This Apple French Toast Casserole is so soft, tender, and fluffy on the inside. Paired with sautéed cinnamon apples and candied walnuts, this easy and healthier overnight French toast bake recipe will be a crowd-pleaser for the holiday season.

Trying to spice up your holiday brunch menus? You will love this warm and cozy overnight Apple French Toast Casserole recipe!

Who doesn’t like indulging in some sweet and tart, soft and tender oven baked french toast for breakfast?

Way to start the holiday spirit merry and right.

A pan of warm and fresh oven baked french toast. There are cinnamon apple and candied walnuts on the tray. Topped with a scoop of coconut cream, this apple french toast casserole is ready to be served with a big serving spoon.

It is still pretty hot here but I am already well into the fall mood.

Pumpkin, Apple, Maple, Cinnamon, and just everything warm spices.

I have been testing some delicious autumn recipes like this rich and gooey pumpkin brownie, and pumpkin cookie ice cream sandwich. I cannot wait to share more with you.

And apple french toast bake recipe is definitely a winner.

Combine two of my favorite things in one? Overnight French Toast casserole stuffed with apple pie filling.

What’s not to like about it.

The Best Apple French Toast Casserole Recipe

This overnight French Toast casserole has it all.

Chewy, soft, and a little crunchy.

The sourdough bread soaked in French toast custard overnight will leave you with a soft and tender texture but no dry crumb.

Additionally, the sautéed apples and candied walnuts create that little bit of crunch that pairs seamlessly with the soft casserole bake.

Sweet, Tart, and Warm Spices

This french toast recipe is packed with flavors: The sweet maple and tart apples pair so well with all the warm spices, cinnamon, nutmeg and clove.

Do I have you excited about fall yet?

Easy Overnight French Toast Casserole Recipe

The beauty of this French toast bake recipe is that you can make ahead of time. So when it comes to a busy morning with a house full of family and friends, all you need is to heat it up, add toppings and the best breakfast is served.


Soak the French Toast Batter Overnight:

What I love about this recipe is that you can prepare the casserole the day before, and leave it in the fridge overnight. It allows the bread to fully soak up the flavors from the custard and leaves it with that perfectly tender texture after baking.

Additionally, you won’t have to worry about preparing anything in the morning. Simply bake it in the oven, and it is ready to serve.

A Dairy Free Overnight French Toast Bake

1. Dairy Free:

Instead of regular milk, I used canned coconut milk. It is sweet, rich and creamy. It is a great dairy alternative. You can also use:

  • Almond milk
  • Soy milk
  • Cashew milk

2.Gluten Sensitivity:

Sourdough bread is my favorite! Not only I love the flavor of sourdough, it is also easier for our bodies to digest compare to regular bread.

3. Refined Sugar Free

Use Maple syrup or honey instead of refined sugar. Not only it adds so much more flavor to this recipe, it is also packed with helpful factors for our bodies.

What Toppings to use for Overnight French Toast Casserole

A pan of warm and fresh oven baked french toast. There are cinnamon apple and candied walnuts on the tray.


1. Sautéed apples

In addition to the apple slices in the french toast filling, saute extra apple cubes in coconut oil and cinnamon to add on top before baking.

2. Candied Walnuts

Simply mix raw walnuts with coconut oil and coconut sugar. It is easy and delicious to add as toppings on almost anything. They are like little pleasant surprises when you bite into one.

3. Whipped Cream

Fluffy and light whipped cream completes the flavor of this apple pie casserole

4. Warm Maple Syrup

Simply heat it up a little bit in the microwave, it makes the maple syrup more runny and tasty.

5. Sprinkled cinnamon sugar

What types of Bread are best for Apple Pie French Toast Bake

instructions step by step on how to soak the bread, add baked apples to the apple pie french toast casserole


Stale Bread:

Just like thanksgiving stuffing, stale bread comes in handy here again. A day or even two sitting on your kitchen counter! Stale bread will soak up the delicious French toast mixture and leave you with soft and tender texture after baking.

Alternatives to Sourdough Bread

  • Cinnamon raisin bread (Another one of my favorite)
  • Challah
  • Brioche

How to Store Baked French Toast Casserole

A pan of warm and fresh oven baked french toast. There are cinnamon apple and candied walnuts on the tray. Topped with a scoop of coconut cream, this apple french toast casserole is ready to be served with a big serving spoon.

Store it in an air tight container in the fridge for up to 5 days. Or You can cut the french toast bake into individual sizes and store in the freezer for up to a month.

Simply heat it up in the microwave or oven when you are ready to enjoy.

Finally, time to get baking. An easy and delicious apple pie French toast casserole that is a must for this holiday season. Don’t forget a mug of hot chocolate or hot cider to enjoy with this breakfast with your family and friends.


A plate of apple french toast casserole topped with coconut cream, maple syrup, cinnamon apples and pecans.

A plate of a apple french toast casserole that is served with coconut cream, candied walnuts and cinnamon apples. This overnight french toast casserole appears to be soft and crunchy.

Get the recipe:Apple French Toast Casserole (Dairy Free)

This easy and healthy overnight Apple French Toast Casserole with cinnamon apples and candied walnuts will be a crowd-pleaser this holiday season.
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  • 1 loaf sourdough, about 8 cups
  • 6 eggs
  • 1 cup coconut milk
  • 1/2 cup maple syrup
  • 2 tbsp apple pie spice
  • 2 apples sliced sattued

Candied Walnuts

  • 3/4 cup raw walnuts
  • 1/3 cup coconut sugar
  • 1/4 cup coconut oil


  • Pull the loaf of bread into cubes. (Optional: leave it sit on your kitchen counter for a day to become stale )
  • Place the bread in a greased baking dish (I used a roughly 9 x 13).
  • Slice a large apple. Heat up 2 tbsp coconut oil in a pan, lightly saute the apple with 1 tsp cinnamon. Set aside.
  • In a small bowl, mix walnuts, coconut oil, and coconut sugar together. Set aside.
  • In a large bowl, mix together eggs, maple syrup, coconut milk, vanilla extract, and apple pie spice.
  • Pour the mixture on top of the bread. Add the apple slices. Use your hand to mix it up. You want to make sure the bread is fully coated with the mixture. Cover with tin foil and refrigerate overnight or at least 2 hours.
  • Preheat the oven to 350 F
  • Take it out of the fridge, and mix it up again to make sure the liquid that sits on the bottom gets mixed up. Add the candied walnuts and extra sauteed apples on top.
  • Bake 50 minutes. Serve warm with whipped cream, yogurt or toppings of your choice. Enjoy!


1. Before refrigerating, if the french toast mixture does not seem to cover/soak all the bread, add additional 1/4 to 1/2 cup coconut milk.
Serving: 1g, Calories: 306kcal, Carbohydrates: 33g, Protein: 9g, Fat: 16g, Saturated Fat: 9g, Polyunsaturated Fat: 6g, Cholesterol: 93mg, Sodium: 279mg, Fiber: 2g, Sugar: 11g

The Nutrition Facts above are specific to the ingredients I chose to use for this recipe, which may vary.



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