Think Thin Thursday ~ Zero Calorie Overnight French Toast Casserole

Real Estate Agent with Florida Supreme Realty SL514814

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Are you still enjoying the holidays? We've got a few more days of recklessness where dieting & nutrition are concerned.  Have you had your fill yet?

Delicious French Toast Casserole with cinnamon, vanilla and a secret ingredient that's about as healthy as french toast can get while still being a fast and easy breakfast to feed a crowd.
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 35 minutes
Total Time 45 minutes


  • 1 large loaf brioche bread (Challah or Italian works also)
  • 6 large eggs
  • 1 cup milk (almond milk with vanilla is good too)
  • 1/2 cup Half and Half
  • 1/2 cup orange juice (up to 1 cup is OK and no pulp is recommended)
  • 1 Tbsp vanilla extract (to taste if vanilla almond milk is used)
  • 1 Tbsp ground cinnamon
  • 4 Tbsp melted butter
  • Maple Syrup


  1. Tear bread into pieces slightly larger than bite size. Place in 3 quart casserole dish (9 x 13 is fine)
  2. In  medium bowl, whip eggs, milk, half and half, orange juice, vanilla, butter and cinnamon together then pour evenly over bread
  3. Cover and place in refrigerator overnight to allow the bread to soak up the mixture
  4. In the morning preheat oven to 350°F. and bake for 35 to 40 minutes or until top is browned
  5. Remove from oven and drizzle with maple syrup
  6. Serve warm and Enjoy
  7. It's supposed to serve 6 to 8 guests but that never happens!
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Comments (9)

Barbara Todaro
RE/MAX Executive Realty - Retired - Franklin, MA
Previously Affiliated with The Todaro Team

Good morning, Kevin J. May I made that last year for my family, and I WAS IN PAIN WATCHING THEM EAT IT.... I felt soooo guilty feeding them that type of food...I ate 2 boiled eggs... they requested it....  soooo unhealthy.

Dec 27, 2018 03:40 AM
Kevin J. May

Barbara, the only reason I posted this was because I missed out on it Christmas morning. Instead of sugar plums dancing in our heads there's only memory and imagination instead. I do have a really "bad" New Year's Day recipe that is going to bring on extreme guilt but all I can say is YOLO!

Dec 27, 2018 04:44 AM
Barbara Todaro

yes, YOLO.....and I want my ONCE to be a very long and healthy one..... no sugar other than natural sugar from fruit....


Dec 27, 2018 05:08 AM
Sham Reddy CRS
H E R Realty, Dayton, OH - Dayton, OH

I get hungry just looking at it.  Looks delicious!!!

Delicious French Toast Casserole with cinnamon, vanilla and a secret ingredient that's about as healthy as french toast can get while still being a fast and easy breakfast to feed a crowd.

Dec 27, 2018 03:57 AM
Kevin J. May

It can't be any easier to put together Sham although don't call me asking why you're 10 pounds heavier when you do?

Dec 27, 2018 04:49 AM
Wayne Martin
Wayne M Martin - Chicago, IL
Real Estate Broker - Retired

Good morning Kevin. Love it! My first thought was that Barbara Todaro would not approve. And true to form she did not! Except, she made it for everyone else. So, maybe not so bad if only once in a while. Enjoy your day!

Dec 27, 2018 04:37 AM
Kevin J. May

You know she's a real trooper after reading her comment. I don't have anywhere near that kind of "girl power". Someone had mentioned that it looked so good they just wanted to smash their face into it.

Dec 27, 2018 04:57 AM
Barbara Todaro

it looks and smells delicious.... but that thought leaves me quickly.... 

Wayne Martin my adult children are all in their 40's and they make their own decisions.... they know how I eat compared to how I ate in the past.... they all need to be careful as their metabolism slows.... none are gym rats, even though they did a brief stint at the Y....

Dec 27, 2018 05:11 AM
Nina Hollander, Broker
Coldwell Banker Realty - Charlotte, NC
Your Greater Charlotte Realtor

Sounds and looks wonderful, Kevin... but not passing my lips...  I think I added a pound just looking at the photo!

Dec 27, 2018 04:42 AM
Kevin J. May

So sorry Nina, I should have added that disclaimer, you might have!

Dec 27, 2018 04:52 AM
Brian England
Vacasa - Gilbert, AZ
MBA, GRI, REALTOR® Real Estate in East Valley AZ

You tricked us, I was hoping that you were sharing a recipe from Barbara Todaro , but I know she would never approve of me eating something like that, haha.

Dec 27, 2018 06:26 AM
Kevin J. May

Once a year is okay Brian but you have to pick a birthday, an anniverary or one holiday to indulge.

Dec 27, 2018 04:39 PM
Ron and Alexandra Seigel
Napa Consultants - Carpinteria, CA
Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy


What a wonderful recipe, and we pass.  We both are not fond of sugary treats with a few exceptions:  In Paris ,eclair and croissant.  In Italy cornetto con crema, in Torino hazelnut gelato...too far to head over!  Cheers!  A

Dec 27, 2018 10:42 AM
Kevin J. May

What's the problem A, it's "French" toast Regarding Italian, I haven't found a dessert I don't like.

Dec 27, 2018 04:48 PM
Francine Viola
Coldwell Banker Evergreen Olympic Realty, Olympia WA - Olympia, WA
REALTOR®, In Tune with your Real Estate Needs

It's so hard to keep my sugar and flour demons at bay!  I think resistance is futile!

Dec 27, 2018 01:47 PM
Kevin J. May

Simple sugar seems more controllable than other carbs  although both are a constant battle. You've got the power Francine!

Dec 27, 2018 04:51 PM
Kathy Streib
Room Service Home Staging - Delray Beach, FL
Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224

Hi Kevin- well I'm not passing!!!!   I will however wait until after the holidays to try it.  Nothing wrong with a treat once in a while. 

Dec 27, 2018 02:32 PM
Kevin J. May

Yeah, that's the spirit Kathy. Let me know what you think?

Dec 27, 2018 04:57 PM
Paul S. Henderson, REALTOR®, CRS
Fathom Realty Washington LLC - Tacoma, WA
South Puget Sound Washington Agent/Broker!

I haven’t eaten yet and that picture is driving me to the refrigerator Kevin J. May 

Dec 29, 2018 06:23 AM
Kevin J. May

I have one more recipe to share that's a New Year's Brunch favorite. So enticing that I can't even show a pcture of it without having the LDL's go wild. It's an end of year special Paul.

Dec 30, 2018 12:26 AM