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French Toast Casserole using Leftover Bread

Do you have kids who don’t eat crust of their sandwich?  I do…and honestly it drives me nuts to see all of the wasted bread!  Funny thing is that my youngest at 12 months old was eating her entire sandwich and now at 18 months old she observes her older sisters leaving the crust on their plates.  Of course she does the same thing now.  I think they truly don’t mind eating it, it has just become a bad habit.  So why not turn a bad habit into something good?

When I am making a PB&J sandwich for my kids, I start by cutting off the crust or using a cute little shaped sandwich cutter.  The unused bread or crust gets placed into a gallon size freezer bag and thrown into my freezer.  It took me exactly one week to fill it!  Yikes…all of that was wasted?

Here is an idea for the leftover bread and crust…make an overnight French Toast Casserole!  Here is a recipe that you can feel good about.

Healthy French Toast Casserole

  • Leftover whole wheat bread, ends and crusts cut into 1 inch cubes (I used about 3/4 of the gallon size bag worth of bread)
  • 8 eggs
  • 3 cups lowfat plain yogurt
  • 2 tablespoons maple-flavored syrup
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons ground cinnamon

Grease 9 x 13 baking dish.  Place bread cubes in the dish.  Whisk eggs, yogurt, syrup, brown sugar, salt and cinnamon in a large bowl.  Pour the mixture over the bread evenly until covered.  Place plastic wrap over the dish and refrigerate overnight.

Preheat oven to 350°.  Bake for 30 minutes until golden brown.

Top it with maple syrup, powdered sugar, fresh fruit or berries.