Blueberry pumpkin baked french toast is a recipe your family will devour! With the added nutrition from the pumpkin, you can whip up a meal that is healthy and satisfying!
For the Casserole:
- 2 loaves French baguette, cut into 1” slices (not too crusty – 24 slices)
- 8 eggs
- 2 1/2 cups milk
- 3/4 cup firmly pack brown sugar
- 3/4 cup pumpkin puree
- 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
- 1 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- 1/4 tsp salt
- 2–3 cups fresh blueberries (Note: You can use frozen, but may need to bake longer and add a little less milk.)
- ¼ cup butter
- ¼ cup real maple syrup, plus more for serving
For the Crumble Topping (optional):
- 1/2 cup all-purpose flour (sub: whole wheat flour)
- 1/2 cup firmly packed brown sugar
- 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 1 stick cold butter, cut into pieces
Make It Now:
- Preheat oven to 375°F. Grease one 9×13 inch or two 8×8 inch baking dishes with baking spray.
- Spread out the bread pieces in the greased pan(s).
- In large bowl, whisk together eggs, milk, pumpkin, brown sugar, vanilla, cinnamon, and salt.
- Pour evenly over bread and toss to coat completely. (Freezing instructions begin here.)
- Cover and refrigerate overnight.
- Optional: In a small bowl, use a fork to combine all of the ingredients for the crumble topping until it’s a course crumble. Seal and place in the refrigerator until ready to bake the casserole.
- Just before baking, sprinkle blueberries (and optional crumble topping) on top.
- If you don’t use the crumble topping, then follow this step. In a small sauce pan or in a bowl in the microwave, heat butter with the maple syrup until melted. Drizzle over the berries.
- Bake for 30-35 minutes, until set. (Note: If using frozen blueberries, you may need to bake longer due to extra moisture.)
- Serve with more maple syrup, if desired.
Freeze For Later: Follow Steps 1-4. Wrap the casserole in a few layers of plastic wrap and foil. Freeze.
Prepare From Frozen: Let thaw in the fridge overnight. Bake uncovered as directed. You may have to cook it longer if partially frozen. Cover with foil if it starts to get too brown.