Whether for a celebratory brunch or an indulgent weekday breakfast, overnight blueberry french toast is THE answer to all of life's problems. Even if you "aren't a french toast person," this decadent (yet healthful) breakfast casserole is sure to change your mind.
The very first time I made this was 2011 as a Valentine's Day breakfast for Scott....five years later I'd say we've tweaked this recipe to perfection.
If you are having guests over for breakfast or brunch, this is a good one to whip out to impress. It's actually quite simple for how decadent it tastes and appears. The only ingredients you need are: a loaf of bread, Neufchatel cheese, blueberries, cinnamon, milk, eggs, and maple syrup.
Even though there's a fair amount of carbohydrate from the bread, you get a good protein boost from using whole grain bread, milk, and eggs. Actually, you get a dang good boost, because each serving is roughly 25g protein. BOOM.
Ready to get this breakfast party started? Me too.
Cut or tear bread into 1" pieces; place half on a 9x13 inch baking dish.
Cut (or pinch off) 1/2-1" pieces of Neufchatel cheese and arrange evenly in the baking dish, on top of the bread.
Spread 3/4 of the blueberries evenly around the bread. Generously sprinkle cinnamon all over.
Add the remaining bread on top and then sprinkle on the last bit of blueberries.
In a large mixing bowl, combine eggs, milk, maple syrup, and vanilla. Beat until well-mixed. Pour mixture over the bread cubes; pat down gently to make sure all pieces are covered. Add one last dusting of cinnamon on top; cover and refrigerate overnight.
Remove the casserole from the refrigerator 30 minutes prior to baking. Preheat oven to 350F.
Bake, covered for 30 minutes. Uncover, and continue baking for an addition 25-30 minutes, or until center is firm.
Let cool for 5-10 min and ENJOY!
Nutritional Information (1/8 casserole): 478 calories, 14g fat, 68g carbs, 24g protein
Made with skim milk and Dave's Killer Bread 21 Grains
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