This vegan french toast casserole tastes like cinnamon rolls in a french toast form. It's easy to make and has a delicious frosting that makes this a decadent vegan breakfast.
Vegan Cinnamon Roll-Ups French Toast Casserole, woo, that's a mouth full!
But it should definitely be in your vocabulary because this french toast casserole is seriously TASTY!
We are talking cinnamon roll tasting good.
This isn't like a traditional french toast casserole.
I wanted to make something for Christmas morning that would be decadent enough but quicker than waiting for cinnamon rolls to bake.
I like dishes that are made for a special occasion, and everyone looks forward to it.
So, alas, comes this perfect breakfast.
There are other options; if you don't want an actual vegan breakfast casserole, you could eat them more like french toast sticks.
You could dip the rolls, then cook the rolls in a skillet with vegan butter and grill on all sides and serve with a drizzle of maple syrup or just the delicious frosting.
And they are incredibly delicious!
But let's be honest, this is much quicker and easier than cooking each french toast roll.
This tasted great the first day it was made and the second if you heat it up a little bit.
My husband thought it tasted just like cinnamon rolls.
I thought it was more of a combo of cinnamon rolls meet french toast.
I mean, what's more welcoming?
Vegan French Toast Casserole Recipe Q&A
Can vegans eat french toast?
Typically french toast is made with eggs and dairy, and often times the bread has those components as well.
Vegans can not eat so traditional french toast.
However, this one is vegan, and many other delicious recipes you can find online.
The egg-like batter can be made with flax eggs, silken tofu, and chia eggs like in this recipe.
What kind of bread is best for this vegan french toast bake?
You don't want your typical day-old bread for this.
Crusty bread will not work.
You need to be able to roll it out and then roll it up.
I went with a thick but softer white bread (like your typical sandwich bread).
If you want to make it a bit healthier and you like the flavor of whole wheat bread, you could use that also; just make sure it's soft, so it rolls.
Can you make this a vegan, gluten-free french toast casserole?
Yes, you need to use gluten-free bread, and everything else is already gluten-free.
What do you need to make these Vegan Cinnamon Roll-Ups French Toast Casserole?
Check out the recipe card at the bottom of this post for the complete list of ingredients with amounts.
- 1 loaf of thick toast (the amount you use will vary depending on the size of your toast)
- chia seeds
- non-dairy milk ( soy milk, almond milk, oat milk, coconut milk, whichever is your favorite)
- cinnamon, ground
- vanilla extract
- baking powder
- vegan butter, melted
- 1 cup powdered sugar
How do you make this vegan french toast casserole recipe?
Start by preheating your oven to 350 degrees F, greasing an 8×8 pan or a greased casserole dish, and set aside.
Next, make your Liquid.
Take a small mixing bowl and mix your dairy-free milk, cinnamon, nutmeg, vanilla, salt, brown sugar, flour, baking powder, and ground chia seeds, and whisk together until combined. This is your egg-like batter.
Let this sit and thicken.
Now take your bread slices, cut off the crust, take a rolling pin, roll the bread out thin, repeat this with the other slices, and set aside.
Take your filling and combine.
Take your flattened bread, put about a teaspoon of the filling, spread evenly in the middle, and then roll tightly up, pinching the seam to hold the roll together.
Set it aside, and then repeat with the remaining bread until your filling is gone.
Then take the rolls and place them into the 8×8 as you would with enchiladas.
Now Take your liquid mixture and pour it evenly over the top of the casserole.
You can top it with chopped nuts if you like nuts or leave it plain.
Bake in the preheated oven for 30-40 minutes. Check at 25 minutes.
It should have most of the wiggle out of it.
Make your glaze by combining the glaze ingredients with a whisk or fork until smooth.
Then drizzle the glaze over the french toast casserole.
This tastes great out of the oven or the next day warmed up.
If you are looking for more of a traditional vegan french toast I have you covered!
How do you serve this eggless french toast casserole?
This breakfast or brunch recipe is best served warm. You can eat this as a main dish or side dish.
The frosting is a must to give it that cinnamon roll feel.
You can serve it alongside;
- hashbrowns or vegan cheesy hashbrowns
- fresh fruit
- tofu scramble
- fresh berries
- whatever breakfast side dishes you like.
How do you store leftovers?
Let the vegan casserole come to room temperature, then place in an airtight container or cover the baking dish with plastic wrap and place in the fridge for up to 4 days.
Reheat in the microwave, don't overheat.
Can you freeze this?
You can freeze this in a freezer-safe bag for up to 3 months.
However, I would likely make a fresh batch of frosting because I think the frosting will melt into the french toast.
Can you prep this the night before for a make ahead breakfast?
You can prep the actual bread and filling, roll them, have them ready in the pan, and then cover them with saran wrap and place them in the fridge.
But I would make the topping the morning of and then bake.
I would worry that the topping will absorb too much into the bread if you prep the whole thing ahead of time.
Want some other vegan breakfast recipes?
Vegan Cinnamon Roll Ups French Toast Casserole
- 1 loaf of thick toast the amount you use will vary depending on the size of your toast
- 1.5 TB ground chia seeds
- 1 cup plant milk
- 1 teaspoon cinnamon ground
- ¼ teaspoon nutmeg
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- pinch salt
- 2 TB brown sugar
- ¼ cup flour
- 1 teaspoon baking powder
- 3 tablespoons vegan butter melted
- 3 tablespoons brown sugar
- 2 tablespoons cinnamon
- 1 cup powdered sugar
- 1 TB vegan milk more if you need it but start there
- ¼ teaspoon vanilla extract
- Start by preheating your oven to 350 degrees, greasing an 8x8 pan, and set aside.
- Next, make your Liquid. Take a small mixing bowl and mix your plant milk, cinnamon, nutmeg,
vanilla, salt, brown sugar, flour, baking powder, and ground chia seeds; whisk together until combined. Let this sit and thicken.
- Now take your bread slices, cut off the crust, then take a rolling pin and roll the bread out thin; repeat this with the other slices, and set aside.
- Take your filling and combine.
- Take your flattened bread, put about a teaspoon of the filling, spread evenly in the middle, and then roll tightly up, pinching the seam to hold the roll together. Set aside and then repeat with the remaining bread until your filling is gone. Then take the rolls and place them into the 8x8 as you would with enchiladas. Now Take your liquid and pour it evenly over the rolls.
- Bake in the preheated oven for 30-40 minutes. Check at 30 minutes. It should have most of the wiggle out of it.
- Make your glaze by combining the glaze ingredients with a whisk or fork until smooth. Then drizzle the glaze over the french toast casserole.
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