Honestly, you could put “asphalt and couch cushion” before the words “French Toast Casserole” and I’d probably still eat it.
I love French Toast. It is HIGH on the hierarchy of brunch and breakfast foods for me (calories not withstanding, obviously). I like the crunchy edges, the semi-soggy innards, and the wafting scent of cinnamon and powdered sugar. It’s all just wonderful.
I had a ton of potato bread leftover from a package I bought, so I wanted to use it all up and immediately French Toast came to mind. I cut up 6 slices of it into 2-inch pieces, then tossed them into a casserole dish. Next I poured the custard over the bread and dropped dollops of chai-spiced almond butter on top. Baked and finish with Nutella and…oh my. The HEAVENLY aroma.
I honestly try to avoid sugar as much as possible (believe it or not), so I didn’t add any additional sugar outside of the powdered sugar on top. Most FT casseroles will call for a fair amount of white sugar and I wanted to try this without it. The little bit of powdered sugar and the little bit of Nutella (and syrup, duh) was all the sweetness I needed.
And if you don’t like chai spice, you can obviously use almond butter or even peanut butter if you want. And I used almond milk because regular milk hates me. I’m not lactose intolerant but I am sensitive to milk for some reason. Cheese? No problem. It makes no sense.
But I digress. Enjoy.
Chai Almond Butter & Nutella French Toast Casserole
- 6 slices potato bread
- 5 large eggs
- 3/4 cup almond milk
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- 1/2 tsp cinnamon
- Powdered sugar, sifted, for dusting on top
- 7-8 tbsp almond butter
- 7-8 tsp Nutella (or more, because Nutella)
- Preheat oven to 350.
- Cut the bread into 2-inch cubes or rectangles. Whatever shape works for you. Toss into casserole dish.
- Make the custard. Beat the eggs, milk vanilla and cinnamon in a large bowl until smooth and pale yellow. Pour over the bread in the dish and toss gently to make sure all the pieces are coated.
- Drop dollops of almond butter on top and pop in the oven, uncovered, for 25-30 minutes or until a knife inserted in the center comes out clean.
- Remove from oven and let sit for a minute or two. Drop the small dollops of Nutella on top of the almond butter bits and sprinkle with powdered sugar.
- Serve immediately with some maple syrup or have it plain. No one is judging your syrup decisions.