Need a make-ahead Easter brunch idea? Look no further than my carrot cake overnight French toast.
Breakfast is by far my favourite meal of the day—I would have breakfast foods for every meal if I could, and make it a habit to have “brinner” (breakast for dinner) on busy weeknights because it’s not only easy and delicious, but my kids think it’s fun too.
I love make-ahead anything – especially breakfast! Overnight French toast is one of our favourites – it’s delicious and really easy to throw together the night before. As a busy mom, I can tell you that it feels pretty amazing have everything prepped and ready to throw into the oven right before guests arrive for brunch. Throw together a colourful fruit salad, and you’re good to go!
These are the best types of meals to make with your kids, because you’re not in a rush or stressed about time—my daughter loves to crack eggs more than anything, so I let her do that while I sliced the bread and got the other ingredients ready. And of course, mixing is a favourite job too.
The Dietitian in me loves that this version of overnight French toast is so nutrient-rich and filling—it’s full of eggs (which are loaded full of protein and vitamins and minerals), carrots and pineapple (both rich in nutrients, and adding some natural sweetness). I used whole grain French bread (a couple days old is best), to boost the nutrition factor even more, but you can use white if you prefer. This recipe is perfect for a crowd on Easter morning (or any morning), or makes for a great weeknight dinner option too.
We also included two cups of milk, which doesn’t only contain 16 essential nutrients, but is also loaded full of high quality protein, adding to the satiating effect of this dish (and helps to keep it nice and moist!). And the leftovers are even better – pair it with Greek yogurt and fruit the next day, and it makes for a delicious and filling lunch!
Susan McKenne says
I love your idea of carrot cake for brunch. I’ll definitely have it this Sunday! Please include the recipe card as well since I find it easier to follow the recipe step by steep with the card as I make it instead of playing and pausing the video as I perform every step.
sh imran says
How much calories. Kindly provide details about calories. Thanks
Abbey Sharp says
Mmm love that you can wake up to a delicious breakfast without a fuss! Awesome recipe love
Bridget @EatRightMama says
Sarah, you had me at carrot cake! What a great twist on French Toast casserole. Will have to give it a try!
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Rebecca Adrianna Livingstone says
I love carrot cake so much so this is truly tempting… cream cheese drizzle maybe?
Catherine Brown says
This looks perfect for Easter brunch or any breakfast treat!
EA The Spicy RD says
I love making overnight French Toast for my family. Love your carrot cake version-so fun!
Abbie Gellman says
This looks fantastic!
Amy Gorin says
This recipe looks delish! Thank you for sharing!
Nutrition a la Natalie says
Carrot cake and French toast together? YES PLEASE!
Very nice recipe!
I was looking for an amazing and healthy carrot cake recipe and then I found your website. I will definitely try this recipe.
Thank you so much for sharing.
Sarah Remmer says
Riddhima Nair says
Thanks for the delicious recipe.
this is just amazing
I love carrot cake! This will be perfect for my Easter brunch! Thanks for sharing 🙂
just curious it says to sprinkle cream cheese? How exactly do you sprinkle cream cheese? just sort of like chunks of it everywhere? thanks so much 🙂 looking forward to making this
Sarah Remmer says
Yum. So happy you are making this! Yes, sprinkle cubes or chunks of cream cheese :). Enjoy!