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Blueberry French Toast Casserole

Blueberry French Toast Casserole made with Paleo Bread is a mouthwatering Paleo Mother’s Day treat for the whole family.

Mother’s Day is coming up, and what better way to start Sunday than to prepare a batch of this healthy French toast made with my Paleo Bread dipped in a coconut milk-based batter. This Paleo brunch recipe is based on one called Bradley Inn Blueberry French Toast Casserole that I found in our local paper, the Daily Camera, in December 2007.

I suggest baking Paleo Bread the day before making this gluten-free French toast casserole; allow the Paleo Bread to cool overnight, then prepare this dish the next morning. Another tip –be sure to bake your Blueberry French Toast Casserole on the lower rack of the oven so that it cooks through evenly and the top does not burn.

Serve this Paleo French toast with dairy-free Coconut Whipped Cream. This dish travels well to a potluck.

Blueberry French Toast Casseroleprint

  1. Place bread cubes and blueberries in an 8 x 8 inch baking dish
  2. In a medium bowl mix eggs, coconut milk, honey, cinnamon, and vanilla
  3. Pour egg mixture over bread and blueberries
  4. Bake at 350° on lower oven rack for 40-50 minutes
  5. Remove from oven and allow 15 minutes to set
  6. Serve

Serves 4-6

You may have noticed that recently I’ve been using new photography techniques on my website. I’ve been studying the photography and food styling of my friend Kelly at The Spunky Coconut. This new technique is a little more about the composition than the food, very artful, and I find it quite attractive. Of course I’ll keep taking close up photographs as I have for the past 7 years –which style of food photography do you like best, close up, or overhead composition?

Here are some Paleo French toast recipes from other bloggers:

And here are dairy free Coconut Whipped Cream recipes from other bloggers:

posted on May 8, 2013, 53 comments

  1. Kiki

    Hi! This looks beautiful. I just jumped from Spunky Coconut to you and Kelly mentioned you too!
    I love your close ups. Happy Mother’s Day to you!

  2. Jen

    I just scrolled through some of your more recent blog post pictures, and honestly I like close ups better. Overhead just looks too distant. Close ups really help us see what the texture or even some of the ingredients look like in the food. Maybe it depends on the type of food? But personally, close ups look better.

  3. Danielle @ Against All Grain @ againstallgrain.com

    I noticed the change in your photos! :) They look great! And thank you for sharing my link. Hope you’re well!

  4. Holly @ EatGreatBEGreat @ eatgreatbegreat.wordpress.com

    This sounds wonderful and love that it’s easy to make! Yum!

  5. This sounds delicious and the perfect thing to make for Mother’s Day! I love your photos and your blog. I’ve been making a lot of your paleo recipes.

  6. Leanne @ Healthful Pursuit @ healthfulpursuit.com

    I’m crazy for the overhead shots. They always intimidated me – scared of everything being out of focus, couldn’t get the angle quite right… then I went to ICP to study food photography and learned a crazy (simple) concept… shooting on the floor! So helpful. Now I rock the top shots like no other. I find them super attractive but have always loved your close ups because it displays the texture so perfectly. Maybe a mix of both would be great?

    Also, awesome recipe!

    • Rachel Sacks

      I feel the same. I think the shots from the top are attractive and nice to have on your website. But I agree with all the other comments about the close-ups showing the texture and ingredients better. They give me more of a feel for what to expect from this dish. I can more easily imagine taking a bite out of it. The close-ups make me want to make those foods more than the shots from above do.

  7. lori

    I prefer the close-ups. It really helps to see what the food is supposed to look like!!

  8. Wonderful recipe, thanks so much! I like your closeups best.

  9. Stacey

    Love your close ups but fun that you tried something new!

  10. i love this idea! very clever!

  11. Edith

    I also love your close-ups! Sorry Elana, but I found myself hating your overhead shot of this French Toast recipe. Really looked horrible. Great recipe as always!!

  12. Tania

    Do you think this would work with gluten free bread?

  13. Gita

    I vote for the close-ups.

    Thanks for the great recipes!

  14. Karen

    Hi Elana,

    thanks so much for the great recipe. You are always at the top of my must-see food blogging sites and you have saved my butt so many times in the gluten-free / paleo baking department — yikes, I couldn’t live without you.
    After looking through your site for so many years, I have to say I like your close-ups the best.

    I can’t wait to try this recipe — it will make Sunday brunch a real treat.
    Love, Karen

  15. Amy

    I am trying this tomorrow! I prefer the close up pictures, but either way the recipes still taste delicious.

  16. This looks like dessert for breakfast and I love the combo. We have to avoid cinnamon but it sounds like there would be plenty of flavor without. Your photography is always gorgeous – it’s fun to switch things up.

