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Individual Overnight Chocolate Cherry French Toast

Prep Time 10 mins
Total Time 35 mins
Servings 8 servings

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A decadent, make ahead breakfast perfect for the holidays! So easy, and in the morning you just bake and devour πŸ™‚

non stick muffin pan with individual chocolate cherry french toast in cups

Now.

Chocolate and cherry. And french toast. And make ahead.

I just don’t think it could get any better.

individual chocolate cherry french toast muffins on white plate with bread and cherries in the background

Based on the popularity of my Light Overnight Caramel French ToastΒ and this S’mores Overnight French Toast, I knew you guys would love these little french toast muffins.

individual chocolate cherry french toast cups on white plate topped with whipped cream maraschino cherries and chocolate

The bread is mildly sweet and not overpowering, and though these Individual French Toasts can definitely double as dessert with a scoop of ice cream (shall we call them bread puddings then?), they are actually not as loaded with calories and sugar as you might think. I know that’s not always something we think about  during the holidays, but if you’re feeling guilty about allllllllll of the cookies, don’t worry — they make a perfectly acceptable breakfast or individually portioned dessert! The bread is made with cocoa and dried cherries, so it tastes great but is still healthy (enough)!

My only thoughts were, “I want to make this easier.” Because, hey — two kids 3 and under.

And since overnight breakfasts are by far the best kind, that was clearly the only way to go.

These overnight french toasts are soft and smooth on the inside and bursting with oozing chocolate, with just enough crispy edges on top. They slide right out of the pan after baking (so no scraping up your precious pans!) and they’re perfect alone, with a drizzle of syrup, or a dollop of whipped cream.

You can also bake them in batches if you have company, so that there are fresh french toasts ready for your guests as they wake. Either way, they’re low stress and big on luscious holiday flavor!

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Individual Overnight Chocolate Cherry French Toast

A decadent, make ahead breakfast perfect for the holidays! So easy, and in the morning you just bake and devour ?
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 25 mins
Total Time 35 mins
Cuisine American
Course Breakfast
Servings 8 servings
Calories 213cal

Ingredients

  • 6 slices Chocolate Cherry Loaf
  • 1/2 cup dried cherries
  • 1/2 cup Semisweet Chocolate Chunks
  • 4 large eggs
  • 3/4 cup milk
  • 1/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla

Instructions

  • Spray a muffin pan with non stick spray and set aside (you’ll need about 8 muffin cups sprayed).
  • Chop bread into roughly Β½” cubes. Toss with dried cherries and chocolate chunks and divide evenly between the 8 prepared muffin cups.
  • In a medium bowl, whisk together eggs, milk, sugar and vanilla. Divide evenly between the 8 muffin cups. Ladle the egg mixture over slowly, and try to drizzle some over all of your top pieces of bread (but don’t stress, because those not covered in egg will be your delicious crunchy bits!). Press the bread down into the egg mixture as much as possible.
  • Cover with tin foil and refrigerate for at least 2-3 hours or overnight.
  • When ready to bake, bake at 350 degrees F for 20-25 minutes, until the center is set.
  • Remove from the muffin pan and serve warm, garnishing as desired.They’re also great room temperature!

Notes

8 french toasts may only serve 4-5 people, depending on how hungry your guests are. Feel free to double up the recipe as you’ll get at least twice that much from one Chocolate Cherry Loaf!

Nutrition Information

Calories: 213cal | Carbohydrates: 29g | Protein: 6g | Fat: 7g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Cholesterol: 84mg | Sodium: 152mg | Potassium: 159mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 16g | Vitamin A: 425IU | Calcium: 81mg | Iron: 1.9mg

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My name is Ashley Fehr and I love creating easy meals my family loves. I also like to do things my way, which means improvising and breaking the rules when necessary. Here you will find creative twists on old favorites and some of my favorite family recipes, passed down from generations!

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  1. Ami@NaiveCookCooks says

    Ashley love this idea! During this holiday rush, I love the idea of getting breakfast ready at night and having a peaceful morning knowing that there is something delicious to eat for breakfast!

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