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Super Easy Coconut French Toast Bake

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This post is sponsored by King’s Hawaiian. Because yummy sweet bread makes Super Easy Coconut Baked French Toast a thing-o-beauty. Check out their first ever commercial here to see people go pupule (crayyyzee!) for this bread.

Hello springy brunch goodness!

Let me rephrase that – hello springy brunch goodness that comes together with five simple ingredients! Whoa yes. I’m serious. Pretty and fluffy and lightly sweet, topped with crunchy sugar because GLITTERY.

This one screams I love you, food and I love you, Mom. And how appropriately timed because Mother’s Day! It’s soon!

Pieces of bread in a blue bowl.

Mother’s Day is one of those holidays where I look forward to going to a homey place and eating a great meal because my mom is awesome, but then I remember that me and Dad and sibs are supposed to be the ones making the great meal. Yups. And it’s Saturday night and I are T-9 hours until brunch.

Why does this always happen to me? As a youngin, I always thought I was that thing called organized. But as and adult I can see that my real thing is actually called scrambling for event preparation.

Pieces of bread with drizzle in a white baking dish.

But see, this is why I love simple recipes for entertaining. Even if you’re more of a thoughtful, well-prepared, non-scrambler (teach me your ways, oh genius one) we could all use a little more time on whatever-Day morning to do a little more of a lot of things.

For example, snuggly family lovey time. This is what people with babies and dogs do, right? #perfectlife

Also a good choice – reading one more chapter in your book. Maybe a nice little morning jog around the lake. Or, I mean, a walk would probably be okay too, since it’s a holiday and everything. And/or relaxing for fifteen extra minutes on the patio in the sleet. Wait though sleet. Why is it sleeting in May? I’m ALMOST missing the Philippines heat wave oppression almost. Al-most.

Coconut French Toast Bake with bananas.

Okay, a little food talk now.

This is how it all goes together. Lightly sweet and very delicious King’s Hawaiian Sweet Rolls are torn into bite-sized pieces –> coconut milk and vanilla and eggs are whisked together into a creamy yummy base –> the whole thing is poured together in a dish, baked, and topped with fruit for color and turbinado sugar for sparkle. One two three pretty brunch dish on your table like magic!

Coconut French Toast Bake with strawberries and bananas.

And now you can mentally file this photo slice under Simple Pretty Brunch and Hungry 3pm Afternoon Snack, because that’s how it went down at my house this weekend!

If you all have some creative ideas for telling your moms that you love them on Mother’s Day, I would not complain if you shared them. Gifts, food, fun things to do together… tell me all of it. And maybe you can help me leave my scrambling ways behind. Doubtful, but maybe. Enjoy this deliciously simple french toast bake!

Coconut French Toast Bake with strawberries on a plate.
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Super Easy Coconut French Toast Bake

Super Easy Coconut French Toast Bake


  • Author: Pinch of Yum
  • Prep Time: 10 mins
  • Cook Time: 45 mins
  • Total Time: 55 minutes
  • Yield: 12 1x

Description

This Super Easy Coconut French Toast Bake can be made with just five ingredients! A colorful, pretty, simple brunch dish.


Ingredients

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For the Coconut French Toast

Optional Extras for Topping

  • turbinado sugar
  • sliced bananas
  • sliced strawberries
  • flaked coconut
  • maple syrup

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Tear the bread into bite-sized pieces. Arrange evenly in a greased 9×13 baking dish,
  2. Whisk the coconut milk, milk, eggs, and vanilla in a large bowl. Pour the milk mixture over the bread, covering all pieces. Bake for 40-45 minutes, keeping an eye on the top and covering with foil if it starts to burn. When finished, the french toast bake will be puffy and firm (shouldn’t jiggle when you shake it back and forth).
  3. Optional: After everything is fully baked, top with turbinado sugar and banana slices and return to the oven uncovered for a few minutes until golden brown. Remove and let stand for 15 minutes. Top with strawberry slices for a big color pop! Pritty.

Notes

When it’s fully baked, it will be very puffy. After it rests, it will probably lose some of its puffiness and will settle to a level similar to what you see pictured.

  • Category: Breakfast
  • Cuisine: American

Keywords: baked french toast, coconut french toast, french toast bake

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88 Comments

  1. Pinch of Yum Logo

    French toast bakes are my fav! I never thought of using Kings Hawaiian Dinner Rolls – Genius! And, the glittery topping? YES! Pretty food is good food.
    My momma is in a different country…so I’ll eat her portion! So not complaining.
    Pinning! 🙂

  2. Pinch of Yum Logo

    Looks fantabulous.

    The glittery sugar on top is what makes it sparkle with pizzaz!

    I’ll forward this to my husband, maybe he’ll get his mom to make it for me or something….just a little joke =)

  3. Pinch of Yum Logo

    Those rolls are one of my greatest weaknesses! They are the only bread my family will accept for our leftover Thanksgiving turkey sandwiches, and I am all over turning it into a coconutty, fruity, sparkly brunch bake!

    1. Pinch of Yum Logo

      Such a funny story – my in-laws actually gave me a bunch of old antique silverware and serving utensils for my birthday to use in my food photos! 🙂 Apparently they belonged to one of Bjork’s relatives a long time ago and have jst been sitting around for many years. They will get good use here!

  4. Pinch of Yum Logo

    This recipe sounds amazing and simple–two definite perks for mother’s day of course–but the possible variations are making my head spin! Imagine using CINNAMON BREAD, or even some delicious nut bread?! Bookmarked this recipe, thanks so much!

    https://thatumamilife.wordpress.com/ – a clean eating bento blog. Japanese or Asian-inspired!

  5. Pinch of Yum Logo

    Yum tum – this looks divine! French toast is always such a treat anyway, that this looks out of this world! Yet another triumph for A Pinch of Yum

  6. Pinch of Yum Logo
    La Cuisine Helene

    We do indulge in french toasts, once in a while. This would be nice to serve to guests when we do a brunch.

  7. Pinch of Yum Logo

    I have never baked anything like this before, this would be a really nice treat for my family on the week-end. Thanks!

  8. Pinch of Yum Logo
    Karin

    Looks amazing! Can this be put together the night before and then baked in the morning?

    1. Pinch of Yum Logo

      I didn’t, but I would think that either way would work fine. Lots of french toast bakes are meant to be soaked overnight.

  9. Pinch of Yum Logo

    I’m defiantly making this for my mother’s day brunch! Everyone is going to love it. Thanks for the great recipe. Pinned!

  10. Pinch of Yum Logo

    This looks so decadent and comforting, send some my way! But really though, you did a beautiful job, what a perfect Mother’s Day treat!

  11. Pinch of Yum Logo

    Oh man, this is almost worth forgetting my diet for…
    (Yeah right, like that diet stood a chance. HA!)
    I think I need some of this in my life. Yep 🙂