  17. Julie

    I love that you keep exploring and creating… food and photography (and I’m sure in a lot of other ways in the rest of your life!) I have to say, the way you photograph food close up always tempts me to try the recipes… it’s like you’re offering me a bite! Like, it’s about the experience, not the perfect assembled dish, if that makes sense. Thanks for putting so much love into your work, and sharing it with us! xoxo

  18. leslie dietrich

    This looks amazing! And I hope I am served this in bed mother’s day!

  19. Sandra Wells @ thebeehiveonline.com

    Beautiful recipe, I cannot wait to try it, but the overhead shot does not do it justice. Unlike your close up shots, it looks a bit messy or scrambled, and really does not have the allure of texture nor highlights an individual ingredient. Great to try new techniques though and looking forward to your latest book!

  20. Stylin

    Another delicious looking recipe. As soon as I saw the photo I thought Blueberry BREAD PUDDING!! I’m definitely not talented enough to come up with my own recipe, but would love to see one on here in the future if the mood ever strikes you.
    I like both photo styles, but find the closeups much more helpful… My vote is closeup.

  21. Thanks Elana! I have wanted one of those easy breakfast casseroles that I can eat. So easy and yummy. Thanks for taking Paleo Bread to the next level!

  22. Dee

    I vote for the close-up photos, they always make me want to reach out and eat! This recipe looks like a great substitute for bread pudding, can’t wait to try it.

  23. Shari from NC

    I prefer the close-ups, as it gives a better feel for the food. Thanks for experimenting and asking, Elana!

  24. Beth

    This looks like such a great brunch idea!

    I like both the close ups and the overhead shots. I find that they each capture different aspects of foods, dishes, and textures.

  25. LizClement

    Close ups, please! Echoing many of the previous posters’ reasons. thank you for all you do, Elana!

  26. Andrea@simplylivinghealthy.org @ simplylivinghealthy.org

    Lovely recipe! I prefer your original style of photography… the close-ups really showcase your scrumptious recipes better.

  27. This recipe sounds divine! Definitely making this for Mother’s Day :) I really like the close-ups better than the overhead pics. I agree with another commenter about being able to see the product and texture better.

  28. Annette

    Please stay with the close ups, as pretty as the overheads are, the other ones are much more useful. Thanks for all the inspiration!

  29. Belle A

    Hemp powder (not seeds) for baking?

    High in protein, so would you cut down on eggs?

    I couldn’t find a hemp protein powder/almond flour muffin recipe.

  30. Sammie

    Made this yumminess this morning! I big hit – even from my grandparetns who are not up-to-date with gluten-free or paleo anything = ) Definitely will be making again.

  31. Perfect Travellers @ perfecttravellers.com

    That looks amazing!

  32. This sounds incredible! What a beautiful way to work some paleo goodness into a recipe that might not otherwise be on a paleo menu! Looking forward to giving this a go…

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    Thank you so much for including a link to my blog!!! That was an exciting discovery for me :)

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  35. Angela

    I made this recipe this morning but substituted agave for honey in the bread, and blueberry agave in the actual casserole. It was HEAVENLY!!! Thank’s so much for the wonderful recipes, I’ve used a few of them since going GF and they have all turned out wonderful!

  36. Anna

    What can i replace the coconut milk with? It has too much fructose for me :(

  37. Lisa

    Definitely stick with the closeups! Close up shots make the food look appealing and that gets me to desire to try it. I know of many others that feel the same way.

  38. Sam

    Could I substitue Udi’s GF bread in replace of the paleo bread?

  39. Debbie

    I suggest using a variety of photos, both close up and content pictures. I really enjoy your recipes and look forward to making this one!

  40. Lorita OLeary

    I like the artful photos as well as the delicious recipes. I’m making this blueberry french toast. Thanks

  41. Jenna

    LOVE the paleo bread… got this soaking in the fridge with blackberries instead (it’s what was in the fridge, ha!). Smells/looks yummy, as I’m sure it will be! Also made heart-shaped black and white cookies… SCRUMTIOUS!! Thank you thank you THANK YOU!!! ;)

  42. Thanks for sharing this recipe! We’ve featured it on our blog, Recipe Chatter. You can check it out here: http://www.recipechatter.com/paleo-casserole-recipes-spring

  43. kristin r

    Looks yummy. I look forward to trying it

  44. Debbie

    I’ve had this recipe bookmarked for awhile and finally just made it this morning. It is delicious! Thank you!! I’ll be making it more often.

  45. Kristin

    Can this be made ahead (the night before) and baked the next morning?

  46. Sam

    Could you freeze this for later use? If so would you freeze baked or unbaked

  47. andrewmel94Melinda @ gravatar.com/andrewmel94

    I am considering making this for Christmas morning! It looks delicious and easy. Is the coconut milk canned (full fat?) or from a carton?

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