Christmas is just over two weeks away! Can you believe that? This time of year comes and goes so quickly it’ll make me sad if I think about it for too long. Sigh. Okay, let’s focus on happy thoughts. Like what’s for breakfast Christmas morning. Or any morning for the next foreseeable future. This eggless french toast casserole with cinnamon apples is super simple to throw together and is both refined sugar free and oil free!
Growing up, I LOVED having french toast for breakfast. If I had the choice between french toast, pancakes or waffles I would choose french toast every time. Waffles is a pretty close second for me, but french toast is definitely number one.
What about you guys? Are you team french toast, pancake or waffle?!
The thing about french toast though is that I never was very good at cooking it on my own. I’d always either burn it or soak the bread in the eggy mixture for way too long, resulting in soggy french toast. My parents were always so much better at making it. Thank you, parents.
Eggless french toast casserole, however, is basically impossible to mess up!
Well, I don’t know if that’s true…But this french toast casserole is fool proof! And you won’t even notice a difference without the eggs. The secret ingredient here that helps us achieve that egg like texture in the custard is silken tofu! Yes! It sounds weird, but it works! I promise you!
Last weekend my mom and I were making tamales (recipe coming soon!) and read that if your masa does not float it will NOT be fluffy enough and you will single handedly ruin Christmas.
Now, at the time, it was extremely comical. Probably because we had been in the kitchen for far too long, but we also did not want to single handedly ruin Christmas so we made SURE our masa floated. And when it did, we cheered so loud you’d think we had won the lottery.
Anyway, I went down that rabbit hole because if you decide to make this recipe for Christmas morning, you can rest assured knowing you will not single handedly ruin Christmas. It’s too easy, and it’s both healthy and delicious, meaning everyone can enjoy it!
making the cinnamon crumble topping
Now, the only con to this recipe is that it requires both a blender, like the Vitamix (for the eggless french toast custard) and a food processor (for the cinnamon crumble topping). I apologize in advance, but it is worth it!
The cinnamon crumble topping, pictured above in my food processor, is made with pecans, dates, oats, maple syrup, and of course – cinnamon! That’s it!
Bonus: it is extremely delicious raw and on it’s own so do yourself a favor and eat a couple spoonfuls before crumbling it over top your casserole. Don’t think. Just do.
picking the right bread
Now for this recipe, I’d recommend using a large, stale french baguette. If you’re making this last minute and can only find super fresh bread, just cut your bread into bite size pieces and bake it for 15 minutes or so until it has dried out a bit.
If you use too soft of bread it will be a bit soggy! I would not recommend sliced sandwich bread either because again, it will be too soft and soggy!
Lastly, and completely optional, but you can top this casserole with slices of cold, vegan butter. It is Christmas, after all. 🙂
So excited to hear what you guys think of this one!Print
This vegan eggless french toast casserole is the perfect cross between an apple crumble and french toast. Two of my favorite things! Super simple, refined sugar free, and oil free. Perfect recipe for Christmas morning.
- 6 small-medium apples, cubed (roughly 6 cups)
- 10 cups cubed stale, french baguette
- 16 ounces silken tofu
- 1 cup dates (soak to soften if needed)
- 1 cup apple cider
- 1/2 tbsp cinnamon
- 1/4 tsp nutmeg
- 2 tbsp ground flaxseed
- 1/2 tbsp tapioca starch
CINNAMON CRUMBLE TOPPING:
- 1 cup pecans
- 1 cup oats
- 1 cup dates (soak to soften if needed)
- 2 tbsp maple syrup
- 1 tsp cinnamon
- 1/4 cup, sliced, cold vegan butter for topping (I used the brand Earth Balance)
- maple syrup
- coconut whipped cream
- more apples!
- Preheat the oven to 375 degrees Fahrenheit.
- Cube the french baguette and chop the apples into bite size pieces. Add to a large casserole dish (9″x13″) and mix together to evenly combine. Refer to photos, as needed.
- Next, make the eggless custard by adding all custard ingredients to a high speed blender until smooth. Once smooth, pour over cubed bread and apples in the large casserole dish.
- Next, in a food processor, combine the dates, pecans, oats, and maple syrup until well incorporated to make the cinnamon crumble topping. Refer to photos above, as needed!
- Finally, crumble the cinnamon crumble topping over the casserole with clean hands. It is a bit stickier than a normal crumble topping but if evenly distributed over top it will be fine!
- Optional: top your casserole with squares of cold vegan butter.
- Bake for 55 minutes, or until top is golden brown.
- If your dates are super dry or have been refrigerated, soak them for 20-30 minutes in boiling hot water to rehydrate and soften them.
- You could toss your apples in a bit of cinnamon as well if you’re a true cinnamon lover but I find that there’s enough cinnamon in the crumble topping and custard! 🙂
- I recommend putting a baking sheet below your casserole in case any of the custard spills out while baking.
- Category: Breakfast
- Method: Oven
- Cuisine: American
Keywords: french toast casserole; vegan french toast casserole; vegan; apple streusel; oil free; refined sugar free; french toast; Christmas casserole