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Overnight Slow Cooker French Toast

I love when I discovered how to make overnight French toast in my Crock-Pot. This really easy slow cooker recipe is the perfect recipe for Christmas morning. Why? Because the last thing you want to think about is making breakfast.

A Crock-Pot slow cooker on a kitchen counter with bread slices arranged inside, the lid is on and the appliance is set to "low.
Overnight Slow Cooker French Toast cooking. Photo credit: Leah Ingram.

Really easy Christmas morning French toast

With this recipe for easy Christmas morning French toast, you put all the ingredients in the slow cooker the night before aka Christmas Eve. Then, you let it simmer through the night. When you get up in the morning, it will be ready.

After the first time I made French toast in the slow cooker, I knew I needed to do some tweaking. On the first go around, the bread was too mushy for my daughters’ taste. So I modified it, mostly by using half of the liquid that the original recipe called for. Once I tweaked this really easy recipe, it was perfect.

I love to serve French toast with maple syrup, naturally, but also topped with our favorite fruits. This could be sliced bananas, chunks of apples or fresh blueberries or strawberries.

Ingredients for really easy slow cooker French toast

Ingredients for Slow Cooker French Toast including cinnamon, maple syrup, milk, bread slices, eggs, and butter are arranged on a table.

Instructions for this Christmas morning breakfast

Coat the inside of your slow cooker with cooking spray. Since the French toast has the tendency to stick to the sides, grease it liberally. Then, slice the stick of butter and place the butter pats around the bottom of the crock.

A black slow cooker with six unwrapped butter cubes evenly spaced inside, perfect for making delicious Slow Cooker French Toast.
Photo credit: Leah Ingram.

Place the slices of bread in the slow cooker. If your slow cooker is on the smaller side and you’re hoping to use an entire loaf, you should pick a smaller loaf. Or, if you’re using a larger loaf, you may be able to fit only 3/4 of the loaf of bread inside. Normally, I can get 16 slices in my 8QT slow cooker crock.

A slow cooker with several slices of bread and pieces of cream cheese inside it, placed on a countertop near a backsplash and a pink flower decoration, is ready to make delicious Slow Cooker French Toast.
Photo credit: Leah Ingram.

In a bowl combine the eggs, milk, maple syrup and cinnamon.

A white bowl with six cracked eggs, a small blue pitcher containing milk, a glass jar filled with a dark liquid, and a white dish with brown powder sit on a granite countertop, ready to create the perfect Slow Cooker French Toast.
Photo credit: Leah Ingram.

Mix with a whisk.

A slow cooker filled with sliced bread next to a bowl of mixed ingredients and a whisk sits on the kitchen counter, ready to make Slow Cooker French Toast. In the background, a pink flower pot adds a touch of color.
Photo credit: Leah Ingram.

Pour the liquid mixture over the bread. It should be enough to cover the loaf halfway.

A slow cooker French toast is being prepared with sliced bread, as a mixture is poured over it from a white bowl. The background displays a tiled backsplash with electrical sockets.
Photo credit: Leah Ingram.

Place the top on the crock. Then, turn the slow cooker on low for 10 hours or overnight.

Watching the French toast cook

I stayed up late to watch how this was cooking. About three hours in, I noticed that I still had some extra liquid in the bottom of the slow cooker. So I used a spatula and flipped the bread over — to avoid burning.

At this point, I took the top off and let it cook for the remaining time. This allowed the extra liquid to burn off. Note: If you have a slow cooker that you know tends to cook hot, if you will, then adjust your cooking time to eight hours. You may find that at 10 hours, things started to burn.

A blue plate with French toast topped with a scoop of ice cream, caramelized apple slices, and a mint leaf, placed on a wooden surface with a white napkin edged in blue lace, accompanied by a silver fork and knife.
French toast with caramel apples for breakfast.

Verdict for this really easy overnight French Toast

While the French Toast was still a bit mushy when we ate it, we dusted it with powdered sugar. Powdered sugar fixes everything, because my daughters gave it a thumbs up. Also, they went back for seconds.

If I had to describe this Crock Pot French Toast, here’s what I would say. Have you ever had bread pudding? Yeah, this dish is a cross between softer French Toast and bread pudding. 

Either way, my girls loved it. They didn’t even use maple syrup on it. Instead, they said it was like eating a gigantic cinnamon bun with a fork.

