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!