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Overnight Chocolate Pecan Pie French Toast Casserole

Enjoy all of the tasty flavors of pecan pie for breakfast with this Overnight Chocolate Pecan Pie French Toast Casserole!

Overnight Pecan Pie French Toast Casserole

I know, I know. I was posting healthier recipes last week. But after I posted photos of this Overnight Chocolate Pecan Pie French Toast Casserole on my Facebook page and my IG account, I received some recipe requests from some of my followers. I just couldn’t bear to make them wait any longer so I’m posting this tasty recipe today. I’m sure you don’t mind, do you?

Overnight Chocolate Pecan Pie French Toast Casserole

Overnight Chocolate Pecan Pie French Toast Casserole

A couple weeks ago I stumbled upon this Overnight Gingerbread French Toast Breakfast Bake by Averie from Averie Cooks. Yum. I thought to myself, I want to make that. I didn’t get around to making that recipe, although it did inspire me to come up with my own recipe. My idea just sorta came to me one day while sitting at my desk at work.

Pecan pie. French toast. Casserole. Easy. Yum.

So I ran to the grocery store during my lunch break to pick up a loaf of French bread, since I didn’t have any just sitting around my house. Everything else, well I already had that. Easy peasy.

Overnight Chocolate Pecan Pie French Toast Casserole

I made pecan pie for Thanksgiving and Christmas. It was a huge hit. I added spiced rum and cinnamon to my pie. I did the same thing with this french toast casserole. Throw in some cocoa powder and chocolate chips and you have a chocolate pecan explosion in your French toast!

And you won’t regret it one bit.

Slice your bread. Mix all of your ingredients in a bowl. Stagger your bread in an 8×8 baking dish. Pour ingredients over bread. Cover and refrigerate over night. All you have to do in the morning is remove it from the fridge and bake at 325 for 30 minutes. Breakfast is so easy.

Overnight Chocolate Pecan Pie French Toast Casserole

Overnight Chocolate Pecan Pie French Toast Casserole

Yield: 4-6
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 40 minutes


  • 3 large eggs
  • 1/4 C butter, melted
  • 1 loaf French bread, sliced into about 1/4 inch thick slices
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  • 2 tbsp spiced rum
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 C chopped pecans
  • 1/2 C semi sweet chocolate chips
  • 1/2 C milk
  • 1/2 C granulated sugar
  • 1/2 tbsp cocoa powder
  • 1-2 tbsp maple syrup
  • Powdered sugar for dusting


  1. Line an 8x8 baking pan with foil. Place the bread in the pan in a staggared pattern. See photo below for an example.
  2. Whisk the remaining ingredients together, minus the maple syrup and powdered sugar. Pour over the bread, making sure that the mixture goes between the slices of bread. Spread the pecans and chocolate chips over the top of the bread, if needed. Be sure to push some between the slices of bread as well.
  3. Cover and refrigerate overnight.
  4. In the morning, remove from the fridge. Spoon any liquid in the bottom of the pan over the bread and in between the slices.
  5. Bake at 325 for 30 minutes. During the last 3 minutes of baking, remove from the oven, drizzle with 1-2 tbsp of maple syrup and then return to the oven and finish baking.
  6. Remove from the oven and allow to cool for 5-10 minutes. Dust with powdered sugar. Enjoy.


Please note, this is an overnight recipe. You will need to plan accordingly to ensure that the is prepped the night before you want to enjoy it. There is a total of 10 minutes active time. The rest is marinating overnight and baking in the morning.



Overnight Chocolate Pecan Pie French Toast Casserole

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53 comments on “Overnight Chocolate Pecan Pie French Toast Casserole”

  1. Nothing like an overnight recipe! This french toast will actually have me excited about getting out of bed! I definitely need to try this Julie!

  2. Best.
    I would love to wake up to the smell of this beauty baking in the oven. It sounds wonderful!
    Have a great week! xx

  3. Looks delicious Julie!! Pinned earlier. :)

  4. Julie this french toast looks so chocolaty and delicious! Pinned!

  5. I love baked French Toast — thanks Julie!

  6. This french toast casserole looks amazing! I don’t make french toast that often, but I need to try this soon. Love the combination of chocolate and pecans!

  7. This looks delicious Julie!! I will not accept any apologies if this is what you will deviate too ;)

  8. Love this overnight casserole! Your pecan pie looked amazing so I can only imagine how incredible this french toast tastes with the addition of chocolate chips and cocoa. Yum and pinning :)

  9. Pecan Pie for breakfast?Yes please!

  10. Great recipe for weekend breakfast. Roll out of bed, put in oven and enjoy that first cup of coffee while baking. Thanks for sharing. Great photos too!

  11. Whoa, Julie, this looks and sounds incredible! I absolutely love french toast, chocolate & pecan pie – and all three in one? Yes, please! :) Thanks for sharing – pinning and buffering! Hope you had a great Monday!

  12. Julie, this looks beyond delicious! What a breakfast to wake up to!

  13. How is this even legal? Seriously!

  14. Julie, you are just so creative! Don’t you just love it when something hits you like that? You’ve totally nailed it here, my friend. Your pics look so appetizing… pinned and bookmarking to make for Sunday brunch!

  15. This recipe looks absolutely delicious!! I have family coming into town this weekend … seems like the perfect time to give your recipe a whirl :)

  16. I need to make more special breakfasts like this french toast casserole. I love the chocolate and pecan additions. On my list to make soon!

  17. Overnight French Toast is the BEST thing ever! Add in pecan pie and chocolate and now I’m in heaven! Pinned Julie!

  18. I don’t mind you posting it, it looks AMAZING! :) Pinned! Hope you had a wonderful holiday Julie. HUGS! Looking forward to reading more of your delicious recipes this year.

  19. Such an awesome breakfast! LOVE!

  20. Chocolate in my breakfast!? SWEET! Sign me up STAT!

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  22. this french toast looks amazing,brunch is my fave meal and this is a must have dish! :)

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  25. Wow, this looks amazing! I can’t wait to try it. Pinned!

  26. Ah a fellow Floridian! I have always wanted to try an overnight french toast casserole but they always looked a little blah. Now this one really caught my interest since pecan pie is my husband’s favorite and chocolate is one of mine (and the rum doesn’t hurt either – lol). Can’t beat the combo! Thanks for sharing on Tuesday Talent Show.

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