I put some cut bananas on mine and I did use maple syrup, because I love syrup. Just call me Buddy the Elf!

french toasts with caramelized banana for breakfast
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A plate with a powdered sugar-dusted pastry, mint leaves, and a trio of compartments containing whipped cream, strawberries, and a red sauce. Fork and knife are placed on the side.

Overnight Slow Cooker French Toast

I love when I discovered how to make overnight French toast in my Crock-Pot. This really easy slow cooker recipe is the perfect recipe for Christmas morning. Why? Because the last thing you want to think about is making breakfast.
With this recipe for easy Christmas morning French toast, you put all the ingredients in the slow cooker the night before aka Christmas Eve. Then, you let it simmer through the night. When you get up in the morning, it will be ready.
After the first time I made French toast in the slow cooker, I knew I needed to do some tweaking. In the first go around, the bread was too mushy for my daughters' taste. So I modified it, mostly by using half of the liquid that the original recipe called for. Once I tweaked this really easy recipe, it was perfect.
I stayed up late to watch how this was cooking. About three hours in, the brown sugar was starting to caramelize. Delish.
I still had some extra liquid in the bottom of the slow cooker. So I used a spatula and flipped the bread over (to avoid burning). Then I cooked for the remaining time without the top on. This allowed the extra liquid to burn off.
I love to serve French toast with maple syrup, naturally, but also topped with our favorite fruits. This could be slice bananas, chunks of apples or fresh blueberries or strawberries.
I stayed up late to watch how this was cooking. About three hours in, I noticed that I still had some extra liquid in the bottom of the slow cooker. So I used a spatula and flipped the bread over — to avoid burning.
At this point, I took the top off and let it cook for the remaining time. This allowed the extra liquid to burn off. Note: If you have a slow cooker that you know tends to cook hot, if you will, then adjust your cooking time to eight hours. You may find that at 10 hours, things started to burn.
While the French Toast was still a bit mushy when we ate it, we dusted it with powdered sugar. Powdered sugar fixes everything, because my daughters gave it a thumbs up. Also, they went back for seconds.
If I had to describe this Crock Pot French Toast, here's what I would say. Have you ever had bread pudding? Yeah, this dish is a cross between softer French Toast and bread pudding. 
Either way, my girls loved it. They didn't even use maple syrup on it. Instead, they said it was like eating a gigantic cinnamon bun with a fork.
I put some cut bananas on mine and I did use maple syrup, because I love syrup. Just call me Buddy the Elf!
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 10 hours
Course Breakfast
Cuisine American
Servings 8
Calories 388 kcal

Equipment

Ingredients
  

  • 9 eggs
  • 3/4 cup skim milk You can use whichever kind of milk you like; we only get skim or fat-free milk.
  • 16 slice bread Only a smaller loaf of bread fit in my Crock Pot. You can use any kind of bread, even hamburger or hot dog buns.
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1 stick butter
  • 1/2 cup maple syrup

Instructions
 

  • Coat the inside of your slow cooker with cooking spray. Since the French toast has the tendency to stick to the sides, grease it liberally.
  • Slice the stick of butter and place the butter pats around the bottom of the crock.
  • Place the slices bread in the slow cooker. Normally, I can get 16 slices in the slow cooker crock.
  • In a bowl combine the eggs, milk, maple syrup and cinnamon.
  • Mix with a whisk.
  • Pour the liquid mixture over the bread. It should be enough to cover the loaf halfway.
  • Place the top on the crock.
  • Then, turn the slow cooker on low for 10 hours or overnight.
  • About halfway through the cook, you may want to remove the top and let it cook uncovered for the rest of the time.

Notes

Note: If you have a slow cooker that you know tends to cook hot, if you will, then adjust your cooking time to eight hours. You may find that at 10 hours, things started to burn.
At the halfway cook point, remove the top. Also, you may want to take a spatula and flip the slices of bread so that the bottoms don’t burn.

Nutrition

Calories: 388kcalCarbohydrates: 42gProtein: 13gFat: 19gSaturated Fat: 9gPolyunsaturated Fat: 2gMonounsaturated Fat: 5gTrans Fat: 0.5gCholesterol: 215mgSodium: 437mgPotassium: 235mgFiber: 2gSugar: 17gVitamin A: 669IUVitamin C: 0.1mgCalcium: 156mgIron: 3mg

Disclaimer

Please note that nutrient values, if included with the recipe, are estimates only. Variations can occur due to product availability/substitution and manner of food preparation. Nutrition may vary based on methods of origin, preparation, freshness of ingredients, and other factors.

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