Overnight French Toast

Overnight French Toast

Hello again! I’m back with another yummy recipe for you all! This one came from Austin’s mom, Lisa. I am so happy that she shared this recipe with us, because it tastes so dang good! It’s easily become one of our favorite breakfast/brunch meals. Thank you, Lisa!

This recipe is fairly easy, and besides soaking overnight, takes hardly any time to do! So don’t be scared off when you see “Part 1” and “Part 2” below!

The berries and bananas used make a syrup in the bottom of the pan, and it works so well with the crispy French bread. My mouth is literally watering while I’m typing this…it’s that good.

If you have any questions or comments, feel free to comment below!

Overnight French Toast


  • 1 French loaf
  • 5 eggs
  • 1/4 cup milk
  • 1/4 tsp. baking powder
  • 1 tbsp. vanilla
  • about 24 ounces (1 bag) of frozen mixed berries and/or strawberries
  • 4 bananas, sliced
  • 1 cup sugar
  • cinnamon and sugar
  • powdered sugar
  • optional- maple syrup

Recipe Part 1

  1. Cut the French loaf into very thick slices, about 8-10.
  2. Combine milk, eggs, baking powder, and vanilla. Whisk together.
  3. In a large baking dish or roasting pan, place the French loaf slices in a single layer.
  4. Pour the milk mixture over the bread. Be sure to turn the slices over to coat both sides in the mixture.
  5. Cover and set in fridge overnight.
After Pouring the Mixture Over the Bread Slices, but Before Turning Them

Recipe Part 2

  1. In the morning, mix the frozen berries, bananas, and cup of sugar.
  2. Place the fruit mixture into a large greased baking dish or roasting pan, and place the soaked bread on top of the berries. Again, in a single layer.
  3. Sprinkle everything with cinnamon and sugar, and bake in the oven at 450° for 20-25 minutes.
  4. Once the bread is golden brown, and no longer soggy, it is ready to be taken out.
  5. Sprinkle with powdered sugar (as seen in the first picture on the blog), and serve.

The berries make that delicious syrup you can use to top the French toast with, but you can also use maple syrup, just in case!

I served ours with a side of bacon, and man, that was a good choice. I hope you enjoy this as much as we do!

Overnight French Toast Served with Bacon

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Brunch Favorites

If there is one thing I won’t ever pass up, it’s brunch. Food, friends, mimosas…what’s not to love about that?

This brunch, we had some delicious huevos rancheros and avocado toast. (My personal fave!) Want to know what’s even better about this brunch? It’s SO EASY to make! It requires a few ingredients and tastes amazing!

Since I’m doing two dishes in this post, I’m going to do the formatting a little different than normal. Or at least give it a shot and see if I like it. Here we go!

Huevos Rancheros and Avocado Toast

Huevos Rancheros

To start the huevos rancheros, you need to gather all your ingredients: eggs, corn tortillas, cheese, salsa, and any other toppings you like. For the huevos rancheros pictured, the extra toppings were cilantro, bell pepper, and tomato.

Dice any of the extra toppings you chose, and set aside. Warm up your tortillas, and prepare an over-easy egg. Place the egg on the tortilla, and then top with the cheese, salsa, and remaining toppings.

How easy was that?! These can be eaten by themselves or you can serve with a side. That is where the next recipe comes in handy.

Avocado Toast

This is literally the easiest recipe, but one of my all time favorites. It requires 4 ingredients. Ready? Avocados, bread, salt, and paprika. That is it.

I used sourdough bread and it gives it a great added crunch and flavor. I also prefer to use pink Himalayan salt or sea salt because it helps to add texture as well.

Toast your bread, and while bread is toasting, mash up your avocado. It doesn’t have to be smooth, it can have some lumps/chunks in it still. Once the bread is done, spread the avocado mash on and sprinkle with the salt and paprika.

When you’ve done all that, you’re ready to eat it and enjoy!

This recipe is quick and easy. You can prepare it in advance, for an on-the-go breakfast, a snack…there are so many options!

Feel free to reach out if you have any comments or questions!

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