This Crockpot Raspberry Chocolate Chip French Toast Casserole is a simple brunch dish that feels extra special. So decadent with the chocolate and raspberries!
It comes together with just a few ingredients and is super easy to prep. You can either make it ahead and leave it to soak overnight, or you can cook it right away – it turns out scrumptious either way. It’s the perfect recipe for your spring and summer brunches – Easter, Mother’s Day, Christmas, even just because – it absolutely works almost all of the time!
A Note from Nora
If you know me at all, then you know what a gigantic fan of French toast I am. From Cream Cheese Strawberry Stuffed French Toast to Waffled Churro French Toast Sticks, Blueberry Cheesecake Stuffed French Toast and Streusel Topped Blueberry French Toast Casserole – there’s something for (almost) every taste.
It was only a matter of time until I added a slow cooker version, really. And wow, is it a good one or what?!
How to Make Chocolate Raspberry French Toast in the Crock Pot:
Read on for the detailed step-by-step instructions, or scroll down for tips and the printable recipe card.
Watch the video tutorial:
Ingredients for Crockpot French Toast
The ingredient list here is short and sweet (quite literally):
- challah or brioche bread (preferably day-old)
- dark chocolate chips
You can use fresh or frozen raspberries – frozen ones are a little sturdier and don’t get squished by the bread as fast as fresh ones do.
If you don’t have any challah or brioche bread, you can also use another variety of light and thick bread (like French bread or Texas Toast).
If you don’t have day-old bread, don’t worry. You can use fresh, the casserole could be a little more dense though. If you want instant stale bread, bake your cubed bread at 300°F for 10 minutes, then let cool before using.
The casserole tastes great with pretty much any berry – blueberries are another favorite. Or even diced apple, perfect for fall and winter! When I use apple, I skip the chocolate chips, or use cinnamon chips instead.
Steps to make Raspberry French Toast in the Crockpot:
This French toast really does come together in 1-2-3:
- combine ingredients for the custard
- layer bread, raspberries and chocolate chips in the crock
- pour custard over and cook
1 Combine ingredients for the custard:
You’ll want to whisk together the ingredients for the custard well in a separate bowl first, or you’ll end up with scrambled egg French toast.
Use a whisk for this! And using a large measuring jug is especially handy for mess-free pouring later – obviously, I didn’t listen to my own advice when I took these photos, ahem.
2 Layer bread, raspberries and chocolate chips in the crock:
I like layering these ingredients vs stirring them together, because that way I can achieve a more even distribution AND I don’t turn all he raspberries into mush.
Instead they stay whole and create these little pockets of berry-bursts throughout the casserole – delicious!
3 Pour the custard over
Finally, pour the prepared custard all over the casserole in the crock.
Do this slowly and carefully to make sure you catch all the bread, or you’ll end up with awfully dry spots in your French toast bake.
4 Cook the casserole
Cook this on HIGH for 2 hours, until puffed up and golden brown.
You don’t want any raw custard in this anymore.
Unfortunately, I don’t recommend cooking this on low (I’ve tried several times, and I never managed to cook the casserole through in the middle before the edges started to turn into charcoal).
This means you cannot turn this into an overnight kind of deal, but you can definitely get up early in the morning, switch on your crock and hop back into bed. Or drink a cup of coffee in peace and quite, whatever you like best 😉
Prep Ahead Instructions:
As far as making it ahead goes – yes. You can.
Prep it the night before, refrigerate and have it ready to go in the morning.
BUT. You need to allow the crock to come to room temperature for around 20 minutes before you turn it on. Otherwise it will take a lot longer to cook on the inside, while the outside might start to burn.
How to Serve this French Toast:
We enjoy this Crockpot Raspberry Chocolate Chip French Toast Casserole as-is, since it’s quite rich in itself. But you could always add a little syrup or whipped cream if you like! The honey butter is a favorite when we make it with apple or peaches.
Get the printable recipe for this crockpot French toast casserole here:
Crockpot Raspberry Chocolate Chip French Toast Casserole
- 1 cup milk
- 4 large eggs
- 2 tablespoons sugar
- 1 teaspoon vanilla
- 5-6 cups challah or brioche cubed
- 1/2 pint raspberries
- 1/2 cup dark chocolate chips
- Whisk the milk, eggs, sugar and vanilla together in a medium bowl.
- Place half of the challah cubes in a 4-5 quart slow cooker, pushing slightly down. Sprinkle with half the raspberries and chocolate chips. Repeat layers.
- Pour milk mixture on top, cover and cook on high for 2 hours, or until puffed up and starting to turn golden on top.