Vegan Eggnog French Toast Casserole

Oh my goodness.  This is so good.

First step: make my homemade eggless eggnog.

Second step: buy or make some delicious bread.

Third step: make this ridiculously easy breakfast casserole.  

Non-vegans will not even notice that there are no eggs in this French toast casserole.  It is sweet and captures the essence of holiday flavor.

For the French toast casserole:
Adapted from Easy Not Cheesy

One loaf of bread, cut into about 1-inch cubes (like my challah bread)
2 1⁄4 c. homemade eggnog
1⁄2 c. flaxseed, ground
3 T. coconut sugar
1/3 c. water
Dash of cinnamon

For the topping:
3 T. organic cane sugar
1⁄2 c. sliced almonds
1⁄4 c. pure maple syrup

For the eggnog glaze:
2 T. homemade eggnog
4-5 T. vegan powdered sugar
a sprinkle of nutmeg and/or cinnamon

For the French toast casserole:
The night before you plan on serving the casserole, grease a 9x13 oven-safe pan with coconut oil. Line the pan with the cubed bread, spreading the pieces out evenly.

In another bowl, combine the eggnog, flaxseed, sugar, water, and cinnamon. The next step is easy: pour the mixture over the cubed bread; try to cover all of the pieces. Cover the pan and put it in the fridge over night.

The next day:

Preheat the oven to 375°. Remove the casserole from the fridge. Whisk the topping together and top the casserole. Spread it out as much as you can. Pop it in the oven! Cook the casserole, uncovered, for 35-45 minutes. When you pull it out of the oven, there should still be a small amount of liquid on the bottom of the dish.

While the casserole is cooking, grab a small bowl and combine the eggnog and powdered sugar.  The glaze should look similar to Elmer's Glue, haha.  Once the casserole is finished and slightly cooled, pour the glaze over the top of the bread.

This beautiful dish will impress all of your breakfast guests and you'll have barely lifted a finger!

Cheers!
-Aileen

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