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Back to school means time to get back in the swing of things… and sometimes that can be a struggle! My favorite way to beat the morning rush to get through to the school day is to have breakfast ready when my family wakes up. That’s why I’m a huge fan of using my slow cooker to get it ready. This overnight slow cooker French toast casserole is so easy and the whole family will love it! It’s even perfect for dinner time, making it versatile.
To start, take a loaf of your favorite French bread. I picked this one up fresh at Walmart when I was buying my back-to-school essentials and lunch box fillers. Any bread, or a loaf of your favorite organic bread, will work perfectly.
Tear or dice the bread into bite-sized pieces, leaving the crust on for texture.
Next, dice an organic peach into large dices. There’s no need to peel it– the entire piece will soften in the crock pot.
Toss the peach and bread in the crock pot, distributing them evenly. You’ll want the peach mixed in pretty well with the bread.
Next, you’ll need to make the mixture that you soak the bread in to give it that perfect French toast texture! I like to use Horizon® Organic Half & Half and Horizon® Organic Aseptic/Shelf Stable Lowfat Milk for this, but if you just have the Horizon Organic® milk on hand, that will work just as well.
These are easy to find at your local Walmart store or Walmart Neighborhood Market, and they’re delicious, too. For me, Horizon® Organic Half & Half keeps me going through the homeschooling day as I add a splash to my coffee or tea in the mornings, but it’s also perfect for baking and cooking!
Horizon® Organic Aseptic/Shelf Stable Lowfat Milk in Shelf-Stable cartons are great because they have a long shelf life and are just as nutritious and delicious as refrigerated milk. I love cooking with it and using it in my morning smoothie or in baking. But it’s also great because it packs really nicely in lunch boxes!
That makes it the perfect choice for back-to-school lunch boxes, or for homeschoolers like us, great for bringing along to homeschooling group, trips to the science museum, or for after-school sports and activities! Just chill and enjoy. My son is a huge fan of the chocolate flavor.
Next, crack six organic eggs into the mixture of milk and half-and-half.
Add organic vanilla extract, sugar, cinnamon, and salt. You can, of course, omit the sugar at this stage for a slightly less sweet french toast casserole.
Pour this mixture evenly over the bread and peaches and stir it well. Then, allow the mixture to soak for an hour before starting the crock pot (if using a traditional slow cooker). If you’re using a programmable slow cooker and allowing it to start in the middle of the night, there’s no need to let it soak and you can move onto the next step because it will soak naturally until your slow cooker kicks on at the programmed time.
Combine organic brown sugar, cinnamon, and softened Horizon® Organic Salted butter together in a bowl until it’s completely mixed and crumbly in consistency.
Fold this mixture into the bread mixture in the slow cooker. If you’re using a slow cooker that is non-programmable, place it on the “warm” setting for 8 hours or overnight. If using a programmable slow cooker, you can set it to cook 4 hours on low or 2 hours on high for similar results. Cooking on high will get a crispier consistency of french toast casserole, where cooking on the warm setting will give you a softer texture.
Have fun! Mix in your favorite organic fruits, raisins, apples, or other produce to shake up the flavor– the sweeter the fruit, the less sugar you need to use to sweeten it. I love organic peaches for their texture and the flavor they bring to the table. Feel free to substitute in your favorite. Watching your sugar? You can reduce the amount of brown sugar used to taste, also!
You can enjoy this delicious overnight slow cooker french toast casserole with or without your favorite organic maple syrup. I personally love to go without so I can really taste the peaches, but my brother loves it with maple syrup!
You can even round out breakfast with Horizon® Yogurt! It’s creamy and delicious. You can feel great about serving this yogurt to your kids with breakfast or as a great afternoon snack. It’s got live and active cultures in it, and with flavors your kids will love, like strawberry, it’s sure to be a hit. I find myself sneaking the key lime flavor from time to time. (Don’t tell my son, since it’s his favorite, too)!
I love how portable and delicious Horizon snacks are. I know that I can slip a Horizon® Organic Chocolate Lowfat Milk or a Horizon® Yogurt into our bag for a field trip and be ready to fuel up on the go. And, I know that it’s made from ingredients that I can feel proud to serve my son and myself in our busy lifestyle.
What is your go-to recipe during the back to school season?
Let me know in the comments below, and be sure to check out more great back to school ideas from Horizon! You can also find out more about Horizon products at Walmart here. Be sure to scroll down for the full printable recipe, and have a great back-to-school season!
Back-To-School Recipes and Ideas
Overnight Slow Cooker French Toast Casserole Recipe
- 1 loaf french bread, diced
- 1 organic peach, diced
- 6 organic eggs
- 1 cup Horizon® Organic Half & Half
- 1 carton Horizon® Organic Aseptic/Shelf Stable Low-Fat Milk
- 1/2 tsp + 1 tsp organic cinnamon
- 1 Tbsp organic sugar
- 1 tsp salt
- 1 tsp organic vanilla
- 1/2 stick Horizon® Organic Salted butter, softened
- 1/4 C organic brown sugar
- Tear or dice french bread into bite sized pieces and place in slow cooker.
- Dice peach and mix with french bread.
- In separate bowl, combine eggs, half and half, milk, sugar, salt, vanilla, and 1/2 tsp cinnamon.
- Pour egg mixture over bread mixture and allow to soak for at least one hour.
- Combine butter, brown sugar, and remaining cinnamon. Fold into bread mixture.
- Cook on warm for 8 hours or overnight, on low for 4 hours, or on high for 2 hours.