Easy Maple Walnut Overnight French Toast

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overnight maple walnut french toast

I love overnight breakfasts…  just something about waking up to a perfect ready meal with no hassle!  Here is an amazing recipe for overnight french toast! If you’ve never baked french toast before, you’ll love it!  I prepare this for Easter or Christmas breakfast because it just takes a few minutes of prep!  I serve it with a fresh fruit salad.

While you can substitute maple extract in this dish, real maple syrup definitely tastes best!    This is delicious topped with whipped cream and of course  real maple syrup.. if you prefer the walnuts can be substituted with pecans!

Easy Maple Walnut Overnight French Toast

Easy Overnight Maple Walnut French Toast

Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 50 minutes
Chill time 8 hours
Total Time 9 hours 10 minutes
Servings 4
Author Holly Nilsson
Course Breakfast
Cuisine French
Overnight French Toast is the perfect breakfast for Christmas morning! No fuss, just delicious maple french toast with walnuts!


  • 1/3 cup butter melted
  • 1/3 cup brown sugar packed
  • 1 loaf french bread sliced 1" thick
  • 12 eggs beaten
  • 1 1/2 cups milk
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
  • 2 tablespoons maple syrup or 1/2 teaspoon maple extract
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 3/4 cup walnuts chopped
  • whipped cream (optional)

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Before Bed
  1. Slice bread in thick slices and let dry on the counter for a couple of hours (or place in a 300 oven for 10 minutes using caution not to brown the bread)
  2. Grease a 9x13 pan
  3. Mix melted butter and brown sugar and spread on the bottom of the pan
  4. Arrange bread in the pan, you may need to squish or overlap the pieces
  5. Combine eggs, milk, vanilla extract, maple syrup, cinnamon
  6. Gently pour the egg mixture over the bread ensuring all of the bread is soaked. (I did end up having to flip over a few of the pieces to ensure they were covered)
  7. Sprinkle with chopped walnuts
  8. Cover the pan with plastic wrap (or a lid if you have one) and refrigerate overnight
Morning time:
  1. Remove the pan from the refrigerator and let it sit on the counter for 20 minutes
  2. Preheat the oven to 350
  3. Bake for 30 minutes ensuring that the french toast doesn't brown
  4. Serve with maple syrup and whipped cream
Nutrition Information
Calories: 901, Fat: 45g, Saturated Fat: 16g, Cholesterol: 536mg, Sodium: 881mg, Potassium: 587mg, Carbohydrates: 90g, Fiber: 4g, Sugar: 32g, Protein: 35g, Vitamin A: 1359%, Vitamin C: 1%, Calcium: 286%, Iron: 7%

(Nutrition information provided is an estimate and will vary based on cooking methods and brands of ingredients used.)

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  1. I am sooooo making this Christmas morning!!! My family is going to LOVE this!!! Thank you for the great recipe!!!! So easy to make and can prepare the night before! I love it!!