional “batter” and helps prevent soggy results. This extra ingredient ensures the French toast is crispy on the outside, but soft and fluffy on the inside.

Can you soak French toast too long? ›

There are several possible reasons for soggy French toast. The first is using fresh bread, which soaks up too much of the egg mixture and doesn't cook through, remaining eggy and soggy in the middle. Leaving the bread in the egg mixture for too long is another route to soggy French toast.

How long is too long to soak French toast? ›

Ideally it's best if you can soak the bread in the french toast batter overnight however, if this cannot be done I suggest leaving it soak for a minimum of 30 minutes to 1 hour. As we want that custard like middle, cut very thick slices of bread.

How do you keep French bread soft overnight? ›

How can you store fresh bread and rolls so they stay soft for as long as possible? Resealable plastic bag: A resealable plastic bag seals in moisture and locks out air, keeping your bread soft.

How do you keep toast crispy overnight? ›

Rather than leave the slices flat on a countertop or work space, though, consider propping the slices up at an angle to prevent the steam from softening your freshly toasted bread. Proper air circulation around the bread will allow it to stay crisp and dry.

What happens if you soak French toast too long? ›

The first is using fresh bread, which soaks up too much of the egg mixture and doesn't cook through, remaining eggy and soggy in the middle. Leaving the bread in the egg mixture for too long is another route to soggy French toast.

How do you store French toast overnight? ›

Wrap tightly with plastic wrap and place in the refrigerator for 4-12 hours.

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