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{Overnight} Banana Pecan Streusel French Toast Bake

An easy overnight baked french toast casserole with a creamy banana filling topped with cinnamon, pecan, and brown sugar streusel. Wake up in the morning to this delicious and indulgent breakfast. Prep the ingredients the night before and you can pop in the oven in the morning!
Course Breakfast
Cuisine American
Keyword french toast bake, recipe for brunch, strusel topping
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 50 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 10 minutes
Servings 6 servings
Calories 556 kcal

Ingredients

  • 1 large loaf of French bread cut into slices or cubes (I used a multigrain French loaf)
  • 2/3 cups fat free cottage cheese or 6 ounces of softened cream cheese
  • 7 large eggs
  • 2-1/3 cups skim milk
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • about 1 large or 2 small overripe bananas sliced, divided (depending on size of your dish)
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon

Streusel Topping:

  • 5 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 1/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 cup light brown sugar packed
  • 2 tablespoons granulated sugar
  • 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 cup chopped pecans optional

Optional Toppings:

  • powdered sugar for dusting
  • your favorite caramel sauce or syrup
  • chopped pecans
  • coconut chips
  • extra banana slices I cooked mine for 1 minute with some caramel sauce first

Instructions

  1. Spray a 9x13" baking dish with non-stick spray.
  2. Blend the cottage cheese in a blender, food processor, or using a hand mixer. When there is a smooth consistency, mix in the sugar, cinnamon and vanilla extract. Blend in 1/3 cup of milk. Scoop out 1/2 cup of the mixture in small cup or bowl and set aside. Add the rest of the milk and eggs to the blender mixture and blend until smooth. Set aside.
  3. Layer half of the bread cubes in prepared baking dish.
  4. Add the 1/2 cup reserved cottage cheese/milk mixture over bread cubes.
  5. Top with a layer of sliced bananas. Layer evenly with the rest of the bread.
  6. Pour the liquid blender mixture evenly over the top of the bread.
  7. Make the streusel topping - To a medium bowl, add the butter, flour, sugars, cinnamon and using two forks or your clean hands, cut/crumble the butter into dry ingredients until small pebbles and crumbly bits form. Mix in chopped pecans if using.
  8. Evenly sprinkle the streusel over the bread.
  9. If making in advance, cover baking dish tightly with plastic wrap or foil and store in the fridge overnight or for several hours. When you are ready to bake, remove the dish from fridge and uncover.

  10. Preheat oven at 350 degrees and bake for 43-52 minutes or until streusel is set and appears to have dried out some. Watch oven time carefully as it may vary. You can try a small bite and if it seems too wet, moist, or under-done for your liking, bake longer. Baking times will range greatly based on the type of bread used, baking dish used, climate, and oven variance. Mine was done at 47 minutes.
  11. Remove from oven and serve warm with your favorite caramel sauce/syrup or a dusting of confectioner's sugar, chopped pecans, coconut chips or extra banana slices (I cooked the extra banana slices in a pan with some caramel sauce for about 1 minute for extra flavor).

Recipe Notes

French toast is best fresh, but leftovers will keep airtight in the fridge for up to 2 days and can be reheated gently in the microwave before serving.

Adapted from Taste of Home

Nutrition Facts
{Overnight} Banana Pecan Streusel French Toast Bake
Amount Per Serving (1 serving (1/6 recipe))
Calories 556 Calories from Fat 171
% Daily Value*
Fat 19g29%
Saturated Fat 8g40%
Cholesterol 244mg81%
Sodium 523mg22%
Potassium 273mg8%
Carbohydrates 76g25%
Fiber 2g8%
Sugar 33g37%
Protein 19g38%
Vitamin A 660IU13%
Calcium 140mg14%
Iron 4mg22%
* Nutrition facts are provided as a courtesy using the WPRM recipe calculator. It is best to make your own calculations to ensure accuracy. We expressly disclaim any and all liability of any kind with respect to any act or omission wholly or in part in reliance on anything contained in this website. Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.